Truly, nothing in this world is better than autumn in upstate New York. I’ve lived here for most of my life and usually after the first leaf hits the ground, it takes about four seconds for every single tree to change colors and for upstate to become the most aesthetically pleasing place you’ve ever stepped foot in. Thacher Park and tree covered backroads become the places to be, and no other food or drink matters unless it has the words “pumpkin” or “apple” in the name. With that, comes lots of fun fall activities taking place in the nearby capital region!
You already knew that an apple orchard would be the first thing mentioned. Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, is the one most people in the area are familiar with. With pick-your-own apples hanging from trees lined up for miles on end, a cafe full of fall treats like pie and cider, and a cidery/brewery open at select times, this cozy farm is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week, all throughout fall. And don’t worry, if apples aren’t your thing, they have pumpkins too, so all your fall needs and desires are fully covered.
Another option for pumpkin enthusiasts is Ellms Farm, located in Saratoga. With tons of patches to ensure you get that perfect pumpkin, Ellms also has a corn maze, a Pumpkin Express, pedal carts, slides and a cafe. If you’re interested in spending a day immersed in fall and pumpkins, make sure to take a trip here.
We can’t forget about the Troy Chowderfest. If you’re looking to save money but still have some fun, for this event you can get away with paying $1 for a ticket. Over 150 vendors participate and you get to pick your favorite chowder. You can hop on the Chowder Bus, which tickets can be purchased separately for, which will drop you off close to any competing restaurant. Happening Oct. 7, from 12 – 4 p.m., don’t miss out on chowder, music and a good time.
Lastly, for all you spooky thrill seekers out there, Field of Horrors is open all of October at 6:30 p.m., and a few days in September at 6 p.m. for a “sneak peek” weekend. It’s a haunted attraction that will scare the absolute life out of you. I went last year, and as big of a horror fan as I am, if it says anything about how absolutely terrifying this place is, I will most definitely not be returning this year. Even better – you can purchase tickets right at Siena’s welcome desk starting in October, for only a $5 cash deposit, and a bus will take you right there.
Make sure to make the most of the season and check out some of these places and events. If you lean more towards being just a foliage observer and talking about how pretty orange and red leaves are, think about taking a day trip or hike through places covered in just that – places like Thacher Park, the Catskills, or even Lake George.
Peak fall foliage is coming soon, and goes much too quickly so don’t miss your chance to jump around in some leaves and get that prime Instagram picture.