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Get some much-needed space and nature with these adventures near NYC.

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Westchester

Lasdon Park & Arboretum

Katonah

This 234-acre public park has extensive formal gardens, an arboretum with a number of tree collections and a number of walking trails including a stunning veteran’s memorial trail. Highlights include a Chinese Friendship Garden and the dinosaur garden with life-size statues (sometimes closed due to weather, call ahead to confirm). Use your smart phone to…

Greenburgh Nature Center

Scarsdale

From dawn till dusk, explore 33-acres of hiking trails, native meadow and vernal pond, and say hello to outdoor animals including goats, bunnies and eagles. Play on a large nature-inspired playground with lots of equipment for all ages.

Inside the historic manor house, find two floors of live animals from all over the world. A…

Untermyer Gardens

Yonkers

Find gorgeous flowers, stunning views and picturesque architecture (including a Temple of Love) in a historic 43 acre park, located in Yonkers on the Hudson River.

Closes one hour before sunset. Reservations no loner required. Lots of nearby dining.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Granite Springs

🍎 Pick a variety of apples  among pretty farm foliage at this friendly, family-run farm with a great view.

🎃 Choose from a pumpkin patch.

🚜 Hay rides available on weekends.

🍩 Visit the farm stand for gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks plus produce and freshly baked farm-made pies and doughnuts.

⏱ No reservations…

Brick or Treat

Yonkers

Get into the Halloween spirit Lego-style. Brick or Treat through LEGOLAND Discovery Center and collect pieces at different stops to build and take home a Halloween creation.

Look for ghosts and skeletons haunting MINILAND New York- find the correct amount to win a prize. Create a LEGO pumpkin and place it into the Model Builder…

Muscoot Farm

Katonoah

Experience farm animals, agriculture, wildlife, and history in at a former working dairy farm.

Visit 50+ animals, including cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs, by walking up to their pens or inside their barns.  View historic buildings such as the milk house, the ice house, the brooder house, and the carriage…

Katonah Museum of Art

Katonah

A distinctly modernist building in the scenic hamlet of Katonah hosts three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. Explore the peaceful sculpture garden and surrounding Norway spruce trees.

Current exhibitions include ARRIVALS, featuring some 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present, exploring arrivals to America –…

Trick or Treat at Stew Leonard’s

Yonkers

Grocery store Stew Leonard’s invites all little ghouls and goblins to collect candy as they visit stations around the store. Check out the animatronic singing animals throughout the store.

Also at stores in Norwalk, Danbury, Farmingdale and Paramus.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Croton-on-Hudson

Meander through an 18th-century landscape ablaze with more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures and settings. Listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a unique star show. Features synchronized…

Halloweekend & Day of the Dead

Yonkers

Celebrate Halloween with family-friendly activities at the Hudson River Museum. Learn about Victorian mourning practices on tours in historic home Glenview all weekend long.

Celebrate Día de Muertos all weekend by making a Cempasúchil, or Mexican Marigold, to install on the community altar or take home. Place pictures of departed loved ones on the altar, which…

Hudson River Museum

Yonkers

Learn about the connections between arts, sciences, and history on a family-friendly museum situated on the banks of the Hudson River.

* Look for cool patterns in Wall Power: Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum. Monumental compositions in color, geometry and representation made (mostly) by women over more than three centuries are colorful…

Home of the ‘Legend’

Sleepy Hall

At this family-friendly happening, tour the first floor of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving’s house and watch an original shadow puppet short film. A special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its publication.

For the full spooky story, get a ticket…

Boundless Adventures

Purchase

Swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line at this aerial adventure park in Westchester.

* Combines a variety of high ropes courses with zip lines on every course.

* With 110 platforms in the trees, 15-20 feet apart, and limited capacity, great so for social distancing (and safe birthday parties).

* Nine courses for all skill…

Halloween Maskmaking Workshop

Pelham

Create eye and face masks using paint, feathers, sequins, glitter, fabric scraps, and pompoms. Unconventional use of materials will be encouraged and guidance will be provided for children that may want to create masks of their favorite characters or animals.

Irving’s Legend

Sleepy Hollow

Master storytellers offer dramatic performances of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Performed for the first time ever outdoors under the stars at the author’s home with live music and an appearance from the Headless Horseman.

It’s a scary story, so make…

Harvest Moon

North Salem

🍎 Pick apples on a beautiful hillside orchard with panoramic views of the beautiful Hudson Valley. Picking bags start at $15 for 3 lbs (cash only).

🎃 Pick pumpkins from a patch.

🚜 The activity-packed festival is still on hiatus, but still enjoy live country music and hay rides,

🍩   Food options including BBQ lunch, farm-raised burger…

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem

🍎 This family-owned and operated orchard in northern Westchester has lots of apples to pick and gorgeous views.

🎃 Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds in the (vine-free) pumpkin patch.

🌽 Use the map to find the hidden clues among the stalks in the fun corn maze to solve a puzzle and…

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bronx

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

‘Dia de los Muertos with Calpulli Mexican Dance Co.

New Rochelle
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company performs traditional and contemporary Central and Latin America dances to commemorate ‘Dia de los Muertos.’

Katonah Museum of Art Family Day: Connecting Communities

Katonah

Come together for an afternoon of artistic expression with activities that explore themes of family heritage and shared American experiences. Enjoy art-making led by ARRIVALS exhibition artists Sara  Rahbar and Thuan Vu, listen to guest readers sharing immigration-centered picture books, and explore  pop-up activities around the Museum.

See our guide to Katonah Museum of…

First Friday at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bronx

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

Hudson Valley

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell JCT

🍎 Pick sustainably-grown apples, including some organic varieties straight from the trees on a spacious farm

🎃 Choose a pumpkin from a (sometimes muddy) patch.

🚜 Enjoy hay rides throughout the large orchard (weekends only, limited capacity). Pick-your-own flowers and herbs, sweet & hot peppers and tomatoes depending on availability.

🍩 Food for purchase includes fresh-pressed…

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights

🍎 Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at this peaceful farm. Pick up bags, baskets, and picking poles then walk to this week’s picking orchard.

🎃 Get a pumpkin from the patch.

🌽 Explore a corn maze.

🚜 Take a wagon ride to and from the orchard on select weekends in early September  – on other days,…

Storm King Art Center

New Windsor

Experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky at a gorgeous 500-acre outdoor museum in New York’s Hudson Valley (about a 1-hour drive from Manhattan).

* Currently an outdoor-only experience with limited amenities (bathrooms available).

* Prepare for lots of open air walking. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate layers.

* Some roads are paved…

LEGOLAND New York

Goshen

The much anticipated New York location of LEGOLAND is fully open with seven themed lands featuring pirates, castles, Ninjago and more.

* Join madcap Professor Brick on the Factory Adventure Ride, and shrink to Minifigure size and witness the colorful creation process of a LEGO brick.

* Board a LEGO boat and shoot water cannons…

Hurds Family Farm

Modena

🍎 Choose from tons of apple varieties at a 120-acre, uncrowded family farm with lots of agritainment.

🎃 Pick a pumpkin from a patch on a scenic hill.

🌽 Follow clues to solve a riddle in the 2-acre scarecrow- shaped corn maze. Little ones can follow the alphabet through a smaller maze.

🚜 Extensive outdoor activities…

Haunted Huguenot Street

New Paltz

Attend the postmortem wedding of Hugo and Annie – a celebration nearly 100 years in the making. Sip on festive mock-tails, see into the future with fortune-telling games, dance to spectral music, and get pictures at a photo booth – costumes encouraged. All of the festivities will be outside with plenty of distance between party…

Pennings Farm Apple Picking

Warwick

🍎 50 acres of pristine farmland in the historic Hudson Valley town of Warwick offers pick-your-own apples from a drive-in orchard.

🎃 Pumpkin picking also available.

🍩 Get craft ciders, beers, excellent seasonal food and amazing cider doughnuts at The Cidery, Beer Garden, Ice Cream Stand and Farm Market plus food trucks and face painting.

CONNECTICUT

The Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk

Explore 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species at this aquarium devoted to Long Island Sound. See big and small sharks, stingrays, harbor seals, sea turtles, game fish, jellies, crabs, lobsters, mollusks and more. Plus non marine animals including tamarins and meerkats.

Touch tanks are open with stingrays, sharks, jellyfish…

New Jersey

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

West Orange

See over 200 species representing animals from around the world including tigers, lions, exotic birds and many more. Indoor areas like Reptile House, Touch Tank, Sea Turtle Recovery, and Penguins are open with one-way traffic patterns and limited capacities.

* Also ride an endangered species carousel, play Safari-themed mini golf ($10-$12), climb the Prehistoric Playground…

Fall Fest at Liberty Science Center

Jersey City

Celebrate the spooky season with indoor and outdoor adventures. Pick out the perfect pumpkin in NJ’s largest indoor Pumpkin Patch and use an endoscope to see what’s inside a pumpkin. Encounter spiders, bats, skeletons, and other not-so-scary souls. Spooky Pathway.  Discover the fascinating lives of cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, and millipedes at the Creepy Crawler Corner.…

Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest

Manalapan

🎃 Choose from a large variety of gourds in Pumpkinville  and enter a pumpkin house. No apples to pick but plenty else to keep kids busy.

🌽 Explore a 10-acre corn maze shaped like Super Mario. Look for Maize-O-Poly squares to scan with a phone tand play a digital game (text and GPS hints available).

🚜…

Terhune Orchards

Princeton

🍎 Pick-your-own apples at a winery/farm near Princeton. 

🎃 Pumpkins also available.

🌽 Explore a sunflower trail and corn stalk maze.

🚜 Also find pony rides, barnyard animals, a Hay Bale Maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, duck races and more. Enjoy live music from local musicians (12-4 pm).  Walk through a life-size story book adventure, filled…

LONG ISLAND

Harbes Family Farm

Mattituck

🍎 Pick apples and explore 8 acres of family fun.

🎃 Choose from many varieties of on-the-vine pumpkins and gourds in a 7-acre “u-pick” Barnyard Pumpkin Patch.

🚜  Dozens of activities include tractor rides, farm animals, chicken and bee observatories, jumbo jumpers, playgrounds, an amazing obstacle course, trike tracks, hedge mazes, bunny villages, pig races,…

Waterdrinker Farm Fall Festival

Manorville

🎃 Pick pumpkins and sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields.

🚜 Activities include mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals daily plus train and hay rides only on weekends & holidays.

⏱ No advance reservations; pay at the gate. Capacity is limited so come early.

The Adventure Park at Long Island

Wheatley Heights

Climb and swing in trees with 11 trails, 22 ziplines & 148 treetop platforms.

* Ages 3+ can play in the a miniature course set up right above the ground (24 inches) with balance beams, a slide, nets to climb through, and a suspended house that sways.

* Ages 7+ can try self-guided climbing adventures…