40 Fall Activities We Can't Wait To Do in New Jersey With Kids
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.
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1. Go Apple Picking
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).
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.
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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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 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 paddleboat, canoe, or kayak.
17. Take the Cape May Ghost Trolley Tour
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.
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.
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!
Camp out at Diggerland on Saturday, October 16!
30. Camp Out
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!
33. Try a New Playground
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.
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.
Unless otherwise noted, photo courtesy of the venues