Upstate New York’s fall bucket list

The “Cow Train” at The Critz Farm Fall Harvest Celebration. Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com SYR

It’s pumpkin spice season. And no place shows off in Autumn better than Upstate New York. Get fired up with our red, gold and rust colors, sweet cider and apple and pumpkin patches. Here are our picks on how to best celebrate Autumn upstate style. Happy harvest!

Apples ripe for picking at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. Katrina Tulloch | ktulloch@syracuse.com

Crunch time
Stock up on your favorite varieties (hello honey crisp) at one of 108 U-Pick orchards around Upstate New York. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2021/09/apple-picking-2021-heres-a-list-of-107-u-pick-orchards-across-upstate-ny.html

Go nuts for doughnuts
Apple fritters and cider donuts are the tastes of the season around here. Here’s a list of hot spots to get yours. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/food/2020/10/cider-donut-season-is-here-12-places-in-upstate-ny-to-get-this-fall-favorite.html

That’s just grape
Concord grapes are in season from mid-September to early October. In Naples, New York, the Grape Pie Capital of the World hosts an annual Naples Grape Festival and is famous for their grape pastries. Here’s a list to find grape pies. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/finger-lakes/2020/09/fall-in-the-finger-lakes-5-grape-pie-shops-worth-stopping-for.html

Take a train through the foliage
Now you can gawk at Upstate’s fall colors on a relaxing ride. Scenic train rides are all over Upstate New York. Try to book early as seats fill up fast. Here’s a list. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2021/09/fall-foliage-in-upstate-ny-grab-your-train-ticket-to-an-autumnal-wonderland.html

Go ghosting
Visit a haunted place. Upstate New York has several spooky spots — from hotels to asylums to a diner and more. Here’s our haunt list. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2020/10/11-creepy-stops-to-make-on-a-haunted-tour-of-upstate-new-york.html

Tim’s Pumpkin Patch in Marietta. Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com

Visit a pumpkin patch
Find the perfect pumpkin at one of 27 pumpkin patches that offer everything from kid’s activities to adult beverage bars and more. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2021/09/pick-your-perfect-jack-o-lantern-at-one-of-these-27-upstate-ny-pumpkin-patches.html

Take a Sunday drive
It’s an old pastime, but surely a worthy one. Go on a relaxing Sunday drive and take in the beauty of Upstate. Here are our 16 Sunday drives to take this season. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/road-trips/2021/03/safe-travels-16-sunday-drives-to-make-while-socially-distancing-in-upstate-ny.html

Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park. (Joed Viera) SYR

Falls in love
The rush of the water. The fall foliage. Nothing compares to Upstate New York’s gorgeous waterfalls in the fall. Here’s a list of 17 must-sees. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2020/10/17-must-see-waterfalls-that-should-be-on-your-upstate-ny-bucket-list.html

View from the fire tower on Bald Mountain. Photo by Peter Chen / The Post-Standard.

Go on a fall hike
Take in gorgeous fall scenery and crisp air on one of many easy hikes around Upstate New York. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2015/09/fall_hiking_upstate_ny_easy_hikes_outdoors.html

Find your way through a corn maze
You’ll be a-mazed at some of the creations carved out in Upstate New York’s corn fields. These spots offer fun for the whole family. Here are 31 corn mazes open this year across Upstate New York. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/things-to-do/2021/10/get-lost-find-fall-fun-in-31-corn-mazes-across-upstate-new-york.html