Looking for the perfect Fall getaway to enjoy with the kids? We have put together a list of our favorite family friendly fall activities upstate during the months of October and November. Take a trip up to the Hudson Valley, where you can peep the leaves in all their Autumn glory! Apple picking, farm-fresh cider, haunted houses, and a legendary pumpkin blaze are among some of the attractions that make Fall in upstate New York a place like no other! Break out your fall sweaters and take the kids on a trip they won't forget.
Here it is! Your ultimate guide to family friendly fall activities upstate this Fall:
1. Apple Picking at Grieg Farm in Red Hook, NY
Take a family trip to Grieg Farm in Red Hook and pick your own apples fresh from the tree! Kids can also feed the goats and take in the upstate charm of the century-old dairy barn. Train-accessible from NYC!
2. Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise
Hop on board the Fall Foliage Cruise, and sail up the Hudson River where you can see the leaves at their finest. The boat takes off from Wall Street Port and sails up the tree-lined Hudson River, making a stop upstate at Croton-on-Hudson where you can all disembark and explore one of upstate New York’s most idyllic villages. Then hop back on board and return just in time to see the sunset over the city skyline. Weekends Oct 7 - Nov 11.
3. Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, in Sleepy Hollow, NY
Each Fall, this 300-year old Manor House and surrounding estate transform into a haunted landscape in celebration of the annual Hudson Valley Horseman's Hollow. Celebrate the spooky season in the former home of Washington Irving at historic Philipsburg Manor, where elaborate costumes, state-of-the-art special effects, and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make the scenes seem almost real. Enter at your own risk!
Train-accessible from Grand Central via Metro North, making this a favorite upstate day-trip for NYC families.
4. The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortland Manor, NY
The annual Blaze at the Van Cortland Manor is the Hudson Valley's biggest Halloween event, showcasing over 7,000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns. Wander the historic river-side property, through a maze of awe-inspiring pumpkin-carved creations. This event occurs weekends in October through early November, and tickets are only available in advance. Train accessible from NYC.
Do you have any favorite family friendly fall activities upstate? Share them in the comments below!
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