fall activities

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The fall season is already well underway and now that cooler temps are here it’s time to really ramp up your fall weekend fun! There are so many ways to celebrate fall in the Garden State and now more than ever, we need activities to look forward to. How many of these excursions have you checked off your fall to-do list? Have we left any out any fall activities that you love to do with your family?

  1. Try out a scary Halloween attraction
    From scary corn fields to haunted houses, there are so many creepily fun adventures to be had this month. Check to see which ones are appropriate for your family’s age level (and tolerance for zombies) before heading out.
  1. Pick your own pumpkins!
    What would fall be without a trip to a pumpkin farm? Make sure to call ahead for COVID rules and restrictions as some places will require timed entry tickets. Then you’ll be carving your jack-o-lanterns in no time!
  1. Eat apple cider doughnuts
    These seasonal, sugary treats are a must for fall. Buy one or get ‘em by the dozen!
  1. Take a Halloween train ride
    All aboard for some fall fun where you’ll get to see some amazing foliage and spend quality time together.
  1. Celebrate Halloween with a party
    Halloween is NOT cancelled because of COVID. Get your kids and their friends together and celebrate safely.
  1. Try a drive-thru experience
    Experience fall fun from the safety of your vehicle with events like the drive-thru Jack-O-Lantern Experience.

7. Visit Boo at the Zoo
Halloween is in full swing all month at the Bronx Zoo and what’s more fun than getting dressed up for this yearly tradition (that’s now socially distanced)?

8. Get lost in a corn maze
Corn mazes are a great way to get outside together as a family and be active, and NJ has some of the very best ones to explore.

9. Peep some pretty leaves
Popular spots like Cheesequake State Park offer beautiful views of the season’s colorful show.

10. Attend a harvest festival
Some festivals have been cancelled this year due to COVID but many are still taking place, like the Maywood Food Truck Festival on October 17 which is free and open to the public.

11. Pick your own apples

Apple picking is considered safe as long as you play by the rules and keep your distance from those not in your group. We can smell the freshly baked apple pie you’ll make already!

12. Spend a day on the farm
It’s sweater weather and there’s no better time to visit a local farm, pick up some fresh vegetables and maybe even meet a goat or two!

13. Take a hike in nature
Explore the great outdoors at locations such as High Point State Park have hikes that are kid-friendly in distance.

14. Visit the aquarium
Adventure Aquarium in Camden has re-opened and the sharks, turtles and fish are just waiting to see you!

15. Take a bike ride
There’s nothing like a family bike ride in the crisp, fall air. Try the D&R Canal Path for an exceptional ride!

16. Make a splash at a water park
Many water parks like Camelback’s Aquatopia have since reopened with increased safety measures. Taking an indoor dip (or slide) on a cold fall day can be so much fun.

17. Visit a playground
With playgrounds reopening, your kids will delight anew in swings, slide and climbing structures – and they will feel great getting some exercise.

What fall activities are looking forward to? Are there any fall activities we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.