10 Must-Do Fall Activities in New Jersey

Summer is gone and it’s time to fall in love with Autumn (see what I did there). Whether you’re looking for day trips to do with the family, hangouts with friends, ideas for date night or just some you time, we’ve put together a terrific list of events just a drive away from Jersey City. Some are seasonal and others are for a limited time only, so check out these must-do fall activities in New Jersey. Before you go, you might want to grab a bite to eat, so we gathered a list of great joints to find your favorite fall comfort food in Jersey City


Through The Season


Alstede Farms – Chester, NJ – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

Alstede Farms, located in Chester Township, NJ, offers ‘pick your own’ nearly year round with choices to pick from strawberries, peas, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, sweet corn, apples, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins, and sunflowers. A farm store to shop from is located on the premises and Alstede offers activities such as their Harvest Moon Hayride and corn maze. All visitors must now book their tickets ahead of time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Alstede Farms website here.


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Battleview Orchards – Freehold, NJ – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

“Pick Your Own” New Jersey Strawberries, Sour Cherries, New Jersey Peaches, Nectarines, New Jersey Apples, and Pumpkins at Battleview Orchards, a family owned and operated farm, located in Freehold, New Jersey. Battleview Orchards country store is open 9am to 6pm everyday aside from Tuesdays. Visit the Battleview website for more information about the orchard and visit their facebook to check on “pick your own” time slots and availability.


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Terhune Orchards – Princeton, NJ – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

At Terhune Orchards, located in Princeton, NJ, you have the opportunity to experience apple picking, pumpkin picking, cider & pies from the bakery, farm animals, a farm market, the Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery and more. This family owned and operated 200 acre farm is noted for quality products and country-style service. To purchase weekend tickets or learn more about Terhune Orchards click here


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U-Pick Sunflower Festival – Cream Ridge, NJ – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

Holland Ridge Farms is a family-owned tulip grower and flower farm in central New Jersey. U-pick sunflower festival is a celebration of one of the most popular flowers in the world. Their “pick your own flowers” features not only yellow sunflowers but also white, red and bi-color varieties as well as thousands of other cut flowers including gladiolas, lilies, and dahlias. With acres and acres of sunflower fields, the Holland Ridge Farms u-pick is currently the largest on the East Coast. The farm is available for private parties, photo shoots, and bookings aside from the usual ticket entry. All visitors are required to purchase a ticket online beforehand. To learn more about the Holland Ridge U-pick and book your trip, visit their website here


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Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill – Chester, NJ – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

Located less than an hour from Jersey City, Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill offers a variety of activities to experience including live cider pressing, a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a weekend hot dog stand, farm store, and a bakery specializing in treats like apple pies and cider donuts. Cider pressing demos begin in October. Check out the Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill website and social media for more info!


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Limited-Time Event


Oktoberfest at Raceway Park – Englishtown, NJ – October 24th – (1 ½ hours away from Jersey City)

Oktoberfest is back at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ where you’ll be able to sample Lagers, IPAs, Stouts, Pilsners, wines, and hard seltzers from over 30 breweries from around the tri-state area. Other activities that come with a ticket to Oktoberfest at Raceway Park include gourmet food vendors, a live band and a variety of games, including corn hole and hatchet tossing. Pay one fee to get in, and all drinks are on the house! You will receive a five ounce souvenir glass with a two ounce pour line. Tickets are available here for participating attendees as well as designated driver attendees. 


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Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree – Waretown, NJ – October 10th – (1 ½ hours away from Jersey City)

The Pine Barrens Jamboree is back for their 26th year of celebration. At this free event, visitors can expect music, cultural demonstrations, food & drink vendors and history & nature programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, canoe rentals, van trips and hands on activities are not part of this year’s festivities and capacity is set to 500 people max. To learn more about the Pine Barrens Jamboree check out this flyer for more information.   


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Virtual Halloween Soap Making Party – October 10th

This exciting event, hosted by The Eclectic Chic Boutique, is perfect for kids ages 8 and up as well as adults. This fun arts & crafts virtual event includes all the materials you’ll need to create your own spooky Halloween themed soap shaped like pumpkins and ghosts and scented with fall aromas. Registration is required so that supplies can either be shipped to your location or obtained through curbside pickup. RSVP your spot here.


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Delaware River Railroad Excursions – Phillipsburg, NJ – Thru October 27th – (1 ½ hours away from Jersey City)

Take a one and a half hour scenic train trip along the Delaware river to Riegelsville and return. Visitors can experience and enjoy two different types of games situated in a corn maze, scenic picnic groves, and access to Ol’ Susquehanna Mine with the ability to search for and take home your very own gemstones. Visitors are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing procedures. To book tickets and learn more information, check their website here.


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LBI Fly International Kite Festival – Long Branch, NJ – October 10th & 11th – (1 hour away from Jersey City)

Witness extraordinary displays and demonstrations of hundreds of kites as they take to the skies above the beautiful Long Beach Island beaches in a safe and socially distanced way. Courteous social distancing is expected of all attending beachgoers. This festival is a unique, family-friendly, outdoor event annually hosted by the LBI Chamber of Commerce. To learn more information about this event, visit the facebook page or their website


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