“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for all wisdom and power belong to Him. He sets in motion the times and the ages; He deposes kings and installs others; He gives wisdom to the wise and grants knowledge to those with understanding.”

Daniel 2:20-21 — VOICE

As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, fall is the perfect time to explore your city or town like a tourist. With its cooler weather and vibrant scenery, there’s no better time to get out and discover what your hometown has to offer.

Whether you’re a longtime resident or a newcomer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this magical season. From visiting local museums and galleries to sampling seasonal fare at local restaurants, there are endless ways to experience your city or town in a new light.

So why not take advantage of the fall season and explore your city or town like a tourist? You may be surprised at what you discover.

Here are some ideas for playing tourist in your town or city this Fall

  1. Start with a fresh perspective. Put on your tourist hat and look at your city or town with new eyes. What are the things that visitors love most about your hometown? Make a list of all the attractions and activities that you’ve always meant to try but haven’t yet.
  2. Visit Local Museums and Art Galleries: Does your town have any museums and art galleries waiting to be explored? Take the time to visit these cultural institutions and learn more about the history and art of your city. You may discover something new and interesting that you never knew about before.
  3. Take a Scenic Walk: Fall is the perfect time to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves. Find a scenic route and take a stroll. You may be surprised at the hidden gems you discover along the way.
  4. Try New Restaurants and Cafes: If you’re a foodie, Fall is a great time to try new restaurants and cafes. Many places offer seasonal menus that are perfect for the cooler weather. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new dishes.
  5. Attend Local Festivals and Events: Fall is festival season in many cities, so take advantage of the opportunity to attend local events. From Oktoberfest to pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone. Check out your city’s event calendar and plan your weekends accordingly.
  6. Explore Nature
  7. Have a picnic: Find a park or other scenic spot and have a picnic lunch or dinner. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to people-watch.
  8. Go stargazing: If you live in a city or town with dark skies, fall is a great time to go stargazing. The nights are longer and the skies are clearer, making it easier to see the stars.
  9. Take a day trip: If you’re looking for a change of scenery, why not take a day trip to a nearby town or city? There are many great day-trip destinations within a short drive of most major cities.
  10. Get a hotel staycation: If you really want to experience your city like a tourist, book a stay in a hotel. This will give you the chance to explore your city from a different perspective and enjoy all the amenities that hotels have to offer.
  11. Go on a fall foliage drive: Go on a family drive or with friends to see the changing leaves and trees in all their autumn shades and splendor.
  12. Take a stroll down memory lane. Visit the places where you grew up, like your old school, playground, or neighborhood. See how things have changed and relive some of your favorite childhood memories
  13. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze. This is a classic fall activity that’s fun for all ages.
  14. Visit a farmers market. Browse the stalls and sample fresh produce, baked goods, and other local products.

Here Are Some Additional Thoughts

— Take your time. Don’t try to pack too much into your staycation. Allow yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy all that your city or town has to offer.

— Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan, so be flexible with your schedule. If it rains one day, have a backup plan.

— Be open to new experiences. Try something new that you’ve never done before. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

— Share your experiences with others. Tell your friends and family about the fun things you’re doing on your staycation. They may be inspired to plan their own hometown staycation.

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Fall is the perfect time to explore nature. Many cities have parks and nature reserves that are great for hiking, biking, and bird-watching.

I hope you find these ideas helpful for playing tourist in your city this Fall and discovering all the amazing things your hometown has to offer. So get out there and start exploring!

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40 Comments

  1. I love these ideas. It’s been so long since I’ve visited my city centre it would probably feel like a whole new town. I’m thinking of booking a hotel stay for my birthday this year, but in my hometown! Preferably one with a nice restaurant!

    1. Anne, that would be so neat. I’m all about restaurants, yum.

  2. Great ideas, Paula! My oldest son lives out-of-state and come to visit twice a year. We often try something new around town during his visits, or even when he’s not here. This year we explored an underground lake in a cave (not my or my daughter-in-law’s favorite, but my husband and sons liked it) and went to an Asian festival.

    Our city has a Facebook and Instagram page where they’ll post about upcoming events or places to visit around town. That helps a lot in finding things to go to or do.

    1. How neat to explore the underground lake and cave. I’m not sure how I would feel about that either. Lol.

  3. These are lots of fun ideas! We really started exploring our town more in depth when we began homeschooling and looking for new and interesting ways to fill our days. I was surprised at how many little museum type things we had tucked around; like the 2 rooms at our historical society with photos and clothing from the civil war.

    1. Oh neat. It’s something when we find something tucked away we didn’t know was there to explore.

  4. These are great ideas! So many times we miss the things right in front of us!

  5. Paula, this makes me wonder what we miss within a stone’s throw of our houses because we’re always running somewhere else …

    1. I know, me too and. Sometimes we find a little nook of a place we didn’t know was there.

  6. These are really great ideas! I was driving somewhere yesterday where I haven’t driven before this time of year and noticed a harvest farm type place for kids, with tractor rides, corn mazes, etc. I don’t have littles any more, but it did make me think that there’s probably plenty right under my nose that I could explore around here! 🙂 Visiting from Senior Salon Pit Stop. Hope to see you at my Will Blog for Comments weekly linkup, too, that opens in a couple of hours.

  7. Visiting from Senior Salon Pit Stop. There seems like there are so many fall festivals in every town, it’s hard to fit them all in. Great ideas. We just got back from a weekend up north to see the fall colors, but we hope to do something every weekend until the leaves are gone.

    1. I’m surprised by how many low to no cost things there are to explore this time of year.

  8. Some really interesting suggestions, Paula! #pocolo

  9. Great idea. My husband and I both recently retired and this would be a great way to get re-acquainted with our town.

    1. Great news on your retirement. Yes I think it would be a great way to get re acquainted with your town. I’m surprised by how many low to no cost things there are to do this time of year.

  10. These are such great ideas! There’s always a little more exploring and adventuring we can do, even close to home! Thanks for sharing them at the Will Blog for Comments #8 linkup. Hope to see you there again next week.

  11. What fun ideas! Exploring things close by can be eye opening for sure, and so relaxing not to have to travel very far!

    1. Thanks Jenna. I’m all about not having to travel far. Lol.

  12. What a great post! I love this idea of looking at our hometown as a tourist. We do go to a local corn maze, farmer’s market and get out to see the fall foliage. But we forget about many other things that bring people to where we live. Thank you!

  13. Lots of ideas here! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 131. Pinned.

  14. As my husband and I have entered a new stage I am always looking for interesting date ideas. Thanks!

  15. Wonderful post to read as the trees here are ever so slowly beginning their change of color 🙂

  16. I love these ideas! We are so busy that we so often forget to see what is around us.

    Thank you for sharing these ideas at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!

    Laurie

    1. Thanks Laurie and you’re so very welcome.

  17. When our kids were little and we were short on time or resources, we’d often go on a “Staycation.” We’d stay in a hotel across town (or even in our neck of the woods) and visit a local restaurant, museum, zoo, etc. We’d meet people who were visiting our area. These were some of our most memorable family trips! Thanks for sending me down memory lane! Loved it!

    1. Laura, how special. I’ve spent many a staycation at home and just seeing what was going on in my area or nearby and your right some of the best memories were made.

  18. I love this idea! I live in a very historic small town and we get thousands of tourists every year. Mostly in the summer months but also during the holidays for the 5K Race and a bunch of other stuff that goes on here. We went to all the museums and historical sites when I was in school but that has been quite a few years 🙂 maybe I need to take a tour and see what changed over the years. Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at the Senior Salon Pit Stop Link Party!
    Hugs,
    Maria @ kraftyplanner.com

    1. It’s neat, to take a look around your town especially if you haven’t in a long time.

  19. I’m so happy to let you know that this post will be featured Monday in the new Linkup SSPS Party.

    1. Yay! Thank you so much Esme’

  20. I love this idea, sometimes we take for granted the area that we live in. I am regularly reminded of what a wonderful area I live in, and I try to be sure to follow this advice on a regular. Thank you for visiting Tell It To Me Tuesday. I hope to see you again this week.

  21. Paula, CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 132!

  22. So often we live close to things yet never visit! I really enjoyed this post, Paula, and you shared some great advice. I’m featuring it at the November Edition of the Hearth and Soul LInk Party which goes live on Sunday 5th November!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this April. And I’m so grateful for the feature. 🤗

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