After the hectic clip of summer, fall brings a slower pace. Parents get a reprieve from constant contact with children, river traffic thins out, and stopping to step in a pile of particularly crunchy leaves seems like a perfectly good reason to take a detour. We finally stop feeling guilty about spending time indoors and engage in more active outdoor pursuits, no longer immobilized by summer's sometimes oppressive heat.
So put away the inner tube (it'll be there waiting for you next summer) and take a gander at our best bets for fall—whether you're looking for a cozy evening of culture or a day spent outside kicking up dust and watching the foliage put on a show.
There's no need to hibernate just yet.