Americans love autumn. It’s their favorite time of year, according to a survey by research firm YouGov.
One reason for the love affair in Florida is that fall signals the start of some of the best opportunities of the year to enjoy the outdoors.
Of course, it’s hunting season, but nonhunters also can find plenty of reasons to relish the season.
- Active pursuits. Some of the best hiking, biking and paddling begins in late September and continues into the new year. Moderating temperatures, humidity and rainfall make activities more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Photography. Fall is an outdoor photographer’s dream. It offers gorgeous light, stunning color, and some of the best sunrises and sunsets of the year.
- Camping. Fewer crowds, more wildlife and cooler nights are just three things that make autumn a favorite with campers.
- Bird-watching. This is one of two seasons when birds are in motion. Birds from northern climes start to arrive, while some of the birds already here fly farther south. Other wildlife is more active in fall as well.
Something to keep in mind when planning fall outings is weather. Temperatures tend to be cooler—especially overnight—and conditions can change quickly. The days are shorter, too.
Get Ahead of the Crowds
Take advantage of advance reservations at state and national parks. You can make reservations six months in advance at most national parks and monuments, while Florida state parks allow booking camp spots 11 months ahead of time. Making advance reservations for other types of lodging and guide services is also a good idea if you want to beat the crowds.
Special Days in September
September 14, International Crab Fest Day.
September 16, Collect Rocks Day.
September 28, National Hunting and Fishing Day.
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Catch of the Month
Here are prime fishing opportunities around the state in September.
The Keys: bonito, bonefish, swordfish, tuna, drum, mackerel, permit, snook, snapper and tarpon.
Northwest: jack, bluefish, catfish, drum, bonito, seatrout, snapper, barracuda, triggerfish, sheepshead, mackerel, pompano, sailfish, cobia, shark, grouper, marlin, tarpon, tuna and wahoo.
Central West: flounder, bluefish, cobia, bonito, drum, seatrout, grouper, grunt, mackerel, barracuda, porgy, snapper and ladyfish.
Southwest: jack, ladyfish, barracuda, bass, drum, snook, sunfish, cobia, grouper and snapper.