Fall Bucket List for Kids: 35 Top Things To Do on Long Island this Fall
Fall might be the best season to enjoy the splendor of Long Island, and that's why we've pulled together this fall bucket list. Farms along the North Fork are overflowing with freshly picked produce and tons of fun fall activities. There are apples to pick, pies to bake, pumpkins to carve, and colorful leaves to see on beautiful fall foliage walks. There's plenty to enjoy this season, so we've rounded up 35 of the best fall activities on Long Island.
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Fall Bucket List Fun at Long Island Farms
1. Pick a Peck
Kick the season off with an apple-picking adventure, and don't forget to stock up on sweet apple cider donuts.
2. Have Some Seasonal Fun
Climb the straw pyramid, play mini-golf, and hop on a hayride at F&W Schmitt's Family Farm Fall Festival.
Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at Harbes Family Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
3. Scour the Pumpkin Patch
While away an afternoon picking the perfect pumpkin.
4. Try Not to Get Lost
Challenge yourself to make it through a local corn maze.
5. Pack a Breath Mint
Enjoy garlicky local eats, garlic-inspired crafts, family-friendly music, and take-home garlic plants at the Long Island Garlic Festival at Garden of Eve in Riverhead.
6. Get a Glimpse of Long Island Life
Visit Hallockville Farm and check out the Family Treasures With Tales to Tell exhibit, where artifacts dating back to the 1800s are on display.
7. Enjoy One Last Pony Ride or Goat Cuddle
Visit Long Island's petting zoos before they close for the winter.
Take a fall family hay ride and pick apples and pumpkins too. Photo by Kristen Markel
8. Tour the Farm In Style
Climb aboard a seasonal hayride.
Outdoor Fall Bucket List Activities on Long Island
9. Hang on to Summer
Hop on the ferry to Fire Island, where ocean waters are swimmable into fall.
10. Strap on Your Sneakers
Once swimmers clear the sands, explore one of these beach walks.
11. Get Out and Play
Scope out the best playgrounds on Long Island before it gets too cold for outdoor adventures.
Explore LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton and take in its larger-than-life sculptures. Photo by Diana Kim
12. Inspire Your Budding Artist
Visit a local outdoor sculpture garden.
13. Take in the Splendor of Changing Leaves
14. See the Natural Beauty of New York
Visit one of these Long Island state parks that offer all-season fun.
15. Celebrate Our Four-Legged Friends
Register for DogFest Long Island's 2022 walk, benefiting Canine Companions.
16. Dine Alfresco
Throw on a sweater and enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of these great family-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Photo courtesy of the event
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17. See Pumpkins That Light Up the Night
Check out the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze when it returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in late September.
18. Have a Spooky Good Time
Take a walk through the woods of Tanglewood Preserve during CSTL's Spooky Fest. Choose from a haunted walk (for brave big kids) or a not-so-spooky walk (for younger children).
19. Get Your Hands Dirty
Carve a locally grown pumpkin into a spooky jack-o-lantern with one of our free stencils.
20. Check Out a Carnival
Take the family to one of these fall festivals and fairs for Long Island families.
Climb the Eye Opener, the new play structure at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
More Fun Things To Do This Fall on Long Island
21. Play in a Tree House
22. Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Stock up on snacks, grab blankets and get cozy while watching a drive-in movie.
23. Take a Road Trip
Hop in the car for one of these day trips for Long Island families.
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual Scarecrow Competition is back for its 32nd edition. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Village
24. Choose Your Favorite Scarecrow
25. Listen to Classic Tales
Take your little one to Story + Art, Long Island Children's Museum weekly program.
26. Support Local Businesses
Shop your way through Long Island's most walkable main streets.
27. Decorate For the Season
Find some fun, seasonal decor and hang out with Otto the Ghost at the Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries.
28. Sip and Dine Among the Vines
Enjoy one last sunset with a sip of wine at a family-friendly, East End vineyard.
29. Learn About Local History
Plan a visit to the Long Island Museum.
30. Plot a Getaway
If you must leave Long Island, these destinations are beautiful in the fall and perfect for a weekend away.
Catch some thrills at Adventureland. Photo by Kristen Markel
31. Get Your Heart Pumping
Ride a roller coaster at Adventureland one last time before it closes for the season in late October.
32. Go Back in Time
Watch a Revolutionary War re-enactment at the Raynham Hall Museum. The event is free, but bring some cash for the 18th-century donuts they will be cooking.
33. Soar To New Heights
Zip above the beach at WildPlay Jones Beach, which is open until November.
34. Putter Around
Gather your favorite foursome and play a round of mini golf on one of the many Long Island courses.
35. Pack a Lunch
Grab your favorite fall foods and enjoy one of these great spots for a family picnic.
Originally published in September 2020. Kristen Markel contributed additional reporting.