10 Blissful Ways to Explore and Share Franklin This Fall
Crisp air. The crunch of freshly fallen leaves. Football games. Pumpkin spice everything. These are all signs that fall has officially arrived, and I am gearing up to make this fall the best one yet! Franklin, Tennessee has so many awesome activities this time of year it’s hard to pick and choose. So, I went ahead and created a list full of my favorite fall activities you can do right here in Franklin that are both family-friendly and free (or seriously sensible).
So, rather than hibernate, print out this list, throw on your favorite flannel, wrap yourself up in a blanket scarf and let’s get started because…it’s fall y’all!
Gourmet Hot Chocolate at Kilwin’s
I know everyone is into "pumpkin spice this" and "pumpkin spice that," but if you’re not into coffee or just plain sick of the whole pumpkin spice craze, I highly recommend heading to Kilwin’s and ordering yourself a Gourmet Hot Chocolate. The days of powdered chocolate mix and boiled water are over. Kilwin’s steams fresh milk and loads in tons of real shaved chocolate to create the richest, smoothest, chocolatey-est cup of cocoa you’ll ever have. Perfect for any fall day.
Premier Pumpkin Picking at Gentry’s Farm
It’s not quite fall in Williamson County until Gentry’s Farm opens! It is the absolute best place to hunt for that perfect pumpkin and is super kid-friendly. Gentry’s Farm has everything from a corn maze to wagon rides. You get a pumpkin. And you get a pumpkin. Everybody gets a pumpkin!
Take a Spooky Ghost Tour
Ok ghost hunters… this one is for you! If you’re into folklore and scary stories take a haunted tour around Franklin. Franklin on Foot offers themed ghost tours that are especially spooky this time of year. Choose from Haunted Franklin, Ghosts of the Battlefield, Murder, and Mayhem or a special Grave Matters cemetery tour only offered on Halloween weekend. Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh my!
Perfect Fall Hike at Timberland Park
Any hiker will tell you that Fall is the ideal time of year to bust out your boots and head for the trails. In addition to the picturesque scenery and glimpses of wildlife, Timberland Park offers several trails for hikers of all skill levels as well as guided hikes. Catch their Night Hike on October 20 for free!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts
Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts never disappoint, and just in time for fall, they’re baking up fresh batches of their Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar doughnuts (who’s drooling?). You can find Ellie’s food truck every Saturday at the Franklin Farmer’s market located at the Factory.
Pumpkinfest: The Ultimate Fall Festival
Chili Cook-off. Check. Extreme Pumpkin Carving. Check. Franklin’s Largest Pumpkin. Check. Yep, sounds like Pumpkinfest is back in all its glory! Come dressed to impress in your best costume and enjoy the sights and sounds of Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival right in the heart of historic downtown Franklin. (Just watch the video above!)
It’s sweater season folks, and the boutiques on and around Main Street have got you covered. Jondie, Imago Dei, Philanthropy, Finnley’s Good Findings, Franklin Road, the list goes on and on.
Catch a Frightful Flick for Free
There is nothing I like more than watching Halloween movies. Unless they’re free, then, yeah, I like that more. Academy Park is hosting free Movie Nights in October! Yes, I said free. Bring a blanket and some friends and enjoy some of your favorite Halloween classics. Did I mention it’s free?
Ultimate Trick-or-Treating in Hincheyville
Say goodbye to snack-sized and mini chocolate bars. This neighborhood is the real deal! Every year, on October 31, the historic neighborhood of Hincheyville, located on West Main Street in downtown Franklin, turns into the ultimate trick-or-treat destination for the young (and young at heart). While you’re stocking up on candy take a peek at some of the elaborately decorated historic homes that line this beautiful neighborhood.
Fall Foliage Drive
People flock to Middle Tennessee to take in the gorgeous views of its famed fall foliage. A drive down the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway is a perfect illustration of just how beautiful fall can truly be in this area, and why Travel + Leisure named Franklin one of the "Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States." Enjoy this tree-lined 444-mile historic parkway in the comfort of your car.