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Top Reasons You'll Fall in Love With Autumn in Saratoga Springs

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Saratoga Springs. You can step outside and enjoy the cool, crisp air as the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. However, not only do the trees come alive with color, but the area transforms into a hotspot for fall fun and activities. Here are just some of the top reasons you'll fall in love with autumn in Saratoga.

Soak Up All the Colors of the Season

river in a park Saratoga Spa State Park, credit to Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

Here in Saratoga, the peak period for fall foliage is typically around the second and third weeks of October. This is the time when leaf peepers come to the area to see amazing views of the leaves. You can stroll through downtown Saratoga to Congress Park, hike in Saratoga Spa State Park, or check out another popular trail network. There are plenty of family-friendly fall foliage hikes both in and near Saratoga that are worth a visit this season.

Go Apple Picking at a Local Orchard

an apple tree

One of the best parts about fall in Saratoga is apple picking season, which starts around late August and runs until November. It's a fun family tradition to go pick your own apples at a local orchard, and you can bring home a variety of tasty apple products too, such as apple cider and those sweet cider doughnuts. If you're interested in specific apple varieties, make sure you call ahead or visit the orchard's website to see what's currently available to pick.

Discover Traditional & Creative Corn Mazes

aerial view of a corn maze

Who doesn't love getting lost in a corn maze? These seasonal attractions are fun for kids and adults, and each year, Saratoga area farms and orchards design new and unique corn mazes, so you never know what to expect.

Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix in Saratoga

pumpkin muffins on display

From cafes to bakeries and ice cream shops, a lot of businesses get involved in the fall pumpkin spice trend. Although you could follow your nose to the nearest place in Saratoga serving pumpkin spice food and beverages, we've made it easy by rounding up some of the top spots. Head on out and enjoy all things pumpkin!

Looking for real pumpkins? Stop by one of the region's pumpkin patches »

Celebrate the Spookiest Time of the Year

scary skulls on wall with blue color

For some of us, Halloween season is one of the highlights of fall, and the Saratoga area knows how to celebrate this spooky holiday. Haunted houses and hayrides, ghost tours, and other attractions will ensure you have a scary good time during your visit. See what's happening this year and prepare for thrills and chills in Saratoga.

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