15 Best Fall Activities to do on Long Island NY
Long Island, New York is incredible during the fall. With tons of places to catch fall foliage and enjoy festivals, you will be spoiled with a plethora of activities to enjoy on Long Island, New York. In this Long Island guide, I am covering some of the best fall activities and festivals to add to your Long Island Bucket List!
The list includes fall activities for adults along with kid-friendly activities as well!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 15 Best Fall Activities to do on Long Island NY
- Go Apple Picking – A Top Long Island Fall Activity
- Take Photos in the Sunflowers
- Sip on Wine at the Vineyards
- Go Leaf Peeping at the Planting Fields Arboretum
- Enjoy a Fall Hike on Long Island
- Hang out at the Pumpkin Patch
- Visit a Haunted House
- Experience Rise of the Jack O’Lantern
- See the Jack O’Lantern Blaze
- Visit One of Long Islands Gardens
- Get into the Halloween Spirit at The Witches Brew
- Celebrate Oktoberfest at Plattduetsche Park Biergarten
- Take Part in Long Island’s Restaurant Week
- Visit the Fire Island Lighthouse on its Birthday
- Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, Long Island
- Fall Activities on Long Island Wrap-up
Go Apple Picking – A Top Long Island Fall Activity
One of the best fall activities to do on Long Island is the fall is undoubtedly apple picking. Most apple picking farms are located on the North Fork, and there are dozens to choose from. Some of the most popular places include Lewin Farms, Harbes Family Farm and Apple Orchard, and Hank’s Pumpkin Town.
If you do U-pick apples at Lewin Farms, make sure to check out their farm stand and get their roasted corn!
You can learn more about apple picking on Long Island here!
Take Photos in the Sunflowers
Fall on Long Island can still feel somewhat summer-ish with sunflower fields generally still having some blooms. Many farms may even include pumpkin picking along with taking photos and picking sunflowers left in the fields. The sunflowers are always dependent on weather, but it is not out of the question that you can find sunflowers in October.
There are tons of Sunflower fields on Long Island you can check out here. One of my favorites to check out is The Waterdrinker which also has a brewery. During the fall, they have a fall festival as well!
Sip on Wine at the Vineyards
The summer crowds have gone, but the vineyards are still a great place to enjoy during the weekends on Long Island. Fall is the start of some harvesting of the grapes which can be cool to watch as well. I just love the idea of sipping wine out in a vineyard on a crisp fall day, and there are just so many vineyards to choose from.
Furthermore, since many of the vineyards are located out on the North Fork, you can really make it a full day filled with fall festivities since many of the farms are also nearby. This means you can likely do apple picking, pumpkin picking, and vineyard sipping all in one day if you wanted to! Most vineyards also have live music on the weekends.
So if hanging out at a vineyard on Long Island during the fall sounds like it’s right up your alley, be sure to check out these top Long Island Vineyards.
Go Leaf Peeping at the Planting Fields Arboretum
Many people think about experiencing fall in NYC, however, Long Island is really where it’s at. Long Island has tons of stunning parks and gardens making leaf-peeping a one-of-a-kind experience. One of the best places to leaf-peep on the Island is the Planting Fields Arboretum located in Oyster Bay.
The Planting Fields is an Old Gold Coast Estate with exquisite gardens. While you should certainly come to see the fall colors, don’t miss out on the greenhouses or even a tour of Coe Hall.
The Planting Fields also has some events during the fall including Tai Chi in the Garden, Yoga in the Garden, and the Planting Fields Fall 5k. You can see the events the Planting Field is planning here.
Address: 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Enjoy a Fall Hike on Long Island
The fall is a great time to hike on Long Island. Although there are no mountains on Long Island, there are still a plethora of trails to choose from. Some of the top places to go hiking on Long Island include:
- Sunken Meadow State Park
- Massapequa Preserve
- Caleb Smith State Park
- Connetquot State Park
- Hempstead Lake Park
- The Long Island Greenbelt Trail (Heckscher State Park and ends in Sunken Meadow State Park: 32 miles)
For hiking on Long Island, be sure to download the All Trails app so you can stay on the trail. Additionally, Long Island does have a deer population which means being wary of ticks is important.
Staying on the trail, wearing more tight-fitting clothing that covers all your skin, and tucking pants into socks help. Always make sure to do a full body tick check after hiking and wash your hiking clothes when you get home. If you do encounter a tick bite, check this NY Park Guide.
Hang out at the Pumpkin Patch
Another one of the best fall activities on Long Island is visiting a pumpkin patch. Since Long Island has farms that grow pumpkins, you can even personally pick your very own pumpkin from the vine. Hanks Pumpkintown, F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, and Lewin Farms (U-pick) are some of the best places to check out.
Many of these Long Island pumpkin patches hold fall festivals as well including petting zoos, corn mazes, and have food making it a perfect family-friendly fall activity!
You can find more places to go pumpkin picking on Long Island here!
Visit a Haunted House
The fall season is also spooky season on Long Island, so if you dare to visit a haunted house, keep reading! Besides the fact that Long Island has real haunted houses including the Amityville Horror House and Kings Park, we also have fun haunted popup attractions. Some haunted houses to include on your Long Island fall activities bucket list include:
- F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm Melville
- Chambers Of Hell Hauppauge
- Bayville Scream Park Bayville
- Darkness Rising Haunted House on Long Island Copiague
If I am missing any of your favorite haunted houses, please let me know in the comments so I can add them!
Experience Rise of the Jack O’Lantern
Rise of the Jack O’Lantern will have the longest Jack O’Lantern trail with over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins. They are on their 9th annual season and will have the festival at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights, Long Island, New York. In previous years the Rise was located at the Westbury Gardens.
Tickets are required to be purchased in advance and dates are selling out fast, so find your Rise tickets here.
See the Jack O’Lantern Blaze
One of the most popular fall activities on Long Island is easily the Jack O’Lantern Blaze. The event happens at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, and you can expect to find over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins lit up in fun designs. This event is great for people of all ages, just make sure to get your tickets in advance because it is very popular! Find tickets to the Blaze here!
Visit One of Long Islands Gardens
Keeping with the fall vibes, adding a Long Island garden to your list will offer you additional leaf-peeping, picnic options, and checking out the fall blooms. Who doesn’t love seeing rows of mums, am I right? I feel like gardens do not always come to mind, but Long Island does have some great ones including the Bayard Cutting Arboretum and the Westbury Garden.
Explore more Long Island Gardens here!
Get into the Halloween Spirit at The Witches Brew
If you love all things spooky season, here is a local gem for you! If you are from the Franklin Square area, you have most likely been to the Witches Brew for some coffee or treats, but if you’re not, you should totally add the Witches Brew to your list.
The decor alone gives you all the “Witch” vibes, and they have some really good pastries. Add it to the list!
Address: 311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Plattduetsche Park Biergarten
If you really want to feel like a local to the Franklin Square area (Nassau County), you can even celebrate Oktoberfest at the Plattduetsche. The space is huge, and it gets very popular on the weekends. They also tend to have live music on the weekends as well.
Even if you miss Oktoberfest which is September 18th, you can still stop in for a drink. They are located super close to the Witches Brew! Menu & Reviews.
Address: 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010
Take Part in Long Island’s Restaurant Week
Where my foodies at? With prices being so high on Long Island, restaurant week is certainly welcome. It will be running from November 6th through the 13th with Prix-Fixe menus.
The restaurants are spread across the Island from Nassau to Suffolk County. You can see a map and a list of participating Long Island restaurants here.
Visit the Fire Island Lighthouse on its Birthday
Coincidently, I visited the Fire Island Lighthouse on its birthday twice. Each time they served free cake, and that cake was good. While I can’t promise cake during your visit, I can tell you that if you have never been to the Fire Island Lighthouse, you should definitely check it out!
Every time we visit, we see deer, the walk to the lighthouse is really nice, and on a clear day, the views from the top of the lighthouse are really nice!
If you visit from late September to early October, you can even catch the Fall Monarch Butterfly Migration!
The Fire Island Lighthouse Birthday is on November 2nd, so I suggest dressing warm since it is usually colder by the water.
Address: Field 5, Robert Moses State Park
Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, Long Island
Ok, sucking down Oysters doesn’t exactly scream fall, but it is one of the largest festivals on Long Island. In fact, the event sees around 150,000 people each year! The Oyster Bay Festival is known as one of the largest East Coast Waterfront festivals.
You can expect to find tons of street vendors, live music, carnival games, and of course lots of Oyster shucking and seafood.
The festival is family-friendly, but make sure to wear your comfortable walking shoes and try to get there early! This year the festival will happen on October 15th and 16th, 2022.
Fall Activities on Long Island Wrap-up
This concludes some of the best fall festivals and activities to add to your Long Island bucket list this season!
As the fall comes to a close, make sure to also check out fun winter activities on Long Island here!
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Have any questions or activities you think should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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