Hospitality Health ER wants you to get out and stay active this fall. Instead of being cooped up in your house with endless chores and TV, get your family out of the house and start taking advantage of the many outdoor activities Longview has to offer, including its many fall festivities and pumpkin patches. This is a great way to get your daily cardio in, especially if you’re not a treadmill kind of person, or your kids are too young to hit the gym.

It’s important to find activities that keep your family’s minds stimulated and bodies moving throughout the week. Walking briskly or chasing your kids around for a good 30 minutes (to start) does wonders for their healthand yours, too. You are likely to burn anywhere from 600 to 800 calories simply by enjoying a day at Calie’s Acre, Yesterland, Six Flags, or the zoo. Actually, you can burn that much in just two hours if you’re walking at a pace of 3.5 mph per hour.

With more physical activity, in general, you may start to see improvement in mood, weight, strength, outlook on life, and even improvement with certain medical conditions like anxiety, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Now as the weather is cooling down, it’s even more motivation to get outside and enjoy fresh air and an active weekend with your family.

This season, fall in love with all the autumn festivities around East Texas, starting with the pumpkin patches. They’re fun, nearby, and conducive to getting up and moving.

Here are a few to check out:

Pumpkin Patches Near Longview

Calie’s Acre (Longview): As a single mother working around the clock, Calie didn’t have many opportunities to enjoy outings and playdates with her son. Although her son, Ryan, is grown and now serving in the Army (hats off to Ryan), Calie is living her dream watching other families enjoy quality time on her creation, Calie’s Acre. Located at 10589 State Hwy 300, just north of Longview, TX,  Calie’s Acre is Calie’s dream come true with 7 acres of family friendly fun for East Texas since 2009. You can hop around from activity to activity including a hayride, spider web, playground, a maze featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin, pumpkin patches and so much more. When you’re ready to take a well-deserved breather, visit the music garden, feed the hundreds of ducks on site, paint the pig, or get a picture in the Big Chair.

Yesterland Farm (Canton): Now open! Yesterland Farms has over 30 activities and attractions including apple cannons, a rock wall, and pony rides. Run around their 3-acre “mystery design” corn maze, then stroll over to the petting zoo to meet Lola the donkey. At Yesterland’s pumpkin patches, you can pick out the right pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern creation and catch a screening of a pumpkin movie. There are even After Dark events for the braver families to enjoy.

Moore Farms (Bullard): At Moore Farms in Bullard, you’ll be welcomed by a sea of orange fields that are full of plump, beautiful pumpkins. Take the family on a hayride, play a game of tag in the U-Pick patch, get lost in the mazes, then head back to the barn for fall decorations and family fun.

Texas State Railroad (Peanuts Pumpkin Patch) – (Rusk) The Pumpkin Patch Express at Texas State Railroad Park offers many fall festivities. Kids can pick up their pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, visit Trick or Treat Street (but maybe limit your kiddos to only a couple of pieces of candy), and enjoy a hayride, games, music and more!

Whatever you do with your Autumn, stay active and stay healthy!