Fall is officially here in the Finger Lakes and there’s a myriad of things for residents, and visitors, to do to celebrate the season. Cider tasting, apple picking, corn mazes, and Halloween activities abound and Tompkins Weekly has all the information on all the best places.
Iron Kettle Farm707 Owego Rd, Candor, NY 13743 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.(607) 659-7707 This “more than a pumpkin farm” may be just outside of Tompkins County but if you talk to locals, it’s the place to be as the chilly weather approaches and the leaves start to turn. Hayrides, corn mazes, the Spook Barn, and wagon rides are just a few of the attractions at Iron Kettle. The family-friendly fall activities have already started and will last through Oct. 31.
Indian Creek FarmIndian Creek Farm, 9530, 1408 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.(607) 227-8248With both apple picking and pumpkin picking just outside of the City of Ithaca, Indian Creek Farm is a great local spot to find all your fall produce that you can personally choose. But don’t forget to check them out during the other seasons too! Indian Creek also grows peaches, tomatoes, peppers, and more for hand-picking.
Littletree Orchards345 Shaffer Rd, Newfield, NY 14867Hours: Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.(607) 564-9246The apple cider doughnuts that cause a line down the block every year at the Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca are made right here at Littletree and are available outside of just the festival. Tours of the orchard, with a guide or self-guided, are available. Or, just come to pick some apples!
Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill 1265 State Route 392, Virgil, NY 13045Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily(607) 835-6455Family-owned and operated since 1933, Hollenbeck’s started pressing cider during the Depression. Now, they’ve expanded into doughnut making (sugared to order!), baked goods, and sell a range of local products including jams and jellies. Go for the treats or to watch how the apples are pressed into cider right before your eyes.
Halloween!If you’re looking for some Halloween fun, you can find it right here in Tompkins County! For those seeking out the spooky, Historic Ithaca will be holding tours of the Ithaca City Cemetery throughout the month of October, with cider and doughnuts! From the Historic Ithaca website: “Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views and champion trees that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous and infamous residents and the stories they have to tell.” Tour dates include Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28. Find more information at the historicithaca.org website! But wait! There’s more! Historic Ithaca is also hosting a fun run and timed sprint through the cemetery on Oct. 27. Costumes are highly encouraged for this one-mile, all-terrain run through the cemetery, sure to wake loose some spirits from the beyond.Are we missing something from the list? Share with us your favorite fall spots! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet at us @TompkinsWeekly.
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