The peak of fall is as picturesque as it gets. Colorful foliage, decorative gourds and festive settings prime for photo-snapping — that’s what the season is all about. Indeed, the fall landscape makes an idyllic backdrop for your oh-so-inspirational Instagram feed. Of course, iconic autumnal activities are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also super fun. So make the most of it and enjoy the crisp air, crunchy leaves and a few awesome outings with your family and friends. Just make sure to stop and stage a perfect pic while you’re at it. Because if you didn’t ’gram it, did it really happen?
Whether you’re a football fanatic or just in it for the food, there’s nothing quite like a good parking-lot tailgating party. Bring your own portable charcoal barbecue and you’ll be the game-day MVP. Bonus points if you pack graham crackers, chocolate bars, marshmallows and this s’mores-making basket. Enjoy your ooey-gooey treat while showing off your NFL pride — now that’s a Kodak moment. Winning moments and cool Instagram photo ideas — that’s what we’re all about.
The annual trip to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite fall activities. I love watching my kids wander up and down the dirt lanes, seriously scrutinizing the color, size and roundness of each pumpkin they pass. One tip: BYO red wagon! It’s great for carting the kids around when their little legs get tired. Plus, you can haul your pumpkin pile to the car without breaking your back. Bonus: You might even get an amazing Instagram shot of the kiddos cruising in their retro-inspired Radio Flyer surrounded by gourds.
Get to your favorite farm and pluck plenty of Pink Ladies, Honeycrisps and Fujis (my three faves!) from big, tall trees. Be sure to wear your fall best (booties optional!) and snag yourself the ultimate “fashionista-at-the farm” social-media shot. You can also ’gram a photo of that must-eat apple donut with your own thermos of hot cider — you know, before you devour it all. Or go the family-friendly route and get a pic of all the apples of your eye together. Seriously, though — it’s one of the best activities for kids.
There’s no better time than fall to take a nature walk or hit the hiking trail. Autumn’s natural beauty abounds with endless blue sky and a cascading rainbow of leaves. If that’s not workout motivation, I don’t know what is. Make sure all your followers see you getting exercise in wide-open spaces — and looking good in the process — in a new pair of Adidas Terrex hiking shoes. These sneakers are as functional as they are fashionable.
A few sandwiches in a picnic basket, perhaps a bottle of crisp bubbly (or some cider!) and this cozy buffalo-print faux shearling blanket, and you’ve got yourself a stylish picnic at the park. Say cheese!
Lauren is a digital editor, freelance writer, and Instagram aficionado with a feisty five-year-old boy and a sassy two-year-old diva at home. With a passion for family, travel, style, and alliteration, she spends her days chasing children, chugging coffee, and daydreaming about sleep. As a veteran lifestyle editor and media mom, Lauren loves to find ways to make the aspirational attainable for all the overwhelmed parents out there—because we really need to stick together! Lauren lives with her husband and kiddos in the suburbs of New York City.