For most of America, the end of summer is paired with visions of pumpkin patches, hayrides and fallen leaves. Is it really even fall if you’re not out picking apples in boots and a cozy sweater?
However, when you think of California weather, these images aren’t exactly what comes to mind. When someone says California, you’re actually probably thinking about trips to the beach and al fresco dining.
In Anaheim, temperatures usually stay in the mid-seventies. It’s not quite sweater weather and if you’re outside in boots, you might be wishing for sandals to magically appear in the trees amongst the apples.
Luckily, fall is a state of mind. No matter where you are, regardless of the weather, you can still take part in your favorite traditions. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, throw on a scarf and let’s take a look at all the fun fall activities Anaheim has to offer.
Enjoy Seasonal Beers at a Local Brewery
Favorites among local Anaheim Breweries include Bottle Logic Brewing, Noble Ale Works and Bruery Terreux. According to several online reviews, all three of these breweries have the following in common: a unique and wide selection of beer to choose from, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a bustling atmosphere. Check out their seasonal selections when you stop by in the fall. There’s so much more to fall drinks than your average Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Pick a Pumpkin
When it comes to fall, all roads lead to pumpkins. Even in the warmer California climate, you can still find the perfect pumpkin to carve among one of their many pumpkin patches.
The Pumpkin Factory, a local favorite, is the spot where all things fall emerge. Not only do they have tons of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors to choose from, but they’ve also completed their experience by providing guests with a petting zoo, games, corn maze, carnival rides, ponies, food and so much more.
Head there in the afternoon and make a day of it. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll never want to leave.
Enjoy the Views
Getting up high and seeing a great view is a fun activity year-round, but doing so in the fall makes it that much better. Not only will you enjoy the colors and scenery of fall from above, but you’ll also enjoy it in a cooler climate.
At A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure you can purchase early morning tickets for a tour that include breakfast, champagne and wine tastings. There’s no better opportunity to check this off your bucket list.
For the most part, people don’t think of Anaheim without thinking of Disneyland. Although Disneyland is a notorious spring and summer destination, a visit in the fall will not leave you disappointed.
In fact, Disneyland is noted for being more fall-friendly than one may think. Parents will appreciate smaller crowds while kids will love the decorations and fall-themed rides spread throughout the park.
In terms of events, consider stopping by Mickey’s Halloween Party. Dress up and visit the park for a new magical experience each year complete with costumes, surprises in your hotel room and more.
As if Thanksgiving wasn’t already magical enough, imagine spending it with your family at America’s favorite theme park. A Thanksgiving at Disneyland includes meals prepared by world-class chefs enjoyed alongside your family’s favorite Disney characters.
Partake in the Anaheim Fall Festival
It’s a true Anaheim tradition. Locals and travelers alike have been coming together since 1923 to have a ball in the name of fall. Recently the festival has become Halloween-focused and includes attractions such as a pumpkin patch, costume contests, carnival games, live music, local vendors and so much more.
Admission is free to Anaheim Fall Festival, making it accessible to all. So get the family together and take part in a celebration that has something for everyone.
Watch the Anaheim Halloween Parade
The Anaheim Fall Festival would not be complete without the Anaheim Halloween Parade. Ghosts, monsters and witches line the streets of downtown Anaheim to spook and entertain families who travel to the sidewalks each year.
Locals see the parade as an opportunity for businesses and organizations and the creative personalities that come out of them to showcase all that makes Anaheim a truly special place. Furthermore, the parade is seen as an opportunity to restore and maintain a true sense of community pride. If you want to get to know this little town, the Halloween Parade is the right time and place to do so.
It can be tough to get in the fall spirit without cool temperatures, we understand. Luckily for you, Anaheim does every other aspect of fall and they do it well. So grab your favorite flannel and head out to see the sites. Winter will be here before you know it!