Fall is such a wonderful season. The changing leaves, the crisp temperatures, the fun holidays; there are so many things to look forward to.
If you’re looking for a great place to have fun this fall, head to Upstate New York. Historic towns, scenic drives, farms, vineyards and festivals; there’s no shortage of fall-friendly fun to be had in this region. Whether you want to go on a weekend getaway or just a day trip, here’s a look at some awesome things to enjoy in Upstate New York this fall season.
Apple Sweets and Treats
Apples are the quintessential fruit of the fall season, and there are tons of places to pick them – and sample them, too – in Upstate New York.
At Apple Dave’s Orchards in Warwick, you and the family can pick apples right off the trees. They grow a variety of apples, and they also offer some great activities, like face painting, live music, and wagon rides.
If you want to sample some fresh-made cider, stop by Eagle Mills Cider Mill and Family Fun Park. Located in Broadalbin, this cider mill is truly a treasure. A 100-year-old water wheel powers the mill, which is really quite impressive to see. This spot is also home to the only drive through, double walkway covered bridge in the state of New York. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy, including the Pedal Cart Track, the Eagle Mills Train, ad gemstone mining.
A Hauntingly Good Time
If you really want to get into the Halloween spirit, you’ll have no trouble in Upstate New York.
Sleepy Hollow, the setting of the legendary spooky tale, hosts the Festival of Witches in October. Here, you can go on a ghost hunt, or practice the art of belly dancing. There are plenty of handmade goods sold by local artisans and vendors, as well as food and libations to enjoy. At the Psychic Fair, you can try to contact those who have passed away. The Sleepy Hollow Witch’s Halloween Ball also offers plenty of festivity for All Hollow’s Eve.
In Ulster Park, you’ll find the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. Located on the site of a 250-year-old farm in the historic Hudson Valley, you’ll be sure to squeal as you make your way through any of the seven haunted attractions, such as the Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Slither’s Pet Shop and Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Sideshow. After working up an appetite from all that screaming, grab a bite to eat at one of the four cafes. Complete your frighteningly fun adventure by picking up some souvenirs at one of the themed gift shops.
Autumn would not be complete with this season’s most beloved gourd: the pumpkin.
The Norwich Pumpkin Festival is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon with the family. Held in the town’s charming downtown area, this beloved event offers up tons of fun. There are haunted houses, hayrides, fireworks, and a Halloween parade, so don’t forget your costume! The pièce de résistance of this event happens after the sun goes down: the lighting of thousands of intricately carved jack o’ lanterns.
For another incredible way to celebrate fall (and pumpkins,) head over to Croton-on-Hudson. Here, more than 7,000 carved pumpkins line the walkways, streets and steps of the 18th century riverside town at The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze. Walk across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge and gaze in wonder at a replica of the Statue of Liberty, made entirely out of jack o’ lanterns, of course. There’s even a Pumpkin Carousel, which actually spins, as well as a Pumpkin Planetarium, which offers a colorful star show. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance, as this popular event sells out quickly.
Fall Foliage Tours
The pinnacle of fall in Upstate New York is the breathtakingly colorful changing leaves. You can simply drive along virtually any roadway and take in the spectacular display of Mother Nature, or you can go on one of the incredible fall foliage tours.
The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad in Milford runs special fall foliate train rides. You’ll get to sit back and relax while taking in the awe-inspiring views of the Susquehanna River Valley. Refreshments are offered on the two hour trip, which is intended for people of all ages.
In New Hampton, check out the colorful fall landscape from the sky on an Above the Clouds hot air balloon ride. While you’re soaring high above the ground, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the picturesque towns, the shimmering waterways, and of course, the vibrant trees. If it’s clear enough, you might just be able to see New York City’s skyline.
There are so many amazing things to see and do in Upstate New York during the fall. Instead of worrying about the hassle of driving there yourself, consider our charter bus service. We offer various excursions and can create a trip that is custom-tailored just for you and your party. If you really want to get the most out of what Upstate New York has to offer during the fall, leave the driving to us!