Yes, Fall is here. Well technically it’s not Fall until September 22nd, but it’s close enough. Time for cooler weather, changing leaves, and Halloween activities.
There’s actually a ton to do in and around Binghamton during the Fall. We’ve listed our most favorite activities (in no particular order) below. Get out there and check these items off of your Fall bucket list.
1. Apple Picking: Our go-to spot for Apple picking is Apple Hills. It’s located out towards Whitney Point, only a 15-20 minute drive from most places in Broome County. Apple picking runs through September and into October so there’s still plenty of time to get out there. AND if you weren’t aware, Apple Hills has one of the most delicious and scenic breakfasts in the area. We highly recommend the hash brown casserole (served on Sundays).
2. Cider Mill: Stop reading this post right now and run (yes, run) to the Cider Mill. Located in Endicott, the Cider Mill serves up the most delectable cider, doughnuts, candied applies and pies in the area. If you have never been to the Cider Mill your life is sadly incomplete.
3. Stoughton Farms: Think corn maze but on steroids. Open late September through October, Stoughton Farms creates an epically challenging corn maze filled with dead ends and wrong turns. Tackle this maze in the dark for an added challenge and amusement. This year’s design is of a dog and cat in support of animal adoption.
4. Reaper’s Revenge: Technically, this isn’t located in Binghamton, but believe us when we tell you that Reaper’s Revenge is amazing. Reaper’s Revenge is an intricately themed haunted hay-ride through the back woods of Pennsylvania. They enact scenes from a variety of horror flicks and guide you through their “Haunted Carnival”. After the ride you have the option of wandering through “Pitch Black” which is basically a maze in complete darkness. We cannot overstate how much of a great time this place is. Worth the drive.
5. The Pumpkin Farms: There are 2 major pumpkin farms near Binghamton: Jackson’s and Iron Kettle. Both are located out towards Owego and offer hay rides, haunted houses, mazes, and more. Both are a great place to visit on a weekend.
6. Wine Tour: Fall is the perfect season for a wine tour. Every season is technically a good season for wine but Fall is especially fun. Luckily, Binghamton is located only a short distance from the Finger Lakes. Most wineries only charge $3-$4 per tasting so it’s an affordable way to experience Upstate NY. If you want to stay local, Black Bear Winery offers wine tastings year-round. PS: PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
7. Nature: Upstate NY has been ranked one of the top places in the country to view the Fall foliage. Binghamton is surrounded by large rolling hills covered with forests so it’s pretty much impossible to miss seeing the changing leaves. Truly a beautiful sight.
8. Boo at The Zoo: The Ross Park Zoo turns the zoo into a massive outdoor haunted house one weekend every October. It’s a good time and mildly scary. Don’t worry, no animals are harmed in the putting on of this event.
9. STIC Haunted Halls of Horror: We’re going to go out on a limb and say this is the scariest attraction located in Binghamton. It’s basically a giant indoor maze with dozens of different scary scenes. It runs almost every weekend in October and admission is only $10.
10. First Friday Zombie Walk: Zombies take over downtown Binghamton the first Friday of every October. Enough said.
That’s our top 10. Get out there an experience the best season of the year.