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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 can be exciting. Not sure where to start? Start Clicking!

1.  Go Apple Picking

2.  Ride the Cow Train at Hurds Family Farm

3. Scare up some Savings on Halloween

4. Have some fun at the Historic Hyde Park Station for Halloween Ghost Train Night!

5.  Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte

6.  Go to a Fall Festival

7. Shop a craft fair

8. Take a Fall Foliage Train Ride aboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad

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. Ride a pony at Dubois Farms

14. Make apple butter

15.  Make fall leaf bookmarks

16. Visit the animals at the zoo

17. Raise money for a good cause

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

25. Jump in a pile of leaves

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. Set your Crockpot for a meal

32. Trick or Treat

33. Grab lunch from a farmers market

34. Transform the family pet into a Witch

35. Make big leaf print characters

36. Have a family movie night

37. Have a fall family photo shoot

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. Send the teens to this haunting hangout

45. Relax at this community meditation

46. Take a tour of Mount Gulian's Historic house, barn and gardens

47. Have a hoot at this interactive musical event

48. Make a scarecrow

49. Hit the gymboree

50. Decorate for Halloween

Updated September 25, 2017