Master Guide to Fall Fun in Greater Rochester, NY
Stokoe Farms has good, old-fashioned family fun on the farm, especially with their Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest. A low-cost, noncommercial way to spend an afternoon creating wonderful fall memories with your family. With over 35 exciting activities, including; famous bee zip lines, bounce pillows, hayrides, giant slides, corn and soybean mazes, pedal kart track, nature trail, sports center, games and so much more. Be sure to check out the NEW low ropes course! Don’t forget to meet all the animals, including Essa and Dune the camels, plus wallabies, goats, emus, and two new baby kangaroos!
Be sure to grab some of their legendary donuts or fresh popped kettle corn. Don’t worry if the kiddos get hungry, The Old Barn Grill has lots of offerings! Activities are September 12-October 31, weekends and Columbus Day. (Later, Christmas trees!)
Wickham FarmsCelebrate Fall with WIDE OPEN SPACES!
Have your fall fun and keep your distance too with 30-plus activities on 30 acres of picturesque farmland! Wickham Farms has a five-acre apple orchard and a huge pumpkin patch. Activities include the Jumping Pillow, mini golf, apple cannons and train ride, and new additions like the Magic Carpet Mountain and Giant Corn-A-Copia. The 2020 corn maze celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Food offerings include fresh apple cider donuts and cider, home-made fudge, and cookies, kettlecorn, and home-made lemonade. Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture your memories; the photo ops are amazing!
Wickham Farms has added 8 new restrooms, installed 12 touchless outdoor hand washing sinks, and numerous hand sanitizing stations. We are open daily thru October 31, 10 AM to last entry at 6 PM (farm closes at 7 PM).
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 2019 is October 11-14 (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 19 and Sundays September 15 – October 27
All aboard for the Halloween Trolley Express on Saturday, October 19! 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 15 through October 27.
The Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will celebrate its 23rd year as Western New York’s favorite fall destination when it opens on September 15 at 10:00 a.m. For seven consecutive weekends, the Fall Festival offers something for every age, including amusement rides; hayrides and corn maze; “Zillions”of pumpkins and “Huge” mums; pumpkin cannon; shooting gallery; homemade donuts, pies, cookies and pastries; Halloween decorations and special events, such as the World Pumpkin Weigh Off and Pie Eating Contests, Oinktoberfest, New York State’s BBQ Cook-off, a Trebuchet Competition – and so much more!
Fall Fun At Bristol Mountain With Sky Rides & Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures
Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors on a scenic Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain. Take a tranquil 15-20 minute chairlift ride to the summit of Bristol Mountain and experience the Bristol Hills and the valley below in all its splendor. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. Advance ticket purchase will be required and ticket sales will be limited.
Enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage climbing in the forest canopy at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures. Pick from one of their 3 awesome adventures. Soar through the trees on the private, guided Zipline Canopy Tour. Conquer the 7+ challenge courses at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures. Or watch your child gain confidence as they navigate, balance, and zip their way through the trees at the Kids Adventure Park.
Save $2 per person on Sky Rides when you purchase your tickets 3 or more days in advance of your visit.
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.