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Enjoy Fall in Central New York!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022   /   by Bell Home Team

Enjoy Fall in Central New York!

The fall season really highlights all of the beauty in Central New York! Whether you are new to the area, thinking of moving here, or a seasoned CNY native – we can all agree that there’s nothing like fall. From enjoying apple picking at one of the many apple farms in the area, to carving pumpkins and getting lost in corn mazes, there is so much to do in our area. Make the most of the season this year by checking out some of these family friendly places in CNY :

(List from VisitSyracuse.com)

Abbotts Farm Fall Fest

Happening every weekend from August 29, to November first, guests can grab their friends, kids, parents, grandparents and enjoy apple picking, visit the farm animals, check out the wagon rides, a corn maze, apple cannon, tube slides and face painting. Abbotts proudly offers over 20 different types of apples at their orchard which means you can spend the whole day there.

Take home some fresh baked goods from the bakery or grab some apple fritters to enjoy on-site. Adults can enjoy a tasting of their hard ciders, produced from apples and fruits grown right on-site.

Critz Farms Fall Harvest Celebration

Critz Farms showcases fall in a fun and unique way. Fall fun on the farm runs from mid-September through the end of October, and offers a variety of autumn activities that include apple and pumpkin picking, a corn maze, wagon rides, a gift shop, and of course the tasting room. Fun for families with all ages.

Enjoy a hard cider or beer in their tasting room and a bite to eat from the café or specialty food trucks. Entertainment, live music and other special events vary by weekend. Tickets are required and can be purchased on their website. 

Chuck Hafner’s Fall Festival

This family fall fest runs from Saturday, October 1st, through Sunday, October 23rd. While many activities like the petting zoo, the straw maze, putt-putt golf and the tricycle speedway are open daily throughout the week, there are special events like free live shows, magical demonstrations, carnival games, paintball, live animal exhibitions and so much more to enjoy every weekend!

The weather won’t stop you from heading to Chuck Hafner’s because this CNY celebration is one of the only undercover festivals in our area. Rain, shine, and who knows maybe even snow won’t stop the fun from being had.  Check their calendar for which weekend your favorite food truck is stopping and other special activities.

Lafayette Apple Festival

In its 49th year, this annual festival includes music, rides, ponies, over 500 craft vendors and all your favorite apple treats! Check out the annual pie eating contest then move on to something for yourself with all your favorite treats like apple pies, dumplings, turnovers and cider donuts. Non-apple food items are also available…if you’re into that sort of thing. Don’t miss the Cider Mill while on the grounds, offering a hands-on experience for youngsters to press apples on an antique cider press. The 2022 dates of Apple Fest this year are Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th.

Zoo Boo

This popular daytime family event turns the Rosamond Gifford Zoo into a kid-friendly haunt with trick-or-treat stations, animal encounters, games, activities and photo-ops. Wear your costume and make sure to bring your treat bag. There’s plenty of time to grab the kids and check out this event in October as it runs from the 15th to the 30th every weekend. Tickets can be secured on their events page.

First Annual Little Village Halloween Party

This first ever Halloween party is happening in the village of Manlius. Come in your costume, decorate a goody bag, trick or treat in their little village, and participate in a monster mash bubble dance party! Ages 0-7. $10+tax/child. Event will take place on October 29th, beginning at 5 pm.

The Wild Animal Park Flashlight Safari and Halloween Nights

Looking for a spooky yet family fun experience? Join The Wild Animal Park on their Flash Light Safari every Friday and Saturday in October from 6pm-10pm. Bring the kids! Bring the parents! And don’t forget your costumes. Catch the animals at night when they are most active! The lights will be dimmed low  in the park to make it a special experience, but don’t forget your flashlights. Their Snack shack will be open with a full menu with some additional Fall treats.

Heritage Hill Brewhouse

A fun place for the whole family to spend a fall day. The kids will enjoy the petting zoo, where they can learn about a live working farm, and afterwards run around and enjoy the playground. Parents can sit and take in breathtaking views will trying specialty beers on tap and choosing homemade options from burgers and sandwiches to pizzas and more.

Dunkin' Spooktacular Stroll

This non spooky, family-friendly event will take place throughout the month of October, and will feature a spooktacular stroll through Long Branch Park with specialty nights each week! Costing $25 per vehicle and open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, there's plenty of time to have a fun night out with the whole pack.  Tickets are on sale now.