Autumn Activities for Seniors in South Jersey

Latin man picking pumpkins during Autumn

We’re nearing the end of fall, which means it’s time to take advantage of signature autumn activities like pumpkin and apple picking before it’s too late! If you’re looking for a fun autumn activity to do with your senior loved one in South Jersey, look no further. Our assisted living team at UMC at The Shores has put together a list of fall activities for seniors that are local to the area.

#1 – Events at the Physick Estate

Sponsored by the Cape May MAC (Museum+Arts+Culture), the Physick Estate hosts a range of family-friendly events through the fall that is great fun for all ages. This includes craft and collectible shows, a Sherlock Holmes Weekend, a Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley tour, holiday lights trolley rides, and much more.

#2 – Pumpkin picking and farm fun

Enjoy the last of the fall harvest and go pumpkin picking before the snow sets in. There are plenty of places to go all over Cape May County, and lots of activities too, like corn mazes, hayrides, craft stands, and food trucks. We recommend the Legates Farm Market, Lehner Farm & Nurseries, Leslie C Rea Farms, and Secluded Acres Farms.

#3 – Pet an alpaca

Another great day trip before the cold weather sets in is a visit to Jersey Shore Alpacas, a beautiful alpaca farm in Green Creek. These fluffy friends are a treat for the whole family, and you can even go on a little fence line feeding tour or a private tour of the farm! The farm also has a quaint country store filled with goodies, including beautifully soft and warm alpaca wool capes, shawls, scarves, and socks.

#4 – Birding and beautiful fall foliage

Take a tour of the New Jersey fall foliage, get some fresh air, and see the sights before it gets too chilly to be out. Pack a picnic and travel through Belleplain State Forest (stopping at the beautiful Lake Nummy) and Cape May Point State Park. We especially love exploring Cape May Point State Park’s World War 2 military base. The Park is full of interesting history and natural beauty. Your family may even see incredible bird migrations of hawks, loons, gannets, and geese, as they take off for warmer climates.

#5 – Apple picking on the farm

Picking delicious apples is great fun for the whole family, and Cape May County is one of the best places to do it! Farms like the Allen Family Farm, Stiles Farm and Nursery, Parson’s Farm, Fifer Orchards, and Blades Orchard are great spots for the whole family. Many places offer food and drink (so you can warm yourself with a nice mug of apple cider!), picnic spots, delis, and other farm activities to enjoy… and you can always follow it up with a day of making apple jam, apple pie, and desserts together from your hand-picked bounty!

The Shores is a beautiful, full-service senior community offering assisted living in South Jersey. Our team is passionate about helping seniors live full and rewarding lives in a safe and welcoming environment. With a great calendar of events and social activities, some of the best dining in town, and spacious apartment-style living, we’re the best place to be for seniors in South Jersey.

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