How to Enjoy the Fall Foliage with Your Family

Right now, states and cities across our country are beginning to shine with shades of orange, red, yellow, and everything in between as they pass that sweet spot from hot weather to cold, what we call fall foliage. If your family is looking for a great location to witness a multitude of beautiful colors and shades while enjoying the year’s most comfortable weather, check out our Babierge Trusted Partners’ great ideas and tips on where to stay, what to eat, what to see, smart baby gear recommendations, and local insider tips for the best fall family vacations in beautiful places near you.

If you’ll need baby gear for your fall foliage or Thanksgiving getaway, order early to receive a 10% discount.

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Kristie David – Long Island, New York

Although Long Island is known for beautiful beaches and summer getaways, the fall is a wonderful time to visit and experience the changing of the seasons.

See: Sunken Meadow State Park, Route 25A & Sunken Meadow Pkwy, Kings Park, NY. Driving along the Sunken Meadow Parkway, you will experience breathtaking foliage views leading up to the park, which offers one of the most captivating views of the Long Island Sound.

Eat: Get an early start and visit Maureen’s Kitchen, Long Island’s #1 restaurant for breakfast lovers. Their comfort food and the pancakes are delicious! My favorite are the oreo pancakes, but they have any combination you can think of!

Sleep: Hotel Indigo. This boutique hotel is in the middle of it all. Minutes away from shopping at Tanger Outlets Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium and just a short drive to many of the farms that locals here enjoy, this hotel is conveniently located and perfect for families.

Insider Tip: September and October months on Long Island offer everything from apple picking and fall festivals to pumpkin picking. Some hot spots locals love that both adults and little ones can enjoy include Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Harbes Family Farms and The Riverhead Cider House.

Recommended Baby Gear: For families on the go, our All In One package includes everything you need with portability in mind. A convertible car seat, single stroller, space saver high chair, and pack n’ play.

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Sandra Gordon – Weston, Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut

If you’re traveling to New York City, but staying in Connecticut to save on lodging (good move!), why not take a family hike and get your fill of fall foliage too?

See: Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve in Weston, CT. This is where the locals go for some of the best hiking and leaf peeping on the East Coast. “Trout Brook” features 14 miles of scenic hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult.

Eat: After hiking up an appetite, be sure to stop by the LunchBox in Weston, CT. It’s kid-friendly and delicious. You can’t go wrong with the Lunch Box salad. It’s a local fave.

Sleep: For family-friendly accommodations, check out the Best Western in Fairfield, CT.

Insider Tip: If you’ve got kids between 3-7, what I call the “playground stage,” be sure to visit the Natural Playground at Leonard Schine Arboretum in nearby Westport, CT. It was named one of the 50 Best Playgrounds in America!

Recommended Baby Gear: With the smallest hikers in a backpack carrier, hiking is something everyone of all ages can do. Pack snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, diapers, wipes and extra clothes. Wear sturdy shoes (ditch the flip flops!) and set out. It’s family bonding time.

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Carrie Tjernagel – Door County, Wisconsin

Door County is one of the very best places in Wisconsin to visit in fall and see the beautiful colors.

See: Drive up one side of the peninsula and down the other side, stopping to explore the quaint towns along the way. You will see views of Green Bay and Lake Michigan all while being surrounded by beautiful woods full of blazing orange and red leaves.

Eat: Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay has delicious pizza and pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients, and a gluten free crust option is available. The kids menu also has great variety and selections.

Sleep: Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay is a great place to stay. Bridgeport is located in the heart of Sturgeon Bay with the best kids pool in the area. It’s also walking distance to Sonny’s Pizzeria and the shops of 3rd Avenue.

Insider Tip: Venture just a bit south of Sturgeon Bay and visit Potowatomi State Park. This often overlooked state park is full of varied landscapes and is beautiful in the fall! Feeling adventurous? Climb to the top of the lookout tower for a sweeping view of the bay.

Recommended Baby Gear: Your baby needs a good night’s sleep so everyone is well rested and can enjoy exploring the fall beauty of Door County!

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Katie Willoth – Rochester, New York

Fall in Rochester, NY offers the most unforgettable leaf peeping views.

See: Referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, a family hike at Letchworth State Park will not disappoint. Enjoy bright fall colors and breathtaking views of the park’s 3 major waterfalls.

Eat: Rated the Best Diner in Western NY by NYup.com, and a total local favorite, is Jim’s on Main in Rochester, NY. This kid friendly and family operated diner is the perfect spot to grab breakfast before your visit to Letchworth. Take note, it’s cash only.

Sleep: For nature enthusiasts, sleep under the stars and enjoy a campfire at the Letchworth State Park campgrounds, cabin rentals available as well.

Insider Tip: Locals say it’s not unheard of to get snow by Halloween! So, remember to reserve your leaf-peeping activities to the first two weeks in October.

Recommended Baby Gear: Ever wonder what a family trip looks like through the eyes of your child? This kid friendly digital camera is bound to provide hours of entertainment for everyone!

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Krista Spada – Bloomfield and Simsbury, Connecticut

The Nutmeg State allows for some of the best viewing of fall foliage, especially throughout October.

See: Simsbury – Heublein Tower and Talcott Mountain State Park, located at 560 Simsbury Rd Bloomfield, CT 06002. Free Parking is along the road near the trailhead. The 1.25-mile hike is family friendly but pretty steep, but don’t give up! The 360-degree panorama view of the Farmington River Valley will pay off.

Eat: Stop along Simsbury’s main drag (Hopmeadow Street) for a to-go Breakfast or lunch at Brookside Bagels 563 Hopmeadow St Simsbury, CT 06070. Pack a to-go bag picnic to eat at the top of the mountain then burn off the carbs from these homemade bagels on the way down!

Sleep: Simsbury’s 1820 House is a picturesque New England Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Simsbury that also has award winning brunch buffets.

Insider Tip: It’s a great move for leaf peepers to explore on foot or pedal via Simsbury’s vast network of free bike rentals! This means more accessibility and less traffic!

Recommended Baby Gear: Trek in comfort with this backpack kid carrier which supports kiddos up to 50 lbs without straining your back.

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Lisa Brown – Kansas City, Missouri

Come enjoy some family fun in America’s Heartland this fall!

See: Experience the best of the Midwest’s fall colors by taking a stroll (and a picnic!) in scenic Loose Park. If you’re up for more activity and fall fun, Historic Louisburg Cider Mill and Pumpkin Patch is just a short trip down Highway 69. They have a 10-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals, kids activities, live music, and bonfires on select evenings.

Eat: While in Brookside, be sure to walk over to McLain’s Bakery for made-from-scratch pastries. For lunch or dinner enjoy authentic Italian fare at Bella Napoli.

Sleep: Consider staying at an AirBnB or VRBO in the quaint Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, MO.

Insider Tip: Locals know that mid-October offers peak colors and mild temperatures, making it the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor family activities.

Recommended Baby Gear: This Comforts of Home package will take care of all your little one’s needs for your tip. Use the car seat to get safely around town, the stroller for your long walks, and the full-size crib for when the day is done.

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Sandy and Craig Carpenter – Rockie Mountains, Colorado

At this time of year, the local aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains change color to a brilliant yellow (and some red). With the mountain back drop, it makes for striking scenery!

See: Fall Aspen Trees are unforgettable. One of our communities, Estes Park, is a great place to see the colors and since it’s next to Rocky Mountain National Park, your family will likely hear some elk bugling too!

Eat: Twin Owls Steakhouse has great, high-quality food for the entire family with an extensive kid’s menu and fine cuts of steak and seafood for parents.

Sleep: Stay at Aspen Winds on Fall River nestled in the Rockie Mountains for some beautiful scenery and wildlife enjoyable for all ages.  

Insider Tip: Bring a jacket and hiking shoes as it gets cool in the evenings!

Recommended Baby Gear: Ensure your little ones stay happy during their entire trip with this Keep it Exciting package.

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Mircedez Falcone – Bellingham, Washington

Even Washington, the “Evergreen State,” has some beautiful red and yellow colors to show off in the fall.

See: To see the best Washington has to offer, enjoy Chuckanut Drive. From Bellingham, it only takes about an hour and you’ll see beautiful forests, stunning ocean, San Juan Island views, and spectacular views of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades.

Eat: When you get back into Bellingham stop off at Mallard’s Ice Cream. They have homemade ice cream ranging from more traditional flavors to the bizarre.

Sleep: Stay the night at the historic Fairhaven Village Inn. There are beautiful Bellingham Bay views, a library full of games and other entertainment, and it’s walking distance from all that historic Fairhaven has to offer, including parks, toy stores, restaurants, and more.

Insider Tip: Don’t let the rain get you down! Wet weather is all part of the Northwest experience this time of year. Make sure to bring some rain boots for the kiddos and just enjoy the puddle splashing. We call it free entertainment!

Recommended Baby Gear: Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep during your trip with this full size crib.

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Morgan Simon – Austin, Texas

While Austin, TX isn’t exactly known for fall foliage, we do have plenty of autumn destinations that are bursting with seasonal charm.

See: Sweet Berry Farms is a local favorite farm that boasts an impressive pumpkin patch, flower garden, hay rides, live music and, of course, a corn maze!

Eat: You’ll have a drive out to the farm, so before you leave Austin be sure to grab some Torchy’s breakfast tacos and a latte from Houndstooth Coffee for the road.

Sleep: Near Sweet Berry Farms is the hard-to-beat Lakeway Resort and Spa. While the kids take advantage of the water slide and infinitely entertaining splash pad, you can treat yourself to a massage at the award-winning spa.

Insider Tip:  If you’d like to stay and explore Marble Falls, there are family-friendly wineries and breweries a short drive from Sweet Berry Farm. We recommend heading to Save The World Brewing Co and trying the pumpkin ale!  

Recommended Baby Gear: Whatever you do, don’t forget your baby wearing device! Because it is a farm, there is mixed terrain and baby wearing works much better than a stroller. The Solly Baby Wrap works great for the first several months of baby’s life – it is lightweight and breathable so you will both stay cool as you walk from the pumpkin patch to the flower field.

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Erica Slayton – Detroit, Michigan

When visiting the Detroit area in the fall, be sure to take advantage of the many sights and activities available.

See: Visit one of metro Detroit’s 35+ orchards for apple picking, cider, donuts, hayrides, corn mazes and more. One of the best for kids of all ages is Long’s Orchard in Commerce Twp. Long’s offers a corn maze and play area (open weekends only). For one flat fee, kids can play on the giant pumpkin bounce, spider web, pedal cart track, play structures, and slides.

Eat: Enjoy “Detroit’s Original Sicilian Style Square Pizza” at Buddy’s Pizza. With 11 locations in the metro-Detroit area, there are many convenient locations to choose from.

Sleep: Centrally located, the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi offers access to shopping, restaurants and major freeways.  

Insider Tip: Fall colors are expected early in Michigan this year, so the best time to view the beautiful foliage will be early-mid October.

Recommended Baby Gear: This double stroller folds down for naps during busy fall days.

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Fall is the ideal time to introduce your little ones to the beauty of the changing seasons while enjoying the transition from warm summer nights to crisper fall days. Take advantage of the Babierge Trusted Partners’ local love and insider knowledge – they love to answer your travel related questions. Ask about baby gear that will make your trip happy and stress-free too. And don’t forget to order your fall and winter season baby gear early to get a special 10% discount.

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