Although autumn might be the best time to cozy up indoors with a warm glass of cider, Bay Area locals would be remiss to skip out on this month’s nature-filled activities.
A natural reserve amid bustling downtown San Jose, Guadalupe River Park offers a host of recreational activities. Walk or bike along its expansive trails, wander through the Heritage Rose Garden, or get lost in the 3.3-acre Historic Orchard. For the outdoorsy types, boredom is not a possibility here. San Jose
Setting foot on the magnificent Filoli Estate feels akin to stepping into a Jane Austen novel. Although the property’s Georgian era-inspired house is closed for the season, visitors can still stroll through the sprawling garden and learn about its rich horticultural offerings. Afterward, roam along the estate’s milelong trail and view the surrounding fields of native plants traditionally used by the region’s Indigenous Ohlone tribe. Woodside
Even those who aren’t fans of the outdoors can enjoy unplugging from city life with this luxurious alternative to conventional camping. The retreat’s yurts and aircrete domes accommodate up to two people each while maintaining all the conveniences of home. The site is located in a dense redwood forest and is within driving distance of Santa Cruz’s best beaches. Watsonville
More than the typical pumpkin patch, Arata’s Pumpkin Farm also features a dizzying 2-acre hay maze, as well as a haunted barn and petting zoo. These amusing activities might be tiring, so relax at one of the many picnic areas throughout the acreage. Half Moon Bay
Fall is the ideal time for classic films that evoke nostalgia and a little suspense. At Par 3 at Poplar Creek, diners can savor meals while enjoying family-favorite flicks such as Beetlejuice and Halloween. Book a private movie night for a safe family gathering or business event. San Mateo
You don’t need to be an experienced equestrian to take part in one of Sea Horse Ranch’s tours. Riders can journey along the beach, on bluffs overlooking the ocean or coastal trails. The tours are roughly two hours long and provide plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Half Moon Bay
Photography by: Courtesy of Guadalupe River Park Conservancy