Ultimate Family Guide to Fall 2023

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Fall RoadFamily Trips

Fall decor, pumpkin treats, and farm festivals are finally here! If you want to make the most of the cozy season, have you considered planning a road trip with your family? Road trips are the perfect, quick escape from the city where you can dive into family-friendly fall and winter festivities. Whether it’s apple picking or nature hikes, tractor rides, or fudge tastings, your kiddos will have plenty of fun activities to do, all while exploring the history of unique towns. We’ve rounded up some of the best road trip destinations for your family this year. Get your train tickets or GPS ready, because these are fall vacays you do not want to miss!

Discover Central Massachusetts

From fall foliage to beautiful vineyards and historic villages to botanical gardens, the crisp days of autumn are an excellent time to discover central Massachusetts. This itinerary makes for a great weekend trip! Start by exploring New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill in Boylston, MA, with Myths, Magic & Monsters in October, then enjoy lunch in their charming café. (While there, buy tickets for their Nov/Dec Night Lights celebration, an experience not to be missed!) Afterward, drive around the reservoir to see the Old Stone Church, built in 1890, where fall foliage is a stunning backdrop for photos and a lovely stroll.

In the afternoon, journey through time at the Worcester Art Museum, whose 38,000 artworks include objects from ancient Antioch, European Old Masters, early American paintings, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and more.

Are you craving a glass of local wine? Beautiful Agronomy Farm Vineyard in Oakham, MA offers flights, pours, and bottle sales, plus a delicious selection of snacks in their tasting room, including local cheeses, crackers, nuts, spreads, chips, and chocolate.

Later, check in to the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge. Nestled on acres of beautiful countryside, you’ll be greeted with warm pecan sweet rolls at the Inn’s famous Bake Shoppe. Choose a room in the Historic Inn, dating from 1771, or the Chamberlain House, a more recent addition.

Spend your second day at Old Sturbridge Village exploring the 200+ acres and 40 historical buildings of this recreated 1830s rural

New England town. Be sure to stay for Phantoms by Firelight from 4:30-9:00 pm on October weekends to enjoy “spooky delights” from carnivalesque performances and candy to storytelling by the bonfire. Or visit later in the season for Christmas by Candlelight, a unique look at the history of holiday traditions.

For information on these attractions, additional lodging options, restaurants, and more visit discovercentralma.org.

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resort & indoor waterpark

555 Resorts World Dr. Monticello, NY 12701 www.thekartrite.com

An easy 90-minute car ride from NYC lands you here, The Kartrite Resort.

New York’s newest and biggest indoor waterpark. Modern and stylish suites. Hi-Tech Adventure Zone. 8 eclectic eateries and bars. Daily activities schedule, bowling, a ropes course, and laser tag. Gorgeous hiking trails. 11,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate large or small groups.

And much, much more. Just a short walk to the spectacular Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Catskills.

Frederick County, Maryland

Are you in need of a peaceful, relaxing, and scenic getaway? Frederick County, Maryland, can provide just that! History lovers will enjoy learning about Frederick’s part during the American Civil War, including battlefields, Monocacy National Battlefield, and South Mountain State Battlefield. Families can take beautiful hikes through Chimney Rock in Catoctin Mountain Park or Cunningham Falls State Park.

You could even spend the day with animals at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve or ride a themed train on Walkersville Southern Railroad. And with 20 nationally-branded hotels and camping sites nearby, booking a stay is easy.

For families traveling this fall, plan to visit fall festivals on local farms. Conquer the twists and turns of the corn maze, bounce to new heights on the jumping pillows, get hands-on petting and feeding the farm animals, and pick out the perfect pumpkin.

Celebrate autumn by attending Colorfest in Thurmont, Maryland, October 14-15th. Colorfest is one of the largest outdoor craft shows on the East Coast. Explore amazing crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, and

various delicious foods. Or, look ahead to Sailing through the Winter Solstice event beginning on November 18th—experience over 25 lighted boats displayed in Carroll Creek Park in Downtown Frederick. More info at Visitfrederick.org

The Kartrite Resort

Want an all-in-one destination that will guarantee endless family adventures this Fall? The Kartrite Resort in the Catskill Mountains is home to NY’s biggest indoor waterpark and much more. Spend an entire day at the 11 waterpark attractions just a 90-minute drive from the city, then check into one of the new and modern resort suites to get some rest. All suites (available as 1, 2, or 3 bedroom and bunk bed suites) come with four passes for the waterpark for the day of check-in and check-out.

Beyond the water fun, enjoy The Kartrite’s seven eclectic eateries and bars, a full daily activities schedule, and soak in the fresh Catskills air with archery, goat yoga, or hiking on up to 6 miles of trails. Plus, head indoors to endless fun at Playopolis arcade, laser tag, ropes course, rock climbing, bowling, virtual reality, and more. You could even plan your trip around one of the themed weeks: October 2630: Halloween Hullabaloo, November 23-27: Friendsgiving Week, or December 21-27: Holly Jolly Holidays Week. Exciting promotions and packages await if you have a special occasion like a birthday or bar/bat mitzvah!

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Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle

The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, located 80 miles from New York City in Bucks County, PA, are two National Historical Landmark sites celebrating the legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer, American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist, and scholar.

The Mercer Museum is a six-story concrete castle built between 1913 and 1916 that features both seasonal exhibitions and a core museum collection of over 17,000 preindustrial tools. This permanent collection offers visitors a unique window into preindustrial America through sixty different crafts and trades and is one of the most comprehensive portraits of pre-industrial America.

Fonthill Castle, built between 1908 and 1912, was the home of Henry Mercer and served as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints, with the interior featuring Mercer’s renowned, hand-crafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Rhode Island

Embark on a captivating fall road trip through Rhode Island, where history, mystery, and autumnal beauty await. Here is your itinerary for an unforgettable journey!

• Providence Ghost Tour (Available throughout October): Begin your road trip in Providence, where the city’s rich haunted history comes to life. Join the Providence Ghost Tour, the city’s longestrunning haunted history tour, perfect for families. Wander through the eerie tales and ghostly legends that haunt the city’s streets. Learn more at visitrhodeisland.com/event/providence-ghost-tour/92438/.

• Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular (until October 31) : Continue your family journey to Roger Williams Park Zoo, where the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular awaits. The kids will love immersing themselves in the enchanting ambiance of Halloween with this nationally acclaimed event. Marvel at thousands of intricately carved pumpkins, each telling a unique story. Check out visitrhodeisland.com/event/jack-olantern-spectacular/92071/ for all the details.

• Oktoberfest 2023: Head to Pawtucket to celebrate Oktoberfest at the German-American Cultural Society of RI. Experience the Bavarian tradition of the Wies’n with authentic German cuisine, lively music, and delicious beer for adults only (of course!). Join in the festive atmosphere! All the details can be found at visitrhodeisland. com/event/oktoberfest-2023/95191/.

• Fall Foliage: As you traverse Rhode Island, take advantage of the opportunity to witness the vibrant fall foliage. Explore numerous trails and parks, such as Lincoln Woods State Park, to soak in the breathtaking

autumn views. Experience the essence of the season in all of its colorful splendor!

• Rhode Island Lighthouses: Rhode Island is a haven for lighthouse enthusiasts. Take some time during your journey to explore the unique and historic lighthouses that dot the coastline. Each lighthouse has its own fascinating story and charm, making for memorable photo stops along the way.

With a blend of spooky tales, mesmerizing pumpkin displays, Bavarian festivities, fall foliage, and iconic lighthouses, your fall road trip through Rhode Island promises excitement and serenity, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

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2023–2024 | Fall/Winter Fun 11 Make moments that matter in hip and historic Frederick County, Maryland. Wander historic downtowns with locally-owned specialty shops, galleries, and theaters. Venture outdoors in National and State Parks and experience our storied past at Civil War battlefields. Indulge in world-class restaurants and unwind at dozens of tasting rooms. visitfrederick.org • 800-999-3613 Heighten YOUR SENSES

Rockland County, NY

For a perfect family road trip, visit Rockland County – just 30 miles north of NYC.

Situated along the majestic Hudson River and nestled among thousands of acres of untouched parkland, you can expect lots of outdoor fun: hiking trails, mountain vistas, and plenty of fall foliage. Rockland County also offers exquisite waterfront villages with world-class restaurants, art galleries, theatres, shopping, historic sites, and more!

Fall is the perfect time to explore Rockland County. Visit one of the many farms and farmer’s markets where you’ll find fresh produce, pumpkin and apple picking, and more! Stop by Dr. Davies Farm, one of Rockland’s oldest working farms, where you can pick your own pumpkins and apples, enjoy hayrides, and shop for homemade pies, donuts, and cookies. You can also sample delicious hard ciders at the newly opened Red Barn Cidery at Dr. Davies Farm. Enjoy sweet ciders made from Dr. Davies’ apples, food trucks, and live music. With so much nature surrounding you, choosing just one hiking adventure can be tricky. For a fun family outing, visit Bear Mountain State Park – an outdoor lover’s paradise! The park features various outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing, as well as the park’s Trailside Museums and Zoo. Visitors

can also enjoy spectacular panoramic views from Perkins Memorial Tower, located at the summit of Bear Mountain.

To get to Bear Mountain, take the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP), a scenic 42-mile ride from the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson River Palisades that features vibrant foliage and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. After a day of exploration and before heading home, enjoy dinner at the 1915 Bar & Restaurant located at the historic Bear Mountain Inn.

Tour MetroWest Boston

From beer gardens to corn mazes, state parks to beautiful art, fall is an excellent time for a weekend trip to MetroWest Boston! Start your visit at Hopkinton State Park, enjoying outdoor activities highlighting gorgeous fall foliage, from kayaking on the lake to amazing trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more.

When you’ve had your fill of the outdoors, visit some indoor beauty at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, a jewel box housing 3,500+ pieces reflecting works of art from the 18th century to the present.

No visit to Framingham is complete without a stop at legendary Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, one of 17 craft breweries in MetroWest. Jack’s autumnal limited-edition beers include Pumpkin Crop Lager and Copper Legend, brewed for Oktoberfest.

After the sun goes down, head to Hanson’s Farm for their Haunted Hayride or corn maze, followed by a delicious cider donut. Get a great night’s sleep at the Fairfield Inn in Sudbury or in one of the historic rooms at The Wayside Inn, the oldest inn in America.

In the morning, tour the Wayside’s 100-acre property, including the Old Barn’s antique coaches and farming tools, the Redstone Schoolhouse from the poem Mary Had a Little Lamb, the Grist Mill, Chapel, and beautiful grounds. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Inn before making the short drive to Hudson.

Spend the afternoon at the American Heritage Museum, where your tour starts in a WWI trench, listening to a nurse explain what it was like on the Front while bombs explode above you and the floor shakes. This

extraordinary museum features historic aircraft, tanks, cars, and rare relics from the Revolutionary War to today, including one-of-a-kind artifacts, immersive exhibits, and living history events. Afterward, wander the charming shops and boutiques of downtown Hudson.

For information on these attractions, additional lodging options, restaurants, and more, visit metrowestvisitors.org.

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2023–2024 | Fall/Winter Fun 13 Fall in Love with Rockland County! Explore our village shops and restaurants. Experience the natural splendor of the Hudson Valley. Enjoy fabulous fall golf, hiking, camping, and more! For a Great Getaway that’s not far away, make your next... explorerocklandny.com

Visit North Central Massachusetts

From fall foliage to harvest festivals, apple-picking to glorious hikes, the cooler days of autumn are a great time to visit north central Massachusetts. Start your weekend trip at the beautiful Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, housing historical collections of Shaker material, Hudson River and New England landscape paintings, folk portraits, and indigenous art and artifacts on a glorious 210-acre landscape with stunning views and miles of walking trails.

Check in to Great Wolf Lodge New England in Fitchburg in the afternoon for the ultimate adventure. Let the kids play in the massive 84-degree indoor waterpark, exclusive to guests. The fun continues throughout the resort: battle a dragon while playing MagiQuest, test your skills at the Northern Lights Arcade, challenge the indoor ropes course, and come together for nightly Story Time.

After dinner, head to Groton Hill Music Center for a fantastic folk, jazz, classical, or Broadway concert, then back to the Lodge for a great night’s sleep.

Start day two at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area or Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in Princeton, where there’s no shortage of seasonal festivals, from Oktoberfest to Apple Fest, or take in the stunning foliage by hiking to the mountain’s summit for a scenic 4-state view.

In the afternoon, explore Davis Farmland in Sterling, the ultimate hands-on discovery farm for kids. Pet, cuddle, feed, and groom North America’s largest sanctuary of heritage farm animals, or play in the Imagine Acres and Adventure Land. Everyone will love harvesting apples and pumpkins in the orchard.

For information on these attractions, other farms and orchards, additional lodging options, restaurants, and more, visit www. visitnorthcentral.com.

Visit Nyack

Festivals, fairs, fun! Just 25 miles north of NYC, Nyack packs the fall season with non-stop family-friendly activities. What’s unique is the unique blend of events and experiences the village offers visitors and residents alike.

Attractions this year include the Phoenix Festival: Live Arts in Nyack – 25 live theater, dance, and music performances presented by top NYC professionals on indoor and outdoor stages. Among the ten shows to choose from is a for-all-ages stage adaptation of Wind in the Willows.

Also on the docket is OctoberFest – beer, yes, but fun food and kid games, too. Nyack’s Famous Street Fair (now in its 50th year!) – inviting you to browse festive goods offered by 300+ vendors and scores of local businesses. Rockland County Fashion Week features models of all ages and sizes and some fashionable doggies!

What would Halloween be without Nyack? Festivities get underway with a village-wide ‘Spirit of Nyack’ kickoff event. Then comes the parade – the costumes, the crowd (10,000+), the marching bands, and the sheer exuberance make this celebration one of the biggest and zaniest in the US.

Your family will also love the weekly Farmer’s Markets, featuring live music, fresh goods from local farms and artisans, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

The great thing about Nyack events is…Nyack! Possibilities for memorable experiences – such as adventurous shopping – abound. One-of-a-kind small businesses offer hard-to-find treasures – many

imported from sustainable sources in the U.S. and worldwide.

A draw for shoppers who like to marry a good deal with a good meal is Nyack’s tempting array of casual eateries and fine dining establishments. The village is a hub for culinary arts education, food enthusiasts, and the final product – the best food on the plate for the discerning diner.

The river is Nyack’s jewel in the crown – majestic Hudson vistas from the shore, hikes at the river’s edge or on Hook Mountain ridge, or fun on the river itself – sailing, kayaking, and water sports as summer stretches into fall. Combining events with a special blend of memorable experiences, Nyack is the perfect place to enjoy the Hudson Valley’s autumn glow! VisitNyack.org for details.

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Visit Rochester

Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY, transforms into a fall oasis and a winter wonderland that promises a delightful escape for families seeking adventures and cozy memories. With various activities to suit all ages, this vibrant city within a day’s drive is the perfect destination for a memorable getaway.

One of the highlights is the Roc Holiday Village, where families can revel as the seasons change. You can find outdoor ice skating, explore artisanal vendors, and partake in family-friendly activities, all contributing to a magical atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the George Eastman Museum hosts the Sweet Creations exhibit, showcasing intricate gingerbread houses within the historic mansion of Kodak founder George Eastman. This provides a unique opportunity for families to marvel at edible artistry while soaking in the heritage of this national historic landmark.

For those seeking a step back in time, the Genesee Country Village and Museum transforms into a 19th-century wonderland during Yuletide in the Country. Here, families can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, and engaging hands-on activities, offering an immersive experience steeped in history. Check out: visitrochester.com/family-program

When the snow arrives - outdoor enthusiasts can explore Rochester’s snow-covered trails for snowshoeing amidst serene woodlands and frozen ponds. For skiing and snowboarding, Bristol Mountain, a short drive away, offers trails for all skill levels, making it suitable for beginners and experts alike.

There is more. The Strong National Museum of Play, a paradise for

kids and families, transforms into a magical wonderland during winter. Special exhibits, interactive displays, and seasonal festivities provide hours of laughter and learning, enhanced by a recently opened 90,000 sq. ft. expansion. Additionally, the Rochester Museum & Science Center offers a wealth of interactive exhibits and engaging displays, allowing families to immerse themselves in the wonders of science.

After a day of adventure, families can seek refuge from the cold at charming spots with a cozy ambiance, including Neutral Grounds or Spot Coffee. With warm decor and inviting menus from hot cocoa to gourmet sandwiches, families can unwind and relive the day’s adventures.

Discover Westchester's Autumn Charm

Whether you’re interested in spooky historical tours, farmer’s markets or stunning nature walks, Westchester County is a mustvisit destination this fall. See how you can take advantage of seasonal offerings and start planning your itinerary today.

• The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze : If you’ve never walked through rows of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns, now’s your chance. This annual Van Cortlandt Manor spectacle runs from September 15 –November 19 and is great for all ages.

• Lyndhurst After Dark : See the mansion like never before on this spooky tour. Enjoy seasonal decorations throughout the property and hear about the slightly darker side of Lyndhurst’s history. Nightly tours run October 19 – 22 and October 26 – 29.

• Farmers Markets : Westchester County has a wonderful variety of farmer’s markets to explore. Stop by for locally grown produce, delicious desserts, craft sangria and so much more. Spend a fall morning outside and support local Westchester artisans.

• Jay Day at Jay Heritage Center : Jay Day has fun for the whole family—pony rides, apple coring, live music, balloon sculptors and

more. Head to Jay Heritage Center on October 1 for this annual fall fair.

• Croton Gorge Park : Take advantage of peak leaf season with a two-mile hike through the Croton Gorge Park. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of the New Croton Dam and its vibrant autumn colors.

Start planning your fall trip to Westchester County today.

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2023–2024 | Fall/Winter Fun 17 FESTiVALS FAiRS FUN! World Famous Halloween Parade Phoenix Festival - Live Arts in Nyack OctoberFest / LagerFest Halloween - Spirit of Nyack Nyack’s Famous Street Fair Halloween Parade and Festivities Rockland County Fashion Week Candlelight Series: Bridget Kibbey Jonathan Demme Close Up Sept 28-Oct 21 Sept 30 Oct 6 Oct 8 Oct 28 Nov 4 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nyack’s Famous Street Fairs Phoenix Festival Live Arts in Nyack Rockland Fashion Week ViSiT NYACK THIS FALL! Shopping More info @ visitnyack.org

Bucket List Fall

It’s Fall in New York City, and it’s like a pumpkin spice latte for the soul! So, what can you do in NYC? For starters, you can catch a Broadway show, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry for a cheeky sneak peek at Lady Liberty, or flex your cultural muscles with a museum tour using your Culture Pass.

Bottom line, we’ve got the ultimate fall bucket list ready and waiting for you, so get out there and make some unforgettable autumn memories!

1. Go for a whirl around one of New York’s many carousels before they close for the winter. Favorites include Jane’s Carousel, Central Park, Seaglass Carousel and Bryant Park.

2. Pick the perfect pumpkin without leaving the city! Queens County Farm Museum boasts a sprawling patch and festive fall activities.

3. Head over to Central Park, where the

park’s 18,000 trees turn into a beauty of fall hues; the best part is that the change of seasons happens a bit later than Upstate.

4. Take the older kids (or brave tweens) to one of NY’s many haunted houses for a scary good time. Some top-rated ones include Blood Manor and Long Island’s Bayville Scream Park.

5. Take a fall walk on the Highline and head to The Whitney afterward; kids are free!

6. Leave the kids with a sitter and head to Long Island to tour its many beautiful wineries while you take in breathtaking autumnal views.

7. If you have done this walk before, you know walking the Brooklyn Bridge is not only one of the most iconic things to do in New York; it is gorgeous.

8. Head to The Central Park Boathouse (Mid-

park at 74th Street) and take a rowboat ride for up to four people. Note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall.

9. Take advantage of the Culture Pass and visit the amazing cultural institutions that participate.

10. Is it even fall if you don’t enjoy some cliche treats, like hot apple cider? Pick up a steaming cup at your local farmers’ market this season.

11. Take a fall road trip and explore all the beauty New York and our neighboring states has to offer.

12 . Hop on a ferry and explore Governor’s Island before it closes for the winter.

13. Corn mazes are a fall staple, and there’s plenty nearby to choose from. The cream of the crop includes Von Thun’s, Hank’s Pumpkintown, and Harbes.

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14. While Levain Bakery cookies are iconic, their hot chocolate is also a treat. This is the perfect cold-weather treat made with handshaven Valrhona dark chocolate and steamed milk of your choice.

15. The entire family will appreciate the gorgeous city at seventy floors up with the stunning views of the city that can be seen from Top of Rock- where you can check out picturesque views of the Hudson and East Rivers, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and the Chrysler Building.

16. Head to the Big Apple and take in a Broadway show -some favorites are The Lion King, Aladdin, Harry Potter, and The Cursed Child, these are kid-friendly and help support the theatre district.

17. Check out the Lego Store on Fifth Avenue (636 Fifth Avenue), where kids will have a fun experience at the brick lab, customizing a Minifigure at The LEGO Minifigure Factory or just doing the free stuff and enjoying the store.

18. Spend a fall day and enjoy nature and pockets of woodlands at Prospect Park. Visit Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park Zoo, or take the kids on the Carousel Carousel ( the only wheelchair-accessible CarouselCarousel in the nation)located at Prospect Park’s Children’s Corner or head over to one of the park’s seven (!) playgrounds.

19. Take your wizards to the Harry Potter Store, where they can visit three stories of 21,000 square feet of magic and have an in-store experience via digital technologies that integrate with the Harry Potter Fan Club app.

20. See a Drive-in Movie. Head over to Skyline Drive-In and watch one of their family-friendly movies. Do not have a car? Check out their outdoor seating!

21. Visit the Little Island off of Pier 55 for a unique public park experience. This small island uses stunning architecture and adventurous landscaping to create a peaceful

escape from busy city life.

22 . Ride the East River Ferry and explore NYC – check out Governors Island, South Brooklyn, and more!

23. Head to Summit One Vanderbilt and take in the beautiful city skyline from 1,000 feet in the air! This skyscraper lets visitors look over NYC in their all-glass enclosed elevator and transparent glass sky-boxes!

24. Exploring the American Museum of Natural History never gets old. The best part is New York residents decide what they pay for general admission. Carve out time to check out its new addition, The Gilder Center (free with regular paid admission to the museum.)

25. Get on the Staten Island Ferry, first because it is the Staten Island Ferry and it’s iconic; secondly, it has one of the best views of The Statue of Liberty, and it is *FREE*. Catch it at the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan.

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Fall Leaves

Fall is here, which means it is time to soak in all the charms that Autumn brings; one beauty is gorgeous fall foliage. The first spot to hit for New Yorkers is the Hudson Valley area, which is just starting to show autumnal hues. So book the train ride, rent the car, and start planning!

Tip: Want to keep track of the leaves so you can plan your trips? Check out the ILOVENY Fall Foliage report and check out the best places to for leaf peeping Hudson’s Valley Fall Foliage.

Fall Foliage in Rockland County

Bear Mountain State Park

Route 9W North, Bear Mountain 845-786-2701

Hours: daily, dawn to dusk, open Year-round

Price: $10 per vehicle weekends and holidays, 8am-5pm

Bear Mountain fall foliage is considered a “must-see” in autumn, especially the Perkins Memorial Tower. You can drive up to the 40-foot tall stone look-out tower and climb the steps to the observation windows, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can hike from a lower point to the top. Drive to the tower for a less strenuous walk and then follow the Bear Mountain Summit Loop hike. Then, once you’re done, head over to the Bear Mountain Zoo to visit the animals.

Rockland Lake State Park

299 Rockland Lake Road, Valley Cottage 845-268-3020

Hours: daily, daylight to dusk

Price: Through Oct. 24: $10 per vehicle SaturdaySunday 8am-5pm, holidays 8-4:00pm The park offers hiking trails with breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley and various activities like tennis, golf, grilling, playgrounds, and water features.

Haverstraw Bay Park

21 Gagan Road, West Haverstraw 845-364-2670

Hours: Park opened 8am to dusk , weather permitting Hike, participate in one of the many activities, or view many of the beautiful wildlife creatures like the Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Great Black-Backed Gull, and the Northern Mockingbird.

Fall Foliage in Orange County

Storm King Art Center

1 Museum Road, New Windsor 845-534-3115

Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10am-5:30pm

Price: $23-$152, depending on the number of

people in the vehicle and day you visit. Tickets are released in two-week blocks and are available on Wednesdays starting at noon; we strongly recommend visiting the site to get your tickets now if you want to visit Storm King to leaf peep. This 500-acre outdoor museum offers stunning views of hills, meadows, and forests, and the surrounding landscape. The peak fall season runs from September 16 through November 12.

Bellvale Farms Creamery

1390 Route 17A, Warwick 845-988-1818

Hours: Through Oct. 30: Monday-Wednesday, 12-8pm; Thursday-Sunday, 12-9pm. This iconic ice cream creamery has stunning views of Warwick Valley and Greenwood Lake to enjoy while you eat your ice cream.

Trophy Point

United States Military Academy, West Point 845-938-4011

Hours: daily, dawn to dusk

One of the most visited places at the United States Military Academy, this scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley has been the subject of many works of art.

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Some of our favorite spots to check out fall foliage, from the Hudson Valley to NYC

Winding Hills Park

Old Route 17K, Montgomery


Hours: Park: daily, dawn to dusk

Price: Vary by activity. See website. A picturesque landscape offers a variety of amenities for anyone that enjoys what nature and the outdoors have to offer, including campsites, a 40-acre Diamond Lake, 4-acre pond, fishing, boating (car-top boats only), playgrounds, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, picnic shelter, picnic tables, nature trails, grills, ice-skating, ice fishing, and snowmobile trails.

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery 845-446-2134

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 m. Usually closes for the season the third week of October

Price: See website

Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson

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Vanderbilt Mansion

81 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park 845-229-7770

Hours: Through October: daily, 7am-7pm

Price: $10

Explore the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion high above the Hudson River with amazing views of the Catskills.

Staatsburg State Historic Site

75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road #1, Staatsburg 845-889-8851

Hours: check website

Price: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children ages 12 and younger

The property of the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills overlooks the Hudson River and the Catskills.

Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management

Area and Research Preserve

Cruger Island Road, Tivoli 845-889-4745

Hours: daily, dawn to dusk

Price: Free

Hike along the Hudson River with stunning views of the Catskills.

Ferncliff Forest

68 Mt. Rutsen Road, Rhinebeck

Hours: Park open year-round; tower open daily, dawn to dusk

Ferncliff Forest Game Refuge and Forest Preserve is a 200 acre forest known as the secondbest old growth forest in the Hudson Valley. The forest is available for hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and picnics at no charge. Plus, there’s an observation tower you can climb for amazing views of the area.

Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park

23 Long Dock Road, Beacon 845-473-4440

Hours: daily, 6am-8pm

Kayak, picnic, stroll through wetlands or simply enjoy the river.

Fall Foliage in Ulster County Walkway Over the Hudson

87 Haviland Road, Highland 845-834-2867

Hours: daily, 7am to sunset

This steel cantilever bridge spans the Hudson River between Highland on the west bank and Poughkeepsie on the east.

Fall Foliage Cruises on the Hudson Hudson River Adventures – Pride of the Hudson

4 Washington St., Newburgh 845-220-2120

Hours: See the website for cruise schedule

Price: $30; $28 seniors ages 65 and older; $20 children ages 4-11; free for children ages 3 and younger.

Drive to Newburgh to hop aboard the Pride of the Hudson. This two-hour narrated cruise will take you past Washington’s Headquarters, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Island, Breakneck Mountain, Cold Spring, World’s End, Constitution Island, and West Point.

Hudson River Recreation


Hours: depends on which tour you select Price: $89-$178

If you prefer to take the river at a slower pace, Hudson River Recreation can put you in charge of your own boat. Your own really small boat, that is. It offers kayak tours on the Hudson departing from Sleepy Hollow, Croton-onHudson, and Rye. The tours generally run from mid-May to early October, depending on the weather. Call for the current schedule.

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Where to see Fall Foliage in New York City

Here in New York City, the leaves tend to change later, and there are fantastic spots to leaf peep so you can experience Fall Foliage’s beauty right in your neighborhood. From Central Park to gorgeous Wave Hill in the Bronx, visit one or more of these spots to take in all the charms of Autumn.

Alley Pond Park

Little Neck Bay, L.I.E., Union Tpk, bet. Springfield Blvd, Douglaston Pkwy, Hanford St

This park in Queens offers glimpses into New York’s history, geologic past, and even its current conservation efforts. Its natural features of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, meadows, and forests create the perfect environment for some leaf-peeping. The park also offers other great amenities such as playgrounds, barbeque areas, and various hiking trails.

Bronx River Greenway

1490 Sheridan Blvd., Bronx

London planes, oaks, sassafras, red maples, tulip poplars, sycamores, and beeches line the greenway connecting many NYC parks. The Bronx River Forest is one of the oldest hardwood forests in the city.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY

This is the perfect mix of nature and the city, offering superb views of Lower Manhattan and the Harbor. With various walkways throughout the park and alongside the river, you are able to pass by several piers with access to some serious fall foliage. This includes the Environmental Education Center, 99 Plymouth, and Jane’s Carousel.

Central Park

New York, NY

New York’s most famous spot has a handful of places to admire fantastic fall foliage during the season. Go to the 90-acre North Woods in Central Park’s northwest corner. According to many visitors, this area can be considered the most natural portion of the entire park, making it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To capture some serious colors, walk along The Mall which is located in the middle of the park. It is lined with the most extensive collection of American Elms. Check out their Fall Foliage map.

Inwood Hill Park

New York, NY

Located in upper Manhattan, this park honors the history and prehistoric roots of old New York. The park has caves, valleys, and ridges left by the shifting of the prehistoric glaciers. A hiking trail and the Hudson River Bike Trail are open to visitors who want to appreciate this park’s natural history and beauty. Especially during the fall season, its forested areas are perfect for fall foliage.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY

If you missed leaf peeping upstate, don’t fret when NYC has one of the best woodsy spots at the New York Botanical Garden. The garden consists of 250 acres in the Bronx, which is an hour-ish train ride away for many. Fall Foliage tours run until November 30, 2023, and free with garden admission. Check the site, bbg.org, at seasonal highlights for the listed tours.

Pelham Bay Park

Hutchinson River, Long Island Sound between Bronx County Line and Middletown Road, Watt Avenue

Pelham Bay Park is the City’s largest park property (yup, bigger than Central Park!). Take the Kazimiroff Trail through 189 acres of Hunter Island by the tall Norway spruces and white pines, which provide a habitat for great horned owls.

Prospect Park

Brooklyn, NY

A 585-acre park in Brooklyn serves as the ultimate spot for nature and admiration for some fall foliage. The amenities in the park, like ice skating at LeFrak Center at Lakeside( usually opens by mid-November, but always check the site to be safe), Prospect Park Zoo, and the playgrounds, are perfect for a full day of family fun. Whether you are looking for a stroll or a bike ride, the park offers everything you need to enjoy the fall season.

Randall’s Island Park

20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY

Randall’s Island Park has various ways to enjoy its recreational space. Approximately

ten miles of biking trails and pedestrian pathways make it a getaway to admire nature while in the city. Over nine miles of waterfront pathways and all passive recreational activities are available; as of now, barbecuing and grilling areas are open, but there are specific areas; we suggest visiting the general information page on the randallsisland.org page if planning to grill.

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY

A New York Family favorite – this garden located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a quick train ride away for an autumn Saturday of leaf-peeping. Check out what events are happening the day you visit, like Fall Bird Walks with NYC Audubon (visit queensbotanical.org calendar for dates)-many are included with admission or a small fee.

Wave Hill

4900 Independence Ave, The Bronx, NY

A botanical garden surrounding the Wave Hill House which dates back to the mid-19th century. This spot in the Bronx offers views overlooking the Hudson River. If you’re looking to take a Fall walk, check out the tours at wavehill.org in the calendar section, where you can find tours like the Garden Highlights walk (free with admission) or Bird watching walks, which are usually $15.

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park South between Broadway and Jerome Avenue, Bronx

Located close to the Bronx/Westchester County line, The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, the Putnam Trail, the Muir Trail, and the John Kieran Trail provide beautiful native hardwoods to walk through and enjoy the changing fall colors.

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The Best Pumpkin Picking

October is here which means it’s that time again to go pumpkin picking. Head to one of these pumpkin picking farms in and near New York City to pick from a variety of gourds, munchkins, and other pumpkins.

The best part is that it’s also apple-picking season, which means there will be plenty of apple cider, apple cider donuts, and baked goods for you and your family to enjoy as you roam the pumpkin patch, pet farm animals, and pick jack-o’-lantern worthy pumpkins to carve.

We’ve even included the travel distance from Midtown so you know how long the journey will be. So find a weekend, and take a trip to one of these pumpkin patches and experience fall to its fullest.

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Demarest Farms

244 Wiermus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642 201-666-0472

(40 min from Midtown)

Demarest Farms’ pumpkin picking rolls out on Sept. 23. Make your reservation on their site and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Once you make a reservation, you will be given a date and time to arrive at the farm.

The cost for general admission is $8, includes free parking, entrance to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and hayrides available Saturday and Sunday; plus $12 for the largest pumpkin you pick. Children 2 and under can enter for free. Open 8 am to 5 pm, daily.

Greenside Up Garden Center

2777 Arthur Kill Road, Rossville, Staten Island 718-967-5039

(45 min from Midtown)

In addition to selecting the perfect pumpkin for their jack-o’-lanterns, kids can enjoy inflatables, pumpkin painting, a corn maze, games, and prizes.

Plus, there’s a snack shack and you can book Halloween or birthday parties to celebrate the season. Open Oct. 1-31; Monday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm.

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St., Flushing, Queens


(35 min from Midtown, 1 hr by subway)

If you’re looking for the perfect fall photo op, you’ll find it at QBG this fall. Ticket fee includes admission to both the pumpkin patch and the garden, so you will have plenty of chances to snap the perfect autumn shot.

Kids can also meet and take pictures with costumed nature creatures roaming the farm. For adults 21 and older, available are harvest and pumpkin-themed beers and ciders for purchase.

Can’t decide on the perfect pumpkin? Get them all! Extra pumpkins are just $6 each. Open Oct. 14-30, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm.

Queens County Farm

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004 718-347-3276

(40 min from Midtown)

As the longest continually farmed site in New

York State, Queens County Farm opens their pumpkin patch up again this October for families to enjoy. Pumpkin month at Queens County Farm is full of excitement with autumn in the air.

While the pumpkin patch is open primarily on weekends, feel free to come during the week to purchase pumpkins in the Farm Store.

Open to the public Oct. 1 to Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 and 31; 12 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday; 10 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday. General admission is free to the public, except during special events.

Hillview Farms

223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ 908-647-0957

(50 min from Midtown)

Pick your own pumpkins at Hillview Farms! In October, you and your family can visit this family-owned and operated farm that has 53 acres of locally grown food.

Hayrides are available every weekend in October! You can even visit their roadside market that has apples, pumpkins, vegetables, tomatoes, donuts, cider, and bakery items. Open 9 am to 6 pm (field closed to the public at 5 pm), daily.

One Hour to One Hour and a Half Dr. Davies Farm

306 Route 304, Congers 845-268-7020

(1 hr 10 min from Midtown)

Grab your wagon or wheelbarrow and come on down to the pumpkin patch at this

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farm—it’s been family run since 1891. You can even take hayride to the patch or go apple picking while you’re there, too. Hours: Daily, 10am-4pm.

Decker Farm

Historic Richmond Town, 435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island


(1hr 15 min)

Decker Farms features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Complete with photoops and fall decorations, you’re sure to experience a picture-perfect moment as you decide which pumpkin to take home.

And don’t miss the Pumpkin Chucking, Snack Wagon, Living History Demonstrations, and more! Weekends in October; 11am-5pm.

Secor Farms

85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430


(1 hr from Midtown)

Make picture-perfect memories at Secor Farms’ storefront pumpkin patch. Public Hayrides begin mid-September and cost $5.

Don’t leave before browsing the farm’s market, full of fresh-pressed apple cider and homemade apple cider donuts. Open 9 am to 5:30 pm, daily. The pumpkin patch will be open through Oct. 31.

Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560


(1 hr 15 min from Midtown)

Outhouse Orchards attracts plenty of families year after year — you can even bring your family dog! Choose from pumpkins, gourds and an assortment of Halloween decorations as you celebrate the fall season.

Reservations are not required during the weekdays, but book a reservation if you are visiting the farm on the weekend. Pumpkins are weighed by the pound, weekend parking is $15, and weekday parking is free. Open 9 am to 5 pm, daily.

Riamede Farm

122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930


(1 hr 20 min from Midtown)

You might know Riamede Farms for iconic apple orchards, but they also have a CutYour-Own-Pumpkin Patch! Cut pumpkins right from the vine in this pumpkin patch at the beginning of the season. Riamede Farm recommends that you bring your own cutting shears as well. Make sure to also grab some

delicious apples, donuts, and baked goods during your visit. Pumpkin and squash fields open in late September.

A farm pass is $7 and is required for any visitors 6 and older. It includes admission to the apple orchard, pumpkin field, and a free wagon ride on the weekends. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm, daily.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527


(1 hr 20 min from Midtown)

Not only a fruit farm, Stuart’s Fruit Farm features the perfect pumpkin patch for families, and it’s family-operated! Enjoy the autumn air and the farm views as you survey the pumpkins and choose your favorite.

You can also buy pre-picked pumpkins and gourds at the farm stand if you don’t have the time to venture into the pumpkin patch. Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily. Cash or check only.

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930


(1 hr 20 min from Midtown)

Head to Alstede Farms to pick the freshest pumpkins with your family! There are plenty of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from: orange and white, munchkins, gourds, and assorted winter squash.

Purchase a Pick-Your-Own ticket on their website prior to visiting, Corn Maze & Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail are included in the admission. Open 9 am to 6 pm, daily.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


(1 hr 20 min from Midtown)

Pumpkin picking is anticipated to open on

Sept. 30 at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm! Spend the day with your family in the patch as you search for your favorite pumpkin.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm is also very well known for its markets: the bakery, apple farm market, and the country market.

Purchase tasty treats, decorations, and, of course, pumpkins! They’re open 10 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays).

Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY 10990


(1 hr 30 min from Midtown)

Looking for an educational and interactive experience at the pumpkin patch? Check out Apple Ridge Orchards for some family fun with pumpkins beginning on Sept. 16!

Take photos in front of the custom farm displays, such as an old tractor and portrait paintings. You can also taste sweet treats and pet the farm animals as you visit the farm.

No reservations needed. Pumpkins cost $13 regardless of size and general admission is $3 which includes free parking and entrance to the farm. Admission and pick your own payments are cash only.

Open to the public 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday to Sunday and holidays. No reservations needed!

Lawrence Farms Orchards

306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 12550 845-562-4268

(1 hr 30 min from Midtown)

Not too far of a drive from NYC, Lawrence Farms Orchards has a pumpkin patch with a wide selection for families to choose from.

After you find your perfect pumpkin, browse the concession stand, which features apple cider donuts, pies, cookies, chicken tenders, paninis, hot dogs, roasted nuts, fries, pizza, nachos, ice cream, and more!

Enjoy a morning out in the pumpkin patch and delectable lunch or snack afterward to celebrate the fall season.

Arriving early is highly recommended if you’d like to gain entry into the farm. Pumpkin season starts in mid-September. Open 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $7 per person Monday through Thursday and $10 per person Friday through Sunday and holidays. Children under 2 years old are free. Season passes available.

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570 845-227-2306

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Let’s kick off the fall season and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, culinary delights, beer, live music, pumpkin carving and more! Bring your friends and family to The Hill for this complimentary event.

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(1 hr 30 min from Midtown)

Beginning in late September and running through the end of October, Barton Orchards boasts a wonderful, family-friendly pumpkin patch. Barton Orchards started as an apple farm, but they have since expanded to include tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, squash, and, of course, pumpkins!

There are plenty of other exciting activities to do and food to taste during your visit. Online ticketing is required, with tickets available one weekend at a time. Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. $10 minimum purchase required.

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533


(1 hr 30 min from Midtown)

The pumpkin patch has both edible and decorative pumpkins to choose from, as well as gourds, squash, corn stalks, and straw bales for your fall decor!

Make sure to book your reservation to go pumpkin picking with the family at Fishkill Farms and don’t leave without tasting their freshly made donuts at the farm store!

Pumpkin season starts in mid-September. The store also offers contactless pick-up and local delivery. Open 9 to 4:45 pm (field closes at 5:45 pm), Tuesday through Sunday for PYO.

Over an Hour and a Half Apple Dave’s Orchards

82 4 Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990


(1 hr 40 min from Midtown)

Pick your own pumpkins at Apple Dave’s Orchards and choose your favorite pumpkins. While you are there, take a walk in the herb and flower gardens and enjoy lots of their delicious food. Browse the Country Farm Store on your way out, which has fresh apple cider donuts, pumpkins, jams, jellies, pure honey, and more. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sept. 5 through late October.

Hurd’s Family Farm

2187 State Route 32 Modena, NY 12548


(1 hr 50 min from Midtown)

There are pumpkins in all shapes and sizes at Hurd’s Family Farm starting in late September. Small pumpkins are $6, any size is $12, and XL pumpkins are $20.

Enjoy the giant slide, bounce pillow, coral playground, and entrance to the corn maze,

which are all free with a Pick Your Own Purchase.

Activity wristbands can be purchased for $14 (Express), $23 (VIP), and $29 (Ultimate) in advance, giving access to activities like hayrides, a bounce house, duck racing, and so much more!

In order to keep capacity limited, the PYO purchase is for 2 hours at the farm. Activities are open Fridays and Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm. “Pick Your Own” is open Fridays and Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 5 pm. Reservations open by 8am on the day for which they apply. You must make your reservation on the same day you plan to visit!

Dykeman Farm

31 Dykeman Lane Pawling, NY 12564 845-832-6068

(1 hr 50 min from Midtown)

This long-established farm has had pick-yourown-pumpkins since 1974! Pumpkin picking season will be starting Sept. 24 and will be open on weekends throughout October. With over 70 varieties to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect pumpkin to take home.

There are also plenty of photo spots all around the pumpkin patch for you to take photos of your little ones as they pick pumpkins this year. They also have free hayrides! The farmstand is open 10 am to 5 pm, daily. Picking is open on September 24 on all October weekends, and Columbus Day.

Harbes Family Farm

715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952 631-482-7641

(2 hrs from Midtown)

With 8 acres of on-the-vine pumpkins, Harbes Family Farm has a huge selection of pumpkins just waiting for you to take home! Join them for the grand seasonal opening of the Barnyard Pumpkin patch during Harbes Annual Pumpkin Harvest where you can enjoy live music, concession stands, pig races, a 7-acre “u-pick” pumpkin patch, and more.

This two-day weekend event will be held on Sept. 23 and 24 from 10 am to 6 pm. There are many different varieties available, so you will have no shortage of options here. Enjoy their apple cider donuts and other options as you pick your pumpkins. Pumpkins are sold by the pound. Farmstand open 10 am to 6 pm, daily.

Bishop’s Orchards

1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-2338

(2 hrs from Midtown)

Although Bishop’s Orchards may be a bit of a drive from NYC, it will surely be worth it once you’re making family memories in the pumpkin patch, which opens mid-September and runs through Halloween. These sphereshaped pumpkins are perfect for decoration during Halloween and Thanksgiving, or just the fall season in general! You can also prepare the pumpkins for meals or snacks, such as pumpkin seeds or pumpkin soup.

Along with the pumpkins, browse the mums, corn stalks, gourds, squash, Indian Corn, and various other activities for kids and families to enjoy. Grab a scoop (or three) of ice cream while you’re there from Bishop’s Orchards’ new Creamery Ice Cream stand. Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily.

Hank’s PumpkinTown

240 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976 631-726-4667

(2 hrs from Midtown)

The name says it best, as Hank’s PumpkinTown truly is a pumpkin town with pumpkins of all sizes! Other fall decorations available include gourds, corn stalks, straw bales, Indian Corn, mums, Montauk daisies, door hanging, and more. Make sure to check out the Pink Tractor, which features pink porcelain doll pumpkins! Hanks’ PumpkinTown donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale to Breast Cancer Research.

For even more fun, there is the Maze Park for $20 weekend admission and $15 weekday admission which includes pedal cart race tracks, a giant corn maze, a dairy barn play structure, and a wide variety of games and activities to keep the whole family amazed.

There is gem mining for an additional cost on weekends and an exciting wooden playground. The Market includes apple cider slushies, apple cider and pumpkin donuts, kettle corn, candy and caramel apples, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and many more treats. Open 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, daily.

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Great Planetariums

The best options for celestial fun in and near New York City

Sometimes stars aren’t at peak visibility—whether it’s due to a storm or the bright New York City lights—but you can still enjoy celestial wonders at local planetariums! Gaze at the night sky even in the middle of the day at one of these locations. (Please note planetarium and observatory hours may differ from museum

hours. We recommend you call planetariums ahead prior to your visit.)

Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss

Planetarium in the Newark Museum

49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 973-596-6550

The first of planetariums built in New Jersey, the Dreyfuss offers a variety of shows, special events, and programs for families to enjoy. Visit the website for the planetarium’s schedule. Tickets are free with

general admission to museum.

Charles and Helen Reichart

Planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, Long Island 631-854-5579

The Vanderbilt Planetarium offers seasonal shows and fun, educational programs for family. The Planetarium has diverse programming that includes fulldome films, live star talks, laser shows, concerts, and special events. Check the online schedule for details. The rooftop observatory is open every Friday night, weather permitting, where visitors can examine the night sky through the Van-

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derbilt’s 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope.

Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th St., Upper West Side, Manhattan


The museum offers a variety of celestial programs and shows inside the planetarium. The 429-seat Space Theater, which features a custom-made Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System to display a hyperrealistic view of the planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, uses a scientifically accurate 3D map of the observable universe based on millions of astronomical observations.

Hudson River M useum Planetarium

511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers


The planetarium at the Hudson River Museum has celestial shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Some shows are geared toward specific age groups; the schedule can be found on the website.

JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium in the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center

Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, Long Island


Check the online schedule to see what shows are offered in the Sky Theater at the time you plan to visit this immersive, all-digital planetarium complete with with newly upgraded pure laser projectors. Prior to each show is a Your Night Sky presentation, taking viewers on a journey of the seasonal sky.

Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at the Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ Liberty Science Center’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is touted as the biggest planetarium in America. The space boasts a resolution of 88 million pixels, a lighting system that can produce over 281 trillion colors, and speakers capable of producing 30,000 watts of digital sound. Check out the 89-foot full-dome view of the night sky and distant galaxies, available as an add-on to

your general admission ticket to the center.

New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium

205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 609-292-6464

This planetarium is fully upgraded with an Ultra-High Resolution 8K projection system and specially designed reclining seats. Shows are offered to the public Saturday and Sunday from September-June. Weekday shows are held for school or community groups with advanced reservations. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break, weekday shows are available to the public.

Observatory and Planetarium at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 203-322-1646

The planetarium is currently closed for public hours but available for school programs, scout groups, special events and private parties. On selected Friday nights a special series of Astronomy Nights is available for kids ages 5 and up.

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Make the most of the season with our guide to the ultimate family experiences this autumn

The weather is getting crisp, and it’s time to get out those jackets and coats for it’s officially fall! This also means it’s time to enjoy all the seasonal offerings we are lucky to have in New York.

Whether you’re eager to go full Harvest mode with the family this season, like Halloween events, picking pumpkins to bake for pies (a fantastic stress reliever.) Or taking advantage of all the unique spots to visit for a day of adventure; our autumn experiences are ready for you and your family this fall, so enjoy!

American Dream

Meadowlands, NJ

American Dream is a Premier entertainment,

retail, and dining destination in the heart of the NJ Meadowlands. It’s home of Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the western hemisphere and DreamWorks Water Park, the largest indoor water park in North America. Visit americandream.com to learn more.

Astra Lumina

Queens, NY

From Nov. 24-Jan. 1Astra Lumina (starting at 5:30pm) invites stargazers to set off across the garden’s celestial pathway to encounter the wonder of the stars and embrace their own human light. Ticket prices start from $22 for children and $29 for adults. Visit astralumina.com to learn more.

Big Snow American Dream

East Rutherford, NJ

Big SNOW American Dream is North America’s first and only real-snow, yearround indoor ski and snowboard resort. It’s the perfect place for your kids to learn to ski in a safe and controlled environment. Visit www.bigsnowamericandream.com to learn more.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Katonah, NY

Mexico’s colorful traditions will be showcased during a free, family-friendly Día de Muertos event at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts on October 15 in

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Katonah. Expect live music and incredible dance courtesy of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. The Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce will host three special events this fall: a Halloween Trolley on October 18, a Taste Local event on November 4 and a Holiday Trolley on December 2. Visit caramoor.org to learn more.

CEC Entertainment Chuck E Cheese

For families with young kids looking for safe and affordable spooky fun this Halloween season, Chuck E. Cheese Halloween Bootacular is back from Oct 2-Oct 31 with free game play, daily dance parties, free candy giveaways, pumpkin-shaped pizzas, costume contests, slime desserts and much more! Also, kids can enjoy active play with the all-new Chuck E. Cheese Trampoline Zone at select fun centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island City, Flushing and Paramus, NJ. chuckecheese.com.

Dave & Busters Atlantic Center

625 Atlantic Ave. Suite 311, Brooklyn, NY. Conveniently located across from

Barclays Center.

Parents know that fall days can feel busy, and the kids, especially if you have tweens and teens, adore a good Dave and Busters. Dave and Busters love that it is perfect for day or night (not too late, kiddos) and will entertain the family with state-of-the-art arcades and virtual reality games. And no need to head out for food; there are plenty of options, from crispy chicken strips to Philly cheesesteaks and more.

Decker Farms

Richmond Town, SI

Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm returns with all of your favorite autumnal activities! Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a classic hayride with family and friends, indulge in delicious fall food favorites, and more, all without leaving Staten Island. Through Oct. 29 |12pm | Weekends and Oct. 9.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

New York, NY

Head to Herald Towers - Fridays and

Saturdays, 9 am – 8:30 pm, Sundays –Thursdays, 9 am – 8 pm, through Jan. 7. See the most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World celebrating the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen from the films and stories of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts™, as well as the wonders of the expanded Wizarding World. Tickets start at $29.99. Visit new-york.harrypotterexhibition. com to learn more.

Harvest Dance

Queens, NY

Celebrate Harvest Dance Celebration of American Indian Culture at Queens County Farm on November 12th (11 am -4pm) Museum through music and dance! Among many Native American tribes, celebrating and giving thanks in autumn is a tradition for the bountiful summer harvest. Harvest Dance Celebration showcases a variety of Native American dances outdoors at Queens Farm performed by representatives of ten Indian Nations. This event also features a Native American Craft & Food Market with

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FAMILY FUN TOURS VILLAGE GHOST HAUNTED Explore the Fall Events & Programs Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm October Weekends & Oct. 9 | 12-5pm Visit the historical Museum and take a guided tour to explore some of Staten Island's oldest historic buildings! OPEN DAILY | FRI.-SUN. Oct. 2-Apr. 30 | 11AM-5PM www.historicrichmondtown.org/events| 441 Clarke Ave. | (718) 351-1611 Follow Us history of Historic Richmond Town Old Home Day Weekend Oct 14 & 15 | 10am-4pm Full schedule coming soon! Hearth & Harvest Festival Nov 18 | 10am-4pm Fall Tavern Concerts Select Oct & Nov Saturdays | 6 & 8pm Select October Saturdays


authentic art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Farm Grounds & Market Admission: Free; Performance Area requires tickets: $17; $12 (ages 4-11) Ages 3 & under free (no ticket required), queensfarm.org.

Ilumin Art

Snug Harbor, SI

Go on a seasonal journey of friendship with classic characters as IlluminArt Productions presents “A Year With Frog And Toad” through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). This heartwarming 60 minute musical will delight the young and young at heart at the SI Playhouse at the Empire Outlets on November 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th. For more info (including about the sensory friendly performance), visit illuminart.org.


Yonkers, NY

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is bringing back Brick-or-Treat from September 25 to November 1. Dive into festive scavenger hunts, join Monster Dance Parties, and

be captivated by a thrilling 4D Halloween movie. Plus, with brick stops around the center, kids can take home their own mini build. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable event!

Maker Faire Coney Island

Coney Island, NY

Starting Oct. 6, Daily, 10:30 am – 5 pm, through Oct. 8, head to Coney Island Amphitheater and celebrate creativity with hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, and engaging workshops in diverse fields, including robotics, crafts, engineering, art, music, 3D printing, and more. $15. Coneyisland.makerfaire.com

Palisades Center

West Nyack, NY

Palisades Center is the ultimate destination for family fun! Throughout October, Malloween will offer thrilling Halloween activities, while our Season of Surprises will keep the holiday spirit alive with the return of Santa, personalized shopping experiences, exciting giveaways, and

enchanting entertainment, all designed to create unforgettable memories for families and shoppers. For more information on these festive experiences, visit PalisadesCenter. com!

Palisades Climb Adventure

West Nyack, NY

For great indoor physical activity this autumn, Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, standing 85 feet tall, and featuring over 75 unique challenge elements designed for climbers of all ages and skill levels, located in the center of the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY. Their Course is available for private events, birthday parties, teambuilding challenges, school and camp field trips, and scouting events. For younger visitors (two to seven years and 48 inches tall and under) they offer the lower-level Sky Tykes course. Visit palisadesclimb.com to learn more.

Paradox Museum

East Rutherford, NJ

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2023–2024 | Fall/Winter Fun 41 Nov. 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th at 2PM and Nov. 11th at 11AM (Sensory-Friendly Performance) When Staten Island Playhouse at the Empire Outlets 55 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY, 10301 Where Theatre Young Audiences is made possible by New York State Council on the Arts & Music Theater International 60 minutes ofFamilyFun! Presents PALACESTAMFORD.ORG BOX OFFICE: 203-325-4466 FALL IS FOR FAMILIES AT THE PALACE THEATRE! OCT. 1 OCT. 17 NOV. 2 NOV. 30 DEC. 3 NOV. 18 OCT. 28

Paradox Museum New Jersey, where you will challenge your perspective of reality. Charge your camera and get ready for mind-bending exhibits. Visit paradoxmuseumnewjersey. com to learn more.

Ridgetoberfest at Ridge Hill

Yonkers, NY

Ridge Hill welcomes back Ridgetoberfest on Saturday, October 14th at 3PM – 7PM! Come kick off the fall season and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, culinary delights, beer, live music, pumpkin carving and more! Bring your friends and family to

The Hill for this complimentary event.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion

Rossville, SI

Enjoy Halloween public ice skating sessions at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion from October 27- October 29! They are having a best costume contest, prizes and giveaways.

Von Thun Farms

Washington, NJ

Monmouth Junction, NJ

Every weekend is a Fall Festival Weekend at Von Thun’s! Visit for their Reba McEntire

Country Music corn maze and stay for the hayrides, apple and pumpkin picking, corn cannons and apple blasters and 20+ all-ages activities & games.

Wildlife Conservation Center

Bronx, NY

WCS Education programs inspire children and families to connect with the natural world around us through animal encounters, hands-on activities, and exhibit exploration. Make some wild weekend memories this fall with your family at these amazing zoos and aquarium, wcs.org.



Trick or Treat Bag included with admission. Collect Treats around the park and don't forget your costumes!


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