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.

  • 01 of 07
    Fall Apple Picking in New England
    ••• Apple picking never feels like labor: It's one of my family's favorite fall activities. © 2015 Kim Knox Beckius

    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.

  • 02 of 07
    Corn Maze Fun Fall Activity
    ••• Corn mazes like the one at Lyman Orchards in Connecticut are a fall tradition families love. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    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.

  • 03 of 07
    Mount Washington Cog Railway in the Fall
    ••• Fall is a scenic time of year for a mountain-climbing train ride aboart the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Media photo courtesy of the White Mountains Attractions Association

    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.

  • 04 of 07
    Pumpkin Picking is a Fall Must in New England
    ••• Haven't picked a pumpkin yet this fall? What are you waiting for?. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    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.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07
    Killington Gondola
    ••• Fall visitors to New England can enjoy foliage views from chairlift rides like the K-1 Gondola at Killington. © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    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!

  • 06 of 07
    Halloween Activities in New England
    ••• Prepare to be scared in New England this Halloween season at attractions like Rhode Island's Field of Screams. Photo courtesy of Field of Screams.

    Just as fall foliage season begins to wane in New England, Halloween season heats up! Here's a round-up of spooky New England spots to explore at Halloween time. You'll find activities for all ages including haunted hotels, haunted houses, haunted hayrides, ghost tours and more--even fairly tame activities for little kiddies.

  • 07 of 07
    King Richard's Faire
    ••• You'll be mesmerized by the pageantry of King Richard's Faire, held every fall in Massachusetts. Media photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

    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.