2. Enjoy the Fall Colors
Relish the Garden State's beautiful fall foliage at a scenic park or playground.
3. Spend a Day at LSC
No matter how many times you visit, the Liberty Science Center never gets old. This fall, be sure to check out The Building 2023, which seems to challenge the laws of physics with a model of a building on the ground.
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Take a family-friendly hike to Hemlock Falls. Photo courtesy of NJ State Parks
4. Take a Hike
Breathe in the crisp autumn air on a family hike to one of New Jersey's beautiful waterfalls.
5. Head Down the Shore
Go ahead and enjoy one last ice cream on the boardwalk at sunset. Or maybe visit an off-the-beaten-path beach you've never tried before.
6. Play Arcade Games
Get your game on at an indoor arcade.
7. Wander Through a Sunflower Maze
Get lost in the most picturesque of locations: a sunflower maze. U-pick sunflowers are still in still in season at some farms.
8. Visits Farm Animals
Cozy up with farm animals at these New Jersey petting zoos.
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Take a wildlife tour at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Drive-Thru. Photo courtesy Six Flags Great Adventure
9. See Wild Animals
See exotic animals from your car at the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Drive-Thru.
Westfield hosts a month-long Addmsfest. Photo courtesy of the festival
10. Check out Addamsfest
Explore the town of Westfield—the hometown of Charles Addams—which hosts the October-long Addamsfest with a haunted trail, movies, and more fall activities.
11. Have a Picnic
It's not too late to dine al fresco, throw a Frisbee around, or take in the sights at one of NJ's top picnic spots.
12. Great Pumpkin Festival
Get a taste of everything fall, including a pumpkin patch and corn maze, at the Heaven Hill Farm's Great Pumpkin Festival through Sunday, November 5, 2023.
13. Dunellen HarvestFest
Get in the autumn spirit at a harvest festival, such as the Dunellen HarvestFest on Sunday, October 8, 2023.
14. Visit Legoland
Legoland is family fun just across the border in Goshen, New York. Spend a day, or book a weekend away at the Legoland Hotel.
15. American Dream
Spend at least a day at the American Dream entertainment complex, with Big Snow indoor ski resort, Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, DreamWorks water park, Angry Birds Mini Golf, the Sealife Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, and more.
16. Set Sail!
Go for a boat ride on a paddle boat, canoe, or kayak.
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Take a trolley tour to discover the history of Cape May's ghosts. Photo courtesy of Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
17. Take the Cape May Ghost Trolley Tour
Get goosebumps on Cape May's ghost trolley tour. The family-friendly Shore town is known as one of the most haunted towns in America!
18. Get Spooked
Have a haunting evening at the 13th Hour Haunted House on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from Saturday, September 23 through Tuesday, October 31, 2023.
19. Ride the Corn Maze Train
Ride the rails to a farm on the Corn Maze Train, which runs through Sunday, October 29, 2023.
20. Enjoy a State Park
Take a day trip to one of New Jersey's state parks or forests.
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Take in the spooky fun at Six Flags Hallowfest. Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
21. Get Goosebumps at Fright Fest
Take a Halloween trip to Six Flags for Fright Fest from Friday, September 8 through Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Attend during the day for a more kid-friendly experience.
22. Go Pumpkin Picking
Pick your very own pumpkin at one of New Jersey's fun-filled pumpkin farms.
23. Take a Hay Ride
While you're at a farm, take the family on a hayride and get lost in a corn maze.
The Great Pumpkin Train takes visitors for a ride along the Delaware River and past a huge corn maze. Photo courtesy of the railroad
24. Get Tickets for the Great Pumpkin Train
Hop aboard the Great Pumpkin Train for a boo-tiful choo-choo ride along the Delaware River starting on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
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Little ones love the hay maze at Storybook Land. Photo courtesy of Storybook Land
25. Visit Storybook Land in Costume
Storybook Land hosts Trick-or-Treat Weekends on October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2023.
26. See Outdoor Art
Spend a day exploring outdoor art destinations nearby. Bonus: The fall foliage makes a picture-perfect backdrop.
27. Check Out Amazing Jack-o'-Lanterns
Walk through displays of 6,000 creative, scary, and kooky hand-carved pumpkins at the Jack O'Lantern Experience and Fall Festivals at Skylands Stadium. Open select evenings September 22-November 5, 2023.
28. Food Trucks
Indulge in food and live music at the Sussex County Food Truck Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
29. Visit a Winery
Sip some of the best wine around—with your kids in tow—at one of New Jersey's family-friendly vineyards and wineries. Cheers!
30. Camp Out
Sleep under the stars at one of NJ's best family campgrounds, or camp out at Diggerland on Saturday, October 7, and enjoy rides, arcade games, and s'mores over a bonfire.
31. Hit a Fall Fair
We've found 30+ fall fairs and festivals in September alone. Whether you want to touch-a-truck, get a jump on Oktoberfest, set a lantern afloat on the Hudson, or enjoy other fall activities, we've got a family-friendly fest for you.
32. Imagine That!
Imagine That! in Florham Park is the perfect spot for a day of playing pretend.
33. Try a New Playground
If your kids have grown bored with your neighborhood park, find a new playground that's worth the drive, like Nomahegan Park in Cranford.
34. Get Outta Town
These family-friendly fall day trips provide a change of scenery to recharge your batteries for the busy back-to-school season ahead.
35. Hear a Live Band
Hear live bands every Saturday at Somerville Summer Stage through Saturday, October 8, 2023.
36. Visit Johnson's Corner Farm
This family-friendly slice of New Jersey farmland offers plenty of fall fun and stunning views.
37. Visit Fosterfields
Get a glimpse of farm life in the past at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.
38. See Carved Pumpkin Displays
Book tickets and plan to take a little drive for the stunning Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Westchester's Van Cortlandt Manor.
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Gawk at more than 100 wild and crazy scarecrows on display throughout downtown Cranford.
39. Take a Scarecrow Stroll
Take a scary stroll through downtown Cranford, and check out the unique scarecrows in the annual Scarecrow Stroll.
40. Check out AC
Hit Atlantic City with the kids and explore some unique arcades, restaurants, mini golf, and rides at the pier.
41. Tell Spooky Ghost Stories
Make an indoor flashlight campfire and tell kid-friendly spooky stories.
42. Watch Scary Movies
Whip up a bowl of popcorn and put on a Halloween movie.
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Discover new authors and books at the Princeton Children's Book Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair
43. Get Reading
Meet more than 80 of your child's favorite authors and illustrators at the annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
44. Celebrate Fall
Celebrate fall every weekend in September and October (starting mid-September) at A. Casola Farms with pumpkin picking, pony rides, corn mazes, and a petting zoo, plus daytime hayrides and a haunted house on weekends.
45. Go to a Costume Parade
Throw on your costume and enjoy the festivities at a Halloween parade. We love Boo at the Boardwalk on Jenkinson's Boardwalk (October 22-23, 29-30, 2023).
46. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Morey's Pier
Enjoy the annual autumn festival at Morey's Pier with family-friendly activities and games weekends of September 15 through October 8, 2023. Little ones can decorate pumpkins while parents enjoy live music and authentic eats like pretzels, sausages, and, of course, German beer.
47. See Zombies
Take a stroll with the dead at one of New Jersey's Zombie Walks. One of our favorites is the Asbury Park Zombie Walk, which is held on Saturday, October 6, 2023.