Best Outdoor Cold Weather Activities for Fall

best cold weather activities for fall

As soon as Labor Day Weekend wraps up, many Minnesotans dive head-first into the fall season. There are so many cold weather activities to take advantage of during fall in the Midwest – from hiking spots to see the best fall colors to backyard bonfires with your closest friends, fall is a season for outdoor fun.

If you’re ready to get in the fall spirit, start planning your fall adventures with our list of cold-weather activities perfect for keeping you entertained all fall long.

Plan a fall hike

A great way to embrace all that fall in Minnesota has to offer is by planning a scenic hike to experience the changing colors. There are some pretty amazing trails to hike around the Twin Cities. Here are a few of our favorites that you should consider adding to your fall bucket list:


Whether you decide to stick around the cities or take a road trip up the North Shore, each of these locations offers amazing views of the fall scenery and great trails to navigate.

Relax in an outdoor hot tub

One of the best cold weather activities is soaking in an outdoor hot tub. When there’s a chill in the air, a hot tub can warm you up and make the crisp fall nights that much more enjoyable. The changing seasons can bring added stress, so having a dedicated space for relaxation is a great way to curb some of that anxiety.

Make the most of your hot tub by inviting friends to join you. Host a fall hot tub party and theme it around spooky season or the next football game. The possibilities are endless!

In the market for a new hot tub to relax in this fall? Cal Spas has a wide variety of options sure to make your fall as relaxing as possible. Plus, if you’re ready to upgrade your hot tub to a newer model, consider taking advantage of Cal Spas’ trade-in program this fall.

Host an outdoor game night

Take advantage of the fall season by hosting an outdoor game night. Set up your favorite yard games, like cornhole, ladder ball, and bocce ball. You can take it easy or get competitive with your friends. You could also bring a card table outside to play table games while enjoying the last of the weather before it gets too cold. These cold weather activities will keep you active and get you outside without having to leave the comfort of your home.

Have a backyard bonfire

Bonfires are a fan favorite for sure. Nothing beats a bonfire on a cool fall night. It’s the perfect cold weather activity! Invite your friends over, pick out a good playlist, and let the fire create the perfect cozy atmosphere. You can even bust out the marshmallows and graham crackers to make s’mores. Be sure to bundle up and grab lots of blankets to stay warm.

Host a potluck

Some of the best comfort foods are made during the fall – soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, baked goods – so why not get your friends together for a potluck? Pair it with a game night or even with Sunday football to get a taste of all of the delicious dishes that the fall season has to offer.

Get cozy with fall baking

Speaking of baked goods, fall is a great time to test out recipes for tasty treats. If you’re a pumpkin lover like we are, try baking pumpkin bread or cake. You can never go wrong with apple crisp or something loaded up with cinnamon. Get creative, and take a look at Pinterest if you need inspiration.

Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch

Is it really fall without a visit to your local orchard or pumpkin patch? We don’t think so! This cold weather activity is one you’ll definitely want to add to your list. Enjoy apple picking, hayrides, baked goods, cider, and more at your local orchard or pumpkin patch. Here’s a list of our favorite places around the Twin Cities you can check out:


That does it for our list of fall favorites! These cold weather activities should keep you busy all fall long.

As the weather starts to cool down, you might find yourself wanting to warm up while still enjoying time outdoors this fall. At Cal Spas, we can provide you with that best-of-both-worlds solution: a hot tub. A hot tub is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fall season. See the fall colors of your backyard up close, warm up after a day out at the pumpkin patch, and enjoy using your tub all winter long. Reach out to learn more about our hot tubs.