October 2019: Fall Day Trips

There’s only one problem with autumn in New Jersey: There are always so many more things to do than weekends to do them.

In this year’s annual Fall Day Trips issue, our team has come up with a total of 57 fun activities and events, from the unique to the tried-and-true. We take you on a climb (or drive) to New Jersey’s highest point and on a stroll through historic Princeton. We travel to South Jersey for popular pumpkin show and to Sussex County for a day of antiquing. We experience the herds and curds at Valley Shepherd Creamery and a weekend of Victorian splendor in Cape May. We go shopping in Haddonfield and Historic Smithville and visit two enchanting river towns, Lambertville and Milford.

And if that’s not enough, we have a comprehensive guide to fall festivals throughout the state, plus recommendations for pumpkin picking and Halloween haunting.

Now if we just had a little more time to do it all.

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Fall Day Trips

10 Fall Day Trips to Take in New Jersey

The air is crisp and the leaves are a-turning. It’s the perfect time of the year to don your own fall colors and enjoy the Garden State. 

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The Simple Joys of the South Jersey Pumpkin Show

The popular event draws up to 8,000 visitors annually.

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In Lafayette Township, Antiques Galore (And So Much More)

Visit a slew of charming shops in a historic setting.

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In Cape May, Fun Lingers Long After Summer

The resort town boasts off-season perks aplenty.

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At Valley Shepherd Creamery, Enjoy a Taste of Cheesemaking

Tour the Long Valley farm to glimpse the livestock, gorgeous fall foliage and—if you’re lucky—the milking parlor in action.

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Princeton: Where History, Art and Culture Make the Grade

The Mercer County town’s got something for everyone.

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Celebrate Fall in Haddonfield’s Charming Downtown

Autumn is a prime time to explore this historic Camden County borough.

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In Lambertville, Antique Treasures Abound

Plus: Various other shops, cafes and arts initiatives make this city a must-visit.

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Historic Smithville: Fun and Fests in a Vintage Setting

The whole family is guaranteed to enjoy this quaint community.

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Milford: Jersey’s Low-Profile Riverfront Destination

Spend a quiet day getting lost in this Hunterdon County hamlet.

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12 Spots to Go Pumpkin-Picking This Fall

Harvest your soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns at these local farms.

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8 Haunted Attractions Happening This Autumn

Where to celebrate Halloween throughout the state.

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Garden Variety

Morristown Festival of Books Turns a Page

The rapidly growing event, which marks its sixth year October 11–12, will boast interactive events, 50-plus authors and more.

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AddamsFest Returns to Haunt Westfield

The monthlong schedule of events draws fans from far and wide.

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A Conversation with Filmmaker Kevin Smith

The Red Bank native talks Jersey, Hollywood and more.

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Artist Fashions ‘Impossible’ Shadows Out of Tangled Steel

Larry Kagan’s sculptures, currently on view at the Montclair Art Museum, cast new light on life’s fleeting images.

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An Initiative to End Confusion Around Breast Cancer Screenings

New Jersey is the first East Coast state to participate in the Wisdom Study.

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The Ongoing Revival of Newark’s Riverfront

The city has transformed a toxic wasteland into a haven for local residents.

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Giving Back

Rent Party Celebrates 10th Year Fighting Food Insecurity

The Essex County–based nonprofit remains hungry for community change.

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8 Chic Essentials for Fall Day-Tripping

Throw on your sneaks, pack up your snacks and hit the road.

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Luxury Shoe Designer Shines in Short Hills

Christina Lombardi offers fine women’s footwear at a fraction of the cost of comparable high-end brands.

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5 Cozy Home Embellishments for Fall

Usher in the season of nippy air and warm hues with statement-making style.

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American Dream: Meadowlands Megamall Nears Finish Line

After multiple owners and many false starts, the giant shopping and entertainment complex is scheduled to open October 25.

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The Can-Do Spirit of New Jersey’s Citizen Scientists

These local volunteers help conservation groups identify threats to natural areas, waterways and endangered species.

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Brothers in Song: The Smithereens Carry On

After almost 40 years and the loss of singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio, the band heads to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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Eat & Drink

Osteria Crescendo Reviewed: A Symphony of Fine Flavors

Opening his second restaurant, chef Robbie Felice fulfills a promise to himself and expands his repertoire.

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Tomo’s Cuisine Reviewed: A Stellar Sushi Experience

Don’t be fooled by the no-frills setting of this East Hanover eatery.

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The Fierce Resilience of Frenchtown Cafe

When a runaway truck crashed into the eatery next door, igniting an inferno, Rosella Caloiero shouldered the burden of rebuilding her beloved restaurant.

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At Alev Mediterranean Grill, Dishes Steeped in Family History

The Rockaway restaurant features recipes passed down by manager Tulin Cagatay’s grandparents.

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Why Hazy IPAs Are All the Rage

Several Jersey breweries are on board with these cloudy concoctions.

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Tasty Tavern Eats at 22 West Tap and Grill

This bustling Bound Brook gastropub is a great place to unwind.

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Home & Garden

Tour the Kitchen Fit for a Family of Foodies

The DeLucas show off the heart of their New Providence home.

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Steve Adubato: Only in NJ

The Countdown to the Next New Jersey Census

A commission headed by Secretary of State Tahesha Way will aim to maximize census participation in March 2020.

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Exit Ramp

Thomas Edison’s Winding Road to New Jersey

A family tree of immigrants, loyalists and rebels—and finally, a lab in Menlo Park.

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