Fall has officially arrived and, in theory, the weather will soon start to change. That means you’re running out of time to do some outdoor activities. In my opinion, here are five things you should definitely try to do while you still can.

Visit Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

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We are fortunate to have a really awesome zoo. A beautiful landscape, great animals and educational features…and it really is very affordable. Honestly, this might be the best time of the year to visit the zoo. The cooler temperatures make for a really comfortable trip around the zoo. Get more zoo info, including hours of operation here.

Tour the LST 325

The LST is actually out on its annual cruise right now and is scheduled to return on October 17th. I need to follow my own advice on this one since I have never taken the tour. I tell myself each year that I’m gonna take the family out there, and then we never do. The cooler fall temperatures should also make this experience more enjoyable considering there is no air conditioning in the bowels of the LST.

Have a Garage Sale

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This serves a couple important purposes. It gives you a reason/excuse to get rid of a bunch of crap that you no longer need and clears up some space in your home/garage. It also puts some easy money in your pocket. There are some crazy garage sale shoppers in this area, so go through your stuff and decide what you can and cannot live without. Schedule a day for your sale, then get the word out on social media and I promise people will come by.

Go On a Picnic

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Let’s keep it real…a picnic on a beautiful day is an awesome way to spend some time with your family or you bae. And now is the perfect time of year for a picnic. We have a lot of great parks to choose from around town. And there are a ton of beautiful “non-park” areas to take advantage of too. Seriously, when was the last time you went on a picnic? Do yourself a favor and go on one this year while you still can.

Take a Road Trip

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I’m not suggesting that you plan a cross country trip that will cost a bunch of money and take several days. I’m suggesting you plan a one-day trip. Hell, you can even just plan a trip that just takes a few hours. The weather is perfect for cruising with the windows down…the top down…or cruising on just two wheels. Get off the highway and take a trip through the back roads. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Explore the Tri-State a little bit. You might just find a hidden treasure, and you’ll definitely create an awesome experience with lasting memories.