Fun Fall Activities in New England

Fall is a fun and festive season in New England, and there are activities galore that you can only enjoy this glorious time of year. As days grow shorter and bright leaves begin to drift to the ground like confetti, here are some of the best fall activities for making family memories in New England. I hope these ideas inspire you to hit the road.

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Go Apple Picking

Gala apples on a tree in Massachusetts

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Juicy, delicious apples are the perfect reward after a walk in the cool autumn air. Autumn is apple harvest season in New England, and apples you've picked yourself make the perfect souvenir of your fall getaway or a gift from New England for friends, co-workers, family and neighbors back home. Here's a quick round-up of pick-your-own apple orchards in New England.

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Lose Yourself in a Corn Maze

Corn Maze, Davis Farm and MegaMaze, Sterling Massachusetts

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Nowadays, GPS systems keep New England fall travelers from getting terribly lost, but you can still "lose yourself" for a while—in a corn maze! There are dozens of corn mazes in New England, and these agricultural puzzles are a fun activity for families and an ideal way to spend time outdoors when autumn rolls around. Here's your state-by-state corn maze guide.

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Take a Fall Train Ride

Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire


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A fall foliage train tour is a leisurely, old-fashioned way to experience the beauty of autumn in New England. Here is your guide to scenic fall train tours in the New England states. These railroad adventures are a perfect way for kids, parents, and grandparents to share a memorable autumn day.

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Visit a Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch in Glastonbury, CT.

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Whether your objective is to pick pumpkins for carving or cooking, you'll love the adventure of pumpkin hunting in New England's pumpkin patches starting in mid-September. Here's a state-by-state guide to where to pick your own pumpkin in New England and neighboring New York State this Halloween season.

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05 of 06

Catch a Leaf Lift

Loon Mountain Resort gondola

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Ski areas offer one of New England's best fall activities—really! View New England's colorful panorama from a chairlift ride this fall. These fall sky rides are an exhilarating way to see and photograph the scenery!

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Get Thee To King Richard's Faire

King Richard's Faire

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King Richard's Faire, an expansive Renaissance Festival in Carver, Massachusetts, operates on weekends and holidays each fall. Cheer for jousters, visit the royal zoo, groove to some Renaissance tunes, shop for everything from swords and shields to pewter goblets, gnaw on a spit-roasted turkey leg and wash it down with a boule of chowder.

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