There’s just something about fall in NJ that gets us all giddy, so what’s better than creating a #NJMOM Fall Bucket List of fun fall things to do in NJ? From pumpkin picking and apple picking to visiting generations-old local NJ farms with hay pyramids and corn mazes to peeping all the beautiful fall foliage NJ has to offer throughout the season, there’s a lot of ground to cover. And the good news? All this fun fall stuff happens outside, so even though COVID-19 has put a crimp in everything we do, there’s plenty of safe and fun fall activities in NJ to satisfy autumn cravings. Scroll down to find your bucket list of things to do in New Jersey this fall, and get ready for crisp days and flaming leaves ahead.
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Here are 7 fun fall things to do in NJ:
With fields of gold that bloom through the fall, a New Jersey sunflower field is the perfect family date destination to head to in September and October. And sunflowers are all about the insta—those rolling fields of sunnies and mazes are just shouting out for a social media post (tagging #NJMOM, of course). Plus, lots of farms let you pick sunflowers or purchase fresh bundles. Click here to check out our list of the best sunflower farms and mazes all around New Jersey.
Nothing says fall more than apple picking. Throw on your flannels and get your baskets ready for wandering the orchards and selecting the freshest apples off the trees at farms like Von Thuns Farms in Washington, Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, or Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Don’t forget to get all the apple treats too, like cider, donuts, sauce, and pies—many sell these farm-fresh goodies at their adjacent markets. Ready to pick? Find an apple orchard close to you on our list of the best apple picking farms around NJ.
What’s our favorite fall activity right next to apple picking? Pumpkin picking, of course! Farms all around New Jersey have pumpkins both on and off the vines for the whole fam to find that perfect jack-o-lantern. From little to giant, everyone in your family will love cutting their pumpkin right off the stem for all those #fallvibes. With places like Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff and Alstede Farms in Chester, head over to our list of the best pumpkin picking patches and farms in NJ to find one right near you.
Thanks to being the Garden State, we have the pick of some of the best and most family-friendly farms to visit, with a ton of things to do in the fall. There’s something for all ages—from petting zoos and tractor rides to farms with pick-your-own fruits and veggies and even wine tastings (yes, you read that right). Check out Happy Day Farm in Manalapan to take a pic in their pumpkin house or grab an apple cider slushie and donuts at Ort Farms in Long Valley. For our full list of family-friendly farms around New Jersey, click here.
Farm festival? Yes, please! Make a day of it by taking in all the sights and sounds of a fall fest, like munching on yummy treats at the Dufflield’s Farm Food Truck Festival in Sewell, riding a tractor, and seeing horses up close at the Snyders Fall Festival in Somerset, or checking out over 30 different fall activities at the Fall Harvest Fest at Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon. For our full list of kid-friendly fall festivals in NJ this fall, click here.
When you think of a farm, you think of chickens, ducks, goats, horses—but have you ever thought of alpacas? New Jersey has over ten alpaca farms where you can visit and cozy up with these friendly, cuddly creatures. While there, you’ll learn more about them and how the farmers make all kinds of (animal-friendly) products from their fur. Find out why you need to visit an alpaca farm this fall.
Once October hits, it’s officially spooky season, and we’re ready for all things Halloween. Although trick-or-treating may be a little “tricky” this year with COVID-19, there are so many scary and not-so-scary ways to get into the spirit of Halloween this fall. Head to Skylands Stadium of their drive-through Jack O’Lantern Experience, where you’ll see over 5,000 carved and blazing Jack-O-Lanterns on display for the coolest colorful visuals. Or check out Six Flags HALLOWFEST with events throughout the day and at night that will entertain little and scare your bigs (and you) silly. For more hair-raising Halloween activities, check out our list of fun activities to celebrate Halloween in New Jersey.