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