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Southern NJ Area Activities, Fall Edition!

Updated on May 27, 2014
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Fall Edition!

Fall is coming. The turning leaves, the cooler weather, SCHOOL STARTING (sigh yes its a wonderful phrase to read as well as say :). The JB MDL area is a great area to be in for fall. We are so close to so many beautiful things for day trips and weekend spots. Here are some of my favorite places and cool activities to check out for the fall season in our area! And yes, I will be posting about military discounts!\

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Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and more!

NJ is, after all, the Garden State. So this stands to reason that there are lots of places around here for hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and spooky Halloween shows in our area! Here are some of my favorites!

Johnson's Farm - I've written about Johnson's Farm before because, well they are awesome. They get even better during the Fall seasons! Apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash, sweet potatoes are all available for picking during the Fall season. They have 7 different types of apples and daily hayrides. With a huge farmer's market, weekend festivals (not listed just yet for dates), the Discovery Barnyard, plus anything you could ever need to decorate your house and yard for Fall and Halloween, this place is just great to visit in the Fall. They DO offer military discounts! Check out their website here: http://johnsonsfarm.com/

Shady Brook Farm - Just like Johnson's but they a killer Halloween spooky hayride. Between Fall Fest, Pumpkin Fest, and Horror Fest they have something for everyone of every age. This is THE place to go if you want your pants scared off around Halloween (not for the young ones trust me). Check out their website here: http://shadybrookfarm.com/eventscalendar/and http://shadybrookfarm.com/horrorfest/

Indian Acres Tree Farm - They have hayrides and pumpkin picking, even pony rides and barrel train rides! And a great spooky scare fest for Halloween. They also have a Military Appreciation Day! They support many causes as well and host Autism Awareness days. Check out their website here: http://www.indianacrestreefarm.com


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Fall Foliage Day Trips

Some of us just want to take a drive, enjoy the cool air rushing past us, smelling the smell of Fall and watching the leaves change. This is one of the BEST areas in the US for seeing the leaves change. We have so many lovely roads to drive that are quiet and tree lined to give you the sites you want to see. Here are some of my favorites.

Lancaster County, PA - Gorgeous is the only thing that comes to mind for Fall in Lancaster PA. Home of the Amish country. Taking a day trip out there to stop at farm markets along the way and enjoy all the sights of fall on the mountains is a great day trip. Plus they have some amazing Bed and Breakfast deals during the Fall season as well! Check out the website here: http://www.padutchcountry.com/index.asp

Moonlight Walk, Whitesbog Village - They have these on a regular basis from 7 to 9 pm on Saturday nights. They are nature walks that are scheduled closest to the Full Moon. Walks are about 3 to 5 miles in length and give you a history of the area and the cranberry and blueberry farming in the area. You do have to reserve your space for this. Check out their site here: http://www.whitesbog.org/

Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise - Located in Highlands, NJ, this is a day trip cruise that stops in Cold Spring Village and gives you an amazing water view of the fall foliage changes during the season. You are allowed to bring food on board or purchase drinks and snacks. They don't allow coolers though. They are $59 for adults and $39 for children ages 3-12 for a day long trip that lasts from 10 am to 5:30 pm with a stop in Cold Spring Village. Check out their website here: http://www.seastreakusa.com/hudsonriver.aspx

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Fall Festivals

Fall festivals are the best in my opinion. Apple Cider, the smell of the leaves turning, scarecrows and corn mazes, pumpkin picking and campfires. There are so many great festivals that go on in our area, but you have to know when and where or you will miss them. There are so many I could never list them all, but if you would like a link to a full list of every festival going on in the area, please email me and let me know! Here are some of the places that have regular festivals in the Fall season.

Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA - I love this place. Just that simple. A beautifully laid out village of old time shops and landscaping. Free parking for all events and shops that have those hidden gems you wouldn't find anywhere else. Not to mention the year round festivals! In fall they have the Scarecrow Festival and the Apple Festival. Not only do they have items for sale, music and food galore, but they have contests that you can win money and crafts you can do with your kids. This is one of our favorite places to visit in the Fall and Winter seasons. Look for information in future articles! Check out their website here: http://www.peddlersvillage.com/

South Jersey Pumpkin Show, Woodstown, NJ - This is voted one of the best Fall festivals in NJ! They have so much to do I wouldn't have room to type it all! Classic events like pumpkin contests, Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant, food contests, music, games, animals, tractor rides, pumpkin tossing, I could go on all day! Oh best of all, it's FREE and you pay only $5 per car for parking! Check out their website here: http://www.sjpumpkinshow.com/

Indian Acres Tree Farm - They have some great events going on all Fall season, including Military Appreciation Day, Septemberfest Craft Festival, Autism Awareness Day, and Haunted Halloween activities. Check out their website here: http://www.indianacrestreefarm.com/calender.htm

NJ Fall Home Show - FREE admission and FREE parking! This is a great show for finding those home things you have always wanted or just getting ideas. There are a lot of contractors on site to set up things you need done, along with food and crafts for sale as well. Check out their website here: http://njhomeshow.com/ and https://www.acshomeshow.com/

Cranberry Festival, Bordentown, NJ - Home of one of the Ocean Spray facilities, so they know their cranberries! Crafts, music, food, art sales, tons and TONS of vendors. Check out their website here: http://www.downtownbordentown.com/events.php

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks, this is a great guide for Fall festivals and outings in the Garden State.