Some favorite fall activities include picking apples and pumpkins and simply enjoying the autumn foliage

Autumn is a lovely time in Southern California. The trees turns multiple hues of yellow, brown and orange and in the desert, temperatures begin to cool. It’s the ideal time to plan an array of fall activities. To help you, we’ve selected some places you might consider as you create your plan.

Here are some of our favorite places to drink in the fall foliage:

  • Idyllwild, Ca
  • Oak Glen, Ca
  • Big Bear Lake, Ca
  • Julian, Ca
  • Lake Gregory, Crestline
  • Lake Arrowhead, Ca
  • Jackson Lake, Wrightwood
  • LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
  • Malibu Creek State Park, Agoura Hills, Ca
  • Ice House Canyon, Mt Baldy, Ca
  • Palomar Mountain State Park, Palomar Mountain, Ca
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Claremont, Ca
  • Fullerton Arboretum

Other fun fall activities you might want to try are: make your way through a corn maze without getting lost, check out a petting zoo, take a wagon ride, pick out some fresh vegetables at a farmer’s market, and visit one of the multiple fall/harvest festivals happening throughout Southern California.

Best Fall Activities in Southern California

Picking apples

Pick some apples. Check out Volcan Valley Apple Farm in Julian. A number of orchards in the Oak Glen area have apple picking available throughout the fall season.

One of our favorites is Riley’s Los Rios Rancho, Parrish Pioneer Ranch, Snowline Orchards. Hint: You might want to try an apple cider donut while you are there. Also in Oak Glen is Willowbrook Apple Farm, and Riley’s Apple Farm. Be sure to check out Brian Ranch in Llano. Check online or call first to make sure there are still apples ready to be picked.

If pumpkin patches are your thing, you’re in luck. Here are just a handful. Let us know your favorite pumpkin patch to visit.

  • Live Oak Pumpkin Patch in Yucaipa, Ca
  • Peltzer’s farm in Temecula, Ca
  • Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, Irvine, Ca
  • Tanaka Farms, Irvine, Ca
  • Bates Nut Farm, San Diego
  • Carlsbad Strawberry Company, Carlsbad
  • Seasonal Adventures, High Desert

Image Sources

  • Autumn foliage: Pexels-Pixabay