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If you’re the type who starts a Halloween countdown the second you feel a cool autumn breeze, you’re going to want to make your holiday plans in New York State. From the seriously scary haunted houses to Jack O’Lantern wonderlands, choose the right level of fright for you (none at all is an option!). Read on and find something fun that will get you into the holiday spirit—no tricks, all treats!

Walkway Over the Hudson; photograph courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

Soaking up New York’s most stunning scenery is as easy as riding a bike! Grab your helmet and an autumn jacket and go explore the beautiful foliage, great bodies of water, towns, and cities—all from the seat of your two-wheeler. The state has so many amazing trails, plus many more coming soon. In fact, the new 750-mile Empire State Trail will be completed by 2020, connecting New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany! So whether you’re a casual biker looking for a great date activity, a family with tricycles in tow, or you practically live in your bike shorts, we’ve got a trail that’s just right for you.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Photo Courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley by Tom Nycz

Leaves are vibrant shades of orange and red, sweaters are on, pumpkin spice lattes are in hand—it is definitely feeling like fall! And October offers up all the feel-good autumn activities without freezing your toes off just yet. It was tempting, but we kept the Halloween activities to a minimum (we’ll have other posts all about it, don’t worry!) because there are so many great cultural and food festivals happening all over New York State that you’ll have plenty to do before the 31st.

Courtesy of Peek'n Peak Resort

With summer vacation over and winter vacation months away, it might seem like the family fun has been put on pause. But the weather outside is cool and crisp and New York fall foliage is simply spectacular—so don’t sit this season out! An affordable weekender is all you need to enjoy the weather, nature, and each other. Read on for 10 amazing trips that each can fit into a weekend and won’t break the bank!

Howe High Adventure Photo by Howe Caverns Inc

What’s one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of New York’s breathtaking fall foliage? Having your breath literally taken away while flying through them! That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best of the aerial adventure parks and zipline adventures across the state. Each place starts you off with a rundown of how to use their harnesses, belays, and pulleys—literally showing you the ropes. Plus, all offer a range of challenge levels, so that everyone can have fun, from the novices to the adrenaline junkies. Quick, before winter is here, choose a date to enjoy the exercise, the foliage, and a chance to see the forest from the treetops!

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Photo by Julienne Schaer

Path Through History Weekend is October 6–8 and if you think you're just not that into history, it’s a good time to rethink what you believe history to be. Below, we’ve selected 11 fun events featuring early transportation, stops on the Underground Railroad, stargazing around a bonfire, and petting dalmatians while learning about fire safety. Check out the Path Through History event site for all of the historical and educational sites hosting something special over the weekend!

Credit: Darren McGee

Is there anything more magical than when tree-covered hills and mountains turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow? Or when little faces light up with delight at the sight of funny Halloween costumes? Or the smell of fresh apples, and even better—fresh apple pie? The jury is out! Fall is an incredible time in New York, thanks to numerous festivals, breathtaking nature, pumpkin-picking (or chucking), and more! Learn how to make the most of the season before winter’s chill is upon us.

NYS Fair Expo Center

One of the newest, biggest things at one of the oldest and biggest state fairs (yes, the Great New York State Fair!) is the enormous (more than 100,000 square feet!) expo center, right in the middle of the fairgrounds. And during the Fair, I LOVE NEW YORK is taking over! Visit the expo center from August 22 to September 3 to get trip ideas for New York State during each of the seasons, in “All Year. All Here.”