Serenkonata-Bigstock Belton Missouri AutumnAutumn doesn’t technically begin until September 22, but most of us here in Belton, MO are already fed up with the summer heat, and we’re looking forward to cooler weather, colorful leaves, and crisp apple cider—not to mention the inevitable return of pumpkin spice everything. Besides, many stores already have their Halloween stuff up by now, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about fall road trips and fun autumn activities that we can do with the grandkids as the leaves begin to turn this year.

Here at Lazy Acres, we’re lucky to have so many great autumn activities available within just a short drive of our senior living community in Belton, MO. Here are just a few of our favorites that you can do this fall without having to drive very far.

Apple picking season starts in mid-August and runs through October, and there are plenty of great apple orchards and cider mills in the area that are open to the public! On the Missouri side, you can visit Alldredge Orchards in Platte City or Schweizer Orchards, situated in bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. On the Kansas side, Cider Hill Family Orchard is a favorite, though one of the biggest draws in the area might just be the Louisburg Cider Mill.

Located in Louisburg, Kansas, this mill is home to Ciderfest, happening the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October this year. With the Cider Mill’s famous cider donuts, a pumpkin patch, and lots more fun and games, Ciderfest is always a big hit with children of all ages and anyone who loves good food, good fun, and good cider!

While it may not sound all that exciting at first, many people enjoy leaf watching at local parks, nature centers, and arboretums. And when you consider all the beautiful fall foliage that we have around Belton, MO, the idea of just sitting on a park bench and watching the colors sounds a lot more appealing. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places to do just that in the Belton area, including Swope Park, Shawnee Mission Park, Lakeside Nature Center in KCMO, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, to name just a few.

As fall gears up, it’s also a perfect time to visit farmers markets throughout the area, from the famous one at River Market to smaller but still fascinating local markets in Belton, Overland Park, Shawnee, Parkville, Merriam, Lee’s Summit, Brookside, Olathe, and more. Since farmers markets are at their best early in the morning, you can always combine your trip with a visit to a local attraction, such as the Steamboat Arabia museum in River Market or the Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop across the street from the Olathe farmers market.

And of course, the Kansas City Chiefs will be playing regular season games by the first week of September, so it’s a great time to pick up some tickets and stake out a tailgating spot at Arrowhead.

Whatever your autumn plans are, make sure you get out and enjoy the weather, the beautiful scenery, and a pumpkin spice treat at least once before the seasons turn cold. Winter begins on December 21, and it’ll be here before you know it! While the weather is still good, why not spend the fall season with your friends and neighbors at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, MO? Give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form to learn more!