How to Make the Most of Fall … During a Pandemic


Folks who are starting to feel that telltale chill in the air might feel a little extra motivation to take a fall trip this year. Outdoor activities are still the safest during the pandemic, and in many parts of the country, winter weather will limit outdoor options very soon. Here are five ideas for enjoying the great outdoors and staying safe inside this fall.


1. Go to a movie



Many families are packing into the car and rediscovering classic drive-in theaters tucked away around the country. Movie screens are also popping up in some non-traditional venues, like on the sides of public buildings or in parking lots outside bars and restaurants.

To drum up business despite the lack of new movie releases, the major theater chains have also added new pandemic-friendly options. In states that have reopened theaters, seating capacity is usually limited so people can maintain social distance from audience members outside their households. Some chains are even giving families the option to rent out entire theaters for private screenings at reasonable prices.


2. Take in the colors



Daytrips are still among the safest pandemic activities. Somewhere within an hour or two of your home there’s a park or forest preserve where your family can hike, play games, eat a picnic lunch, and snap some Instagram-ready photos of autumn foliage.


3. Pick apples or pumpkins



Although public health experts tell us outdoor activities are less likely to spread Covid-19 than indoor ones, it’s still a best practice to avoid bunching together with people outside of your household bubble. That’s why many orchards, farms, and nature centers have started offering reservations and one-way paths through their facilities. Show up at your allotted time, wheelbarrow your way through apple trees and pumpkin patches, and load your haul into the car at the end.


4. Book a cabin or cottage



For longer getaways, consider renting a house that’s adjacent to outdoor activities like fishing or hiking. A well-cleaned vacation home for just you and your family is much safer than sharing indoor space at a hotel. How nice does a relaxed evening sitting around a campfire with friends and family sound?


5. Rent an RV



Have you and your spouse ever dreamed about buying an RV and traveling around the country in retirement? This might be the perfect year to test drive that idea. RVs let you bring your bubble wherever you want to go. For added safety, many rental companies have ramped up their cleaning procedures and upgraded their phone apps to minimize contact with staff. And if you find out you’re not really a road warrior, at least you’ll have something to cross off your retirement bucket list.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to still get out and live life and remain safe. We hope these five ideas spark something in you to make this fall a memorable one and not just let life pass you by.