15 New Jersey Fun Fall Activities
Spend some time relaxing and exploring all of the fun things to do in New Jersey during the fall season. Need a few ideas? We’ve got 15.
1. Tour a winery
With more than 40 wineries nestled throughout New Jersey’s verdant valleys, there are plenty of options for wine tasting and scenic strolls through seemingly endless rows of grapevines. Sip your way through the award-winning wines at family-owned Bellview Winery in Landisville. Have three days free? Try this wine tasting road trip through New Jersey.
2. Take a scenic drive.
Enjoy fall’s blissfully mild weather with a drive along one of New Jersey’s eight scenic byways. On the Delaware River Scenic Byway, you’ll pass by important historic sites—such as Washington Crossing, where George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War—as well as charming small towns lined with shops and restaurants, and lush state parks, such as the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park—perfect for pulling over and stretching your legs. Meanwhile, the Bayshore Heritage Byway is a 122-mile stretch featuring picturesque lighthouses, historic sites and ocean views, offering plenty to explore along the drive.
3. Watch the geese fly south for the winter
Throughout New Jersey, you’ll find a number of wilderness areas rife with coastal marshes, ponds and forested islands ideal for bird watching. During the fall months, spot migratory birds from a network of trails at Cape May Point State Park, or paddle your way through creeks that are home to more than 260 species of birds at Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst.
4. Spend a day at the spa
Before the hectic holiday season kicks off, relax and rejuvenate than a day of pampering at one of the many spas in New Jersey. Book a treatment and unwind in the Roman baths at Qua Bath & Spa at Caesars in Atlantic City, take a few laps in the heated indoor pool before getting a massage at Point Pleasant’s White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa, or get a facial at the expansive Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in Hoboken.
5. See fall foliage.
Fall means blazing colors of crimson, gold and orange washing across the mountainsides. Take in the breathtaking foliage at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can hike part of the iconic Appalachian Trail to take in the views. At High Point State Park in Sussex, trek to the top of High Point State Monument for sweeping views of the Pocono Mountains, Catskill Mountains and the Wallkill River Valley. Allamuchy Mountain State Park near Hackettstown offers several lakes, so you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of water while enjoying the display of dazzling fall colors.
6. Attend a fall food festival
From craft beer events to BBQ feasts to food truck parties, there’s no doubt about it: fall is food festival season in New Jersey. Sip your way through a variety of brews at the Annual Relief Beerfest in Moorestown, or head over to Alstede Farms in Chester, where pie tasting, wine tasting and more are on the itinerary. Search our events calendar for even more upcoming food festivals.
7. Go on a bike ride.
Explore New Jersey’s natural beauty on two wheels. On the 42.6-mile Pine Barrens River Ramble, marvel at pine and oak forests as they transform into the colors of, see blueberry fields and cranberry bogs, and pass by several scenic rivers. For a ride that takes you along the oceanfront, pedal the Cape May Shoreline Ride, a 46.4-mile loop beginning and ending at Cape May Lighthouse and passing by numerous other points of interest along the way, including Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, Cape May Park & Zoo and The Wetlands Institute.
8. Pick your own apples.
Feel the sun on your face and take part in a Garden State fall tradition when you pick your own bushel of fresh apples right from the orchards. At the family-owned Battleview Orchards in Freehold, take your pick—quite literally—of flavorful apple varieties such from early September through the end of October, whether you enjoy Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious or others.
9. Stay at a romantic B&B
Rekindle your romance this fall with a quick weekend getaway to a New Jersey bed and breakfast, where you’ll find charming surroundings and personalized service. Visit the Victorian-style 600 Main in Toms River or the historic Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope. For an oceanfront escape, try one of these bed and breakfasts near the beach. Try this list for even more unique date ideas.
10. Visit a pumpkin patch.
There’s nothing like picking out the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack ‘o’ lantern. At Cheesequake Farms in Matawan, wander acres of fields to choose from gourds and pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors to find the best ones for your harvest décor. In Montville, take in sweeping views of the sunflower fields at Conklin Farm U-Pick, and choose from thousands of pumpkins in an array of sizes. Before leaving, stop by the farm store for a selection of painted pumpkins, as well as Indian corn, scarecrows and straw for fall decorating.
11. Fill up on gourmet comfort food
This is the season to enjoy delicious, hearty foods and all your favorite indulgences. Get cozy with friends and family when you visit one of the many gastropubs in New Jersey touting elevated pub fare, from Kobe beef burgers to lobster mac 'n' cheese to juicy steaks served alongside hand-cut fries. From Publick House in Mountainside in the north to The Blue Pig Tavern in the south and whole lot in between, there's no shortage of options.
12. Shop 'til you drop
Whether you want to stock up on cozy essentials for cold weather or start checking things off your holiday shopping list, New Jersey has plenty of outlets for bargain finds, as well as high-end shopping malls for luxury labels. For even more unique finds, stroll down one of the many charming main streets at towns throughout the state for the best boutique shopping.
13. Try your luck in one of the Atlantic City casinos
Ever dreamt of striking it rich? Give your dreams a run for their money in Atlantic City, where bustling casinos boast action-packed table games, thrilling slots, bingo and more. Play and stay in upscale casino-resorts like Tropicana Casino & Resort, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort, where restaurants, entertainment and nightlife abound. Be sure to check out all of the casinos in New Jersey.
14. Explore a museum
When the weather is cool and blustery, head indoors to explore an array of exciting exhibits. See incredible artwork at the Princeton University Art Museum or the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. Learn about history at the New Jersey State Museum or the Museum of NJ Maritime History. Or find a topic that interests you at one of the many other museums in New Jersey.
15. Go ice skating
Bundle up and spend a couple of hours gliding across the ice. At the Roosevelt Park Family Ice Skating Rink in Edison (opens Sept. 6, 2019), enjoy the seasonal splendor in this outdoor rink. Or head indoors at Ice House Skating Rink in Hackensack (opens in October 2019). No matter where you go, it's fun for the whole family.