Pick Your Own: Family Fall Activities in the Lakes Region

Maybe it’s the memories of hayrides and pumpkin picking, or perhaps it’s jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves, but there’s something about fall that brings out the nostalgic kid in us all. Give your own kids the same fond fall memories to look back on — there are new and familiar fall activities in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region to please everyone in the pack.

4 Family-Focused Fall Activities Near Meredith, N.H.

Moulton Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Picking

Once the tail-end of September rolls into town, Moulton Farm is decked with the sights and sounds of autumn. This fun-for-all-ages farm features a seasonal corn maze that spans several acres, perfect for an afternoon’s worth of the fun kind of family decision making. On the hunt for the great family pumpkin? Take your pick from the pre-selected lineup, or venture out into the “pick your own” pumpkin patch to fetch one together (go on a weekend and you can ride there in style — on a tractor, that is!). Once the lucky squash is selected, the farm has set up convenient tables for painting or carving together right on-site.

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

Mini engineers in the family will be all aboard on an afternoon of traveling along the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. This nostalgic locomotive makes its rounds about the lake, traveling from Meredith to Lakeport without ever losing sight of the area’s favorite watering hole. Plan your family’s fall visit accordingly to add a little extra entertainment during your ride — event options throughout the season include everything from foliage perks to turkey dinners aboard the train.

Apple Picking at Stone Brook Hill Farm

Family fun is ripe for the picking at this Gilford, N.H. apple orchard. Throughout the fall, Stone Brook Hill Farm welcomes visitors to pick their own ample amount of apples — and with 1,600 trees spanning over 12 acres, it’s easy to do just that. Scaling the trees to snag the juiciest, just-out-of-reach finds is almost as exciting for the kids as the classic hayride on the way to the orchard. Round out the trip with a stop at the farmstand to sink your teeth into locally-made cider donuts or apple cakes.

Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village

Although a visit to the 200-year-old historic Canterbury Shaker Village is well worth a visit on any ‘ol day, it’s made even more frightfully fun when planned as one of your family’s fall activities close to Halloween. Professional actors bring the true stories of the Shakers’ ghostly encounters to life, right where they took place, during an evening tour through the Village. Afterward, you can look forward to Halloween-themed activities and an opportunity to trick-or-treat. Costumed tour-goers are highly encouraged, of course.

If you’re on the hunt to pick your own place for the whole family to stay during a fall getaway — look no further than Mill Falls at the Lake. End your autumnal adventure by gathering the crew ‘round our lakefront fire pit and rake in a new fall family tradition.

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