25 Fall Day Trips for Long Island Families
With Labor Day weekend upon us, it's the perfect time to start plotting fall day trips from Long Island. Whether your idea of a getaway involves brightly hued foliage or you're craving an adventure in the urban jungle, we've rounded up 25 fall day trips for Long Island families. Some are close by; others require a few hours in the car or Long Island Rail Road, or perhaps a ride on a ferry. No matter where you go or how you get there, you're sure to create some lasting memories.
If you're craving an extended adventure, consider booking one of these nearby destinations for a weekend visit.
Fall Family Day Trips Around Long Island
Apples are ripe for the picking on the East End. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
1. Sip and Dine Among the Vines
Explore a kid-friendly winery on the East End.
2. Grab a Taste of Fall
Hit up a nearby farm for apple picking.
3. Explore the South Shore Beaches Via Two Wheels
Bike along the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway.
4. Leaf Peep
5. Take a Carousel Ride in Greenport
The carousel is a perfect reason to visit this charming North Fork village.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze welcome Long Islanders with a colorful display. Photo courtesy of the Historic Hudson Valley
6. 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.
7. Get a Taste of Island Life
Hop on the ferry to Shelter Island and spend the day exploring this local gem.
8. Explore the Barrier Beaches
Another fun ferry destination: Fire Island. Insider's secret: Because it lies on the Gulf Stream, Fire Island waters are often swimmable into October.
9. Step Back in Time
Visit one of these historical sites dotting the landscape.
10. Get a Taste of Local History
11. Take Advantage of the Offseason
Explore Manhattan's above-ground oasis — the High Line. Photo by Timothy Schenck/courtesy of Friends of the High Line
Fall Day Trips to New York City for Long Island Families
12. Walk Above the City Streets
13. Get Up Close to an Engineering Marvel
Climb the stairs of The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Make it an afternoon and treat yourself to lunch at Mercado Little Spain and dessert at Dylan's Candy Bar.
14. Go Sky High
Visit Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, which rises 102 stories above the city streets.
15. See a Broadway Show
Explore the city's world-class theaters, which are all reopening now.
16. Walk Around an Urban Oasis
17. Get an Up-Close Look at Lady Liberty
Hop on a ferry to Governors Island for wide-open spaces and stunning skyline views.
The King Kone stand is worth a visit for classic treats and family-friendly eats. Photo courtesy of the venue
Upstate New York Fall Day Trips for Long Island Families
18. Treat Yourself
Find the kitschy roadside King Kone in Somers for a sweet treat, or visit one of these other ice cream shops in the Westchester area.
19. Head North
See what the northern part of New York has to offer as you cross a few items off our Hudson Valley bucket list.
20. Hit the Road
Go on a scenic drive to take in the changing colors at these nine stunning spots.
21. Picnic in a Picturesque Setting
Explore the Storm King Art Center, which offers larger-than-life sculptures and beautiful fall foliage spread over a sprawling 500 acres.
22. Take a Train Ride
Book a ride on the open-air Catskill Flyer and enjoy a scenic trip through Ulster County.
Enjoy a drive-thru safari at Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
Fall Day Trips in New Jersey for Long Island Families
23. Get Some Thrills
Load the kids in the family station wagon for a wild drive through the Six Flags safari and then explore the main park and all of its coasters.
24. Enjoy the Outdoors
Spend the day chasing waterfalls at one of these easy northern New Jersey hikes.
25. Hit the Slopes
A version of this post was first published in 2015. Writer Kristen Markel contributed to this 2021 update.