It’s a magical time of year. The leaves are showing off their dazzling red, orange and golden hues, and cool mornings and cool evenings bookend warm, sunny afternoons. Before this fleeting season ends, it’s a great time for seniors to embrace all of autumn’s glorious sights, sounds and smells—from crunching leaves and bonfires to hot cider and apple pie.

Here are some fun activities for seniors to stay active, enriched, and celebrate the beauty of the season.

Make a fall wreath

Start a collection from your own backyard or load up a cart at the craft store with leaves, pinecones, berries, flowers, pumpkins, and festive ribbon.

Start a new knitting project

It’s the time of year when a warm hat, scarf, sweater or mittens is a much-appreciated gift for anyone on your list. And there are plenty of charities who will be all too pleased to accept knitted warmwear for babies, children and adults in need.

Visit a farmer’s market

The fall harvest is the best time to appreciate the bounty of the season with fresh vegetables, jams, spices and breads that are a delicious part of your favorite recipes.

Make your own PSL

Jump on the pumpkin spice latté bandwagon and try yours with an added signature twist that friends, family and neighbors will look forward to year after year.

Have a fall picnic

Take a leaf peeping road trip, head to a local park, or open the door to your open backyard with a picnic basket, warm cider, and cozy blankets.

Go for a hike

Take a stroll on a hiking trail with a camera in your bag and a hot drink in your hand as you discover autumn flora and fauna preparing for the changing season.

Organize a movie night

It’s scary-movie season, but even if comedy, adventure, romance or thriller are more your style, curling up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn is the perfect way to spend a chilly fall evening.

Plant a garden


It’s never too early to be thinking about spring. Planting tulip, daffodil, crocus, lily, hyacinth, iris, or allium bulbs in fall will give your garden some early color not long after the snow melts into late spring and summer.