6 Cheap Fall Activities To Break The Monotony Of College


Next week’s break is a perfect time to get behind some crisp-days-of-fall-activities with friends and family. Below are some of our favorite fall adventures – and they’re all things that a broke college student on a budget can do for cheap.


Apple and pumpkin picking

Throw on your favorite sweater, scarf and boots and head to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. The cost usually depends on the weight, so you can keep things within your budget – and go home with goodies to keep you set with apple and pumpkin treats for a month.


Football tournament

Ok, this seems like an easy one, right? Organize a football game between you and friends in the same way you would a barbeque – formal invites, potluck cuisine and plenty of drinks. Have friends sign up in teams and host an elimination-style game every couple of months.



A museum trip is the perfect way to spend a chilly, overcast fall day. Rather than get depressed about the sun setting early, go soak up some culture. Most museums provide student discounts and some even have social events that allow you to drink and socialize among works of art.


Bake off

The only thing better than football and cute fall clothes? The baked goods that come with autumn. From apple pies to pumpkin muffins, fall is a truly delicious time of year. Show off your culinary skills by hosting a bake off between you and your friends – and learn some awesome new recipes in the process.


Visit a farm or ranch

Hayrides, horseback riding and cow milking? Well, it definitely breaks up the monotony of walking the campus to classes and searching for a good parking space. Spend a day with a small group of friends at a local farm or exploring the outback. Regardless of whether you live in a big city or the sticks, rural areas with farms and ranches that host fun fall activities aren’t too tough to find.


Check out fall foliage – If you live in L.A. or Florida, this might be tricky, but otherwise, get outdoors and enjoy the colors of fall. Whether you opt to drive through back roads or visit a local arboretum, pack yourself a picnic and hot apple cider and spend a day amidst the changing leaves and crisp autumn air.

Hayden West


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