With summer’s oppressive heat finally starting to wane, the crisp, clean days of fall will soon be upon us. That’s right, pumpkin Spice coffee will soon be back at your local coffee shop and cider donuts will once again grace your Sunday breakfast table.

So, there’s no better time than now to start planning on ways to make the most out of the year’s most pleasurable season. And luckily, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the cool, dry days of autumn outdoors. Here’s our list of seven must-do activities to enjoy with your friends and family this fall.

Attend a Football Game

For a lot of people, fall means football. So, get out there and root for your favorite team with your friends. Savor the delicious flavors and aromas of the game by arriving early and partaking in the tailgating activities. Whether you are attending an NFL game, your college Alma Mater, or supporting your local high school team, today’s football games are all-day events, so be prepared, drink responsibly, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow fans.

Go on a Nature Hike

There’s nothing like the quiet beauty that comes with taking a nature hike in the fall. With the leaves changing and the temperatures cooling, it’s the perfect combination that allows you to truly enjoy the splendor of nature as the seasons are changing. Just remember, once the leaves start falling, they come down fast, so if you want to see all the incredible foliage before it’s gone for the year, make sure you check out the Farmer’s Almanac guide for the best dates to catch the peak fall colors in your state.

Go Apple Picking

Apples are at their peak of ripeness in the fall, so plan a visit to your local orchard and fill up a bushel or two of crisp, delicious apples. With so many uses, you can never have too many of them. Keep some in the fridge for a healthy grab and go snack, use some to bake a homemade apple pie, juice some to make your own cider, or make some apple bread or muffins. Need more ideas? Check out HGTV’s 10 Great Ways to Use Apples This Fall.

Pick Pumpkins  – Or Christmas Trees

It won’t be long before Halloween will be here, so make sure your family has the biggest and best-looking pumpkins for carving by getting out there early and picking the perfect pumpkins. A lot of pumpkin patches also grow Christmas trees, so if you like to have your holiday tree freshly cut, you can pull double duty and pick out and tag your tree while you’re there, so you won’t have to deal with the tree shopping crowds come the holidays.

Take a Scenic Drive

Taking a drive in the summer is always fun, but with the heat and humidity, the windows usually need to stay up and the AC needs to be on high. During the fall, however, you can turn off the AC, put the windows down, and let the fresh air roll over your face and through your hair. Crank up your favorite tunes and take in all the glorious colors of fall. Just be sure to wear your Cablz eye glasses strap to keep your glasses or sunglasses in place! Here are ten of the most scenic fall drives, if you need some inspiration.

Go Fishing

Spending the day fishing gives you a much-needed break from the daily grind. It allows you to relax, clear your mind, and live in the moment. Whether or not you catch a fish is unimportant. Just getting out and enjoying the serenity of being near the water is enough to make this fall activity worthwhile. But of course, there are few things that can get your heart pumping like hooking a big fish on the line! When you’re fishing, using an eyeglass retainer like those available from Cablz keeps your sunglasses safe no matter how challenging it is to reel in the Big One.

Rake Leaves

Okay, raking leaves isn’t high on most people’s lists of “fun fall activities,” but there is pleasure to be found even in this task. Raking leaves can be a meditative practice. It allows you the time to work things through your head while you’re raking the yard. In fact, you won’t believe how many problems you can solve just by dwelling on them while you rake. With your body doing one thing and your mind doing another, it’s the ultimate multi-task situation. Or, if you like to read but have been too busy lately to find the spare time to dedicate to it, slip on a pair of headphones and listen to an audiobook.

What All Outdoor Fall Activities Have in Common

Fall is simply the best time of year to be outside. Besides having the most pleasant temperatures and scenery, the season doesn’t have winter’s brutal and inclement weather, spring’s congestive pollen, or summer’s oppressive heat and humidity.

But if there’s one thing that all outdoor fall activities have in common, it’s that the sun can be especially bright. With fewer leaves on the trees, there’s nothing standing in the way between you and the blinding light of the sun. So, your reliance on your sunglasses and other eyewear may be slightly higher during this time of year.

And with so many things to do this fall, the last thing you should have to worry about is keeping your eyewear where it’s supposed to be. Cablz straps for glasses offer innovative solutions that keep your eyewear in place – minus the uncomfortable and restrictive feeling you usually experience from other types of sunglasses straps. Shop our selection of sunglass lanyards today and get outside and make the most out of this fall.