Don’t put your RV into storage yet! There are plenty of fall RV activities the whole family can enjoy right now. Whether you’re camping with kids or planning a romantic getaway just for two, take a few more trips in your RV and make some memories during this magical time of year. Check out our favorite fall RV activities and get ready to have some fun.
Family-friendly fall RV activities
Go camping at the area’s top campgrounds
Fall really is the best time to go camping. Take this opportunity to stay at campgrounds that are normally packed during the summer. Enjoy fewer crowds and pick a prime spot. Plus, those cooler nights are perfect for sleeping with the windows open. Pack some extra blankets or flannel sheets so everyone can sleep comfortably. Or turn on your RV heater if needed.
Play in the great outdoors
Whether your family bikes, hikes, or walks, there are lots of opportunities to get moving and explore miles of trails. Just load your gear in your RV and head out while you can. This is also a great time of year to try geocaching. With so many leaves on the ground, finding those hidden treasures can be more interesting and challenging.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Visiting a pumpkin patch is always a favorite fall activity, especially for little ones. The whole family can get lost in a corn maze, go for hay rides, and pick out some pumpkins or gourds to take home. Make a weekend of it and bring along the grandparents to share in the memories. You can enjoy the pumpkin patch all day and gather around a campfire at night.
Eat s’mores or other treats
A crackling campfire + warm, gooey treats = instant smiles. Set up a s’mores bar or pie iron station and let everyone assemble their own dessert. There are tons of easy pie iron dessert recipes. Gather everyone around the fire to share their favorite activities of the day while making treats.
Tell spooky stories
There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than by telling spooky stories around a campfire. Depending on the age of the kiddos, you can make the stories more silly or more scary. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, watch your favorite Halloween movies inside your RV.
Glow around the campsite
Keep the fun going after dark with a game of flashlight tag. Make sure you’ve got enough flashlights and glowstick necklaces for all participants or pair up into teams for larger groups. You could also make a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt to get tweens and teens involved. Read here for some more after-dark activity ideas.
Make a Hallo-weekend of it
Many campgrounds host trick or treating (or trunk or treating) activities during the month of October. Check with your local campgrounds association or do a quick Google search to see what’s near you. Have the kids help you decorate your RV. Bring their costumes, too, for a weekend filled with fun. Check out our Pinterest board for Halloween ideas!
Fall RV activities for adults
Fall is football season, and there’s no better way to tailgate than in your RV. Plan a road trip to your alma mater and reconnect with old friends during Homecoming week. Or hit the road to cheer on your team during an away game. Either way, having a fully-equipped kitchen and private bathroom will make everyone’s game day experience better. All you need to bring is food and drinks.
Participate in fall festivities
Oktoberfests, harvest festivals, Halloween parties, haunted tours, and more. Celebrate the season with plenty of treats and drinks, laughs and shrieks. The Michigan tourism department keeps a calendar of events across the state. Pick an event and gather a group to go. Don’t drive home tired or intoxicated. Go in your RV so everyone can participate in the festivities, without worrying about the drive home.
Enjoy the fruits of the season
There’s no better way to appreciate the season than by tasting it. Take a tour of farmers’ markets, orchards, vineyards, or cider mills in your RV. Stock up on all the delicious fruits and veggies during the harvest season and make healthy, tasty dinners. Enjoy with your favorite craft beer, hard cider, or wine.
Take a fall foliage road trip
The Midwest has plenty of rural roads with spectacular views of the changing foliage. Hop in your RV and go find those colorful canopies. Check online for fall foliage reports and plan your trip. Bring a camera, some road trip tunes, and snacks to make the most of your experience.
Plan a romantic weekend getaway
Fall RV activities can be romantic! Chilly autumn nights are perfect for getting cozy in your RV. Make some time to get away with your significant other for a romantic weekend getaway. Enjoy each other’s company while you revisit somewhere meaningful or find a new favorite camping spot.
Go fishing or hunting
Ladies, if your guy has been trying to get you to go fishing or hunting with him, an RV can offer all the comforts of home to complement those outdoor pursuits. Pack your gear, and transform your fifth wheel or travel trailer into base camp for your next outing. He’ll get to enjoy your company, and you’ll get to learn more about his hobby. You’ll both appreciate the hot shower and comfy bed at the end of the day.
Visit an RV show or rally
Connect with other RVers, check out tons of RV gear and accessories, and tour new RV models. Even if upgrading isn’t on your mind, it’s fun to daydream about owning that fully-loaded diesel pusher and living on the road year round. You can explore more than 100 RVs from General RV at the 2018 MARVAC Detroit Camper & RV Show from October 3-7. If you’re outside of Michigan, there are several other RV shows taking place this fall.
Relax and recharge
Your RV can offer the perfect escape from the daily stresses of life. Enjoy some quiet time with your significant other (or go solo!) and appreciate the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. The holiday season is right around the corner, so take this time to get away and unplug for a weekend.
Whatever fall RV activities you choose to do, be present and appreciate the season. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air. Listen to the leaves crunch beneath your feet. Sip on a hot drink to warm up. Now, go pull your favorite sweaters out of the closet and get out there! Winter will be here before you know it.