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Sep 29, 2023

8 Family-Friendly Fall Excursions in Upstate New York

As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change, you’ll know autumn in New York State has arrived! If you’re looking to get your family outside before the cold takes over, consider these eight inexpensive, family-friendly excursions that are sure to get you taking advantage of all this beloved season has to offer.

Apple Picking

Dig out your flannel and make room in the fridge – its apple picking season! New York is home to many orchards that are both family-friendly and inexpensive. Aside from apple picking, many also offer child play areas, cider tastings, tours, and more! Pro-tip: check with orchards ahead of time to see if you need to bring bags or apple-pickers and be sure to watch out for bees, who love the sweet apples as much as you do!

Corn Mazes

Who doesn’t love the idea of running through a maze in the fresh fall air? New York’s rich farmland allows farmers to get creative in the autumn months. You’ll have fun getting lost in these 10 corn mazes around New York State!

Pumpkin Picking

Visiting your local pumpkin farm is a fun activity for all ages and helps support local farmers. Whether you’re using them for fall décor or for carving, picking the perfect pumpkin is a fall essential.


For wilderness enthusiasts, hiking is a great weekend activity. Extend your excursion into a camping trip with the family at any of New York State’s many state parks and campgrounds.

Drive-In Movies


A nostalgic experience for many, drive-in movie theatres are few and far between, but are still a huge hit for all ages. There are more than 20 operating theatres throughout the upstate and western regions of New York. 

Haunted Houses

New York is known for hosting many haunted houses that are sure to generate some laughs and be a favorite nighttime activity for many! Here are a few within driving range to check out this fall!


Although fishing is a year-round activity, the fall season offers the opening and closing of specific fishing seasons. Be sure to check the Department of Environmental Conservation website before heading out on the water

Fall Foliage Tours 

When the fall season arrives, upstate New York offers breathtaking views and colorful landscapes, especially in the Adirondack and Catskill mountain ranges. Take advantage of the season by taking a fall foliage tour. Don’t forget your camera!

Fall brings breathtaking views, new experiences, décor opportunities, and fun times to be had by all! It’s also important to take the time to make sure your vehicles and home are prepared for the seasons to come as well. Click the button below to view our fall safety kit for important tips!