Have the Best Long Island Fall

Festivals, pumpkin picking and strolls out East. These are just a few of Pulse readers’ favorite things to do during the fall. Whether you’re looking to partake in annual rituals or try something new, consider this your ultimate itinerary to the best Long Island fall.

Go to a Fall Festival

Pumpkin Fair Farmer's Market

Packed with food, vendors and entertainment, Long Island fall festivals were made for the crisp weather. October still has plenty coming up with activities like pumpkin decorating, pie eating and dancing.

Stroll Through a Small Town


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As the chill sets in, a stroll through Mattituck, Brightwaters or Sea Cliff is sure to warm your heart. Their secret: Folksy restaurants, novel shops and a charm that puts antiques to shame.

Devour a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Hearty Breakfast Sandwich on a Bagel

Perfect for fueling up before fall activities, bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches headline our region’s holy grail. (The fact that they are delicious on-the-go makes them even more appealing). Long Island is home to 10 standout spots in particular.

Visit the North Fork

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Wine, cider and country-style restaurants, the North Fork was made for weekend escapades. Let the abundant farmland and quaint Main Streets transport you to another place in time (if just for a short while).

Eat at a Food Festival

Customer taking their food at a food market

Embrace Long Island’s unique culinary culture by sampling all sorts of pastas, salads, meats, wine and beers. Just remember to come hungry.

Experience Montauk


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The End is the ideal spot to wrap up the warm-weather season, as everything bursts with its last beauty. Eat at a cozy restaurant, stroll through one of the state parks and even stay the night in a spacious suite.

Go Apple Picking


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Visit one of the many Long Island apple picking farms where cider, candied apples and doughnuts are a plenty. The farms are ripe with all sorts of juicy, aromatic apples. Get ready to hunt for a new favorite.

Find Some Pumpkins

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Pumpkin farms have something for everyone. Besides scouring the patch, visitors can partake in corn mazes, hayrides and enjoy fresh produce like roasted corn.

Eat a Cheeseburger

long island cheeseburger

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The ultimate comfort food, there is never a wrong time to have a cheeseburger. Eleven places have the meat, cheese and topping ratio down to a science.

Go for a Bike Ride

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow For those looking for a mellow ride, Eisenhower Park offers a flat loop path that’s about 5 miles long near Exit 4 on the Meadowbrook Parkway. Bikers will catch a glimpse of the park’s amenities on the ride, including the baseball field.

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There’s nothing like soaking up scenic views on two wheels. Explore one of the many woody paths Long Island has to offer, especially as the leaves begin to change.