Despite the unseasonably warm weather, Fall has officially started. Time to break out the sweaters, enjoy the changing landscape and partake in the plethora of Fall activities happening in and around Binghamton.
There’s actually a ton to do around here 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.
Cider Mill: They opened for the season in mid-August and we’ve already been there about ten times. It’s that good. If you’ve never been there we highly recommend that you stop what you’re doing and head over there. Located in Endicott, the Cider Mill serves up the most delectable homemade cider, doughnuts, candied apples and pies in the area. And they have a pretty large selection of pumpkins, gourds and other Fall decorations.
Reaper’s Revenge: The annual winner of our favorite Fall activity goes to Reapers Revenge. Technically, this isn’t located in Binghamton, but believe us when we tell you that Reaper’s Revenge is amazing. There are four major attractions that are included in your admission: 1) The Haunted Hayride (An intricately themed haunted hay-ride through the back-woods of Pennsylvania with scenes from your favorite horror movies, plus some added scares) 2) The Lost Carnival (a walking tour through an abandoned and haunted carnival/circus) 3) Pitch Black (an indoor maze in complete darkness; truly terrifying) 4) Sector 13 (a walk-through filled with mutants and other scares as you attempt to reach safety). Each attraction alone is worth the drive (right outside Scranton), but all four together combine for one of the best Halloween experiences you’ll ever have.
Apple Picking: Our go-to spot for Apple picking is still (and probably always will be) 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).
STIC Haunted Halls of Horror: We’re pretty positive that this is the scariest Halloween event located in Binghamton. It’s basically a giant indoor maze with dozens of different horrifying scenes. This year’s themes include: Blackout, Necropolis, Blood Creek Massacre, Outbreak, and Vortex of Terror 3D. It runs almost every weekend in October (except 10/2 & 10/3) and admission is only $13. This is definitely a must-visit, and all proceeds go to supporting the Southern Tier Independence Center.
Stoughton Farms: Located out towards Newark Valley, Stoughton Farms annually creates an epically challenging corn “maize” filled with dead ends and wrong turns. Last year it took us almost 2 hours to get through it (helpful hint: go to the bathroom before entering). Tackle this maze in the dark for an added challenge and amusement.
Boo at The Zoo: The staff at the Ross Park Zoo turns the entire zoo into a massive outdoor haunted house two weekends every October. It’s a good time and decently scary. Don’t worry, no animals are harmed in the putting on of this event.
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.
Social On State’s Oktoberfest: OK, we may be premature in putting this on our list but it seems like it’s going to be an awesome event. There’s going to be live music, German food, seasonal beer, outdoor activities and more. The inaugural Oktoberfest is slated for this Saturday (10/3) from 1-6 PM on State Street.
First Friday Zombie Walk: Zombies take over downtown Binghamton the First Friday of every October. The zombie apocalypse is scheduled for this Friday, 10/2. Beware of the walking dead…..
Wine Tours: 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.
That’s our top 10. Get out there an experience the best season of the year!