October Things to Do in New Jersey

Top Ten Seasonal Attractions and Places to Visit

October Things to Do in New Jersey

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.

Top Ten Fun October Things To Do In New Jersey

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 Family Friendly South Jersey Pumpkin Festival

South Jersey Pumpkin Show
South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival
October 13 - 1 4- 15, 2017
Salem County Fairgrounds
760 Harding Hwy. Rte. 40,
Woodstown, NJ
This festival features three- days of family fun with contests, artists, craftsmen, home products, a pumpkin pyramid, entertainment, food, wine, amusement rides, a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, headless horsemen, scarecrows, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, dog parade, Boo Barn and more.

8 - Enjoy a Day in the Park in a Country Bluegrass Music Festival in the Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens Janboree
221st Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park
October 14th, 2017; 11am - 4pm (rain or shine)
Wells Mills County Park
Rt. 532
Waretown, NJ
Parking and admission FREE

This annual event features a fun filled day of music of the pines, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, nature and history programs. Attendees will sit under the big tent and enjoy a fun filled day of county, bluegrass and traditional music presented by the musicians from Albert Music Hall

9 - Experience Some Pine Barrens Culture at a Cranberry Festival

28th Annual Cranberry Fest
October 7, 8, 2017
Downtown Bordentown, Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ
This family event features live music,over 145 crafters, food from local eateries, a kids corner, and an antiques & vintage row.

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
October 21, 22, 2017; 9am to 4pm
Downtown, Chatsworth NJ
The Cranberry Festival is a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a tribute to the Pine Barrens & Local Culture. This family event features live entertainment many artists & craftsmen demonstrating their crafts and offering them for sales.
Admission is FREE. Parking is available at the school. Signs will be posted and traffic will be directed.

10 - Celebrate Columbus Day Weekend with Parade and an Italian Festival

Ocean County Columbus Day Parade & Italian Street Festival
Italian Festival: Friday, October 6th, 4:00pm to 10:00pm Saturday, October 7th, 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, October 8th, 10:00am to 8:00pm on Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights
Parade:Sunday, October 8th, at 1:00pm on the Boulevard, Seaside Heights.
Floats, bands, antique cars, contests, clowns, etc
Grant Avenue from Bay Blvd. to Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, N.J
Celebrating the Annual Columbus Day Parade and Italian Heritage Festival. A fun filled weekend of food, friends, and Italian Culture..

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