Fall day trips for kids of all ages

Now that it’s officially fall, and the temperature is cooling, it’s time to have some autumnal fun! From apple picking to animal watching, October is the perfect month to get out and about with your family. Here are some ideas for memorable fall day trips:


Apple picking and farm fun

Always a favorite in our house…take a day trip to Terhune Orchards. Located in Princeton, NJ, this farm is less than an hour’s drive from Jersey City. October is apple picking month at Terhune! Come and grab some Macouns, Red Delicious, Empire and more. Apple varieties are available at different times. Click here for the apple picking guide. Now through October 30, 2011, come visit Terhune Orchards for Family Fun Weekends. Highlights include the Adventure Barn, live music, fall food fare, pony and tractor rides, corn-stalk maze and much more. The farm is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. There are farm animals to feed and a great farm store, stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t miss the delicious apple cider donuts. Terhune Orchards even has a winery, offering tastings for small fee. Pumpkin picking is available through October, along with gourds and flowers. Click here for a schedule of pick-your-own items. Terhune Orchards offers events and activities year round. It’s a great reason to escape the city for a day.

Apple picking is from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily at the Van Kirk Road orchard (wagon rides are available on the weekends). The farm is located at 330 Cold Soil Road, and the hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The pick-your-own orchard is located on Van Kirk Road (right around the corner), and the hours are daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Telephone: 609-924-2310. Email: info@terhuneorchards.com Click here for a map.

Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is one of our favorite day trips to take. We love to go in the fall, since more of the animals are out and it’s less crowded (and smelly) than the summer months. The zoo is only about a 40 minute drive from Jersey City or take mass transit.The Bronx Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo is happening every weekend in October. The best part: kids in costume get in for free! (Fine print: ticket for one child ages 3 – 12 years free with purchase of full-priced adult general admission ticket). Highlights include a Halloween hay ride (included with Total Experience Tickets), hay maze (at Butterfly Patio), a costume parade, treat stations, animal-themed magic shows and more.

If you buy your tickets online, you can save 10%, click here. Benefits include: free admission for you and your family (at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo), free parking passes (limited number) and unlimited access to all of the Bronx Zoo’s attractions. Part of your fee is tax-deductible. Remember, if you purchase your membership there, you will not get free parking for that day. The parking passes are given to you at the time you sign up for your membership and must be used at the time you enter the parking lot.

The Bronx Zoo’s hours through November 6, 2011 are: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Last entry to exhibits is 30 minutes prior to zoo closing time. General admission is $16 for adults, $12 for children 3 – 12 years (kids under 3 are free) and $14 for seniors 65 and up. Total Experience tickets include zoo admission and unlimited access to eight attractions (excluding camel rides): $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 3 – 12 years and $24.95 for seniors. The Hess Zoo Shuttle is $3 for the whole day. Parking is $13 for the day. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. Ask about military discounts. Telephone: 718-220-5100. Email: guestrelations@wcs.org Click here for a map.

Visit my Jersey City Family Examiner page for more information.


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