Looking for some quintessential fall fun with the family this year? The New York Capital Region is the place to be! From festivals to Halloween parties and apple picking to leaf peeping, we’ve got you covered. So, whether you have just moved into the area or you’ve lived here your whole life and are looking for something new to do that will be fun for the whole family, take a look at what’s happening this season in Saratoga Springs and beyond.
The Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place in Queensbury, New York, at the airfield. With balloon rides, balloon flights, and craft and food vendors, this festival is fun for the whole family. The festival is scheduled each year after Labor Day, as the fall color begins to emerge in the area. As an iconic event just outside the Adirondacks, it’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!
Ever wonder how big a pumpkin can grow? Check out the Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest to find out! Located at the Saratoga Springs City Center, this family event is not only lots of fun, it’s also free to the public! There is also food vendors, if your family gets hungry viewing these monster pumpkins, squash, gourds, tomatoes, and watermelon as they weigh in.
This year’s Saratoga Showcase of Homes marks the 25th year of this event. Each fall, a selection of the best and most beautiful homes are open for a self-guided tour. You and your family can cast your votes for the homes you like best as you tour the properties over two weekends. Julie & Co. Realty is especially excited for this 2021 Saratoga Showcase of Homes, as we are showing The Moderne Condominiums at 128 Henry Street, built by Bonacio Construction! Come out and see this brand new model condo.
Nothing says fall quite like picking apples in an orchard. Bring your whole family for an afternoon of fun at Saratoga Apple, in Schuylerville, New York. This orchard has picking options for both adults and children, along with a hard cider and craft beer tasting room for the older members of the family to enjoy.
While this year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge is virtual, it is still hosting a 5K and 10K to benefit the programs at Saratoga Bridges. They even have a category for “Most Family Team Participants,” so if your family likes to lace up their sneakers and go for a run, walk, or ride, this event is for you!
Does your family have nerves of steel? Come check out the Double M Haunted Hayride! After 30 years, this yearly attraction has got scary hayrides down to a blood-curdling science! With a tractor-drawn hayride and a haunted house, this attraction is a great Halloween event for those in your family over 12 years old.
If a haunted corn maze is more your style, visit Schuyler Farms. This farm also hosts a Fall Festival, pumpkin patch hayrides, and more. Located in Schuylerville, this is the perfect place to visit for all sorts of outdoor fall activities.
You don’t need to drive up to the Adirondacks to see some beautiful fall color. Have a family outing in Congress Park, the North Woods at Skidmore College, or Saratoga Spa State Park for beautiful views near your own backyard!
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