5 Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Families

5 Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Families

Fall is arguably the best season in New Jersey, and thanks to the cooler weather and beautiful scenery, it’s a favorite for seniors and families too! Here are some great fall activities to enjoy, from our independent senior living community in Sussex County.

#1 – Apple Picking

Getting outdoors is great for seniors, and apple picking is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to explore and enjoy nature together. Visit local farms in your area to pick your own delicious apples (we love Windy Brow Farms, Hillcrest Orchard and Dairy, Beemerville Orchard, and Pennings Orchard), and be sure to take time to enjoy fall farm activities, deli treats, and markets. Just remember to save some apples for jams, pies, and desserts!

#2 – Fall Foliage Trips

The fall colors are usually their best at the beginning of October, so pack a picnic and take a day trip to see the scenery! UMC at Bristol Glen is conveniently located near some of the best places to visit for leaf peeping, including High Point State Park, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Swartswood State Park, and Hopatcong State Park. Remember to pack a camera for some lovely family photos too!

#3 – The Corn Maze Train

Sussex County is filled with railroad heritage and beautiful rolling farmlands – and the Corn Maze Train is the best way to enjoy both! Currently running now until October 27th, it’s a wonderful experience for seniors and families. You’ll ride to the scenic century-old Snyder Farm, which has a pretty picnic space and maze games for both the youngsters and young-at-heart to enjoy.

#4 – The Honey and Garlic Festival

For a tasty fall treat, visit the Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on October 9th. It’s a family and senior-friendly event all about local heritage and agricultural tourism, filled with area vendors, crafters, and artists showing their wares.

#5 – Fall Crafting

For less mobile seniors or days indoors, you can create a fun crafting experience for the whole family! Learn to make leaf garlands, make clove-studded orange pomanders, or learn how to knit cozy winter scarves. It’s also a great time to bring out a puzzle you can all make together or bake delicious fall treats like pumpkin sugar cookies. Another fun activity is to plant a small indoor garden together using indoor plants and pretty planters. We love planters filled with fragrant herbs or flowering succulents on a sunny windowsill, and they add a much-needed touch of greenery and color through the winter months ahead.

We’re proud to say that our CCRC in Sussex County earned a place on the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation Lists, reflecting our dedication to our residents! With well-appointed apartment-style living set in beautiful natural surroundings, a fine dining communal space, and a social calendar filled with hobby clubs, guest speakers, and community events, we’re proud of the life we help create for our seniors!

If you want to find out more about independent senior living in Sussex County NJ, then please get in touch today or visit our website at


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