20 Must-Do Fall Activities Near Westchester for Kids and Families
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.
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
7. Visit Albany
Or, head to Albany for Hollowed Harvest, a walking Halloween-themed light show, which starts on Friday, September 24.
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.
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.
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.