FALL ATTRACTIONS AND FALL GETAWAYS IN NJ
FUN THINGS TO DO THIS FALL IN NJ
30 Great Fall Getaway Ideas in NJ - and 10 in NY!
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Get your lederhosen out and your oompah on at the Seastreak Oktoberfest on the beach in Highlands! Live musicians, dancers, and performers, some of Germany’s best beers, wines, and foods, and a giant tented bier garden on the beach! Watch or participate in hilarious stein-holding contests, along with other fun games and entertainment. Join Seastreak for their awesome Fall Foliage Cruises, ticket packages to see West Point football games, or one of their Sightseeing Cruises from Highlands or Atlantic Highlands to see the amazing sights of New York Harbor! Please call 1-800-BOATRIDE (800-262-8743) or visit seastreak.com for more information.
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Somerset County Tourism
At the Heart of it All
Shake the sand out of your toes and start planning your Fall experiences in Somerset County, we have your events covered starting with the Central Jersey Jazz Festival. Flemington, New Brunswick and Somerville have joined together to create the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the 3 day concert is a ‘must-attend’ festival for jazz and art lovers. Spend the weekends at Norz Farm, come out and pick your perfect pumpkins, gourds and squash on the 1,200 acre farm. Home to horses, sheep, goats, llamas and heifers, the farm boasts family activities, like pick-your-own pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze and even a haunted trail. Weekend Journey through the Past is an annual two-day event when Somerset County’s significant historic sites are open to the public. Far Hills Race Meeting, also known as "The Hunt" to locals, is a popular outdoor event that attracts over 50,000 people for a time-honored Steeplechase horse race with the country’s richest race purse.
Fall attractions, events and activities
The Sussex Skylands
Sussex County, NJ 07860
New Jersey’s Great Northwest!
The Sussex Skylands, New Jersey’s "Great Northwest," offers four seasons of exciting activities for all ages. Located in Sussex County, NJ, the Sussex Skylands is home to Mountain Creek and Crystal Springs Resort. The resort features seven World-Class golf courses, Minerals Resort and Spa, Grand Cascades Lodge, two luxury day spas, several fine-dining locations and the nation's largest wine cellar with over 130,000 bottles. Located on resort property is also Action Park water park, mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, plus its two newest attractions – the Zoom Zipline and Mountain Coaster.
Area attractions include wineries, farmers markets and seven state and federal parks with extensive trail networks, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail for hiking, biking and wildlife observation. Sussex Skylands also features 20 golf courses, the beautiful Lake Hopatcong (New Jersey’s largest lake), casual and gourmet restaurants, antique shops, arts and entertainment venues. The natural beauty of the Sussex Skylands and its proximity to New York City make it a favorite destination for travelers. Visit www.sussexskylands.com or call 973-579-1811 for information.
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Best Places for seeing the Beautiful Fall Foliage in NJ - NJ Fall Scenic Drives!
Fall Foliage watching New Jersey is the second best only to New England. Watching the leaves turn in NJ is one of the most romantic things you can do in the fall! If you want to take a drive to see foliage in NJ, we recomend heading towards Sergeantsville NJ (Map). In Sergeantsvillle (Central NJ) you can visit the Green Sergeants Bridge, which is one of New Jersey's only covered bridges! Nothing beats exploring Frenchtown NJ (Near the Delaware river) in the Fall. The leaves turning along the river and throughout town are absolutely stunning! You could also take the Whitesbog village driving tour which spans five miles around Whitesbog's system of bogs, blueberry fields, canals, reservoirs, and pine forests. The tour begins in the Whitesbog Village commons. They also offer an Old Bog Nature Trail walk. See other Fall scenic driving tours of NJ NY and PA below.
Pumpkin Picking in NJ
There are many Farms in NJ that offer Pumpkin Picking throughout late September and all of October. Click here to see our complete list of Pick your own farms in NJ. Find Pick your own Farms fast by area: North Jersey - Central Jersey - Southern Jersey
Visit the Cape May Lighthouse
This is the perfect time of year to climb the 199 steps to the top of the tower.
Visit NJ Wineries and Vineyards
Many Wineries in NJ are located in areas with beautiful Country settings. There are great areas to see the foliage turn in New Jersey. Click here to view all wineries in NJ.
Visit Leaming Runs Gardens
The Largest Annual flower garden in all of the United States. Each of it's 22 sections has it's own theme from Modern to contemporary. Located in Cape May NJ.
Visit the Manasquan Reservoir
Spend the day at the Manasquan Reservoir. This Howell,l New Jersey reservoir offers its visitors countless hours of fun outdoor activities. Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery as they relax on the 1.204 acres of land and water, they can go fishing, walk the five mile perimeter trail, take the one mile nature walk and kids can play on the playground. Seasonally, and weather permitting, the reservoir also offers kayak and rowboat rentals and ice-skating.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Take a trip to Monmouth Battlefield State Park located in Manalapan, New Jersey. It is the site of one of the Revolutionary War’s largest battles, a battle where a force of 5,000 Continental soldiers tried to stop the British army retreat from Philadelphia to New York. Aside from being an interesting piece of American history, the park offers a four mile marked trail as well as several unmarked paths which people are welcome to roam. Also, a portion of the park is rented out to a family who run a "pick-your-own"; orchard so visitors are also welcome to pick the freshest fruits of the season.
Drive Down Old Mine Road
Explore Old Mine Road is one of New Jersey’s oldest scenic trails. With a starting point right before you exit New Jersey and enter Pennsylvania on Route 80, people can watch for, and identify, numerous birds and other critters. This drive is relaxing and allows you to experience nature in a calming and unique way.
Free Fall Attractions
New Jersey offers many free attractions to people who want to have fun without breaking the bank. Check out our free attractions page for a list of free museums, aquariums and more in all regions of New Jersey!
Spend Time Outside
Fall is a magical time of the year, the leaves are changing and the weather is gradually getting cooler. It is a great time to spend outdoors! Check out our outdoor adventures in NJ page for cool ideas of things to do outside.
Visit a New Restaurant
New Jersey has countless restaurants, all unique and offering various cuisines, dishes and atmospheres. Our list of best restaurants by county will help you find an awesome restaurant near you!
Visit a Bed & Breakfast in NJ
The bed and breakfasts wind down quite a bit right after summer and many of them lower their rates in the Fall and Winter off-season. This is the best time to enjoy the cool refreshing evenings and brisk mornings. A very romantic idea, is to bring that novel you've been wanting to read, and get away for 2 nights by yourself in seclusion. NJ has a wide variety of really cool Bed & Breakfasts in every county. Click Here to see our exhaustive list of Bed & Breakfasts in NJ, NY and Bucks County PA.
Fall Day Trips
A great fall day trip idea would be to head over to Lambertville NJ. Lambertville is located on the Delaware in Central NJ,right near the Pennsylvania border (See map here). You could begin your day trip by visiting over 20 awesome Antique shops in downtown Lambertville. After you shop until you drop, you can unwind a bit at the Unionville Winery in nearby Ringoes. When your done sipping wines and learning about winemaking in NJ you can jump over to Stockton Carriage tours and tour the lovely area countryside. After your tour, you can head over to the Lambertville Station restaurant for some fine dining on the Delawarer. To add some adventurous excitement to your day trip, head over to Balloons Aloft for a fabulous Balloon ride! If you prefer to stay overnight, then there is no other Bed & Breakfast in NJ that even comes close to the Woolverton Inn. In the evening, you can head over to New Hope PA (Only about 10 minutes away) to visit many unique gift shops, restaurants and bars. Click here to see more Day Trip Ideas in NJ.
Great Small Towns in New Jersey to visit
Chester NJ is a great small town famous for it's great antiques. In the fall, there are apple orchards and pumpkin patches around the area. Hacklebarney Orchards is a really nice place to Pick your own Pumpkins and such, located off of Route 24. Hacklebarney State Park is a great place to hike and picnic and fish in NJ. Directions: Chester is located at the intersection of Route 513 and Route 206. Click here to see other cool small towns in NJ.
Rancocas Indian reservation
Rancocas, NJ 609-261-4747
Visit a real Indian Reservation in NJ! Located on 350 acres of pristine wooded land, in Burlington County gem. As part of your Museum tour, you will be guided through our outdoor re-creation of a traditional woodland village. At your leisure, we invite you to enjoy our self-guided nature trail. September through June: Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. First and third Saturday of the month, 10:00am till 3:00pm. No appointment required. For additional information or to make a weekday reservation, please call 609-261-4747. Ours is the ONLY Indian owned and operated museum in New Jersey!
Fishing in NJ
There are literally hundreds of Charter boats available for day and night time fishing trips, throughout the Fall season in NJ. Click here to see our list of NJ Fishing Charter boats.
After the summer winds down, the water starts to cool off a bit in the fall. This is one of the best times to go crabbing! To prepare themselves for the long winter, the crabs bulk up on food so that they are at their meatiest just before they bed down in the mud for the winter. But you must get them before the water cools off too much as they will go completely dormant. Mid-September through the end of October is a perfect time. The best baits to use are bunker (sold in nearby tackle shops), fish carcasses or Chicken pieces, such as wings, necks and backs. Crabbing is very inexpensive and very easy to do. No license is required for recreational crabbing with hand lines or collapsible traps. The minimum size to keep a crab is at least 4.5-inches across the shell from point to point and you can legally catch up to one bushel of crabs per day. Click here then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Crabbing Hotspots in NJ!
NJ Sports Action
See a sporting event in NJ this Fall. Besides the start of football season, and the end of the baseball season, don't forget that the Basketball and Hockey seasons are starting right around the corner! Or better yet, instead of checking out all the Major Tri-State area Pro Sports teams, how about checking out all of the College sports action. There is nothing quite a Rutgers University football game in the fall!
Museums in NJ
What a better time that the fall to visit some of the Garden State's best museums!
Bicycling along the Delaware River Towpath
The 70-mile Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding. You've been wanting to do this for some time, so pack up those bikes and head to the river and see some really amazing leaf color in the Fall season.
Picnicking in NJ
See our list of all the state parks in NJ. Pack up your picnic basket and your surprise your honey as you unwind under some of New Jersey's loveliest trees!
Antiquing in Lambertville NJ
Lambertville has over 20 great antique shops in town. You'll find everything from 18th Century French furniture to 20th Century modern pieces.
The Great Swamp
The Great Swamp Refuge is located in Morris County, New Jersey, about 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square. It consists of 7,600 acres of varied habitats and over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants also call the refuge "home". A great place to visit in the Fall in NJ.
Kayaking in NJ
Find Places to rent a canoe or Kayak in NJ and hit the water! Most bodies of water in NJ are surrounded by lovely foliage in the Fall season.
Fall Hiking in NJ
Find some cool places to go hiking in NJ. Another great way to see New Jersey's Foliage up close.
Find out where you can take scenic Helicopter rides in the NJ Tri-State area! What a great way to see NJ Foliage from a birds eye view!
Drinks and Dancing under the stars!
Le Dome nightclub at the Manor in West Orange offers some unique and romantic dancing under a huge glass rooftop. The band comes on at 9PM on weekends.
High Point State Park, Sussex County
Visit the highest point in the state at 1,800ft. The Appalachian trail goes through park. Great views and a really nice car ride there. Hiking, swimming (lake) and cross-country skiing also available. Directions: Route 23, Sussex County. Nearest major town is Sussex NJ or Port Jervis, NY.
The Top 10 things to do in New York this Fall
Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop Cafe
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY
Located on the fifth floor, entrance by the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries. Enjoy self-service for light fare, beverages, and cocktails. Décor A truly refreshing spot to sip a drink under the trellises, with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. You can really see some amazing views from the rooftop sculpture garden and cafe. Especially nice in the Fall, when you can see beautiful colors of the leaves changing.
South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17 NY, NY 212-SEA-PORT
More than just great shopping! There's a lot to do at South Street Seaport! Watch free concerts and dine with friends at their many exciting restaurants and attractions. Take the Water Taxi across the river in the cool Fall Breezes.
Lederhosen-German Wurst & Bierhaus
39 Grove St, New York, NY
Come & enjoy their amazing Oktoberfest beer on tap for Oktoberfest in a real authentic German bierhaus! A warm German welcome to Lederhosen-German Wurst & Bierhaus. Located at 39 Grove Street, a wonderful tree-lined section of west Greenwich Village here in New York City. Just opened in the spring of 2005, we are very excited at the opportunity to offer our customers a reasonably priced German Food & Drinks menu, combined with exceptional friendly service from our experienced staff in a cozy and warm atmosphere. Closed Mondays
675 W 252nd St, Bronx, NY
A truly amazing, spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the Bronx, Wave Hill’s vibrant landscape is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City during the Fall season.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
You know you've been wanting to go every year, but never seem to make it. 9AM till noon Nov 27, 2007. Be there! Click here to find great information on how to get there and what streets are best to view the Parade, where to eat and more.
New Yorker Festival
The annual New Yorker Festival takes places in October. Click here to see this years dates. The New Yorker Festival will once again bring together some of the brightest and most inventive minds, across disciplines and from around the world.
Headless Horseman Hayrides
Ulster Park NY
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is located in Ulster Park, NY, part of the Historic Haunted Hudson Valley. The property incorporates over forty-five acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more!
New York's Village Halloween parade
All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public participatory e\vent in the Greatest City in the World! Parade takes places on Halloween night October 31st.
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Fall Attractions NJ
We hope you've found a great many fun fall getaways in New Jersey for you and your family to enjoy. If you're looking for the best fall getaways New Jersey has to offer, stop by any of these wonderful attractions today!