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The 8 Best Things To Do In Upstate NY In the Fall

Fall is a wonderful time of year to visit Upstate New York. The air gets cooler, the weather turns crisp, and the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. Here are our favorite things to do in Upstate New York in the Fall.

8. Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown

Baseball Glove

If you’re a fan of baseball, you can’t miss the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Take a guided tour of the facilities or peruse the 400,000 artifacts yourself. The best part is that the museum is a treasure for Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike. You can even get a personalized tour of your favorite team, whoever that may be!

7. Six Flags Great Escape

Rollercoaster Six Flags

Sometimes the best views of fall foliage can be found while plummeting back down to earth on a roller coaster. Six Flags Great Escape is a staple of Lake George and hosts their annual OktoberFest on select October weekends as well as Fright Fest. Their Olympic Bobsled coaster is a one-of-a-kind ode to the region’s olympic history.

6. Hayrides

Hay Rides

Hayrides are a quintessential fall activity. You can find them at farms and ranches all over the state. If you’re looking for a scenic option in the heart of the Adirondacks, Applejacks Orchard is an excellent option. You can also opt for something more thrilling, with Double M Haunted Hayrides offering an array of haunted hayrides and attractions in the Capital Region.

5. The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

jack o lantern

Located in Croton-on-Hudson, the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze is an annual event held on a picturesque 18th century manor. Thousands upon thousands of hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns dot the landscape and make for a really beautiful, festive scene.

4. Visit the Finger Lakes Region

Sunset over Finger Lakes region

The Finger Lakes region is home to some of the best fall foliage in the country. The Finger Lakes region is home to an array of finger-shaped lakes, the largest of which are Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka. There are many different towns with scenic drives throughout the area that offer great views of the autumnal colors. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, head out to one of the neighboring lakes where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery without the crowds. Be sure to check out the Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides for an unforgettable leaf-peeping experience.

3. Explore the Adirondack Mountains


The Adirondacks are located in the northeastern corner of New York State. The region is surrounded by glacial lakes and stunning mountain peaks, providing visitors with a wide variety of activities. Hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and even cross-country skiing are just a few things you can do in the Adirondacks.

You can stay in the historic town of Lake Placid, NY and attend Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain. Be sure to check out our top 12 resorts for the best skiing near NYC. Many of these mountains offer scenic fall foliage chairlift / gondola rides that can quickly become the highlight of your trip.

2. Take a Hike

Mount Jo Adirondacks

If you want to truly escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then take a hike in the woods. The Adirondacks are filled with trails that lead to secluded summits, lakes and ponds. You can spend hours exploring the forest and discovering hidden gems. Here are some of our favorite hikes:

Trail NameRegionLocationDistanceDifficulty
The Gorge TrailFinger LakesWatkins Glen, New York1.5 mi loopEasier
Kaaterskill FallsCatskillsPalenville, NY1.6 mi out-and-backEasier
Taughannock FallsFinger LakesIthaca, NY1.8 mi out-and-backEasier
Mt JoAdirondacksLake Placid, NY2.4 mi loopModerate
Chimney MountainCentral AdirondacksIndian Lake, NY2.6 mi out-and-backModerate
Cascade MountainAdirondacksLake Placid, NY5.8 mi round tripDifficult
Mount MarcyAdirondacksKeene, NY14.8 mi round tripStrenuous

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