20 Must-Do Fall Activities Near Westchester for Kids and Families

Celebrate Día de Muertos at Caramoor. Photo courtesy of the venue
Celebrate Día de Muertos at Caramoor. Photo courtesy of the venue

We love everything about fall: the leaf-peeping, the pumpkin picking, the fun to be had around Halloween. Sleepy Hollow is the center of the Halloween universe, after all. Westchester and the Hudson Valley abound with fall activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Here, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite fall activities near Westchester, sure to please everyone from little ones to teens. Many of them are even FREE.

For even more seasonal fun, check out our Guide to Fall Fun near Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

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1. Apple Picking

Pick some perfect apples at one of the many farms in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. (Don’t forget the apple cider doughnuts!)

2. Hit a Fall Festival

Speaking of donuts, don’t miss the Cider & Donut Festival at Wampus Park in Armonk on Sunday, September 19.

Two knights joust at the New York Renaissance Faire
Jousting knights are just one of the attractions at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Photo courtesy of the faire.

3. Renaissance Faire

Head to the New York Renaissance Faire on weekends from now until Sunday, October 3. (Bonus: Kids under 4 are FREE!)

4. Greenburgh Nature Center

Let kids try their hands at a forest run and obstacle course at Run Wild at the Greenburgh Nature Center held on weekends from Saturday, September 25-Sunday, October 3.

5. Fairy Walk

Deck the kids out in their best fairy costumes and go on a Fairy Walk at Muscoot Farm in Katonah on Sunday, September 26

6. Explore the Hudson Valley

Do a Hudson Valley day trip: Beacon, Saugerties, and Cold Spring are all great picks.

7. Visit Albany

Or, head to Albany for Hollowed Harvest, a walking Halloween-themed light show, which starts on Friday, September 24.

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Night scene at the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
Watch as pumpkins come alive at the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. Photo by Susan Miele

8. See The Blaze

Take part in a Westchester tradition: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze runs from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, November 21.

9. Hit the Garlic Festival

Saugerties toasts the potent veggie with its own festival Saturday, October 2-Sunday, October 3.

10. Plant Some Bulbs

Keep the garlic-themed fun going by planting garlic bulbs—which are later donated post-harvest—at the Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont on Sunday, October 10.

11. Visit a National Treasure—for FREE

Enjoy free admission to a national park on Saturday, September 25 and Thursday, November 11. Local options include Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Saratoga National Historical Park.

12. Shop the Farmers Market

Visit a local farmers market before the outdoor venues close for the season, which usually happens around Thanksgiving.

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Family rides bikes in Westchester
Take a family bike ride on Bicycle Sundays. Photo courtesy of the Westchester Police Department

13. Ride a Bike

Clock in your last rides as part of Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River, which wraps up on Sunday, October 31.

14. Hunt for Fall Foliage

Go leaf-peeping at one of these seven gorgeous lookout points.

15. Go Pumpkin Picking

Bring home a pumpkin for carving from one of these local farms.

16. Get Lost in a Maze

Find your way out of one of these area corn mazes.

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Lasdon Park has kid-friendly hiking trails
Lasdon Park, above, offers great kid-friendly trails. Photo by the author

17. Hit the Trails

Choose one of these 10 kid-friendly local hikes—and then start exploring!

18. Learn the Legend of Sleepy Hollow

18. Ring in the Halloween season with a visit to Washington Irving’s Home of the Legend at Sunnyside in Irvington to learn more about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at this all-ages event, which kicks off Friday, September 17.

19. Snuggle an Alpaca

19. Get up-close-and-personal with an alpaca at one of these Westchester farms.

20. See a Kid-Friendly Show

Enjoy a family-friendly concert at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah on Saturday, October 24 in honor of Dia de Muertos.

Fairy House Hunt in the Garden
Locust Grove Estate - 10:30 AM Pick
Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market
Walkway Over the Hudson - Ulster Welcome Center Plaza - 12:00 PM Pick
Family Studio Art Workshop: Dazzling Icons
Hudson River Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Encanto Dance Party
Maria Regina High School - 1:00 PM Pick
Multicultural Food Festival
Black Snake Brewing at Old Adriance Farm - 1:00 PM Pick
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