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Fall Family Fun

50+ must-do activities this fall

Fall Family Fun Checklist


Crunchy leaves, crisp cool air and giant bites of juicy apples. Festivals and celebrations. Thrills and chills! No matter what your family’s favorite fall activities are, the Hudson Valley is prime for fall adventures. Apple picking, corn mazes, Halloween mischief and the beautiful colors of fall are around every corner throughout September and October. Theater season is back, fall agritainment (a cool mix of agriculture and entertainment) is bustling and the festival scene is in full swing. Planning your fall weekends filled with things to do can be exciting. Not sure where to start? Start Clicking!

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1.  Go Apple Picking

2.  Ride the Cow Train at Hurds Family Farm

3. Scare up some Savings on Halloween

4. Check out a local Halloween event

5.  Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte

hurds family farm
Hurds Family Farm

6.  Go to a Fall Festival

7. Visit a Winery

8. Go horseback riding

9.  Make campfire s’mores

10. Pick Pumpkins at a local patch

11.  Make a popcorn witch

12. Get lost in a corn maze

13. Visit a museum

14. Make an apple cake

15.  Make fall leaf bookmarks

16. Visit the animals at the zoo

17. Raise money for a good cause

apple cider donuts

18. Enjoy cider donuts

19. Go on a hayride

20. Take a leaf peeping drive

21. Let the kids try out yoga

22. Visit your local cider mill to press your own cider

23. Visit a Haunted House

24. Experience no scare Halloween at Museum Village

museum village in the fall
Museum Village, Monroe

25. Visit a local Hudson Valley small zoo

26. Go on a fall nature hike

27. Make your child's Halloween Costume or pick one out

28. Take a walk at Locust Grove

29. Have a ball at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

30. Bake a Pie

31. Use up your apples with this delicious homemade apple butter recipe

32. Trick or Treat

33. Grab lunch from a farmers market

34. Watch an exciting air show and pumpkin bombing flights at the Aerodrome

35. Make big leaf print characters

36. Have a family movie night

37. Have a fall family photo shoot

girl in the fall leaves

38. Paint a pumpkin

39. Start a family gratitude journal

40. Make bird feeders

41. Play make believe at Kelder's Farm

42. Go on a fall camping trip

43. Take a ghost tour at Boscobel House and Gardens

44. Plan a date night with your love

45. Relax at a National NY State Park

46. Take a tour of a historic site

47. Experience a fall festival or fair

48. Take a road trip

49. Cook up a new fall recipe

50. Decorate for Halloween

Updated August 22, 2018

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