Since the weather hasn't exactly been doing it's part to get us ready for Fall, hopefully these activities will do the trick!
GO APPLE PICKING
Apple picking is a favorite activity among New Yorkers because it usually promises a day away from the city to remind us that Fall is red, orange and yellow instead of just grey. The orchard at Wright's Farm is set on a 453 acres so it's the perfect setting for a pick-your-own experience since you won't be elbow to elbow with crowds. It's an hour and half outside of the city and the $10 admission includes a parking, hiking and a bag that holds about 20 apples. For additional info, visit Wright's Farm.
NAVIGATE A CORN MAZE
Test your navigational skills at the Queens County Farm Museum's Amazing Maize Maze (loving the pun!). It's three acres of confusion, puzzles and clues for only $9! The maze's normal hours are until 4:30pm most days; however, tomorrow (Saturday, October 5th) and Saturday, October 12th, they will be open until 9pm for a moonlit adventure through the maze! Visit Queens County Farm Museum for directions.
PICK YOUR PERFECT PUMPKIN
The Pick-A-Pumpkin pumpkin patch in Esperance, NY is home to more than just pumpkins! Their farm boasts a hay tunnel, 4 story tree house, a pumpkin cannon and fresh cider donuts! It's located about three hours outside the city. Pick-A-Pumpkin.
GO FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
If you're feeling daring this fall, take a trip with Above the Clouds Inc. Located in the Hudson Valley about an hour outside of New York City, this has to be the best way to take in the striking colors of fall foliage! They have a broad range of prices from $179 per person to $999 for a romantic one hour couples flight with champagne. Check out Above the Clouds Inc. to plan your trip!
TAKE A WALK THROUGH SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY
October is the perfect time to get creepy, and Historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery walking tours are the perfect way to do just that! On the guided tours, guides will "introduce some of the cemetery art, architecture and symbolism" as well as allowing patrons to enter "the cemetery’s 113-year-old underground receiving vault." Their evening lantern tours sound incredible if you can choose between The Good, the Bad and the Unusual themed tour or the Murder & Mayhem tour! For availability, pricing and directions, visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
VISIT A HAUNTED HOUSE
We all know about your usual blood and gore haunted houses in New York--they usher hoards of people in and out in ten minute shifts and rely on strobe lights to startle their patrons. And, boy, are they fun! But, we've entered a new era of beautifully curated haunted house experiences such as the Lewis Carroll themed performance, Then She Fell, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the single-person, flashlight-guided Blackout Haunted House (in Chelsea) which, due to the elusiveness of the website, sounds both exciting and disturbing. Lastly, the Lower East Side haunted house, Nightmare: Killers 2, is serial killer themed and boasts being New York's Most Horrifying Haunted House. Take your pick and be prepared to be petrified!
CHECK OUT THE HALLOWEEN DOG PARADE
Now that we're through being scared, we could all use a little cuteness this fall! Make a day of the Halloween Dog Parade, located in Tompkins Square Park, on October 26th. The "AWWW's" commence at noon sharp! You can visit the event's Facebook page for more information.