Fun Fall Activities in New England

9 Ideas for Fall Fun as the Leaves Change

New England Corn Maze Fall Fun

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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 memories in New England with your family or friends. These ideas will inspire you to hit the road and make the most of autumn while it lasts.

01 of 09

Go Apple Picking at a New England Orchard

Gala apples on a tree in Massachusetts

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Juicy, delicious apples are the perfect reward after an outing in the cool autumn air. Fall 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. Most offer additional enticements, like hayrides, farm animals, and cider donuts. There's even an orchard where you can golf 36 holes.

02 of 09

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.

03 of 09

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 rides 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 09

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 pumpkins in New England and neighboring New York State this Halloween season.

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05 of 09

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!

06 of 09

Do Something Scary

Halloween Haunted Houses in New England

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Just as fall foliage season begins to wane in New England, Halloween season heats up! Here's a round-up of spooky New England haunted houses to brave at Halloween time. They range from scary to terrifying, so leave little kiddos at home and get ready to scream your head off.

07 of 09

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. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is a fall tradition, too.

08 of 09

Meet the Pumpkin People

PumpkinTown USA in CT

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Two New England destinations are famously invaded by Pumpkin People each fall. The cutest of them all is PumpkinTown USA in East Hampton, Connecticut, where an entire village is populated with Pumpkinheads, and the add-on hay wagon ride will introduce you to even more of these adorable inhabitants. It's photo-op city and non-scary fun for even the littlest ones. Throughout the month of October, the Return of the Pumpkin People also makes Jackson, New Hampshire, a photographer's delight. Businesses strive to outdo each other with their displays of pumpkin-faced folks, and each year brings a whole new cast of characters to this picture-perfect New England village.

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09 of 09

Sip Fresh Cider at a Cider Mill

Cold Hollow Cider Donut Robot

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The best cider mills in New England produce gallons of deliciousness each fall, and it's fascinating to watch these operations in action: particularly B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill, the only mill in the nation still powered by steam. You'll be equally enthralled on a visit to Vermont's Cold Hollow Cider not only by the apple smooshing action but by their famous Apple Cider Donut Robot. Taste free samples of Cold Hollow's alcoholic hard cider, too.

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