We are very excited about fall in Mercer County. Apples, pumpkins, sunflowers, leaf peeping… everything you know and love about the season is happening here against the beautiful backdrop that is Mercer. And there’s even more surprises added this season to make it extra fantastic.

Are you ready to get your fall checklist ready? Here we go…

Terhune Orchards

660 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

https://www.terhuneorchards.com/festivals/

A classic for fall. We all love Terhune and for good reason. They know how to do fall. Apple vineyards, hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting… And please do us a favor and grab some of their fresh apple cider donuts.

Join their Family Fun Fall Weekends by purchasing tickets on their website. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and children under 3 are free.

A little girl enjoying an apple on a bench at Terhune Orchards

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/terhuneorchards/

 

Outdoor Movie Under the Stars

Palmer Square (On the Green) 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

https://www.palmersquare.com/event/movie-nights-on-the-green-rookie-of-the-year/

Date: Friday, September 17th

Bring the kids for a free screening of Rookie of the Year in beautiful Palmer Square. Parking in Hulfish or Chambers Street Garages are $4 after 4pm and the movie begins at dusk!

ROTY

 

 

Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze

17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530

Want a challenge? Stop by Howell Farm to go through their 4-acre ‘Bridges of Mercer County’ corn maze with hidden clues, time clocks, group flags and more. There's also a courtyard with pumpkins, hayrides, music and lots of fall fun.

Learn more on their website at: https://www.howellfarm.org/corn-maze

People on a horse-drawn hay ride at Howell Living History Farm

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/howelllivinghistoryfarm/

 

Holland Ridge Farm Sunflower Festival

86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514

Technically outside Mercer County, this one is quite special so we wanted to mention it anyways. They have rows and rows of towering sunflowers that will make you want to take a picture (or twenty). They feature yellow, white, red and bi-color varieties. They're also the largest u-pick on the East Coast making it easy to social distance. All tickets to visit the farm must be purchased online at www.hollandridgefarms.com.

an expansive view of a person standing in the midst of the Holland Ridge Farm Sunflower Festival

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/hollandridgefarms/

 

Leaf Peeping

Lastly, fall is all about those beautiful colors of the leaves. It’s what makes it so special. We have a list of some incredible spots to catch those leaves right here. Just note that the peak time for viewing them is in October.

Grounds for Sculpture archway in the fall

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/groundsforsculpture/

Fall Fun Fest

Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ

https://www.princetonshoppingcenter.com/events/event/fall-fest/

Date: Saturday, October 16th, 11am - 3pm

Head over to the Princeton Shopping Center for free family-friendly fall activities, like a Pumpkin Painting Party, line dancing, activity stations and an interactive presentation. There will be a local DJ playing fall music and Halloween costumes are encouraged!

Princeton Shopping Center

 

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/princetonshoppingcenter/

Hamilton Township’s Oktoberfest

Veteran’s Park, Hamilton, NJ

https://www.hamiltonnj.com/oktoberfest

Date: Sunday, October 17th, 11am - 5:30pm

Food trucks, hay rides, crafts and so much more! Lots to see and explore at this year’s Oktoberfest. Children will get the opportunity to pick a pumpkin to bring home. And best of all, it’s free!

Oktoberfest

Photo via https: www.communitynews.org

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After your fall adventure, stop by for a fall drink at any of the places here.