Fantastic Fall Things to Do for NJ Families ~ Fall Day Trips & Destinations

Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by


Welcome back to fall!

Fall is such a fantastic time for family fun in New Jersey. It’s still warm enough for a free outdoor movie on a Friday night or a beach day after school. Amusement parks stay open and get decked out in their Halloween best. New Jersey farms open up with corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and apple picking. And with an abundance of school holidays there’s no reason to not get away for some family fun at one of these New Jersey events, local day trips, or even a fall-themed family vacation.


We’ve packed lots of ideas into this fall’s edition of our Fantastic Fall Things to Do for NJ Families ~ Fall Day Trips & Destinations. If you’ve been reading Jersey Family Fun for a while, make sure you bookmark this page, this fall guide for family fun will be updated frequently for 2017. It’s organized by topics such as events, activities, day trips, and family vacation ideas. Most of the headings, subheadings, images, and titles, are clickable. Meaning if you click on them they will take you right to the information you are looking for. With the majority of our readers reading our articles on the go from their mobile devices, we do hope this new fall guide format will make it easier for all of you.


The other advantage of this year’s Fantastic Fall Things to Do for NJ Families ~ Fall Day Trips & Destinations is that as we discover more ideas for great family fun in New Jersey, we can add it to this listing, constantly keeping you up to date on things to do with kids in New Jersey and our region.


My thanks to our team that continues to grow. I am constantly amazed at the fun things to do in New Jersey that they find. From New Jersey events to day trips, they are discovering all of New Jersey’s treasures that families will want to enjoy. My thanks also to Sahl’s Father Son Farm. We have had the good fortune to work with them for the past four years. This year they are back and are sponsoring our fall guide as well. We could not be more thrilled. If you would like to advertise in this or future guides, send us an email at


No matter what adventures you choose this fall, our wish for you is that you have the best of times with your loved ones while on them.

All the best,
Jennifer Auer, Editor


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Events from Jersey Family Fun Advertisers

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Sahara Sam’s Upcoming Events

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Unique Events in New Jersey

The 9th Annual Downtown Cranford Scarecrow Stroll – Currently updating for 2017

Barnegat Pirates Day

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Jersey Family Fun’s 7th Birthday Party ~ Southern New Jersey – – Currently planning 2017’s party

New Jersey Free Fishing Days – Currently updating for 2017

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NJKC Dog Show

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Unique Events in New York

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Holiday Events in New Jersey

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Sporting Events in New Jersey

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Local Activities for New Jersey Kids

Only have a few hours, but still want some great family fun in New Jersey? We can help! Whether it’s a few hours after school or a weekend these New Jersey activities and day trip ideas will keep your kids busy and having fun.


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Fantastic Fall Day Trips for Local Families

New Jersey school calendars are very generous when it comes to giving kids half-days and days off during the fall. Religious holidays, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, NJEA Conference, Election Day and parent teacher conferences are all great opportunities for kids to enjoy one of these local day trips in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania. Tip: Travel out of state during the NJEA conference for smaller crowds as only NJ students will be out of school that day.


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National Parks in New Jersey

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New Jersey Aquariums

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New Jersey Bowling Alleys

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New Jersey Farms

Apple Picking Farms in New Jersey

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Where to Pick Apples in Mercer and Middlesex Counties New Jersey

Where to Pick Apples in Morris County, Sussex County, and Warren County New Jersey

Education & Farm Family Fun at Swan Bay Folk Art Center

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Local Farmers Markets at the Jersey Shore

Our Favorite Pumpkin Picking Spots in New Jersey

New Jersey Pumpkin Patches

Our Trip to The Funny Farm! ~ An Atlantic County Animal Rescue Center

New Jersey Corn Mazes

Sahl’s Father Son Farm ~ Back for Another Great Year of Family Fun Details for 2017 coming soon

New Jersey Corn Mazes


New Jersey Sunflower Farms and Mazes

Cape May County’s Best Kept Secret, A Sunflower Farm

New Jersey Gardens & Arboretums

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New Jersey Lighthouses

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Review of Cape May Lighthouse

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Articles about Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse

Articles about Tuckerton Seaport

Review of Barnegat Lighthouse

Review of Finn’s Rear Range Lighthouse


New Jersey Museums

A Trip to the Roebling Museum ~ A Fun and Informative Family Visit


New Jersey Parks & Playgrounds

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New Jersey Planetariums

New Jersey Planetariums


New Jersey Nature Centers

NJ Nature Centers (1)Hawk Rise Sanctuary ~ Linden’s Nature & Wildlife Trail

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New Jersey Skating Rinks

Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey

Roller Skating Rinks in New Jersey


New Jersey State Parks & Forests

New Jersey State Parks & Forests


New Jersey Water Parks

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New Jersey Zoos

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Outdoor Day Trips in New Jersey

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Unique Day Trips in New Jersey

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Gabriel Davies Tavern Tours

Historic Village at Allaire – History Comes to Life

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Monarch Tagging at Cape May Point State Park

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Our Favorite Spooky Places in Hunterdon County

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park & The Day With No Falls!

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Take a Trip Through America’s Past at Morris County Historical Sites

Visit the Miller-Cory House for a Trip Into Union County History


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Pennsylvania Amusement Parks

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Academy of Natural Sciences ~ Dinosaurs Unearthed Returns

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Pennsylvania Water Parks

Pennsylvania Zoos

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New York Aquariums

New York Water Parks

New York Zoos

Our Visit to the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo


Fantastic Ideas for Fall Family Vacations

New Jersey kids have off for different holidays and reasons this fall. Sometimes these holidays fall on Fridays or Mondays. These extended weekends off from school are a perfect opportunity to get away for fall family vacations. Check out our family travel series to get ideas for your next fall family vacation.


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Connecticut Family Vacations

Mystic CT


Maryland Family Vacations

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Massachusetts Family Vacations

Family Travel toBoston


Minnesota Family Vacations

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New Hampshire Family Vacations

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New Jersey Family Vacations

Family Travel to Atlantic City


New York Family Vacations

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Pennsylvania Family Vacations

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Visit Lancaster


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Washington DC Family Vacations

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Virginia Family Vacations

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Family Travel to Williamsburg Virginia


Washington DC Family Vacations (coming soon)

Family Vacations Abroad



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Where are you excited to take your kids to this fall?



15 thoughts on “Fantastic Fall Things to Do for NJ Families ~ Fall Day Trips & Destinations

  1. Danielle DeVose says:

    My family would love to visit six flags, Dorney park, and the pumpkin patch this fall! Also would love to see Niagara Falls around this season!

  2. Larry says:

    My kids want to go to Sahara sams

  3. Chantae Brabham says:

    My family is interested in a NYC day trip!

  4. Christina M. says:

    We really want to hike The Stairway to Heaven Appalachian Trail with the kids this fall and see the changing leaves!

  5. Lisa Hincks says:


  6. Chantae B says:

    My kids would love to visit Virginia in the fall!

  7. Christina M. says:

    We really want to try the new climbing bridge and rope exhibit at the Bronx Zoo!! Oh and the Franklin Institute

  8. Nan Mil says:

    The NJKC show, Pirates Day, & Fall foilage sightseeing around the state

  9. Michael B says:

    As many museums as possible! & to the shark tunnel at Adventure Aquarium

  10. Tanya Gioia says:

    Jumping in leaves at parks, collecting leaves, taking pictures of fall foilage

  11. Michael B says:

    Anything & everything nature related! Fall foilage, pumpkins, foilage, scary farms, witch hunts, tractors, parks, etc

  12. Tanya Gioia says:


  13. Amanda Buron says:

    My kids are curious about anywhere where they touch & push buttons to learn about everything from dinosaurs to history including living conditions & daily life to how things work

  14. Matthew says:

    Apple picking (Terhune Orchards), corn mazes (anywhere), and bowling are the things our kids are most excited about doing this fall. Love this list though; I’m gonna need to spend some more time planning our weekends. Thanks for putting it together.

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