Fall Fun in Rochester

By: Robyn

One of my favorite things about living in upstate New York is that I get to experience the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Without question, my favorite month of the year is October. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Rochester as one gets to watch the gorgeous fall foliage change from green to an array of reds, oranges, and yellows. The cool, crisp air of autumn is motivation for me to enjoy the outdoors before the snow begins to fall. Rochester offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the many traditional fall activities in our area:

1) Letchworth State Park: located 35 miles south of Rochester and known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East,’ this magnificent park provides the best view of the fall foliage. Navigate the hiking trails and take photographs of the waterfalls, river, and of course, the changing colors of the trees.

2) Apple Picking: For years, I have visited The Apple Farm in Victor, NY with friends. Apple picking is a must-do during the fall and is a great way to socialize with friends. Although I may not be the best cook, I enjoy attempting to make homemade apple pie from the apples I pick at The Apple Farm. Don’t forget a warm glass of apple cider and a cinnamon donut while you visit!

3) Haunted Houses: I’ll admit, I am easily frightened, so you can imagine how scared I get when visiting a haunted house!  There is a plentiful amount of haunted houses in Rochester, with the Haunted House of Horrors and The House of Pain being two of the most frequented. If you have a higher threshold than me for being scared, check one of these locations out.

4) Pumpkin Picking: Wickham Farms, located about 15 minutes from the Simon School, is a great destination to find the perfectly round pumpkin to adorn your home. Find your way through the corn maze, take a ride on a hayride, and guess the weight of the giant pumpkin on display during your visit. I usually buy an extra pumpkin just so I can munch on one of my favorite fall snacks – toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

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