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October Things To Do: Our Top 10 Picks For Your Day Out in New Jersey

October Things to Do in New Jersey

Discover New Jersey's Best Things to Do In October: Uncover The Popular seasonal Attractions and Hidden Gems

You'll find lots of interesting things to do in New Jersey in October. This is a great time of the year to take in many of the fall activities and a great time to plan a weekend getaway or late season vacation.

If you plan to get out an enjoy the beautiful fall foliage colors, especially in northwest New Jersey, the season if from October 19th through 29th.

You'll find lots of interesting things to do in New Jersey in October. This is a great time of the year to take in many of the warmer weather activities and things to do as schools are back in session and the crowds at the Jersey shore destinations have dwindled. With the ocean water still warm in southern NJ, popular destinations like Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City are excellent choices for a weekend getaway or late season vacation.

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1- Plan a Fall Weekend getaway or Late Season Vacation to
the Northern Skyland Region

Appalacian Trail
Skylands Manor and New Jersey Botanical Garden at Ringwood. Spend a couple of hours wandering through the 96 acre gardens with over 400 varieties of lilac. Take a stroll though the woodland paths of magnolia walk, and crab apple vista, with a visit to the elegant Tudor-style manor house.

Visit the Franklin Mineral Museum. The Franklin mine is a zinc mine known for its unique display of mineral fluorescence, (glowing rocks) and variety of rare species.

Hike The Appalachian Trail - Learn about the New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail that begins at Abram S. Hewitt State Forest in the northern most point and ends at Worthington State Forest.
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2- Take in The Fall Colors With a Biking Trip

Biking Trip

Of all the seasons, the autumn  is the best time to cycle, especially in the western and northern parts of the state when the leaves are exhibiting their brightest colors. New Jersey has great terrain and scenery and offers a wide variety of trails for a wonderful cycling adventure for beginners to advanced cyclists.
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3- Experience the Jersey Shore with a Weekend Getaway to Cape May

Cape May, NJ

With pleasant weather and plenty of fall activities taking place, October in Cape may, a seaside town with charming Victorian Homes and good restaurants, is a popular month with many annual events including; Victorian Week, Halloween Events at the Emlen Physick Estate, Historic District Walking Tours, Harvest Festival Crafts & Antiques Show, and more.
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4 - Get Out and Enjoy the Fall Colors With a Scenic Road Trip

Old Mine Road

Old Mine Road - Starting at the Kittatinny Point Visitors Center that is located just off the last exit from I-80 in New Jersey, the Old Mine Road is an exceptionally scenic bicycle route. It takes you along the historic Delaware River and winds its way through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Beautiful vistas encompass the Delaware River around every turn.
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Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge

Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge
Crisscrossing some of the most beautiful countryside in New Jersey, the three loops of the Last Covered Bridge Ride vary in length from 14.6 miles to 47.6 miles, taking you through picturesque Mercer and Hunterdon counties. All loops pass by the Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, a classic whitewashed structure that spans the rocky Wickecheoke Creek.

5 - Get Out and Do Some Pumpkin Picking With The Kids

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin picking is a great fall activity and a memorable experience for families with young kids? Spend a day with the kids in New Jersey farm country picking pumpkins, and time permitting, add on a hay ride or a trip to the corn maze.
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6 - Take in a Frightful, Scary or Not So Scary Halloween Show

Halloween Show

Halloween in New Jersey is a time for many scary, frightful shows, events, attractions, and parades that can be enjoyed by the whole family. These popular festivals feature events with special themes, good music, food, performers, and fun activities.
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7 - Enjoy A Day Out Hiking At One of New Jersey's Popular Trails

The best time of the year to enjoy hiking in NJ is in the fall when the leaves are in full color and the weather is at it's best.
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8 - Enjoy a Fun Day Out At Wildwood's Popular Italian Festival

North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
Annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
October 2, 3, 2020 Friday 4PM to 10PM, Saturday 10AM to 10PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Annual celebration of Italian-American heritage held in North Wildwood. This three-day event draws over 75,000 people and features continuous live Doo-Wop entertainment, Italian Craft & Food vendors, children's activities and many other exciting events.

9 - Experience Some Pine Barrens Culture at a Cranberry Festival

Bordentown Cranberry Fest
Bordentown Cranberry Fest
October 3th & 4th, 2020: 11 am - 5pm
Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown City, NJ
Free admission
This two day family event features a "Craft" beer garden, live music throughout both days, a family friendly Kid's Zone, with bouncey houses and over 150 crafters, artists and vendors offering hand made, vintage and upcycled items for the heart and home!
There's plenty of free parking with shuttle buses running, free of charge, from 6 locations.

10 - Celebrate Some Irish Culture At The Annual Smithville Irish Festival

Smithville Irish Festival
Smithville Irish Festival
October 10 & 11, 2020; Saturday at 10 AM & Sunday at 11 AM
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Galloway, NJ
Featuring entertainment, Irish crafters, Irish food vendors, and a kiddie area with face painting, sand art, pony rides and more. Bring a chair, sit and joy the music and great food.
Live entertainment includes Celtic dancers, the Sandpipers Pipe & Drum Band and two stages of live music ranging from traditional Irish folk music to modern American-Celtic rock.