We know, we’re sad about summer coming to an end too. But there’s one more encore before the winter officially rolls in, and that’s the colorful, crisp beauty of fall. We’re thinking crunching into apples fresh off the trees, leaf peeping along Ivy grounds and sipping Spiced Apple Cider with other cheering fans on football sidelines. That and so much more is why we love fall, and we know you will too. To fully embrace this wonderful season, we have your checklist to complete right here. Pumpkin spiced lattes are optional.

Your Fall Check List for Mercer County



Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival

Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton


When: Saturdays & Sundays September 14 - October 27

We’re starting with a classic, of course. Seven weekends of apple picking, pumpkin picking, live music, wagon rides, farm animal fun and plenty more of fall goodness. Try their apple cider donuts, fresh pies and hot or cold cider to make this day complete.

Three children sitting on a step eating apples


Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch

Windsor Farm & Market

1202 Windsor Road, West Windsor

Breathe in that crisp, fall air on a hayride through woods decorated with Halloween cartoon favorites. At the end you’re welcome to pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home for painting, carving or eating. It’s all good!

Four children looking out at a field of hay


Princeton Tiger Football

Princeton University


Nothing quite marks the start of fall like the beginning of football season. Come cheer on our champions while enjoying the beautiful Ivy League stadium and campus. Just make sure your bring your orange and black to fully support the Tigers! 

The Princeton Tigers football team holding up a large bowl trophy


Halloween Cemetery Visits and Ghost Hunts

Princeton Tour Company

116 Nassau St, Princeton


When: October 12 - 26th

Did you know that Princeton is haunted? There’s quite a lot of history along these streets, and you’ll have a blast finding it all out. Get into the season of spook by finding unsettled spirits throughout one of the most prestigious cemeteries in America using science and technology. Don’t worry, there’s no ghouls jumping out on you during this tour.

Four young men standing with ghost hunting equipment in suitcases


Fall Picnic

Laurita Winery

85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt


Prefer to do things during the non-spooky hours of the day? Pack a picnic! One of our favorite spots to do that in during the fall is a vineyard. Laurita has tons of great events throughout the year, or if you just prefer to stop by and enjoy some wine you can do that too. It would be the perfect complement to any lunch.

A picnic spread of wine and cheese


Leaf Peeping


Lastly, we simply can’t finish a fall checklist without appreciating what makes it so special… the incredible changing colors of the leaves. We have all the best spots for seeing (and photographing) fall leaves right here. Just note that the peak time for  viewing the leaves is October.

A row of red leaved trees



Did we miss something? Leave us a comment and let us know! We love hearing your feedback and knowing what more we can share next time. And for more autumn activities around Mercer, you’ll want to check out this post!