5 Fall Family Traditions to Start This Year

Fall is my favorite time of year.  One of the many perks of living in NY state is that there are so many fall activities to start fall family traditions… and the weather is the best. Everything around is colorful. I love it! Now is a perfect time to start planning your family fall activities and spend your weekends starting a few fall family traditions.

I am all about family traditions. My husband and I started family traditions before the kids came along, and we have continued to do more as we have grown our family.  I think its so important to create those special moments that are unique to your family. Fall is a great time to start because of school starting and the great weather.

Most of the things I plan are small easy things. Although this time of year I do try to pack a lot of activities in.  It may be knowing that the weather will change soon or the kids being in school all day. Family time becomes a top priority. It might also be that the fall activities in Rochester seem to never end. From farms to visit to apples and pumpkins to pick, every weekend has family fall activities to keep us busy.

I share some of our favorite fall actives in Rochester but I hope you are inspired to check your local area to see what fun fall family traditions you can start this year.

Inspiration for Fall Family Traditions

Go Apple Picking

There is just something about an apple orchard at the start of fall.  We picked so many apples this year!! When the kids pick them they are so much more excited to eat them!! Of course, there is apple crisp and apple pie to be made.  My husband even made Apple Fries this year dipped in whip cream! Yum! I think my favorite part about this tradition is the pictures we have taken through the years.

Its a great location for family photos and some of my favorite family pictures have come from visiting the orchards.  Our favorite orchard to visit in Rochester is G & S Orchards.  We discovered this farm in 2013 and have been visiting every year since. G & S Orchards has many things you can pick but year after year we come back for the apples.

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Our first visit to G & S Orchards.

Visit a Farm or Market

There are so many awesome farms in Rochester. This is the best time of year to visit too!! Most places have fall festivals, homemade doughnuts and cider.  Some even have hard cider!  Two that we have visited this year are Wickham Farms and Powers Farm Market.

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Wickham Farms has mini-golf, a corn maze, goats to feed, a train ride, and a jumping pillow.  My kids love the jumping pillow. They could stay on it all day long! We visit this farm year round but they have some really fun events including a Honey Crisp Apple Festival.

We like visiting Powers for the Haunted Hayride and the tepee walk through.  If you have a kid friendly hayride in your town check it out. We had a blast!! Most towns have a lot of fall family activities.  Search your town and find a few new places to try.

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fall family traditions

Get Out and Explore

After a week in school and busy with different things I like to unplug and go explore.  We live by so many great parks and hiking trails.  Take a morning or afternoon, leave the electronics behind and pack a picnic. Explore a state park.  This year we visited a favorite and discovered two new spots.

Letchworth State Park is a gorgeous place to spend a day.  They have hiking paths and waterfalls.  We like to park by the middle falls and bring a picnic.  There is also a small playground here.  In 2015 Letchworth was voted Best State Park by USA Today.  It is worth the drive to see the beauty of this park.

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We also discovered Turning Point Park.  This gem of a park is nestled in Greece, NY.  You would miss it if you never heard of it. It has a boardwalk over the water. Along the walk we spotted many turtles.  It was a fun game to see how many we could see. You had to look for a while because of the lily pads. We all loved it!

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We also had our first visit to Bristol Mountain for their fall sky view. You purchase a ticket to ride the ski lift up the mountain. At the top there are the most amazing views.  I loved walking the grounds and seeing the mountain.  Next time I would pack a picnic and blanket and relax for the day. If you can- arrive early.  We were one of the first people up and arrived 20 minutes before opening.  When we came down there was a 45 minute wait.

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Pick a Pumpkin

Whether you go big or go small.  Carve or paint.  Pumpkin picking is a fall favorite.  The kids love picking out their own pumpkin.  They take it very seriously!! They walk up and down the aisles studying the pumpkins and trying to find the perfect one.

Every year we go to Grossman’s Garden & Home for our pumpkins.  Their pumpkins are awesome!! We ended up with huge ones this year!!  I will admit I am not much of a pumpkin carver but my husband is.  I would rather paint mine so I am designated helper and photographer when we carve pumpkins!  They search online for the best pumpkin and he makes it happen.  We have done Barbie, Batman, and Dora to name a few.  Not sure what the kids will want this year but its always exciting to see the finished products!

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Keep it Simple  

My last tip is to keep it simple. Fall family traditions are only fun if you actually want to do them.  If your family doesn’t like to hike- don’t.  Prefer to hang in the backyard and jump in leaves-great!! It’s all about what is unique to you family.  A frustrated mama is not going to enjoy the fun if it feels forced.  The kids will feel it and you will end up feeling more stressed then relaxed. Weekends and family time are precious so take the time to think about what is good for your family.  Some families love crafting and baking. Whether you are enjoying fall activities in Rochester or somewhere else, fall is a great time to create special family traditions.

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  1. Littles and Life (@littlesandlife) | 14th Sep 17

    We love to do each of these things, as well! We love fall!

    • Leah | 15th Sep 17

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Momma To Go | 14th Sep 17

    we do apple picking and the pumpkin farm. I Love the apple donuts too. Last year we picked like $40 of apples and I thought we were going to do all this baking etc. NO, we just ate them!

    • Leah | 15th Sep 17

      We end up picking so many apples too!! I love it though. Sometimes we will make apple crisp but we do end up eating most of them!! (I guess that is best!)

  3. April | Minivan Adventures | 14th Sep 17

    Simple traditions that build cherished memories with your family! Love it! We get pumpkins and visit an apple orchard with the kids each year.

    • Leah | 15th Sep 17

      I love it! I always get the best pictures of my kids at the apple orchard!

  4. Hallie | 20th Oct 16

    Love all of these! I grew up in the north and the fall was my FAVORITE time of year for traditions!

    These are great ideas!

    • Leah | 20th Oct 16

      Thank you!

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