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.
Wayne County Apple Tasting Trail
Wayne county has a wonderful Apple Tasting Trail. Throughout October, travel to the 12 different farms and markets in the gorgeous countryside, get your passport stamped, and win prizes! Extra-special events are planned for their annual Tasting Weekend, which in 2018 is October 5-8 (including Columbus Day). Click here for more information and a map!
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, delicious foods, and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone!
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 20 and Sundays September 16 – October 28
All aboard for the Halloween Trolley Express on Saturday, October 20! 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 16 through October 28.
Al Sigl Walkabout
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.