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4 Fall Activities to Keep You Active & Happy
Health & Wellness

4 Fall Activities to Keep You Active & Happy

September 22, 2023

Getting out and enjoying fall is a great way to stay active while the outdoors transition from one season to the next. The colorful foliage and crisp air make for perfect outdoor activity weather as well as a mood boost. Going for a walk, supporting local outdoor businesses, contributing to the community, and staying active are all great ways to participate in the beautiful fall we witness every year.

Activities to help you transition from summer to fall

Ride your bike or walk your pet on the greenway

Grand Forks offers a naturally flourished 10-mile greenway that leads you next to the Red River and the Red Lake River. When the leaves begin to change, the greenway shows off the beautiful foliage Grand Forks has to offer. Riding your bike or taking a walk along this path is a great way to stay active and see what beauty this town has to show off.

Visit the pumpkin patch

Two kids picking out pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.

Located 18 miles west of Grand Forks lies Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch. Here, one can visit the shack for fall treats and other goodies, follow the Spookley Storybook Trail, attempt the corn maze, get spooked in the haunted house, take the pumpkin plunge, along with an array of other unique activities. If you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, Patch in the Point is located five miles south of East Grand Forks. You will find face painting, pony rides, and pumpkin picking, along with a series of events including pet adoption events. Both places are great for getting a pumpkin to carve as well as some exercise while picking the pumpkins and supporting local businesses. They both provide special experiences and will leave you feeling full of fresh air and ready for fall!

Carving Pumpkins

If you plan on carving pumpkins, always remember to:

  • Carve in a well-lit space
  • Carve away from yourself
  • Use a dry pumpkin and dry tools
  • Have adult supervision and always let them do the cutting


Fall recipes

A staple of the start of fall is consuming everything pumpkin-related. Follow this quick, easy and healthy recipe for no-bake pumpkin energy balls. All you need is rolled oats, nut butter, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, sweetener, vanilla extract, spices (ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves), and chocolate chips. Simply mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, make into small balls, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then, enjoy!

Get involved in community events

Supporting your local Hawks is a great way to be active and support our community. There are tons of events located on the UND website. There are also many other events around Grand Forks that are directed towards fall and are a great way to stay involved in the community while trying something new and staying active.

We hope you enjoy a safe and cozy fall season. Remember, if any illnesses creep in or tummy aches arise, Altru Express Care Clinics provide care for minor illnesses and injuries. Find an express clinic near you.


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