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Westchster/Hudson Valley

Greenburgh Nature Center


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. Indoor exhibits, manor house and playground currently closed. Schedule private fun and educational Naturalist-led hour-long programs for $125 per group (up to 8 people max) in topics like birds of…

Hurds Family Farm


Choose from tons of apple and pumpkin varieties at a 120-acre family farm with lots of agritainment. * Extensive outdoor activities for kids include a hayride, corn maze, giant slide, kids corral, and nature trails. Pony rides on Sundays. * Try a Ninja Warrior inspired Wild Apple Obstacle Course made from repurposed farm equipment. Jump…

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem

This family owned and operated orchard in northern Westchester has lots of apples to pick, gorgeous views, a hay ride and more. * Use the map to find the hidden clues among the stalks in the fun corn maze to solve a puzzle and learn facts about apples (tip: use the bathroom before you enter…

Pennings Farm Apple Picking


50 acres of pristine farmland in the historic Hudson Valley town of Warwick offer pick-your-own apples for the first time this year. * Reservations required for drive-in apple picking. 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…

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell JCT

Pick sustainably-grown apples, including some organic varieties straight from the trees, enjoy hay rides throughout the large orchard (weekends only, limited capacity) and choose a pumpkin on a spacious farm.  Also pick-your-own flowers and herbs, sweet & hot peppers and tomatoes depending on availability. Food for purchase includes fresh-pressed cider, cinnamon-sugar donuts, homemade pies traditional…

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Granite Springs

Pick a variety of apples and pumpkins among pretty farm foliage at this friendly, family-run farm with a great view. 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. * Lots of walking and can get quite muddy…

Hudson Kayak


Try guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals throughout Westchester County. Single and double kayaks as well as stand up paddle boarding available to ride the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Tarrytown Lake. The calmest kayaking (or canoeing) experience is in Tarrytown Lakes (Saturday & Sunday 9:30-11:30 am), home to a wide variety of wildlife…

Boundless Adventures


Swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line at this aerial adventure park in Westchester. combines high ropes courses with zip lining. Courses for all skill levels – low to the ground and high in the trees.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

North Salem

Their legendary farm festival is on hold this year, but still lots of apples to pick in this spacious orchard.  Also find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in a patch plus f local produce, farm fresh eggs, pastured meats, local farm products such as honey, maple syrup, and jams/jellies, baked goods, ice cream, sweet…

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 (no hay rides this year, so be prepared to walk). *Also get a pumpkin from the patch and explore a corn maze. * Shop a market, bakery & country shop with pressed apple cider,…

Barton Orchards Trick or Treat Weekend


Visit this 175 acre working family farm for apple and pumpkin picking, plus a jack o’lantern trail, candy giveaways, a costume parade, haunted house, live music, a corn maze, hay rides, fun park,  petting zoo, hayrides, wood ship playground, mini golf and more fall fun. Unlike most orchards, dogs welcome. Kids over 60 lbs can…

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 bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and hand…

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze


Meander through an 18th-century landscape ablaze with more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures and settings. Tour the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, 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 lighting and an original soundtrack. Fun for all ages.


The Maritime Aquarium


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

New Jersey

South Mountain Fairy Trail


Discover dozens of tiny fairy houses made of natural materials like twigs, acorns and moss dotted along part of the Rahway Trail. * Enter at the Locust Grove entrance across from the Millburn Library. Look for the Rahway Trail sign near the large blue recycling bin in the midway in the parking lot. * The…

Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest


Celebrate fall with over 35 games, activities and attractions including a pumpkin house, 10-acre corn maze, giant fun slide, pig racing, feeding zoo, lots of fun photo ops and much more (all included with admission). Additional fees for the pumpkin blaster, corn cannon and pumpkins. * Find fields of sunflowers to pick and pose for…

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, take a ropes course/zip line through the trees (ages…

Terhune Orchards


Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and explore a sunflower trail and corn stalk maze at a winery/farm near Princeton. * 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…

High Exposure


Join rock climbing, ninja courses and nerf battles in a 26,000 square ft. facility extreme sports facility for ages 3+. * Sit on a toilet 38 feet in the air or walk the plank and jump into the abyss below. Play on warped walls, salmon ladders, vaults, swings and ropes. * Ages 6+ can play…


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…

White Post Farms


Pick pumpkins at this unique farm and garden center perfect for animal lovers. * Feed giraffes, become a perch for parakeets, pet farm animals, watch primates play and ride ponies. * Live entertainment includes performances by the Dominguez Poodles, dog stunts by the Canine Stars and an animal-themed magic show. * Take a sing-along hayride…

Harbes Family Farm


Pick apples and visit 8 acres of family fun with farm animals, chicken and bee observatories, jumbo jumpers, playgrounds, an amazing obstacle course, trike tracks, hedge mazes, bunny villages, a Sports Zone with football, baseball and basketball tossing games and lots more. Choose from many varieties of on-the-vine pumpkins and gourds in a 7-acre “u-pick”…

Waterdrinker Farm Fall Festival


Pick your pumpkins and sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields. * Activities include enjoy mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals. * Open daily, train and hay rides only on weekends & holidays. * No advance reservations; pay at the gate. Capacity is limited to…