We are very excited about the 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 are 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


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 young child 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


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 is $4 after 4 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk!

Rookie of the Year Movie Poster - Boy in baseball uniform holding baseball bat



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 anyway. 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 view fall foliage. Just note that the peak time for viewing them is in October.

Archway at Grounds for Sculpture, a public sculpture garden, in the fall with autumn colored leaves

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

Fall Fun Fest

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


Date: Saturday, October 16th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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!

Young child playing cornhole at Princeton Shopping Center

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

Hamilton Township’s Oktoberfest

Veteran’s Park, Hamilton, NJ


Date: Sunday, October 17th, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Food trucks, hayrides, 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!

Family of four sitting on pumpkins posing for a picture among fall decor at Hamilton Township's Oktoberfest

Photo via https://www.communitynews.org


After your fall adventure, visit local distilleries and eateries offering the best fall drinks in Mercer County.