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What’s not to love about fall in Columbus? Buckeye season is beginning, the leaves are changing colors, and there’s a chill in the air that’s perfect for your favorite sweater.
If you are looking for some fun and affordable activities to enjoy with the whole family this season, grab your pumpkin spice coffee and read on. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite autumnal things to do in Columbus that will get you outside enjoying the crisp weather without breaking the bank:
Apple picking is one of those classic fall things to do in Ohio. It’s an early fall activity that sets the mood for the rest of the season. There are lots of places to pick apples around Columbus and many locations have other activities in addition to apple picking so you can make an afternoon out of it.
Here are some great places for apple picking in Columbus:
It doesn’t get more fall than spending an afternoon at a pumpkin patch – throw in a hayride, drinking apple cider and a corn maze and what could be more festive!
Here are a few pumpkin patches to check out this fall in Central Ohio:
One of the perks of living in the midwest is our beautiful fall weather. Enjoy the blue skies, crisp air and vibrant leaves with a visit to one of the 19 metro parks in Columbus. Central Ohio’s park system includes more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land across 7 counties!
In addition to activities like hiking and biking, you’ll find special events for the whole family. More information can be found here.
Columbus Metro Park Locations:
The Franklin Park Conservatory is one of those magical places in Columbus – especially in the fall season when the gardens are full of pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbages. Stroll around the conservatory during the day with your favorite fall drink or visit in the evening for spooky surprises during Pumpkins Aglow.
Fall is a great time to visit the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium during the day – the weather is nice and cool, so walking around the zoo is a true delight – but it’s in the evening that the zoo really comes alive with the autumnal spirit during Boo at the Zoo. Activities include hayrides, pumpkin displays, candy stops for the kids, and superhero meet and greets.
Other great fall activities not to miss:
Ohio Gourd Show and Festival | October 1-3 | Delaware County Fairgrounds
Creekside Hops and Vines Festival | October 2, 2021 | Creekside Plaza in Gahanna
Festival For Good | October 8, 2021 | Franklinton
Columbus Italian Festival | October 8-10, 2021 | 168 E. Lincoln Street, Columbus
Donut and Beer Festival | October 16, 2021 | Huntington Park
The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow | October 20-24, 2021 | Heritage Park
Highball Halloween | October 23, 2021 | Short North Arts District
Haunted Fest | October 29, 2021 | Ohio Expo Center
According to the National Retail Federation, the average American household spends $685 on back-to-school shopping for children in elementary through high school and $943 for young people going to college. Here are 10 ways to save this fall and throughout the year.
Before you begin shopping, empty your kids’ backpacks to see what was left over from the previous year. Mark them off your checklist and then buy only the items still remaining.
Some states hold tax-free holidays multiple times of the year for particular products. Check out www.taxadmin.org/sales-tax-holidays to see if your state is one of them.
They’re more likely to fall for the strategically placed items stores want you to buy. Backpacks and notepads with your kids’ favorite superhero or Disney character can be 30% or more expensive than generic kinds. If your children insist they need an expensive, trendy backpacks, buy stickers and have them decorate their less expensive gear themselves.
You’ll save on time and gas money.
You decide what items they must have, then with the remainder of the budgeted money, let them choose what they want.
Websites like Dealnews.com, Bensbargains.com, and thekrazycouponlady.com will let you know when coupons or great deals are available for specific items.
Although you’ll have a large initial expense, in the long run the supplies will be cheaper, and you’ll have them on hand for several months.
You’ll be one of the first to find out when they’re offering deals and special promotions.
Websites like Garagesalestracker.com, yardsalesearch.com, and Craigslist.org are great online resources for finding bargains in your area.
That’s when the prices drop significantly. You can even buy for the following year.
Progress continues on our new Reynoldsburg Branch! Located at 5950 Carnaby Way, Columbus, the new facility will feature a three-lane drive-thru, 24-hour ATM and be significantly larger than the current East Side branch. The building is projected to open in the Fall 2021.
Happy Fourth! Enjoy and have a safe holiday.
In observance of Independence Day – Education First Credit Union will have special holiday hours: On Monday, July 5, 2021 – all branches will be CLOSED.
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Celebrate fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality, with this Juneteenth reading list: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/juneteenth