8 Places to See Prime Fall Foliage With Kids
Fall is a great time of year to for quick weekend getaways. It’s cool, but not cold, places tend to be less crowded. Apples orchards, fall festivals and haunted happenings offer inexpensive family fun and your last shot at pleasant outdoor time before winter sends you indoors. And if you live in the North East, of course, there is also the fall foliage.
Here is a list of seven towns on the East Coast where locals have told us they have ample foliage and other fall happenings to keep the kids busy while you admire the changing fall colors.
Your Fall Foliage Travel Center
Mapping It out
The Smoky Mountains folks provide a foliage map to track how the changing leaves are progressing around the country.
Check out New York’s weekly foliage report by I Love NY, within reports from 65 foliage experts.
Get fall foliage updates and suggested driving roots from Connecticut’s DEEP.
New England Today offers a live New England foliage map.
And Weather.com offers nationwide foliage updates.
Fall Foliage in The Finger Lakes, NY
Stay: At the *Hilton Garden Inn, Ithaca, NY
Do: Relive your college days with a walk around Cornell’s sprawling campus, Watch the grape harvest and crushing, drink local beer, wine and cider, and eat local fall harvest produce at restaurants like the North Star and Ithaca Beer Company’s tasting room.
Fall Foliage in Kent, CT
Stay: at the Kent Country Inn, right in town.
See: Fall foliage at your pick of nearby state parks and trails. Among them, Kent Falls has the highest falls in the state. The Appalachian Trail has several access points, nearby. A nice stretch of it follows the Housatonic River, just outside of town at the end of River Road. A little further south near Route 7, a steep climb up from Squantz Pond rewards you with a sprawling vista of fall leaves.
Do: Explore the shops and restaurants in Kent, and nearby Litchfield, New Milford and Cornwall. Pick apples or buy cider and donuts from area farms. The Silo, founded by Skitch and Ruth Henderson, offers an art gallery, dining and cooking classes. Pick up their excellent cookbook in the shop.
Fall Foliage in Central Vermont
Stay: At *Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
See: Fall Foliage from area hiking trails, some right on the resort property.
Do: Visit a nearby apple orchard to pick a few bushels, than return to the resort and see them pressed into fresh cider in the property’s old-fashioned hand-cranked press cider press. The hotel has a cider press team on hand to make sure only apples — no fingers — get squeezed.
Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA
Stay: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Harrisonburg, VA
Do: Head to Back Home on the Farm for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, farm animals, a hayride, a butterfly exhibit, and a carousel. Then kick back with dinner on the town’s main street.
Fall Foliage in the Pocono Mountains, PA
Stay: *Chateau Resort, Tannersville, PA
See: Fall Foliage outside your door on Camelback Mountain & Big Pocono State Park, the highest point in the Pocono Mountains.
Do: Daring teens can brave the nearby Altered Nightmares haunted house while younger kids can and parents can enjoy festivals on various weekends through the fall – pumpkin, harvest, Octoberfest and so on.
Fall Foliage in the Adirondack Mountains, NY
Stay: *The Golden Arrow Resort, Lake Placid, NY
See: The fall foliage by hiking myriad trails, visiting, High Falls Gorge or taking a Gondola ride up Whiteface Mountain.
Fall Foliage in the White Mountains, NH
Stay: *The Farm by the River B&B, North Conway
See: The fall foliage during a trail ride on the farm’s horses, hiking the Whilte Mountains or sitting on the inn’s cozy front porch
Do: Take scenic train ride from a Victorian rail road station. Spot wildlife on nature walks around the farm, ride bikes and stop at roadside stand to sample the maple syrup that comes from the fiery red-leafed trees around you.
Fall Foliage in Coastal Maine
Stay: *The Spruce Point Inn Resort, BoothBay Harbor
Do: Take a ghostly train ride, pick apples, or use the Inn as a base to sample New England harvest festivals and antique shows. Warm up at the end of the day around the inn’s outdoor fireplace (there might even be s’mores).
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