From cozy nights by the crackling fire to lakeshore vineyard tours, autumn in Aurora is an exceptionally beautiful season, framed by trees bursting in vivid hues of saffron and burgundy. With endless activities to do here in the fall, we’ve carved out your to-do list this season:
What’s better than sitting on a bail of straw and being towed by a tractor? Not a lot, unless there are people along the ride to scare you. DeFisher Fruit Farms in Williamson, New York is your stop for all of that. Home to the Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester, this attraction is booming with guests through October. Their haunted hayride takes you through acres of the DeFisher apple orchard, where you’re bound to run into all sorts of creatures. Be sure to head over to their tasting room afterwards for a variety of drink options.
The abundance of Finger Lakes apple farms makes this activity appealing to local residents and visitors alike. For our neighbors, it’s on their annual to-do list; picking that perfect apple as crisp as the autumn air. For guests who may not have had the experience of picking their own New York apples, you are in for a sweet treat. Both the Apple Station and Grisamore Farms are just a short drive down the road from Aurora (14 minutes and 22 minutes, respectively). If you stop by Grisamore Farms, don’t forget to say hi to their miniature donkey, Penelope! Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard is a little further afield, but worth every mile. Founded in 1911 by George Skiff and Andrew Beak, the Orchard now has pick your own apples, hard cider, and their own line of spirits.
Long Acre Farms in Macedon, New York boasts a five-acre maze, designed differently each year. (Even an aerial picture on their website can’t help you navigate through the stalks!) Find missing puzzle clues throughout the maze to piece your way out. Although still challenging during daylight, their moonlight mazes are the perfect way to enjoy a cool fall night. Stop inside their shop after for donuts, ice cream, and cider.
Foliage, foliage, and more foliage! Arguably the best part about the Finger Lakes is the full four seasons and the seasonal shifts of nature. With places to hike like Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Robert Treman State Park, Buttemilk Falls State Park, and many more in our area, you can watch the white falls dodge through a sea of orange and amber leaves.
Just down the road from Aurora in Union Springs is Penny’s Country Farm. This pumpkin patch isn’t any ordinary pumpkin patch. With mazes, a fun zone, its own western town, wagon rides, and animals, the farm has something for everyone. Further allied, just off of State Route 5 & 20, between Geneva and Canandaigua, is the Pick N’ Patch. Perfect for a family trip, they have a large maze, plenty of games for the kids, and pumpkins for whatever you’re dreaming of carving.
Throw on that fall sweater and come explore the Finger Lakes with us!