If you’re staying in town for Fall Break and you’ve forgone the myriad camps, you *might* at some point during the week be looking for some fun outside of your homestead. Likewise, you’re probably wanting to find activities that won’t bust the bank. Just in case, we’ve put together several great options that are all $5 or less!
Outdoor Fall Break Fun in 2021
This year, Fall Break is October 4-8, 2021. Browse our ideas below for some free and/or cheap things to do that won’t make your wallet cry!
Playground at Hays Nature Preserve – FREE
This natural playground is maintained by Huntsville’s Operation Green Team is super fun and easy to play while social distancing. Hays Nature Preserve also includes over 10 miles of trails and greenways that follow the Flint River, so you can also hike, fish, or do a little creek stomping while you’re there. Pack a picnic lunch and you’ve got an instant fun & free afternoon!
PLUS the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Fall Break they are offering free drop-in craft activities for kids of all ages. Click for details.
Go Apple Picking – $3-5
Scott’s Orchard will offer their Pick-Your-Own Days on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October until all the apples have been picked. Open 8am to 5pm and only $3 for admission when booking online at least a day before, or $5 walkup admission. Kids can jump on their new Apple Bounce Pad and race on the Trike Track! Spend a day apple-picking then make something yummy in the kitchen with your kids afterward. Read our Parent Review before you go!
Big Spring Park Scavenger Hunt – FREE
Pack a picnic and head to Big Spring Park in Huntsville for a totally free scavenger hunt created just for kids by your friends here at Rocket City Mom. We give you 12 clues to help you find different locations all around the park! These clues were written with kids in mind – younger ones might need some help from you, but they aren’t so tough that most kids ages 6-12 couldn’t figure them out on their own.
Alabama Honey Festival – FREE
On Sunday, October 3rd from 1-5 PM the 3rd Annual Alabama Honey Festival is happening in Hampton Cove! This well attended festival includes specialty vendors, food trucks and will feature honeybees behind a viewing area. Educational programs will feature honeybees behind viewing glass, beekeepers, specialty vendors, food demos and food trucks. More details here.
Parks & Recreation – FREE
Area parks are a great option for fun because they wear your little ones out, they are easy play dates when other children are present (and they will be during fall break), and they are completely FREE! Before you head out the door be sure to check out our Parks Guide or better yet download our FREE Explore Huntsville smartphone app (available via the iTunes or Google Play stores). The app will tell you which parks are near you, what amenities they have, and if your GPS is turned on you can get a map with turn by turn directions!
Hunt for Ducks Downtown – FREE
Take the kids to explore downtown Huntsville in the gorgeous Fall weather! First, stop by the Huntsville Visitor Center and pick up a Lucy Duck Scavenger Hunt card. Track down all the cute little brass ducks hidden downtown and you could win a prize! You’ll walk A LOT, so be sure to have plenty of time. You can also download the scavenger hunt card here, but be sure to stop into the CVB when you’re done.
Movies In the Park – FREE
Movies in the Park will be hosted at Constitution Hall Park on Friday nights in September & October. Each night will have themed entertainment prior to the movie showing. During Fall Break, the Oct. 1st movie will be The Haunted Mansion and the Oct. 8 movie will be Coco. Make sure to bring your own blanket and chairs, and come out to enjoy these kid-friendly flicks! More details.
Take a Hometown Staycation
Fall Break is a great time to explore your hometown, and several local attractions are hosting fun activities for kids and families throughout the week. If you are already a member of these attractions, there is little to no extra cost to participate! And totally NEW for 2021 – you can download the Rocket City Kids Pass and save 20% admission to major Rocket City attractions and museums!
Burritt On the Mountain
– Explore the historic park & barnyard
Cook Museum of Natural Science
– Event Calendar of activities during Fall Break
Huntsville Botanical Garden
– Festifall Activities, free for members
Huntsville Museum of Art
– $5 After Five: Thursday from 5-8 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
– Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? exhibit
Indoor Fall Break Fun
Behold the Bookshelves!
Whether you visit virtually or in person (our favorite) the Huntsville Madison County Public Library is guaranteed to have something that will keep your kids of all ages occupied and entertained. Check their calendar here to see what’s happening and get in on all the FREE fun.
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