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Fun Fall Activities in New England and New York

From hayrides to apple picking, see our suggestions for favorite fall activities across New England and New York.

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We can’t stop talking about autumn, and it’s easy to see why. Locations across New England and New York celebrate the season with a wide array of fall activities.

Picking fresh apples and pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, hopping on a hayride, tasting apple cider and doughnuts right from the cider mill and, of course, leaf-peeping are all staples only available during this time of year.

Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, please see official websites before visiting to check for restrictions or closures.

Connecticut Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

You’ll find apples, pumpkins and raspberries at Bishop’s Orchards, a family-owned farm in Guilford. The 275-year-old Lyman Orchards in Middlefield offers both apples and pumpkins too. In Easton, Silverman’s Farm is blooming with apples ripe for pick-your-own outings.

Cider Mills

Home to a National Historic Landmark, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic offers apple cider, cider donuts and apple wine as well as cider making demonstration on weekends. Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard in Shelton offers pick-your-own apples on weekends along with fresh cider and baked goods.

Corn Maze

Until Oct. 31, you can explore this year’s space exploration-themed corn maze at The Farm in Woodbury. This interactive maze is fun for the whole family, with learning opportunities and games built right in. You can also visit the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin. This year, tickets are only available online.

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Maine Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

If you’re looking for organic pick-your-own apples, Apple Acres Farm in Hiram is the spot for you. At Lakeside Orchards in Manchester, you can pick apples or enjoy any of their homemade breads, cider doughnuts, fruit pies and turnovers made daily. Cayford Orchards in Skowhegan offers 57 varieties of pick-your-own apples and jugs of cider to take home. For a list of additional orchards in Maine, head here.

Cider Tastings

Taste the flavors of fall by visiting one of Maine’s cideries. Ricker Hill, located in Turner, is offering outdoor and indoor tastings this season. Norumbega Cidery in Gloucester is holding outdoor tastings on Saturdays and Sundays. Orchard Girls Cidery in Kingfield is also hosting tastings Wednesdays through Sundays.

Corn Maze

You won’t only finds pumpkins at Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton. Travel through this year’s “Making Memories for 20 ​Years”-themed corn maze. Until Oct. 31, you can explore the Dempsey Challenge-themed corn maze at Thunder Road Farm. After, go find a you-pick pumpkin.

Massachusetts Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Massachusetts is home to a plethora of farms and orchards offering these favorite fall activities. For apples, there’s Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton, Carver Hill Orchard in Stow, Nashoba Valley Winery  in Bolton and Riiska Brook Orchard in Sandisfield – th0ugh there are very limited pick-your-own apples due to a light apple crop this year.

If you want a one-stop-spot where you can pick up both apples and pumpkins, look no further than Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Shelburne Farm in Stow, Tougas Family Farm in Northborough or Clearview Farm in Sterling.

For pumpkins, visit the patch at Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock on weekends. You’ll also find sweet treats like apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin whoopie pies and maple syrup for sale.

Corn Mazes

This 8-acre corn maze is one of the most buzzed-about fall activities in New England and is sure to impress. Mike’s Maze in Sunderland is a self-proclaimed thematic immersive experience for all ages. Additionally, you’ll find a corn cafe with farm fresh food as well as beer and cider.

The 7-acre corn maze at Connors Farm in Danvers has its own attractions. These include a farm stand with hardy mums and fresh apple cider as well as pick-your-own apples and pumpkins.

New Hampshire Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

You’ll find tons of apples at Alyson’s Apple Orchard in Walpole, which is home to 50 apple varieties, Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook, which grows 80 varieties, and Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis with 19 varieties.

There are pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee, Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls and Mack’s Apples in Londonderry.

Enjoy warm drinks and baked goods – like apple cider donuts – at Emery Farm‘s outdoor cafe and then go pumpkin picking. For a statewide guide of New Hampshire’s pick-your-own farms, see here.

Corn Mazes 

Head to Trombly Gardens in Milford for daytime hayrides, a corn maze that’s open until dusk and plenty of pumpkins. You’ll also find apple picking and a corn maze at Riverview Farm in Plainfield.

New York Fall Activities

Apples, Seasonal Snacks and Pumpkins

You can stay in your car and drive to an apple tree at Masker Orchards in Warwick. Make reservations to pick-your-own apples at Wilklow Orchards in Highland , and try a candy apple, too! You’ll find apples, cider and donuts at the 75-year-old Apple Hill Farm in New Paltz. Pick-your-own apples weekends only at Prospect Hill Orchards in Milton.

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at Jenkins-Lueken Orchards in New Paltz, Weed Orchards & Winery in Marlboro, or Greig Farm, a Hudson Valley farm and market.

Cider Mills

Find cider, donuts and other treats at Burrville Cider Mill in Watertown or Clinton Cider Mill in Clinton. There’s cider and pies at Jericho Cider Mill, old fashioned apple cider at Wager’s Cider Mill in Penn Yan and apple cider slushies at Castile Cider Mill. Visit the water-powered cider mill at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard – or take a virtual tour.

Rhode Island Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Find you-pick apples and pumpkins at the Barden Family Orchard in North Scituate or pick-your-own flowers and apples at Dame Farm & Orchard in Johnston. At Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, stop in at the farm cafe and market for a treat after you’re done harvesting. Make reservations for you-pick apples at Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield. The 12-acre Phantom Farms in Cumberland offers pick-your-own apples along with a bakery. For a list of Rhode Island orchards and farms fit for apple and/or pumpkin picking, see here.

Corn Maze

At Salisbury Farm in Johnston, you can choose from pre-picked or pick-your-own pumpkins and get lost in a 5-acre corn maze until Oct. 31. This year’s theme is “Ride On.”

Event

The walk-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is certainly a sight to behold as you make your way through a trail lined with thousands of intricately carved pumpkins. This year’s event celebrates the greatest music from the last 150 years. Sept. 30-Oct. 31.

Vermont Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

At the 19-acre Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, you can pick through a wide variety of apples and taste a few hard and iced ciders. Adams Apple Orchard in Williston also has apples as well as plenty of pure Vermont maple syrup. If you’re looking for pumpkins, go to Winslow Farms in Pittsford, where you can peruse the 5-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Find more Vermont orchards.

Cider Mill 

You’ll find fresh apple cider, cider doughnuts made from a 25-year-old recipe as well as Vermont cheese, maple syrup, honey and jams at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. Purchase other treats at the bakery or try something more filling at the Apple Core Luncheonette.

Corn Maze

At Sam Mazza Farms in Colchester, you can explore their 4-mile corn maze. Check-in is required. You-pick pumpkins are also available, weekends only from the last weekend of September to the third weekend of October.


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