Fall 2021 begins on September 22, and families around the Waldorf, Maryland, area are thinking about fun things to do to enjoy the fall season. One of the most popular activities in Maryland includes a trip to see the fall foliage. Parents and children will delight in the vibrant colors of the leaves on the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the sweet bite of a freshly picked apple. So, where are the best sightseeing places this fall? Don’t worry, the We Make Kids Smile team has the hookup.
5 Great Places to See the Fall Foliage in Maryland
Fall can be such a pleasant time for families. The kids are back to school and relishing the return of a routine (or maybe it’s the parents enjoying the routine), football season is back in session and football lovers are ready to enjoy football on Sundays and Mondays, fall foods are cooking in the crockpot, and it’s the perfect time for a snuggle in front of the fireplace.
But, one of the best activities in the fall includes a trip to a scenic location to take in the vibrant colors. In Maryland, the best time to see the fall colors is usually late October and early November. Dominant colors are yellow and red, but if you get lucky, you might see hues of orange and purple too.
1. Take a turn on one of Maryland’s scenic byways.
Some of Maryland’s best-kept secrets, after all, are the scenic byways; for example, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway spans 419 miles along Eastern Maryland’s coastal country roads. Another fantastic scenic drive is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, named after the brave Civil War leader. So, grab some coffee, pack some water bottles and healthy tooth-friendly snacks for the kids, and hit the road! We bet you’ll love these road adventures so much that they’ll become an annual family tradition.
2. Explore the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge.
The Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge is a great place for you and the kids to enjoy the majestic outdoors. Pack some hiking boots and explore the walking trails this fall season. Grab your camera or cell phone and snap some family selfies with the spectacular fall colors behind you. Be sure to take in the breathtaking view of the Chester River or the Chesapeake Bay from one of the two boardwalks conveniently located within the refuge.
3. Get out on the Chester River.
Rent a boat or kayak and explore the Chester River. The Brampton Inn offers kayak and picnic packages that make it easy for you and the family to enjoy a self-guided tour of the river and admire the autumn leaves. Then, pull off to the side to enjoy a picnic lunch or snack and delight in the colors that surround you along the river banks. Not only will you get some great photos, enjoy some quality family time and build memories, but you’ll all get a bit of exercise too. And with the cooler weather that accompanies the fall season, you can get an enjoyable workout without overheating.
4. Take a drive to Tuckahoe State Park.
Though Maryland boasts over 50 state parks, one of our favorites is Tuckahoe State Park. Tuckahoe Creek is a peaceful country stream that runs through the park’s length and is bordered by wooded marshlands. A 60-acre lake offers boating, flatwater canoeing, and fishing too. The park features over 20 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails. You’ll also find a recycled tire playground perfect to let children burn off some energy built up during the car ride.
5. Pick some apples in Southern Maryland
We’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend a trip or two to a Maryland apple orchard this fall where you can enjoy an apple for a snack instead of gummy bears or another sugary treat. Fruits, such as apples, help clean the plaque from our teeth, and they help make our breath fresher too. Not only that, but apples contain antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin C that help protect our gums from cell damage and bacterial infection. Some of our favorite apple orchards include Gardenhour Orchards, Lewis Orchards, and Weber’s Farm. Our great state has plenty of apple orchards to choose from, so visit a few and decide which one is your favorite. We’d love to hear about it!
Tell We Make Kids Smile about your favorite fall season activity.
We love the fall and we especially love it when our patients tell us about their fall season adventures. So, the next time your child visits us for a dental cleaning or any of our dental services, encourage them to tell us about your fall season family activities. And if your child is overdue for a trip to the dentist, now is a great time to request an appointment. The We Make Kids Smile team looks forward to partnering with you to provide the best possible dental care and dental visit experience for your child.