The air is crisp, the sky is clear blue, and the landscapes are painted with brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange and gold. Many welcome visitors with tours, fall festivals and harvest activities like hayrides, corn mazes and Halloween fun, as well as farm markets and samples of delicious foods.
Farms & Pumpkin Picking
Head to the Adirondacks and Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum on the Adirondack Coast where they enhance visitors' knowledge of rural agriculture life. Multiple orchards in this area will provide you with chances to stock up on fall harvests and fresh made pies and jellies. You can pick up fresh apples, pumpkins, cider and baked goods across the state, from Hanks Pumpkintown on Long Island, to Pumpkinville in Chautauqua-Allegheny with hayrides, a cider mill and family friendly activities.
Pumpkins great and small abound across the state and in the Greater Niagara region there are pony rides and hay rides pulled by Belgian horses after picking out your best pumpkin at Warner Ranch Pumpkin Farm. The Pick'n Patch and Iron Kettle Farm in the Finger Lakes offer fall fun with corn field mazes, farm animals, kiddie train rides and a spook barn.
Hundreds of markets and farms are spread across the state and include Murphy Orchards, a fruit farm and historic Underground Railroad site in Greater Niagara; Fruit Valley Orchard in Oswego; and Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, where you can watch demonstrations of beekeeping, sheep shearing, and cider making. In Central New York the state's rich farming heritage is celebrated at The Farmers' Museum a working farm in Cooperstown. Maybe you will milk a cow, play mini-golf and stock up on fresh fall produce at Upper Room Farms or Kelder's Farm Market and U-Pick in the Catskills. Learn about sustainable farming at the Stone Barns Center in Sleepy Hollow, amid the beautiful Pocantico Hills with special weekend events throughout the fall. Tour the gardens and greenhouse, walk the scenic trails, enjoy wine tasting and dine on fresh fare at the Blue Hill @ Stone Barns restaurant. Golden Harvest Farms in Valatie, voted to have best cider donuts in the region, offers pick your own options or take home some fine Harvest Spirits. About 60 miles north of Manhattan, tour Blooming Hill Organic Farm and shop for tomatoes and greens at the farm stand. In New York City plan to visit Queens County Farm Museum the only working farm within the City since 1697, and get lost in their corn maze, attend the fun fall events and a haunted house!
Hayrides & Corn Mazes
Welcome fall by taking a hayride at a farm, when you treat your family (and yourself!) to some old-fashioned country fun. Whether it's pulled by a tractor or horse-drawn, a hay wagon can take you on all kinds of adventures, from sweet to scary.
Visit Tucker Farms and the Great Adirondack Corn Maze open Thu-Sun this fall, get your supply of Tucker Taters and don't forget to pick out that special pumpkin! Little ones will love stopping at the Our Farm in Central New York for pony rides, hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, and pumpkins to pick. The Finger Lakes' Ontario Orchards promises plenty of fun and activities, as well as great food! Along the Seaway Trail in Sackets Harbor, stop by Old McDonald's Farm for the Pumpkin Palace, corn maze and dairy tours. Then travel through a corn maze, pick a pumpkin, get a hayride and fresh baked goods in Accord at Saunderskill Farms.
Harbes Family Farms on Long Island leads sing-along family hayrides every weekend through October. Adults can also take a hayride tour through the vineyard and taste their award-winning chardonnays and merlots. Famous for their sweet corn too, Harbes has a nighttime corn maze that can be just enough scary to make it fun. Things take a very ghoulish turn on Headless Horseman Hayride & Haunted House in the Hudson Valley. Besides the one-mile-long hayride through the dark woods, there's a sideshow performance, a labyrinth-style corn maze and three haunted houses. Double M in the Capital Saratoga region, offers a daytime hayride and corn maze while at night the ghouls come out. On Sunday's in the Rochester area you can try a kid friendly daylight Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester or visit after dusk for some chills.
Liberty Ridge Farm in the Capital District, offers their day corn maze with puzzles to clues helping you find your way. At night visit the "Field of Screams" maze and try to make it out without screaming. There is a fun kid's play area and a country store with lots of fall treats and snacks awaiting you at the end of your journey.
The 200-acre Pumpkinville in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region celebrates the harvest with lots of fall fun. Watch a duck race, try the corn maze, and taste sweet cider pressed by a 120-year-old mill. Hayrides head down an old country road and through the pumpkin fields, with views of brilliant fall foliage on the surrounding hills.
Bravo Italiano Festival
The Farmers' Museum
Goold Apple Festival
Liberty Ridge Farm
Old McDonald's Farm
Sharon Springs Harvest Festival
Sprague's Maple Farms
Washington County Cheese Tour
Boldt Castle Wine Festival
Cooperstown Beverage Trail
Finger Lakes Wine Trails
Fly Creek Cider Mill
Madison County Hop Fest
Medina Ale in Autumn
Naples Grape Fest
Niagara Wine Trail
Wine & Chocolate Festival
Adirondacks Brewery Oktoberfest
Cape Vincent Oktoberfest
Great Northern Catskill Oktoberfest @Hunter
Thousand Islands Winery Oktoberfest