Summer may officially be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Weekend trips are a great way to take advantage of perfect fall days. Here is the list of my favorite events in the Northeast for families this fall.
Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings– taking place Saturdays (2pm-9pm) and Sundays (2pm-8pm) October 17 – 18, 24-25 and 31 -November 1, 2015. This is the perfect Halloween event for little ones 10 and under. The cost is $23.99 for ages 3 and up.
- Safe, non-scary fun for kids
- Over 30 themed rides and family-friendly attractions
- Special entertainment & more!
- A trip through Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island is included in your admission. Trick-or-treat with over 20 lifelike dinosaurs! Feel free to dress up!
Hershey Park in the Dark takes place over 3 weekends this year, October 16-18, 23-25 and 30-November 1. The park is open from 12-10pm on Fri & Saturday and 5-9pm Sunday. For 2015 experience all of these great events, included with park admission. Tickets are $35.00 for ages 8 and up, and $24.00 for ages 3-8. Kids under 2 are free.
- 13 thrilling roller coasters, including the newest Laff Trakk will be open AND four Dark Ride Experiences with the lights off on Wildcat, Laff Trakk, Lightening Racer and Comet one hour before park closes.
- A Trick-Or-Treat Adventure through Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and Hersheypark
- Flashlight tours during Creatures Of The Night at ZooAmerica
- Two Halloween-themed resident shows
Even sweeter for 2015, enter the new Hershey Hallow to experience Hershey’s Trick-Or-Treat Adventure! The candy collecting begins at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and continues into Treatville inside Hersheypark. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy a treat at eleven stops between both locations, including four spooky stops in Hershey Hallow.
Baugher’s Orchard and Farm Market– this family owned orchard and market has been serving up hot apple pie for over 100 years. Located in Westminster, MD this is a perfect day trip for apple picking and hayrides. The Fall Harvest Festival is held every weekend in October from 10am-5pm. Included in the Fall Festival is a petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, apple picking, homemade ice cream and more. We have been going here for years, and it’s a wonderful day of fun. Once you are done at the festival head to the restaurant for a wonderful family meal. Seriously, you wont be sorry you did.
National Apple Harvest Festival: which is held during the first two full weekends in October, has been celebrating beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food for 51 years. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment. The festival can easily take two days to experience, I suggest getting a hotel in the area.
The festival is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, near historic Gettysburg, and is within a two hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Harrisburg PA. The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds and is held outdoors rain or shine!
Lastly, with all of the summer school trips and vacations over for the season, fall is a great time of year to visit Washington, D.C. Offering many free museums including my favorite the American History Museum you can have a great time learning for little or no fee.
What are your favorite fall activities where you live?