Fall Fun for Long Island Families

Nothing says fall is here like the first sighting of the leaves wonderfully starting to turn auburn, red, gold, and yellow. The turning leaves, and of course the smell of home-made apple pie drifting from the oven, made from fresh picked apples. It makes one feel a bit warm and fuzzy. Couple this with the family fun of local fall festivals and you have a season for everyone to enjoy. Below is a list of the best places to enjoy the outdoors at some of Long Island’s apple orchards and fall festivals.

Apple Pickin’ Fun

There are many locations for apple picking on Long Island for the entire family to enjoy. Picking your own fresh crisp apples at a local orchard is a great way to spend a sunny fall afternoon on the Island, and keep in mind that the fruit will last a few weeks so pick as many as you want! Apples are very versatile and are a delicious part of so many great recipes. Food Network Magazine (vol. October 2014) features tons of great apple recipes this month like Apple-Cheese Toast, Chili-Lime Apple Fries, and Apple Meringue Pie. As they say, an apple a day

Many of the apple orchards are on the east end of Long Island, but there are also a few that are more centrally located. Here are some popular orchards…

  • Lewin Farms – 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933 – (631) 929-4327

 

Fall Family Festivals

Another great way to create family memories is by attending some of Long Island’s numerous local fall festivals. There are many to choose from and the season usually lasts throughout October. There is an array of activities and stuff to see at various fairs including craft demonstrations, farm animals, concerts, pony rides, magic shows, pumpkin decorating, haunted mazes, and food & beer tastings.

Here are a few fall festivals happening this weekend…

 

Long Island Fair – October 2nd to 5th

Old Bethpage Village Restoration – 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage – (516) 572-8400

Admission: $12 adults, $8 ages 5-12 and 60 and older, children under 5 free

 

Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor – October 5th

Sagtikos Manor – 677 Montauk Hwy, West Bay Shore, NY 11706 – (631) 854-0939

Admission: $7 per person, 3 and under free

 

Fall Family Festival Weekend – October 4th and 5th

Planting Fields – 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 – (516) 922-8678

Admission: $20 per vehicle

 

 

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