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5 affordable family road trips to take on Long Island, in upstate New York this fall 

A look at the fall scene at Hank's

A look at the fall scene at Hank's PumpkinTown in Water Mill. Credit: Hank’s PumpkinTown

As fall settles in, families looking to take a road trip can find seasonal fun on Long Island and in upstate New York. Here are places to go pumpkin picking, ice skating and spend the night without breaking the bank.

North Fork

Mitchell Park carousel

It’s one of the most iconic sights in Greenport Village, a vintage century-old roundabout with 36 horses and sleighs to ride. A ride is $2, starting after Columbus Day it’s open Saturdays and Sunday afternoons through Nov. 30.

INFO Jess Owen Carousel House: 115 Front St.; 631-477-0248,

George D. Costello Sr. Memorial Skating Rink

This cozy indoor arena provides a place for visitors of all ages to lace up and wheel around. Skate sessions run Friday nights and Sunday afternoons during the fall (plus most school holidays). Guests can bring their own skates or rent them for free.

INFO 102 3rd St.;

Harbes Barnyard Adventure

Harbes Family Farm offers animals to see, bounce pillows, a hedge maze, pedal-vehicle track and bounce pillows plus occasional live music and its pig races. General admission is $13.95 on weekdays, $21.95 Saturdays and Sundays, $26.95 to include a musical hayride tour, children ages two and younger are in free.

INFO 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck; 631-298-0800, Credit cards only at this time; tickets only available on-site.


Southold Beach Motel

This relaxed spot is located directly across the street from Southold’s Town Beach. Amenities include kitchenettes and Wi-Fi in every room and open until Nov. 15. Fall rates start at $125.

INFO 53250 North Road, Southold 631-765-2233,


Hank’s Pumpkintown

There are three interactive corn mazes, corn train and wagon rides to try plus pedal carts, a haybale hoist, tractor pull and wooden play area. Sweets for sale include caramel apples, hand-dipped candy, pumpkin spice doughnuts and apple cider. Pumpkin picking, the farm market and maze park are open weekdays. Apple picking, corn train and wagon rides are Saturdays and Sundays only. Admission is $18 weekends and holidays, $12 weekdays; children under age 2 enter free.

INFO 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-726-4667,

Southampton Ice Rink

This indoor skating facility will be opening to skaters this year on Nov. 1. Weekday public session rates are $15, $12 for kids; weekends $20 for all. Hockey and figure skates are $5 to rent.

INFO 668 CR-39, Southampton; 631-283-2158,

Amber Waves Farm

Amber Waves Farm offers cooking classes ($40, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 11) and an agrarian and nature-focused "Outdoor Classroom" ($10; Mondays and Wednesdays through Nov. 10), farm chores sessions on Saturday mornings, which can include foraging, plant care, chicken feeding and digging for worms (free). The farm is free to explore.

INFO 367 Main St., Amagansett; 631-267-5664,


Montauk Manor Resort

This hotel nearly a century old and perched atop one of the highest points in Montauk, is offering a special for the fall: Sundays through Thursdays, stay four nights and get a fifth free. Rates start at $132.

INFO 236 Edgemere St.; 631-668-4400,


National Comedy Center

The museum features dozens of exhibits that showcase popular TV, radio shows, movies and standup performances.

INFO  203 W. 2nd St.; 716-484-2222,

Panama Rocks

This park holds a lengthy ridge of ancient rock formations that can reach as high as 60 feet high. The formations are circled by a hiking trail and there is also an ax-throwing zone area. Open until Oct. 31.

INFO 11 Rock Hill Rd., Panama; 716-703-0021,

Northwest Arena

Just around the block from the National Comedy Center, ice bumper cars are available during public skate sessions at this rink and entertainment facility. A DJ spins Friday and Saturday nights this fall through October and November, and the Jamestown Rebels North American Hockey League team plays its home games here. (

INFO 319 West Third St.; 716-484-2624,


DoubleTree Inn by Hilton

Located in downtown Jamestown, this hotel has an indoor pool and a restaurant, among other amenities. Fall rates start at $88.

INFO 150 W. 4th St.; 716-488-7227,


Seneca Park Zoo

See African lions, an Amur tiger, a southern white rhinoceros and three African elephants while exploring this zoo. Among its upcoming events is the "After Dark!" spooky tour (Oct. 30) and Nov. 1-7 is "Snow Leopard and Red Panda Week."

INFO 2222 St. Paul St.; 585-336-7200,

The Strong National Museum of Play

A museum dedicated to the history of playing, guests can explore several interactive exhibits including "Pinball Playfields" (a deep dive into the history of pinball machines), "Reading Adventureland" (play space inspired by children’s books) and "eGameRevolution" (focused on the history of video games). There’s also a butterfly garden and the museum is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

INFO One Manhattan Sq.; 585-263-2700,

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Exhibits feature elements of natural history, planets, technology, social issues and science. Opening Nov. 5: "Expedition: Dinosaur," showcases life-size animatronics and interactive opportunities designed to educate visitors about prehistoric animals.

INFO 657 East Ave.; 585.271.4320,


Courtyard Rochester Downtown

Situated near a number of the city’s restaurants and attractions, rates start around $158 in the fall.

INFO 390 East Ave.; 585-504-2750,


Explore & More: The Ralph C. Wilson Children's Museum

Kids can check "Moving Water," which shows how the city of Buffalo is tied to its waterways, and "Playing Together," where young guests can pretend to be big-time athletes, or even members of some of the city’s professional sports teams.

INFO 130 Main St.; 716-655-5131,

Sporting events

The NFL Buffalo Bills ( have home games at Highmark Stadium (1 Bills Dr., Orchard Park; 716-648-1800) on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Dec. 6. The NHL Buffalo Sabres have their home ice at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; 716-855-4100) and have several games scheduled throughout the fall. (tickets start at $36;

Buffalo Zoo

Guests can view the gorilla house, rhino yards and the "Rainforest Falls," a tropical exhibit that features monkeys and armadillos to piranhas and vampire bats; the facility’s winter holiday "Zoo Lights" experience launches Nov. 27.

INFO 300 Parkside Ave.; 716-837-3900,


Buffalo Marriott at LECOM Harborcenter

With sunbathed views of the Buffalo waterfront, fall rates start at around $210-$215.

INFO 95 Main St.; 716-852-0049,

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