The best things to do in the fall with kids

Our list of things to do in the fall with kids is lengthy, so it's best to get started ASAP! Ready those cozy sweaters.

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The leaves are red, the cider is sweet but our list of things to do in the fall with kids is even sweeter! Now's the time to plan an epic season for you and your littles. 

After watching some scary movies for kids and snacking on the tastiest apple cider donuts NYC has available, make sure to get out and explore the prettiest time of year in Gotham. From fall foliage cruises to corn mazes, there's no shortage of cool, spooky (and not-so-spooky) activities to enjoy.

Be sure to check out our guide for Halloween for kids in New York City, too!

Best things to do in the fall with kids

Fall activities for kids
Things to do

Fall activities for kids

Like your little goblins' Halloween stash, our list of things to do this fall is sweet and plentiful.

Fall activities for preschoolers
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Fall activities for preschoolers

Little ones will be sure to squeeze the most out of the season before it’s time to bundle up and play in the snow.

Apple picking NY
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Apple picking NY

Summon the harvest season one Granny Smith at a time. We found the best places for apple picking NY families need to explore, so grab a basket!

Pumpkin picking NY
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Pumpkin picking NY

Make the most out of fall with a cozy sweater, a cup of cocoa and a trip to uncover the best pumpkin picking NY—and the surrounding area—has to offer. 

Corn mazes NY
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Corn mazes NY

Let your kids wander through these seasonal labyrinths and round out the adventure with pumpkin picking that'll make Charlie Brown envious!

Apple cider donuts NYC
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Apple cider donuts NYC

With autumn comes the delicious tastes of pumpkin-spiced everything, hot cocoa and best of all, apple cider donuts! 

Cider mills NYC
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Cider mills NYC

We love a good cider mill! Now that fall is upon us, bringing with it shorter days and the gnawing fear of winter, we're even more motivated to visit one.

New York fall foliage
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New York fall foliage

Whether they pick them up from the sidewalk, on the way to school or plunge into a pile of them; brightly hued, crunchy leaves can provide hours of amusement for kids. This autumn, take the family for a stroll through these NYC parks, gardens and other locales to see the New York fall foliage at its most brilliant. Along with apple picking and harvest festival events, it's one of our favorite things to do in NYC with kids in the fall. 

Scenic drives
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Scenic drives

Right along with cravings for warm apple cider, pies of all types and super cozy sweaters is the wish to see how the landscape turns into gorgeous shades of red, orange and gold. These amazing scenic drives for fall will guide the family along pretty country roads lined with falling autumn leaves, lakes, hills and jaw-dropping vistas. Don’t forget to bring the camera! 

New York City in the fall
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New York City in the fall

Take a deep breath of crisp fall air, crack out the hot chocolate and celebrate New York's prettiest season.

Fall trip ideas
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Fall trip ideas

Summer might be over, but sunny days still live on, which is why autumn is the perfect time to make the most of the awesome weather.

Hiking trails in NYC
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Hiking trails in NYC

In cooler weather, these trails are an excellent place for leaf peeping—they’ll have some pretty fall foliage!

Halloween for kids
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Halloween for kids

The spooky season is underway. Indulge in our guide to Halloween for kids the way your little ghouls tackle their candy stash. 

Fall festivals and fairs
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Fall festivals and fairs

'Tis the season for scares and pumpkin spice! Our guide to Gotham's fall festivals and fairs is a perfect way to get a jumpstart on the happenings.

Fall foliage cruises
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Fall foliage cruises

What better way to welcome autumn than with beautiful hues of red, gold and orange? Make the most of the New York scenery with these cruises. 

Scary movies for kids
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Scary movies for kids

Eeek! Our lineup of fantastic scary movies for kids will make you shriek! Grab the popcorn and buckle up for a wild ride! 

Halloween songs for kids
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Halloween songs for kids

Want to send shivers down your little ones' spines? These Halloween songs make for a frighteningly good jam session. 

Halloween books for kids
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Halloween books for kids

When the kids are tuckered out from trick-or-treating, end your Halloween festivities with a spooky bedtime story.

Thanksgiving movies for kids
Movies

Thanksgiving movies for kids

Thanksgiving is a special time to share, eat and cuddle up with heartwarming flicks (like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving)! 

Thanksgiving books for kids
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Thanksgiving books for kids

When the turkey has been savored and the pumpkin pie devoured, gather the family around to read these Thanksgiving books for kids.  

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