COVID-Friendly Things to do in Massachusetts this Fall

by Haley Strom

Many people’s favorite season in New England is the fall. The fall in New England is a sight to see, from the beautiful foliage on the trees to the crowded apple orchards. Fall is a time for people to come together and enjoy each other’s company, but this year, it’s more important than ever to do so safely. Here’s a list of fun, COVID-friendly activities to do this fall. 

#1: Go for a Scenic Drive

Driving down the backroads of Massachusetts in the fall provides a scenic route with beautiful scenery. After interviewing Emily Manning, a senior at North Attleboro High School, she said, “I enjoy fall because I love watching the leaves change color and fall to the ground.”

#2: Have a Photoshoot

As part of what Massachusetts has to offer during the fall, fall is a great time to get outside and have a photoshoot with the bright leaves overhead. Emily says she enjoys the fall because it provides her with a good opportunity to take unique pictures. Emily went on to say “I believe that the changing colors of the leaves is what gives us a true New England feel for fall.”

#3: Take a Hike!

A popular activity for teens to do in the fall in Massachusetts is going for hikes. When talking about activities to do in the fall around Massachusetts, North Attleboro student Olivia Etinevre stated, “I enjoy going for hikes and walks with my friends and family. Being exposed to the beautiful color of the leaves makes me want to get outdoors and take a walk.” 

A COVID-friendly hiking trail in Massachusetts is located at Borderland State Park. With many miles of walking trails, Borderland State Park has a lot to offer. With a pond in the middle, there are many trails with beautiful trees overhead, making for an enjoyable experience.

#4: Go Apple Picking

Another fun festivity to do in the fall in Massachusetts is to go apple picking. Located about 20 minutes from North Attleboro is the Big Apple. With rows upon rows of apple trees, the Big Apple offers a hilltop view of the fall foliage. Taking a trip to go apple picking is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family. Be sure to pick an apple for your enjoyment along the way. 

After you finish apple picking, be sure to stop by their market located inside to get a fresh apple cider donut! In the years before COVID-19, the Big Apple had train tracks hanging overhead inside, which were entertaining for the little ones. Although they are not running the trains, the whole experience is completely worth it. 

#5: Bake a Treat

Lastly, if you get a chance this fall, make your loved ones and yourself a fresh apple pie. When talking with my mom, Lynda Strom, she said, “Either by yourself or as family, baking an apple pie will put you in the fall spirit.” Although baking isn’t for everyone, baking an apple pie is not that difficult. All you need to do is slice up some apples, and throw a crust on top. For any overachievers, you can even make a homemade crust; this can be difficult sometimes, so only try it if you are up to the challenge! 

As you take a trip around Massachusetts this fall, be sure to take a look at the leaves and be sure to stop by an apple farm. Massachusetts has a lot to offer during the fall, so come take a look for yourself and head outdoors!

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