Fall is officially here! It’s the season for pumpkin patches, bonfires, hot apple cider, cozy blankets, football games, making family recipes, and holiday fun. Why not swing into the season by creating a new family tradition by going on a STAYcation?

There are so many fun activities on Long Island this fall that your family will surely love.

Enjoy a classic meal at Happy Times Cafe. Kick off your STAYcation with a classic breakfast or lunch at Happy Times Cafe. And, if you sign up for the email list, you get 10% off your meal. Ya can’t be that!

Visit a local orchard and pick your own apples. You can coat some with a candy or caramel shell, make homemade apple cider, or bake a tasty apple pie!

Hit the trails. Long Island has tons of gorgeous, peaceful hiking trails perfect for people of all ages.

Picnic in the park. From small grassy knolls to sprawling nature preserves, Long Island is home to many state and town parks. Whether your passion is hiking, biking, skating, camping, picnicking, or you’re just looking for a breath of fresh air after a busy day, there are dozens of different parks all over the Island from you to choose from.

Visit a local farm and hop on a hayride. Long Island is home to some of the best family farms. Celebrate this season with a hayride, fresh apple cider, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more. Some of our favorite farms are Greenland Family Farms, Brightwaters Farm, and Glover Farms.

Meander through a museum. For a more relaxed afternoon, stroll through the countless exhibits of one of Long Island’s 100+ museums.Galleries and exhibits in fields of science, history, aeronautics, art, local culture, and more, you won’t have to travel far to experience the wonder these museums offer.

What are some of your favorite family traditions? Share them with us on social media!

Rachael Doukas