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24 Must-Do Things in NJ This Fall

Make the most of the autumn months by bringing your family to one (or all!) of these amazing Garden State places.


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Whether you're looking to pick-your-own pumpkins or apples, head to a museum or check out a nearby indoor water park, we've got 25 can't-miss activities for fall. Plus, there's a ton of spooky (and not-so-scary) ongoing Halloween events you'll love. 

1. Play a round of footgolf

This new, fun-for-all-ages sport is spreading like wildfire, and will definitely be a hit with the kids. Try it at one of the NJ golf courses around the state. All you need is a soccer ball!

2. Pick-Your-Own Apples

Whether you like Red Delicious or Granny Smith, there’s a farm close by that lets you pick a bushel of your own.

3. Stop by the farm

Hit up a fall festival where you can go on hayrides, monster trucks, explore corn mazes and eat tons of great foods.

4. Visit an off-the-beaten-path museum

Whether your crew loves the shore, airplanes, animals or arcades, there's a unique spot to check out in Jersey with your name all over it.

5. Take a hike

Regardless of your age or experience, there’s a great hiking spot right around the corner. Take your pick from mild, flat trails or challenge yourself on some of the steeper ones. If you head to parks like High Point State Park, you'll get a stellar view of the changing foliage.

6. Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins

Nothing says "Halloween" like plucking your own pumpkin right out of the patch and off the vine.

7. Head to the Aquarium

Even though summer’s over you can still get your fill of big fish, hippos and sharks (while standing safely behind glass) at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Watch keepers feed animals, head outdoors for a glimpse of the penguins or hang in the Kid Zone (for children under 6).

8. Explore a Corn Maze

Tons of farms host their own maze events. Some have high-tech GPS features and others are dinosaur themed. From super-easy daytime fields to very-scary nighttime mazes, check out our list to see what’s happening near you.

9. Go for a bike ride

Soak up as much of the nice weather as you can before winter sets in by taking the family to one of these beautiful paths .

10. Reel in a big fish

Who says fishing is only a summer activity? There’s still plenty of time to catch a few of your own at one of the 400 catch-and-release lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

11. Visit the Liberty Science Center

Either check out the new Bodies exhibit or let the kids try and climb the Infinity Climber. 

12. Take a Spin on the Seaglass Carousel

This colorful, marine-inspired carousel at The Battery is a must-see. It has a beautiful light show for its passengers that makes it worth the trek to the city.

13. Get wet an indoor water park

Sad that you didn't get enough time at the pool? There are plenty of great indoor water parks in the area. If you don't want the slides and big wave fun, you can head to a more local indoor pool.

14. Climb the steps of a lighthouse

Now that the crowds have left the shore for the summer, it’s the perfect time to visit one of NJ’s lighthouses. Here’s a list of the ones you can explore.

15. Take in the views at the Delaware Water Gap

With over 100 miles of biking and hiking trails (and of course, stunning views of surrounding nature) the Delaware Water Gap is a must-see.

16. Get your hands dirty at Diggerland

This construction-themed amusement park is worth the trip to South Jersey. Open weekends through the fall, kids can get behind the wheel of their own truck, go ziplining and get up close and personal with real construction vehicles.

17. Get in touch with your wild side at the zoo

Take advantage of the nice weather at one of the state’s zoo. If you’re up for a day trip, head to the Cape May County Zoo to see over 500 animals, or stay locally at the Turtle Back Zoo, where there are movies at night, feedings and our favorite Red Panda.

18.  Stop by a festival

The fall is a busy time for fairs and festivals that celebrate music, art or everyone’s passion, food! Take your pick from cranberry, food truck, Oktoberfest and even seafood-themed events. We have the full list.

19.  Spend the day at an amusement park

Many of the amusement parks throughout NJ and PA will still have their doors open this fall. Plus, you can get completely spooked this October at places like Six Flags: Great Adventure, Sesame Place and Dorney Park at their annual Halloween-themed fests.

20. Check out a waterfall

Take in the great outdoors this season by hiking or walking to one of New Jersey’s scenic waterfalls. We have the complete list. Don’t forget your sneakers!

21. Do a good deed

Get the family involved in a local volunteering project. Groups like New Jersey Cares make it easy to get started.

22. Visit a new playground

If the kids are bored at your neighborhood park, jump in the car and head to one of these spots instead!

23. Get Spooked at a Halloween Attraction

Whether you’re looking for an easy-to-finish, daytime corn maze or a truly terrifying haunted house, we’ve rounded up the best spots.  

24. See a Real NJ Ghost

Are you a fan of shows like Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Witness? We have a list of some of the scariest (and legit) NJ ghosts and haunted houses.

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