7 of our favorite Long Island Fall Activities

September 14, 2021
Gregory Paul Silber

Fall is almost here, and the time is ripe to experience some of the most fun festivals and activities Howl’s neck of the woods on Long Island has to offer. Explore the interactive map in the Howl app for all kinds of exciting destinations across the island! Here are some of our favorites:

Long Island Fall Festival: Here at Howl HQ in Huntington, we can’t wait for this huge celebration featuring three stages of live entertainment, a beer and wine pavilion, and over 300 local vendors. It’s all happening on October 8th-11th in Heckscher Park and the surrounding areas.

North Fork Sunflower Maze: The same Mattituck farm that’s responsible for the delicious North Fork Potato Chips, which prides itself on using real sunflower oil, uses those same sunflowers for a scenic and fun maze! Don’t forget to bring your camera, because this place is gorgeous. You’ll want to check their website or social media before you go, though, as farming priorities can sometimes cause last-minute closures.

Schmitt Family Farm: While perhaps most popular for its pumpkin picking, this Melville location offers plenty of other fun for families after they’ve already picked out the biggest, orangest, jack-o-lantern-readiest pumpkins they can find. There are inflatables, playgrounds, farm animals, pony rides, a corn maze, and even free hayrides! Plus, if your family can handle a little spookiness as you get in the Halloween spirit, there’s a haunted house later in the evenings.

Restless Souls Haunted House Complex: If you love Spooky Season as much as we do, there are all kinds of haunted houses and similarly scary attractions throughout Long Island. One of our favorites is Huntington Station’s Restless Souls, which features four unique attractions including the “Alien Autopsy Escape Room” for thrill seekers who like a challenge.

Hank’s Pumpkintown: This family-friendly farm in Watermill has a lot more to offer than just pumpkins, especially for apple-picking enthusiasts. 14 different varieties of apples are available, along with a maze park, hayrides, a fun “gem mining” activity for curious kids, face painting, and a whole lot more.

Harbes Orchard: If you can’t get enough apple-picking, Harbes Family Farm in Riverhead offers 27(!) different varieties of apples. Harbes Orchard has a wide variety of other events and activities too, like live music, wine tastings, and a “Spooky Night Maze,” so check their website for everything they have to offer.

Woodside Orchards: This apple farm in ​​Aquebogue is ideal for adults looking for a pleasant fall day trip. Offering a relatively small but mighty selection of apples, as well as baked goods like apple cider donuts, Woodside Orchards may be most notable for their selection of craft ciders. These are alcoholic “hard” ciders, to be clear, making Woodside best served as a grown-up destination.

Whatever you’re interested in, you could also find great local activities by browsing groups in the Howl app. For example, NYC/LI Free Things to Do is a great way to seek a good time on a tight budget. Don’t see a local group for one of your passions? Create one for you and likeminded neighbors in your community!

We hope you make the most out of the sweater weather this year. Stay safe and have fun!