Top 5 Favorite Fall Activities
Happy fall ya’ll! It’s finally here! The crisp mornings and warm afternoons…my favorite time of year! If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with the family, look no further than our top 5 favorite activities in central Jersey!
Take a Hike! at Cheesequake State Park
Cheesequake State Park is known as one of the best day hikes in New Jersey. Located in Old Bridge, NJ, this 1600 acre park is the perfect place to explore. Because of its location it is situated between 2 ecosystems which adds to its uniqueness. There are saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swam and plenty of open fields. The park also has 6 easy, marked trails making it a great fit for both beginners and the more advanced. Plan a trip during peak fall foliage for added beauty. According to the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage Map, most of New Jersey will see the most vibrant oranges and reds between October 12th & October 19th. Some other activities you can enjoy while you are there: fishing, boating, canoeing & crabbing. So pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day!
Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Road
Matawan, NJ 07747
Train Ride at Allaire State Park
Calling all train lovers! Climb aboard one of the oldest operating narrow gauge railroad exhibits in the country at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale. Allaire State Park is known for it’s historical 19th-century iron village and steam trains. The ride loops around the park and lasts approximately 15 minutes so while you are there, be sure to check out the tours they offer. Walk through the working bakery, chapel, blacksmith shop and more. Each building features a tour guide dressed to play the part. This park also has several family friendly hiking trails. If you plan on staying for lunch there are plenty of picnic tables throughout, a food truck located near the parking lot, and lots of yummy treats at the village bakery.
Train tickets must be purchased in advance at njmt.org. The train runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30-4:00 p.m. and the admission is $5.00 per person.
Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Ave
Wall Township, NJ 07727
Pumpkin Picking at Happy Day Farms
Swing on by Happy Day Farms in Manalapan for their Fall Harvest and pumpkin picking! Take a stroll through their bountiful pumpkin patch and stunning sunflower field. Whether you are there looking for the perfect pumpkin or you just need a perfect backdrop (think Christmas card pics!) Happy Day Farms has got you covered. Once you are done pickin’ those pumpkins head on over to partake in all of their Fall Harvest events. From pig races, Fun Slide, and Pedal Carts to their feeding zoo, tractor ride and horse lasso there is something fun for the whole family. Fall Harvest tickets must be purchased in advance and several weekends are already sold out. They suggest you arrive early as their peak time for crowds is between 12 & 2:00 pm. They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now through October 25th. The cost of admission to the Fall Harvest is $16 per person. Children under two are free. Click here to find a list of all of the activities included in the admission fee. Pick-your-own pumpkins are an additional charge of $0.69 per pound.
Happy Day Farms
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Apple Picking at Battleview Orchards
One of our favorite places for some good old-fashioned apple picking is Battleview Orchards. Battleview Orchards is a family owned fruit farm located in Freehold, NJ. There is also a sweet little country store on the farm that bakes delicious apple cider donuts fresh daily. Be sure to call ahead to confirm picking information. The country store accepts credit cards, cash only for fresh picked fruit. The do not allow strollers so you may want to plan on wearing your little one. For more information visit their website here.
91 Wemrock Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
Corn Maze at Etsch Farms
Corn mazes are such a blast and our favorite one is at Etsch Farm in Monroe Township. Their 8-acre corn maze is a different theme each year and never seems to disappoint. They even have a crossword game hidden throughout the maze for added fun. If you are looking for something with not so much acreage for the littles, they have smaller mazes as well. Tickets are $15 for ages three and up. Your admission fee includes the corn maze, hayride, and train ride. Plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained for hours.
556 Buckelew Ave.
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
What activities have you done this fall? Do you have any annual traditions or favorite local spots? Drop a comment below! We would love to hear about it! Happy fall ya’ll!