Fall traditions will look a little different this year as we continue to adjust to a different way of life with Covid-19. But with a little extra planning, this year’s season can still be just as memorable and meaningful. Here are five ways to enjoy fall family fun near Lincoln while still reducing your risk of Covid-19 and protecting the community.
Take a nature walk
Health experts agree that when it comes to possibly contracting Covid-19, spending time outdoors is safer than staying inside. Take advantage of the beautiful fall scenery in Nebraska and get your family outside. Grab a jacket and go for a hike at Wilderness Park or round up the kids for a nature scavenger hunt. See who can gather the most pinecones or find the reddest leaf. You can even bring some of your finds home to use as fresh fall decor.
Apple picking is another great outdoor fall activity, and local orchards are taking precautions to keep people safe. Check out Martin’s Hillside Orchard located in Ceresco and make sure to bring your mask for adults and children five years and older. Take your apples home and bake a fresh apple pie or cut them into pieces to dip in caramel.
Have an outdoor pumpkin carving contest
If you have older kids, this can be a fun way to encourage their creativity. Let them carve their own pumpkins (with some assistance if necessary!) and decide which one is the spookiest or funniest. You can even include your neighbors in the contest. Take turns viewing the pumpkins on each porch and ranking them in different categories.
Go for a drive to look at leaves
Nebraska is beautiful in the fall and what better way to take in the fall foliage than a scenic drive? The Lincoln Highway Scenic and the Historic Byway offer incredible views of fall trees, and with 400 miles stretching across the state, you could make your drive as long or as short as you’d like. Another option is Heritage Highway or Highway 136 — one of the most popular scenic routes in Nebraska, beginning in Edison and ending in Brownville. For peak fall foliage viewing, plan your drive for late October or early November.
Leave treats on neighbors’ doorsteps
Trick-or-treating won’t be the same this year, but you can still take part in a version of this beloved holiday tradition by leaving treats on your neighbors’ porches. Bake a batch of pumpkin muffins and distribute them or encourage your kids to leave candy at your neighbors’ doors instead of the other way around. If everyone participates, you’ll have treats on your doorstep too!