30 Fall Activities We Can't Wait To Do on Long Island With Kids

Harbes Family Farm overflows with seasonal fun and pumpkins for picking. Photo courtesy of the farm
Harbes Family Farm overflows with seasonal fun and pumpkins for picking. Photo courtesy of the farm

Fall might be the best season to enjoy the splendor of Long Island. 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 are dangling overhead and crunching under your feet on a beautiful fall foliage walk. There's plenty to enjoy during this spookiest season of the year so we've rounded up 30 of the best fall activities in Long Island.

Keep up with all the seasonal fun on our event calendar, and visit our Fall Fun Guide for Long Island Kids.

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Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at Milk Pail in Water Mill. Photo courtesy of Milk Pail

Fall Family 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.

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 some garlic plants for your garden at the Long Island Garlic Festival at Garden of Eve in Riverhead.

6. Celebrate German Culture

Head back to the farm for Oktoberfest later in the season.

7. Enjoy One Last Pony Ride or Goat Cuddle

Visit Long Island's petting zoos before they close for the winter.

8. Tour the Farm In Style

Climb aboard a seasonal hayride.

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LongHouse Reserve
Explore LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton and take in its larger-than-life sculptures. Photo by Diana Kim

Fall Family Fun Outdoors on Long Island

9. Inspire Your Budding Artist

Visit a local outdoor sculpture garden.

10. Hang on to Summer

Hop on the ferry to Fire Island, where ocean waters are swimmable into fall.

11. Strap on Your Sneakers

Once swimmers clear the sands, explore one of these beach walks.

12. Get Out and Play

Scope out the best playgrounds on Long Island before it gets too cold for outdoor adventures.

13. Take in the Splendor of Changing Leaves

Enjoy a fall foliage hike or explore the East End on one of these nature trails.

14. See the Natural Beauty of New York

Visit one of these 15 Long Island state parks that offer all-season fun.

15. Celebrate Our Four-Legged Friends

Register for DogFest Long Island's 2021 walk, benefiting Canine Companions.

16. Learn About the Environment

Join biologist and ranger Eric Powers on a monthly walk around the sprawling grounds of Sands Point Preserve.  

RELATED: Fall Day Trips for Long Island Families

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Photo courtesy of the Historic Hudson Valley

Halloween Fun for Long Island Kids

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.

RELATED: Nature Walks on Long Island to View Fall Foliage

Eye Opener at Long Island Aquarium
Climb the Eye Opener, the new play structure at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo by Jaime Sumersille

More Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

21. Play in a Tree House

Scale the Eye Opener — a recently opened 60-foot tall outdoor exhibit at the Long Island Aquarium.

22. Watch a Movie Under the Stars

Stock up on snacks, grab some blankets, and get cozy while watching a drive-in movie.

23. Take a Road Trip

Hop in the car for one of these 25 day trips for Long Island families.

24. Choose Your Favorite Scarecrow

Visit charming Stony Brook Village and cast your vote in its 31st annual Scarecrow Competition.

25. Listen to Classic Tales

Take your little one to Story + Art, a weekly program at Long Island Children's Museum.

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 25 destinations are beautiful in the fall and perfect for a weekend away.

Writer Kristen Markel contributed to this 2021 update. 

Fleece and Fiber Festival at Hallockville Museum Farm
Hallockville Museum Farm - 10:00 AM Pick
Tiny Tots Tiny Seeds at Sunken Meadow State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Floral Design for Kids at Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens - 10:00 AM Pick
Agents of Discovery Walk at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Connetquot River State Park Preserve - 10:00 AM Pick
Pollinator Party at the Science Museum of Long Island
Science Museum of Long Island - 10:00 AM Pick
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