Family-Friendly Fall Fun

family walking dog on trail in the fall

Put away those swimsuits! Throw out those flipper floppers!

Quick, find a hat and a light jacket! It’s almost fall, which means less sunshine, less green, less life.

So what are we gonna do? Just sit around, watch our tans fade and become Vitamin D deficient?

Not a chance!

Marion County has family-friendly fall fun to offer! Good for both adults and kids attempting to survive the nip in the air of the fall frame of mind.


mini golf at Halloween

Spooky Golf at Coal Country Miniature Golf


· It’s not too cold yet. It’s just right!
Make your way to Coal Country Miniature Golf. It’s cooling down, and that means no melting under the beating sun. And for a little-added spirit – Coal Country will be in full Halloween regalia during the weekends in October for Spooky Golf.

· Meanwhile, wind your way through rolling hills, old train tracks and river beds as you trek miles of rail trails throughout Marion County and enjoy the crisp breeze and spectacular color. Or rent a bike from Pricketts Fort and paddle the MCTRAIL and feel the wind in your face. Don’t you just love the smell of fall?

·Take the family to  Pricketts Fort and enjoy an interactive history lesson which will include displays, demonstrations, and hands –on activities for the kids during their Native American Weekend. Or tap your toes to the beat during Traditional Music Day.



disc golfers

Disc Golf at Morris Park


· And for when the temperature drops a little lower. . .
take a trip to Morris Park. Hiking the trails and a round or two or three at the two disc golf courses are sure to keep you warm! Not to mention the park has placards identifying many native trees which can help with that leaf collection project. Now might also be a good time to visit Savvy Consignment for some warmer garbs.

· Looking for an excuse to get out and enjoy a fall evening? Bundle up, bring a flashlight, a thermos of coffee, and a folding chair and head to Valley Falls State Park for the Northern Saw-Whet Owl migration. Banding stations will be in place at 8:30 pm. during the first two weekends in November.

· Got energy to burn?
Run, hop, skip and play with your 4-legged friends at FIDO’s Backyard. In any event, the falling leaves and racing squirrels will keep you both entertained.

· It’s late, you’re bored inside, but it’s cold outside.
Get a fire pit, some ‘mallows, grahams, and chocolates. Just one more amazing thing to look forward to as the weather declines. There isn’t a better fall activity to beat it! Not able to conjure up a fire, The Poky Dot has you covered with their table-top version of S’mores making.


rides at Valley Worlds of Fun

Valley Worlds of Fun


· Now it’s starting to get cold outside.
Pick a weekend to find the best indoor activities at Valley Worlds of Fun! Take off your jacket and strap on a laser tag vest; or, harness yourself into their indoor rides! Run around or spin around in teacups— something for everyone!


art studio

Nativibes Art Studio & Gallery


· Brr, it’s cold out here!
It’s finally that time of year. What are you going to do? It’s certainly too brisk to be outside. Thaw your body and your mind during a session at Main Street Yoga. Or cozy up to a cuppa joe at Fairmont’s favorite coffee shop, Joe n Throw.

Find yourself bored and stuck indoors, or looking for a way to create a comfy abode, meander your way through the many vendors at Arts & Antiques Marketplace. Or better yet, really rev up those creative juices with art classes at Nativibes, West Fork Pottery or Mountain Creative. However, it’s pretty easy to be indifferent to the thermometer when you are having so much fun.

Regardless of the decreasing temperature, we’ve got fun places and activities to keep you warm and happy!


What’s your favorite fall activity?