Master Guide to Fall Fun in Greater Rochester, NY
Stokoe Farms has good, old-fashioned family fun on the farm, especially in fall with their pumpkin patch and harvest fest. Later, Christmas trees!
A low-cost, noncommercial way to spend an afternoon creating wonderful fall memories with your family.
Wickham Farms, located on Route 250 in Penfield, has tons of fall family fun! 3-acre corn maze opens in mid-August. Wickham's corn maze is KidsOutAndAbout's recommendation as a perfect starter corn maze for kids! (It's not too overwhelming.)
In fall, take a kiddie train ride or a hay ride, jump on the jumping pillow, and find just the right pumpkin. Click here for our fall fun page for details.
Holiday Hollow: 25th anniversary and "Farewell" season(Yes, that means you need to go THIS YEAR)
Pirate-themed Halloween family entertainment that has been delighting audiences for 25 years. This is their "Farewell" season, so it's your last chance to visit (or revisit)! Holiday Hollow is a venue for all ages -- happy, not scary. Holiday Hollow is open rain or shine every weekend in October AND on Columbus Day! Opening day in 2017 is Saturday, October 7th! All shows (except Wacky Witch show) repeat at least twice during the day. Arrive by 1:00 p.m. to see ALL the shows. Click here for a coupon to get a discount off admission.
Long Acre Farms
Located in Macedon, NY, Long Acre Farms has what is known as the most challenging maze in the Rochester area....during the day AND at night. Plus the Animal Track maze has been added for our younger guests. The Barnbuster tickets give you 2 mazes, hayrides and Back 40 fun.
Be sure to visit the winery, ice cream shop and farm market for all of your fall favorites.
Clubhouse Fun Center
Clubhouse Fun Center is #1 for Family Fun in Rochester!!!!! Indoor Fun: Arcade Games, Birthday Parties & More!!! We offer the best in games and prizes in all of Rochester, so come on down and play some games in our awesome arcade, play just for fun or test your skills... win bundles of tickets... and take home some amazing and exciting prizes!
The Garden Factory
The last weekend in September through the last weekend in October, The Garden Factory, on Buffalo Road in Gates, invites you to join our Fall Family Fun activities, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Our activities are kid friendly and include rides, games, arts & crafts and rotating special guests each weekend! With animal visitors, carnival rides, a singing pumpkin lightshow, delicious foods and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone!
Bristol Mountain Skyride
Bristol Mountain Skyride! Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the Finger Lakes from the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain. This tranquil 15-20 minute ride is for people of all ages to experience the Bristol Hills and the valley below in all its splendor Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-4pm + Columbus Day.
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures
At Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures we have 2 courses that are specifically designed for kids aged 4-7. Watch your kid gain confidence as they navigate, balance, and zip their way through the trees. Both courses are located closer to the ground and use a different harness system that is just as safe but less complicated for younger children to use. If your child has any difficulties there are staff members on the course at all times to help them to work through the elements.
May 7, 2016 – November 6, 2016 (Weekends in May only.) Visit www.bristolmountainadventures.com for a complete schedule or to book your reservation.
Morgan's Farm Market
U-Pick apples from mid September thru October. Bring the family for a fun-filled day! Morgan's Farm Market is located 10 miles East of Penfield just off Rt.441. Be sure to check out our web site and our Facebook page for all the goings on! The last 2 weekends in October (24th & 25th and 31st & 1st) will be Pay one price U-Pick for all you can carry! No Bags Allowed :)
Halloween and Fall Foliage Trolley Rides at the New York Museum of TransportationSaturday, October 21 and Sundays September 17 – October 29
All aboard for the Halloween Trolley Express on Saturday, October 21! Ride the vintage trolley car to the Pumpkin Patch where you'll decorate a free baby pumpkin and enjoy delicious cider and donuts. In the museum there's trick-or-treating in Halloween decorated trolley cars! Special prices prevail and reservations are required.
What better way to enjoy the beauty of autumn in western New York State than from the window of an authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car! Rides operate every half-hour, starting at 11:30 a.m., and are included with admission to the museum ($8 adults, $7 seniors 65+, $6 youths age 3 – 12). No reservations are required for Fall Foliage Trolley Rides, operating Sundays only, September 17 through October 29.
Al Sigl Walkabout
Make tracks at the Al Sigl Community WalkAbout on Sunday, October 30th inside Eastview Mall to help over 55,000 kids and adults with special needs in our community. Celebrate abilities and inclusion while enjoying Halloween-themed fun including candy stations, face painting, games, family-friendly musical entertainment, and more. Donate or raise $20 or more per adult or $40 per family and receive a t-shirt, breakfast, raffle entry, and costume contest entry. Children participate for FREE. Top teams earn great prizes -raise funds for the entire Al Sigl Community or a specific Member Agency. Visit alsigl.org to learn more.
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 Rochester and the Finger Lakes.
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 divide the list into a scary section and a fun section so you know exactly what you're getting into!
FALL HIKES IN ROCHESTER & THE FINGER LAKES
There's nothing better than a family hike for taking wonderful fall photos! A free way to get your kids out and about and active in our beautiful countryside. Let them see, let them smell, let them touch, and let them remember.
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.