Master Guide to Fall Fun in New York's Capital District
Ellms Family Farm
Come to Ellms Family Farm to enjoy unique, old-fashioned family fun. Browse our pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, ride on our MooMooChooChoo, or jump on our Jumping Pillow – an Ellms Family Farm favorite!
Kids of all ages delight in being ‘lost and found’ in the Amazing Maize Corn Maze, and our Kiddie Corn paths are perfect for the tiny tots! There are so many activities, including a challenge course, giant slides, and zip lines. New this year are a large pedal cart track and a Tug of War area.
Take a leisurely break and have fun on our scenic trolley ride, or just sit and relax in our inviting farm market setting!
Indian Ladder Farms
4th-generation orchard in New Scotland, Albany County. Located in the shadows of the Helderberg Mtns.
Fall means harvest season, and it brings out the best in our area farms. It's awonderful, low-cost way to get outside in the fresh air, and get active with your families.
Each farm is different -- it brings its own flavor to the experience. Browse our big list of local farms that offer fall activities, and see which new ones you want to try this season!
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
One great way to get your kids to eat more fruit -- and introduce them to the subtleties of sweet/tangy tastes -- is by taking them apple picking to a local orchard. This link has places to go and things to do for a day in the orchard all around the Capital District.
Corn mazes can be easy or hard, and some are even offered at night! Which farms have corn mazes? Here's a quick way to find them in our area.
HALLOWEEN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Fun or scary: You take your pick! It's easy to evaluate all of your options with the KidsOutAndAbout.com big list of Halloween events and activities. This includes the scary stuff that my kids will probably not venture into until they're too cynical to enjoy it, and the wonderful gentle trick-or-treat parties that the towns, museums, and farms provide. (The number of fun stuff outweighs the scary activities by a margin, but there's something for everyone.) We tag each activity as being either scary or fun (or both) so you know exactly what you're getting into!
Buy your fall pumpkins at a boring old grocery store? Not when you can head to a farm or roadside stand and pick the perfect pumpkin for a less money and more fun! Here is KidsOutAndAbout's list of places to pick pumpkins in our area.