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10 Fun Fall Activities to Keep You Active in Western New York

Fall in Western New York holds a special place in my heart. It's a time when the world around us undergoes a breathtaking transformation, and I can't help but be inspired by the vibrant landscapes and the promise of adventure that fills the air. It's a season that beckons us to step outdoors, to explore, and to savor every moment.

In my own life, I love to enjoy this magical season through a variety of outdoor activities! Fall is my favorite time of the year to come up with fun, new ways to keep my body moving even as the weather cools down.

This list of fall activities isn't just a compilation of things to do; it's an invitation to embrace the beauty that surrounds us and to create lasting memories. Whether you're a seasoned explorer or someone simply seeking a moment of tranquility in nature, I hope you find inspiration in these ideas.

Farmer holding an apple standing next to the apple trees

Western New York's fall foliage is a sight to behold, and its crisp air is an invitation to embark on a myriad of autumn escapades. Here's your guide to experiencing the very best of fall in this captivating region:

1. Foliage Exploration

Let's start with the awe-inspiring artistry of nature. Become a Foliage Explorer and enjoy scenic drives or hikes through the Finger Lakes region or along the picturesque Lake Erie. Be sure to venture to iconic spots like Letchworth State Park, Allegany State Park, and the magnificent Adirondack Mountains for an eyeful of vibrant fall foliage. Check out these 5 Fall Foliage Train Rides to Take in WNY from Step Out Buffalo!

2. Apple Harvesting

How about a slice of apple heaven? Your next adventure is all about Apple Picking! Western New York is home to countless apple orchards, and local farms like Becker Farms beckons you to pluck your own apples. It's a delightful, and delicious, way to partake in the season's bounty. Check out 12 Places for Apple Picking in WNY!

Little girl standing in a pumpkin patch

3. Pumpkin Quest

Of course, no true fall season is complete without a journey through local pumpkin patches. You can choose the ideal pumpkins for carving, decorating, or crafting your very own homemade pumpkin pies. Look for the farm that suits your preferences - some have petting zoos and hayrides for the kiddos and others, like Becker Farms, even have a wine bar and brewery for more... sophisticated patrons ;)

4. Hiking and Nature Strolls

The trails of Western New York invite you to really get in touch with nature this season. There's so many beautiful places to take a solo stroll, a group run, or a family day of fun! From the captivating Eternal Flame Falls trail in Chestnut Ridge Park to the wonders of Watkins Glen State Park, there's a trail for every explorer.

5. Wine and Brew Adventures

Maybe it's just a WNY thing but for some reason Sweater Weather means putting on a cute pair of boots & a cozy flannel and touring the regions fabulous wineries! You can find some as close to Buffalo as Lockport, NY, or take a quick car ride to the Finger Lakes wine region, where vineyards and tasting rooms offer a taste of fall's finest.

Check out this MAP to find a winery near you!

Fall leaves around grapes

6. Biking Bliss

Cycle through the incredible colors of fall, along scenic trails like the Erie Canalway Trail, which showcases stunning foliage and the historic features of the canal.

I love this website that gives you maps, ideas for day trips, and tons of fun places to eat & explore along the way.

7. Fall Festivals

Join the festivities at festivals like the Ellicottville Fall Festival or the Naples Grape Festival. Get ready for a fall extravaganza! Be prepared to indulge in all things autumn, including delectable fall cuisine, an abundance of pumpkins, live music, artisan vendors, and of course, seasonal beverages at every corner.

8. Balloon Adventures

DID YOU KNOW there are hot air balloon rides just a quick road trip away from Buffalo?!? Companies like Balloons Over Letchworth offer breathtaking views of the fall colors from above.

Hot air balloons in a blue sky

9. Corn Mazes and Hayrides

Hayrides – whether they're fall-themed or haunted – are just something we can't get enough of. Take your significant other, bring your friends, or show your children the wonders of the season from the back of a wagon. Here are some hayrides that are perfect for families this autumn

10. Birdwatching

Western New York boasts a diverse range of habitats that provide a home to numerous bird species. Birding, one of the fastest-growing outdoor recreational activities, is an exciting way to explore the outdoors and can be enjoyed by all ages and experience levels.


I hope you found some exciting new activities to enjoy with your loved ones or even by yourself. As you embark on your outdoor adventures, keep in mind any local regulations, operating hours, and COVID-19 guidelines. Also, dress appropriately for the changing weather conditions, as fall in Western New York can be delightfully unpredictable.

Let's celebrate the artistry of fall together and create unforgettable memories in this picturesque corner of the world. Welcome to the magic of autumn in Western New York!


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