40 Fall Activities We Can't Wait To Do in New Jersey With Kids

Fall is the perfect time to visit the newly opened Legoland New York, and it's hosting a "bricktastic" Halloween event, too. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Fall is the perfect time to visit the newly opened Legoland New York, and it's hosting a "bricktastic" Halloween event, too. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

What's not to love about fall: The cool autumn air, brilliantly colored leaves, apples, pumpkins, Halloween...the list goes on. To celebrate the start of the crisp weather season, we've rounded up 40 fall activities we just can't wait to do with New Jersey kids.

Our Activity Calendar bursts with fun picks every day, and our Guide to Fall Fun in New Jersey gets constant updates, too.

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1. Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is one of our favorite fall activities, and family-friendly farms across New Jersey are ready to welcome guests.

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 Making Mammoths and the T. Rex Experience exhibits (extra fee applies).

Hiking to Hemlock Falls is a beautiful fall activity for families
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.

8. Visits Farm Animals

Cozy up with farm animals at these New Jersey petting zoos.

RELATED: Best Apple Picking Orchards and Farms in New Jersey With Kids

Take a wildlife tour at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Drive-Thru.

9. See Wild Animals

See exotic animals from your car at the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari Drive-Thru.

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 alfresco, 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 Heaven Hill Farm's Great Pumpkin Festival through Sunday, November 7.

13. Dunellen HarvestFest

Get in the autumn spirit at a harvest festival, such as the Dunellen HarvestFest on Sunday, October 10.

14. Visit Legoland

Have you heard the news? Legoland is now open just across the border in Goshen, New York. Spend a day, or book a weekend away at the Legoland Hotel. Weekends in October mean you can participate in its Brick-or-Treat festivities, too. 

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Go skiing indoors this fall at Big Snow
Get a jump on winter sports at Big Snow.

15. American Dream

Spend (at least) a day at the American Dream entertainment complex, with Big Snow indoor ski resortNickelodeon 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 paddleboat, canoe, or kayak.

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 Friday, September 24-Sunday, October 31.

19. Ride the Corn Maze Train

Ride the rails to a farm on the Corn Maze Train, which runs through Sunday, September 26.

RELATED: 25 Fun-Filled Fall Day Trips for New Jersey Families

Hiking is one of our favorite fall activities in New Jersey
Scope out a new hiking trail. Photo by Sara Marentette

20. Enjoy a State Park

Take a day trip to New Jersey's state parks and forests.

21. Get Goosebumps at Fright Fest

Take a Halloween trip to Six Flags for Fright Fest from Saturday, September 10-Sunday, October 31. 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 there, take the family on a hayride and get lost in a corn maze.

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, October 2.

RELATED: Best Things To Do in New Jersey in September 2021 With Kids

Explore the corn maze at Storybook Land
Little ones love the hay maze at Storybook Land.

25. Visit Storybook Land in Costume

Storybook Land hosts Trick-or-Treat Weekends on Saturdays and Sundays, October 23-31.

26. See Outdoor Art

Spend a day exploring one of these outdoor art destinations nearby. Bonus: The fall foliage makes a picture-perfect backdrop.

27. Check Out Amazing Jack-o'-Lanterns

Drive through displays of creative and kooky hand-carved pumpkins at Wagner Farm Arboretum Brite Nights from Thursday, October 7-Saturday, October 30.

28. Food Trucks

Indulge in food and live music at the Sussex County Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, September 18.

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!

RELATED: See Baby Animals and More at Family-Friendly NJ Farms

Diggerland's Diggerfest is a fun fall activity for New Jersey families
Camp out at Diggerland on Saturday, October 16!

30. Camp Out

Sleep under the stars at one of NJ's best family campgrounds, or camp out at Diggerland on Saturday, October 16, 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, or 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! hosts tons of outdoor entertainment, such as a petting zoo, unicorn rides, sing-alongs, and more.

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 the recently renovated 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 2.

RELATED: The Best NJ Zoos and Aquariums for Animal Encounters with Kids

Pick a pumpkin off the vine at Johnson's Corner Farm.

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 to take in the stunning Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Westchester's Van Cortlandt Manor.

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

Atlantic City with the kids and explore some unique arcades, restaurants, mini golf, and rides at the pier.

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