10 New Jersey Fun Fall Activities


Now that the kids are back in school, spend some time relaxing and exploring all of the fun things to do in New Jersey during the fall season. Need a few ideas? We’ve got 10.

1. Tour a winery.

With more than 40 wineries nestled throughout New Jersey’s verdant valleys, there are plenty of options for wine tasting and scenic strolls through seemingly endless rows of grapevines. Sip your way through the award-winning wines at family owned Bellview Winery in Landisville, or head up to Westfall Winery in Montague, where more than 300 acres of impressive beauty lends the perfect backdrop for relaxation. Have three days free? Try this wine tasting road trip through New Jersey.

2. Go on a hike.

Escape the bustle of your everyday life and clear your mind with a hike through serene forests and past rivers and lakes. Explore a 20-mile section of the Appalachian Trail at Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt, or discover breathtaking vistas of the Delaware River at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

3. Watch the geese fly south for the winter.

Throughout New Jersey, you’ll find a number of wilderness areas rife with coastal marshes, ponds and forested islands ideal for bird watching. During the fall months, spot migratory birds from a network of trails at Cape May Point State Park, or paddle your way through creeks that are home to more than 260 species of birds at Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst.

4. Spend a day at the spa.

After a hectic summer, there isn’t a better way to relax and rejuvenate than a day of pampering at one of the many spas in New Jersey. Book a treatment and unwind in the Roman baths at Qua Bath & Spa at Caesars in Atlantic City, take a few laps in the heated indoor pool before getting a massage at Point Pleasant’s White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa, or get a facial at the expansive Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in Hoboken.

5. Try your luck in one of the Atlantic City casinos.

Ever dreamt of striking it rich? Give your dreams a run for their money in Atlantic City, where bustling casinos boast action-packed table games, thrilling slots, bingo and more. Play and stay in upscale casino-resorts like Tropicana Casino & Resort, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort, where restaurants, entertainment and nightlife abound. Be sure to check out all of the casinos in New Jersey.

6. Attend a fall food festival.

From craft beer events to BBQ feasts to food truck parties, there’s no doubt about it: fall is food festival season in New Jersey. Sip your way through a variety of wines at the Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival in Allamuchy or the Autumn Wine Festival in Beachwood, or fill up on fast, casual dishes at Food Trucktoberfest in Oceanport or Manahawkin’s very own Food Truck Jam. Search our events calendar for even more upcoming food festivals.

7. Play a round of golf.

What’s better than a cool autumn day on the golf course, surrounded by brilliant foliage? Throughout New Jersey, you’ll find plenty of scenic golf courses that suit players at any level. Take your pick from some of the state’s best golf courses.

8. Go on a bike ride.

Whether you want to cruise past sweeping ocean views while feeling the salty breeze in your hair or peddle along forested mountain biking trails flanked by trees, there are plenty of places to ride bikes in New Jersey. Discover the trails at Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Byram or Stephens State Park in Hackettstown.

9. Stay at a romantic B&B.

Rekindle your romance this fall with a quick weekend getaway to a New Jersey bed and breakfast, where you’ll find charming surroundings and personalized service. Visit the Victorian-style 600 Main in Toms River or the historic Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope. For an oceanfront escape, try one of these bed and breakfasts near the beach. Try this list for even more unique date ideas.

10. Run a race.

Want to make the most of the cool fall weather and get back in shape? Sign up for one of the many races taking place throughout New Jersey this fall, like Wildwood’s zany Zombie Mud Run in September, or the LBI 18-mile Run in October. See more NJ races.