One of the best parts of living in Upstate New York is the beauty of autumn. When you look out your window and see the gorgeous foliage just outside, you’ll be inspired to enjoy all the fall attractions the area has to offer, whether you’re new to the Capital Region or are a longtime resident.
Below is a sample of fun things to do during season, no matter if you’re on your own, spending time with friends, or creating memories with family. The best part? All of the events and activities are just a short drive away from our luxury apartment community in Niskayuna NY.
Bake Pies Like a Pro
Apples – and apple pies, by extension – are an autumn staple, and Bowman Orchards in Rexford has just about every variety you can think of. This you-pick orchard that’s just 10 minutes from Rivers Ledge is a great place to add to the autumn ‘must-visit’ list for several reasons – if you visit early enough in the fall, you can also pick peaches, sunflowers, and raspberries; their homemade cider slushies and apple cider donuts are simply delightful; and most of their orchard, including their trolleys, is wheelchair (and stroller) accessible.
Once you decorate your table with their gorgeous sunflowers and get to baking those fruit pies, your Rivers Ledge apartment will officially be a fall paradise.
Visit the Pumpkin Patch
There are quite a few pumpkin patches in the area, but one of the most exciting is Ellms Family Farm in nearby Ballston Spa. Not only do they have a wide variety of pumpkins in almost every color, shape, and size you can imagine, but they also have plenty of other family-friendly activities, such as corn mazes, ziplines, a low ropes course, and pumpkin bowling, if you have kids or grandkids to entertain.
Ellms Family Farm is located less than 20 minutes from Rivers Ledge and is the perfect place to take the little ones in your family for a day of fall fun and pumpkin picking.
Attend Exciting Events
If you’re looking for something a bit more “adult,” the Capital Apple & Wine Festival is one of the top fall events held in the area each year. This two-day festival takes place at the Altamont Fairgrounds in September and features cooking demos, local craft exhibitors, wine, spirit, and cider pours, live music, and more.
Another fun (and free) annual event is the Hops & Harvest Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany (30 minutes south of Rivers Ledge). This popular celebration features live bands, a great selection of craft beer, and other festivities to enjoy with family and friends.
Elevate Your Leaf Peeping Experience
Everyone knows that one of the best parts of autumn is leaf peeping. While we may be a little biased, we believe Niskayuna and the entire Capital Region have some of the most beautiful foliage around—plus, it’s just a short drive from Rivers Ledge to the Catskills and Adirondacks, so you have your pick of even more nearby places to see the leaves.
One of the most incredible and unique ways to view the foliage in the region is to take a hot air balloon ride. Adirondack Balloon Flights by SunKiss Ballooning is one local company that provides private flights. If you’re looking for a romantic date night for you and your partner or an awe-inspiring way to create memories with family, balloon rides over the autumn leaves are the perfect option.
Get Cozy This Fall at Rivers Ledge
Need help finding more fall things to do near Rivers Ledge? Contact us today; we’d be happy to help you plan your fall fun!