There's more to do in New Jersey
than just lie on the beach. While this state is full of beautiful beaches and big stretches of boardwalk, it is also home to pleasures outside of the summer season. When the cooler temperatures return and the leaves start to change colors, there are many fun new activities. Keep reading to discover all the things to do in New Jersey in the fall.
One of the best ways to celebrate the season is with a fall foliage driving tour
. There's no need to drive all the way to New England
to see great color; throughout New Jersey you'll find bold reds, fiery oranges, and bright yellows, especially if you know where to look. Some of the best fall foliage driving tours are located around Sergeantsville
, or Whitesbog Village
Jump into the Harvest
New Jersey - also called the Garden State - is home to many pick-your-own farms. Heading to the pumpkin patch is definitely one of the best things to do in New Jersey in the fall. Some of the best places to pick your own pumpkins include Bob Cahill Farm
(near Lake Hopatcong
), Heaven Hill Farm
in Vernon, Ideal Farm
, and Kattermann Farms
. Beyond pumpkins, you can also pick your own berries, plums, apples, and pears in New Jersey.
Visit Local Wineries
The best time to step foot in New Jersey wineries is during the fall season. There are over 30 wineries and vineyards throughout the state that will introduce you to Jersey wines and the winemaking process. Learn about how wine is made at one of several wineries including Amalthea Cellars
), Sharrott Winery
, Coda Rossa Winery
, or Alba Vineyard
(in Bucks County
Hop in a Hot Air Balloon
It's one thing to enjoy the colorful fall foliage from the ground, but it's a completely different experience to see it all from the basket of a hot air balloon. Make the most of the vibrant autumn colors by booking a hot air balloon tour. One of the most awe-inspiring things to do in New Jersey in the fall, these tours will offer a whole new perspective of the season. One reputable company is Balloons Aloft, located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Hit the Hiking Trail (or Cast a Line)
If the heat of the summer keeps you off the hiking trails, fall is the perfect season to lace up your boots. During these cool months, explore the natural side of New Jersey by hiking or fishing. Some of the best places to hike include Hacklebarney State Park
and the Palisades Park
) on the banks of the Hudson River
with views of New York City
. If fishing is your recreational choice, head to the Raritan Canal State Park
A trip to New Jersey wouldn't be complete without a vacation rental
. Choose one right on the beach to enjoy the quieter side of the Jersey shore. Adventurous travelers might prefer a secluded mountain cabin or a rental with views of t he Delaware River
. Whether your goal is to hike, fish, or pick pumpkins, having a spacious rental to return to at the end of the day will make your fall getaway even better.
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