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New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes
New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes

A Fall Fresh Adventure

Fall is a stunning time of year for a Fresh Air Adventure, when the mornings get cool and crisp and the evenings are alive with the pop of a bonfire. Watch as our rolling hills and acres of trees turn into a dazzling display of color, with red, orange, and yellow leaves as far as the eye can see. Fall is a time to beat the heat while enjoying the fleeting beauty of the changing seasons. In this blog, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to get outside and take in the sights and scenery.  

Seasonal Events

Run for a Cause  

September 5, 2021 

  • Geneseo, NY  

Run for a worthy cause- the preservation of nature! The annual Oak Tree 5k Walk/Run and Half Marathon is a fundraiser for the Genesee Valley Conservancy, which spearheads the protection and preservation of the Genesee Valley. This 5k offers intimate views of the historic village of Geneseo while the half marathon takes you through the village and into the Genesee Valley Forest, past 300-year-old oak trees.  


Visit a Scream Park at Fright Fest 

Weekends, September 24 – October 31 

  • Darien, NY  

Fright Fest® is back at Six Flags Darien Lake, bringing thrills by day and chills by night! This family-favorite event offers Halloween fun for all ages. During the day, young children can enjoy a trick or treat trail and age-appropriate kid’s activities. By nightfall, the park brings in a darker thrill, welcoming prowling zombies, four scare zones, haunted mazes, haunted houses, and even a Halloween-themed laser light show!  

Ongoing Fall Fun


Pumpkin Station
Alfred Station, NY 

Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals. August through November hours are: weekdays 4:00 to 6:00 PM and weekends 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Call for for updated hours and availability. Produce grown with organic methods (not certified). Tractor pulled hayrides from September through October. Pick your own pumpkins. Various farm animals on site for kid friendly farm experience. Schools, scouts, birthday parties and groups welcome. Large groups please call early to plan your event with us.


Explore Letchworth State Park  

  • Castile, NY  

Voted the #1 State Park in the USA, the views from Letchworth State Park are unparalleled during the fall. The steep walls of the gorge offer incredible sweeping views of the changing tree line and the roaring waterfalls only add to the atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the 60+ miles of trails through the woods or around the edge of the gorge. If you want the best of fall foliage, this is it!  

Tour the Mt. Morris Dam 

  • Mt. Morris, NY 

The Mt. Morris Dam is the perfect stop for busy families who want to take in the splendor of Letchworth State Park. Free tours of the dam are offered daily through October, and parents will love the playground and picnic areas where kids can burn off energy. The dam provides a stunning view of the Letchworth Gorge and Genesee River, with a sweeping panorama of the trees on either side. Stunning in any season, you don’t want to miss Letchworth in the fall.  

Get on the Water at Hemlock Lake 

  • Hemlock, NY  

Hemlock Lake is one of only two Finger Lakes with a completely undeveloped shoreline, a pristine place to take in the splendor of the changing leaves. With no motorized boats allowed, Hemlock is a refuge of canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding in peace. Take in the sights along the shoreline from a new vantage point in the middle of the lake as you enjoy a kayak or paddleboard. The Eagle Crest Preserve on the west side of the lake is home to over 400 acres of untouched woods, making it a wildlife haven and a favorite spot for birdwatchers.  

Visit A Waterfall

Nestled in the heart of the Village of Warsaw lies an 80-foot waterfall! A short walk down the trail takes you into a small gorge and through a bubbling creek. At the end of the trail, you’re rewarded with stunning waterfall views and the perfect place to kick back and bask in the beauty of New York in the fall.  

Follow the country roads to Wiscoy Falls, where peace and serenity abounds. The majestic waterfall can be seen from the bridge spanning Wiscoy Creek or with a short hike on the trails that run alongside the falls. Set against the rushing water, the colorful leaves take on a new majesty!  

Go Fishing

There’s no better view of the changing shoreline of Lake Ontario than from the water! Head out on a charter boat for a day of world class fishing in the deep lake waters. With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll speed out to the best spots to cast a line for trout and salmon.  

The Oak Orchard River is one of the best places to catch migrating salmon and trout in the fall, with steelheads right behind in the later months. There’s no better place to take advantage of this annual migration than the Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, owned and operated by an New York-licensed stream fishing guide! 

Take A Drive In The Country

Head out onto the country roads for a classic fall drive! Miles of backroads through rolling hills offer an incredible vantage point to take in the sites of the changing leaves, through historic towns, quaint main streets, and rolling hills. Out in the country, time moves slowly at nature’s pace, and you never have to hurry. Take an afternoon with the long way around- you’ll be glad you did! 

Go Hunting

Fall in New York brings the return of deer hunting season! With acres of state land to explore, hunters can obtain a state permit and head out into the Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area to find a prize buck. Patience is rewarded with a day in the woods, stunning views of the changing leaves, and maybe even a rack of antlers.  

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