Our Ultimate Fall Bucket List: Autumn Fun in Jax

We can all feel it — autumn’s electricity is in the air. Falling temps and crisp breezes coupled with pumpkin spice EVERYTHING? Yes, please! Here’s our 2020 Fall Bucket List with fun local options to celebrate the changing of the seasons the Jacksonville Mom way! And don’t forget to tag your photos using #jaxmomfallphotos for a chance to be featured on our page + win a weekly prize.

Visit a Jacksonville Farm, Corn Maze, or Fall Festival

Hit up one (or all!) of Jacksonville’s corn mazes and fall festivals for social distance-friendly adventures. We couldn’t pick just one, so we gathered up our favorites in the link below.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds & Watch Your Favorite Fall Flick

Hocus Pocus, anyone? From classics like Casper and The Nightmare Before Christmas to Monster House and Hotel Translyvania, this healthy-ish snack will give you all the fall feels.

Support a Local Nonprofit

Check with your neighborhood schools and churches, or consider donating to one of our favorite causes — Feeding Northeast Florida.

Deck the Front Porch, Fall Style

We have to work a bit harder to make it feel like autumn in Jacksonville, but we’re up for the challenge. Show us how you bring the season alive by tagging #jaxmomfallphotos on Instagram.

Hit a Local Hiking Trail

Bonus points for making a fun scavenger hunt to keep your little ones engaged with nature. Jacksonville has options for all ages and skill levels.

Play Mixologist with Autumnal Adult Beverages

When life doesn’t hand you apple orchards, buy apples and spend the day making apple cider martinis, margarita, spritzes! Looking for inspiration? Check out the recepe linked below.

Plan a Backyard Tailgate & Safely Root on the Jags

Even if you can’t make it to the stadium this season, you can still make the most of everyone’s favorite season — football! Hit up Wicked Barley for the best tailgate grub and growlers of locally brewed beer.

Photo courtesy of Corinna Hoffman Photography.

VOTE!

There are a million reasons to vote this year, but the most important ones are why we’re all reading this right now — our kids. Visit the link below for all the info you need to vote in Duval County. Or St. Johns County voter resources here.

BOO! Your Neighbors With Surprise Treats

Random acts of kindness go a long way these days, and this may be as close to trick-or-treating as some may get! Check out our tips on how to make your neighbors day with fall treats.

Do a Clothing and Toy Clean-Out & Donate

Nothing feels better than a freshly organized closet or playroom. (Right?) So take an afternoon to collect outgrown clothes and outloved toys to donate locally or share with your fellow mama friends.

Keep a Gratitude Journal to Share on Thanksgiving Day

We love this suggestion from our very own Dominique. Setting aside a small portion of each day to take inventory of things that bring you joy can improve your life tremendously. Plus, it’s a great habit to instill in your kiddos.

 Photo courtesy of @thatdopemom.

Say It With Us! P 👏 S 👏 L 👏

Break out your basic uniform and conduct your hunt for the perfect PSL in Jacksonville. Check out a few of our favorites in the link below. And be sure to post your PSL adventure to Instagram and tag #jaxmomfallphotos. 

Don't Forget Those Essential Workers

From delivery workers and mail carriers (the real MVPs) to your teachers and civil servants — something simple, like a free coffee or apple cider donut can turn a bad day around!

Jumpstart Holiday Shopping at Local & BIPOC Businesses

Jacksonville has no shortage of amazing small businesses. You can cross everything off of your holiday list while supporting your neighbors. And major bonus — many of them offer online ordering, in case your main shopping happens at 3 a.m. (lookin’ at you, new mamas).

Photo courtesy of @FigandWillowBoutique.

What sort of activities will y’all be doing this fall? Let us know in the comments below or over on Facebook or Instagram!

Allie never would have guessed that she’d be calling Jacksonville, Florida home, but here she is! A midwest native, she’s lived in Indiana, New York City, Jax, Chicago and has now returned to the First Coast with her family—husband Jonny, two toddlers, Adair & Fitz, and an ageless cockapoo. Her professional history and range of passions is as all-over the map as her home bases. With degrees in musical theatre and journalism, Allie has worked both as Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleader (go ROAR!) and, most recently, a senior content strategist. She loves being a mom more than anything in the world (even wine) and is excited to be sharing the ups and downs of her journey with you.

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