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30 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 plenty of can't-miss activities for fall. Plus, there's a ton of spooky (and not-so-scary) ongoing Halloween events you'll love.

1. 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. Take your younger crew to low-scare attractions, or check out the new Jersey Devil-themed attraction or Asbury Park’s Zombie Walk.

2. 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.

3. Escape rooms

Try your luck at an escape room, where your group will use clues to escape a locked room and beat the countdown clock.

4. Munch on apple cider donuts

These delectable treats are a must-have for the fall. The crispy, sugary dough is sure to please your whole family. Treat yourself!

5. Halloween trains

Climb aboard a Halloween-themed train with your little ones and enjoy some quality time with your mini-conductors.

6. Trunk or Treat

You definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit a trunk-or-treat. Decorate your trunk and fill it with sugary goodies.

7. Visit a spookified house

Take your kids to visit a spookified house. There’s always that one house that goes above-and-beyond with seasonal decorating—many with a new theme each year.

8. Check out some jack-o’-lanterns

These creative displays will impress your whole family. Plan a trip to one of these mind blowing events, you won’t regret it.

9. 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!

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins

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

15. 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).

16. 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.

17. 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 .

18. 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.

19. Visit the Liberty Science Center

Build a Wizard Wand in the MakerLab, attend a spooky sleepover or the family weekend series. On October 19, adults can try LSC After Dark’s Zombtoberfest. There’ll be local beer, food, gifts and more.

20. 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.

21. 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. And if you want more than just water fun, Camelback has plenty of outdoor options this fall to make your stay even more fun.

22. 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. There is also a Lighthouse Challenge for two days in October for your crew to test their stair-climbing skills.

23. 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.

24. 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.

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

Take advantage of the nice weather and plan a day trip. You don’t want to miss The Bronx Zoo’s Safe Howl-O-Ween or Boo at the Bronx Zoo, the Cape May County Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo’s 500 animals, or the Turtle Back Zoo’s Safe Howl-O-Ween, where kids will have plenty of opportunities to fill up tummies with sugar and chocolate.

26.  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.

27.  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.

28. 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!

29. Do a good deed

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

30. 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!

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