5 free apps for fall fun: bake an apple pie, take a hike, and more

Spending an afternoon in the fresh autumn air with colorful leaves can be a great day.

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Autumn often comes with a number of clich√© attributes: pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks, flannel shirts and snap perfectly timed photos with friends at pumpkins. But that doesn’t change the fact that many people are looking for recipes, crafts, excursions, and outdoor activities to get into the autumn spirit.

No matter what fall looks like to you, these apps can help you step into the season and find some fun things to do before winter arrives.



Pinterest is an excellent resource if you want to get creative.

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Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas for almost anything. The website and its app can help you find decoration inspiration, fall crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. You can also look for soups, ciders, braised meats, and other pumpkin spice treats. Pinterest can filter the results based on prep time, dietary needs, and required ingredients.

Big Oven


Are you looking for new recipes? Discover BigOven.

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Speaking of food, BigOven is packed with recipes for meetings, dinners, quick snacks and comfort food. You can use the website or apps all year round to find the perfect dish. Once the leaves start to change, it’s as easy as searching for “autumn” and BigOven will display mouthwatering images for spicy apple pie, hot and spicy chili, pumpkin cookies, and more.

BigOven is free as a guest to search for recipes. With a free account, you can also save recipes and get printable versions. There is also a pro version with meal planning and grocery list tools.

App for national or state parks


Adventure awaits you whether you are on a long journey or staying closer to home.

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Depending on where you live, autumn could be the “sweet spot” of your area’s climate and perfect for being outdoors. There are dozens of places to explore in your state no matter where you live, from state parks to state forests, historic sites, nature reserves and wildlife refuges.

Depending on where you live, your location may or may not have an app. More well-known places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the Smoky Mountains, and others do. But even if your local park doesn’t have an app, you can check its website to learn more about hiking trails and seasonal events.



You don’t have to be an outdoor expert to use AllTrails.

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The AllTrails app can be a complementary app if you are headed to a park. The app is useful if you’re looking for a challenging hike, a new place to walk your dog, or want to check out the vibrant autumn leaves.

AllTrails features GPS route maps, downloadable offline maps and topographic maps. You can specify routes for mountain biking, running or hiking, searching for a hiking community, trail running and more. It’s a useful app for exercise enthusiasts and adventurers, but still manageable if you want to keep it casual.



Check that you have a sunny sky before taking a trip.

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If you’re headed outdoors, the AccuWeather app will ensure your plans aren’t derailed by bursts of cold, heat, rain, or whatever. The app locates your location to provide weather data and updates every minute. You can keep track of a forecast two weeks in advance, in case you’re trying to plan the kids’ fall break in advance.

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