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October has arrived in Virginia Beach, VA, bringing with it cooler temperatures, falling leaves and sweater weather we’ve been waiting for. Autumn in our beachside city is a beautiful season, perfect for spending time outdoors enjoying your favorite traditions.

While this fall includes the need to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of Covid 19, it is still an excellent time to enjoy outdoor activities that are naturally socially-distanced. Picking and decorating pumpkins, hiking trails, preparing your favorite fall foods and indulging in pumpkin-flavored drinks and treats galore are just a few pandemic-friendly ways to welcome this new season into your life.

Here are a few of our favorite, fun ways to celebrate Fall in Virginia Beach, VA.

Pumpkin Patch
Pack up your family and head to one of several local pumpkin patches in Virginia Beach, including Cullipher Farms and Cavalry Pumpkin Patch. Don your favorite sweaters and boots, wear a mask and enjoy gathering gourds for decorating and pumpkins for carving.

Decorate/Carve Pumpkins
Once you’ve picked your pumpkins, bring them home and begin your favorite, timeless tradition of pumpkin carving. If you’ve never carved a pumpkin before, or want a few extra tips to get you started, here are a few to help you carve it up perfectly.

Hike the Trails
Step outside your front door and walk just minutes to a variety of gorgeous trails at First Landing State Park, a beautiful and scenic environment filled with changing leaves and crisp breezes.

Pumpkin Beer
Move over, pumpkin latte, because pumpkin beer season is here, and for Virginia Beach locals, it’s easy to get a cold glass of the good stuff now that autumn is here. Visit nearby breweries we love, like Commonwealth Brewing Company or Pleasure House Brewing Company for a local selection of your favorite brews.

Prepare Your Favorite Fall Foods
Nothing says fall like roasted root vegetables, pumpkin muffins and your mother’s chili recipe. Cool weather signals the start of stove season, and you can happily heat up your home with the smells and flavors you cherish from the dishes and meals you’ve been craving.