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6 Fall Activities to Try This Year—That Aren’t Apple Picking

You’ve already taste-tested ciders and picked a bunch of apples—here’s how to get off the beaten path.

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Take a ghost tour

Do you believe in ghosts? Even if you don’t, ghost tours are a great way to learn about the history of a place. Not to mention, they’re often low-cost and a fun way to get outside. If you’re up for it, take a tour in one of the world’s most haunted places.

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Ride a ski lift

To keep people visiting in the off-season, many ski resorts have taken to opening their chair lifts in the fall. These “leaf lifts” offer panoramic views of the changing fall foliage, plus views from the top of whatever mountain you summit. Even better? They’re budget-friendly!

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Tailgate a football game

The tailgates for your local college team could be even more fun (and way cheaper) than the ones for a professional team. Get a crew together, bring a hoodie, and hit the parking lot.

Plus: 8 Top North American Cities for Sports Fans

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Ride horses on a scenic trail

There’s no better way to take in the scenery than on horseback. Grab a friend and head to the nearest stable. Most 1.5-hour trail rides cost around $60-$100 each.

Strap on a backpack, pack some energy snacks, fill up your water and hit the trail with these fitness-friendly B.C. adventures.

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Plant bulbs in the garden for spring

Soak up the last few days of warmth by spending some time in the garden. Bulb flowers such as daffodils and tulips are best planted in fall. (If you didn’t know that, don’t miss these expert gardening tips for beginners.) And once spring comes around, your garden will be lush with flowers.

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Take a hot air balloon ride

If you’re willing to shell out a bit of cash in order to get the best views, consider scheduling a hot-air balloon during peak foliage season. Most rides will cost you around $250 to $350, but the views you’ll take in and the photos you’ll take will be priceless. If you’re travelling with a partner, it’s also insanely romantic.

Plus: Canada’s 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls

Originally Published on Reader's Digest