Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fall Bucket List

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fall Bucket List

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With school back in session and the cool breezes of fall setting in, summer is already a distant memory. But before you begin to pine for the days of sand and sun, remember that there's plenty to enjoy this season -- especially in our neck of the woods. From apple picking and haunted hayrides to Hudson River cruises and wine tastings, here are some must-do items for your fall bucket list. It'll keep you busy until it's time for -- gulp -- holiday shopping season.

See the birds migrate south

Grab your binoculars and watch broad-winged hawks make their way through our region as they head south to Mexico. You can join fellow bird-lovers in Montclair, Alpine and Warwick, N.Y.

Eat farm-fresh pizza outdoors

Fresh & Fancy Farms in New Milford is hosting a family pizza night on Sept. 22; guests have their choice of three seasonal pies, plus salad and dessert. Info: freshandfancyfarms.com

Pet dogs in the park

Passaic County's second annual Paws in the Park will take place Oct. 7 at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne. Bring your pooch to the festivities -- or adopt one there. Info: passaiccountynj.org

Catch fall movies in style

Grab popcorn, a cocktail and some nosh at one of Bergen County's two dine-in theaters: iPic in Fort Lee, or the new AMC dine-in theater at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack.

Explore the Hudson River

Get your selfie stick ready for a cruise through New York's spectacular fall foliage along the Hudson River, with an afternoon stop in the historic village of Cold Spring. Info: seastreak.com

Lose yourself in a corn maze

Farms abound in the Garden State, but Alstede Farms in Chester is worth a visit, especially if you're a New Jersey Devils fan: To celebrate the team's 35th anniversary, the farm's 10-acre corn maze takes the shape of a hockey player, and promises twists and turns. Info: alstedefarms.com

Get spooked in Hudson Valley

Gaze at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins at the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, or walk a haunted trail as you hear the tale of the Headless Horseman and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Whichever you choose, get your tickets soon -- they sell out fast. …

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