There’s no better time to enjoy Long Island’s true essence than during the autumn months. From Suffolk to Nassau, you can take part in tons of fun and family-friendly fall activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches, fairs, and more. We’ve rounded up the best of the best of what’s happening this fall throughout all of Long Island.
Long Island Fall Activities for the Whole Family
From mid-August to late October, Long Island’s orchards are in full bloom and apple picking is officially in season. Orchards like Lewin Farms in Wading River, Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue, and Fort Salonga Farm in Northport are perfect for both family outings and dates. You can gather all the ingredients necessary for making a fresh apple pie or apple warm cider, two fall essentials.
Long Island Fair
On the weekends of September 24 and October 1, the Long Island Fair sets up shop at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, off Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. Each day, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., you can experience attractions that include an alligator and reptile show, lumberjack challenges, an exotic petting zoo, camel rides, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, art, magic shows, puppets, a hypnotist, and more Visitors can enter their own submissions into one of their many contests for flowers, vegetables, poetry, coloring for the kids, and much more. You won’t want to miss a second of this incredible event.
Bayville Scream Park
Every fall, Bayville Adventure Park becomes Bayville Scream Park. The braver ones among us can explore spooky attractions like Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear, Temple of Terror, Curse of the Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods, if you dare. For the all the thrill seekers out there, Bayville is the real deal. Voted Long Island’s “scariest haunted house” nine years in a row, Bayville Scream Park has earned a loyal, fearless following. It’s also the perfect place to get ready for Halloween.
Fall isn’t complete until you take a trip out east to one of Long Island’s many pumpkin patches. Try the local favorite, Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm in Aquebogue, where you can stroll their 26-acre farm and search for just the right pumpkin for your annual jack-o-lantern. You can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, a country store, and delicious roasted corn from their snack shack.
Autism Speaks Walk
Do some good this fall at the Autism Speaks Walk sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta. Starting at 9 A.M. on October 2, the walk will kick-off from Jones Beach State Park Field 5. All proceeds from this event go towards raising awareness for autism and funding research. You won’t be able to find a more rewarding and important activity. You can register here.
What are some of your favorite fall activities?