If October seems to have flown by and you find yourself lamenting over not having picked your own apples yet or run through a corn maze, fear not, because you still have time!

Here are three quintessential fall activities you simply must do before we turn back the clocks this weekend, lose an hour of daylight and march full speed ahead into the holiday season!

GET LOST….IN A CORN MAZE

For an experience the whole family will enjoy, check out any of Rhode Island’s great corn mazes. Spread throughout the state, there are many to choose from.  Some benefit local charities, many have themes (calling all fans of the wizarding world!), while others have scavenger hunts and moonlight events. They all have one thing in common: they are just pure fun!  And fun for all ages, too. 

One favorite is Salisbury Farm in the western part of the state. With more than a mile of paths, they have delighted kids of all ages since 1998. They are one example of using this perennial fall favorite event to benefit charity with this year’s maze theme, “Get Lost to Give Hope,” in support of the New England Hemophilia Association.

Before you head into the five-acres corn maze, make sure to climb up to the viewing platform to get a good look at the size of the maze as it really is a sight to see from above all that corn. You can enjoy wandering through the maze on your own or, to take it up a notch, take part in the scavenger hunt that is posted right as you enter the maze. 

Have little ones in the group? The farm has thought of everything, with a practice maze for kids at just their height to enjoy.  And don’t miss the free hay rides on weekends!  

APPLE PICKING

We take our apple picking seriously this time of year.  After all, there’s a whole part of town in the northwestern part of the state that locals refer to as “Apple Valley” where you will find one orchard after another, so you can take your pick – quite literally! While the season is quickly coming to a close as temps begin to drop, there is still time to stock up, but you will want to call ahead to any of the local orchards to check their schedule. Even if you don’t have time to pick your own, it’s worth a stop by a local orchard to grab a bag of freshly picked apples.  This is how you do fall in Rhode Island – the leaves crunching beneath your feet and the intoxicating scent of apples in the crisp fall air. Head north to the Apple Valley and stop into Jaswell's Farm or Appleland Orchard, enjoying the foliage along the way.  If you like your apples with a side of caramel, they have those too, along with apple cider donuts, apple turnovers, fresh pressed cider.  Go ahead, we dare you to leave without at least one of those fall classics! 

JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR

This jaw-dropping event is wrapping up its last week of a 32-night run, closing this Sunday, November 4. With more than 5,000 intricately-carved pumpkins glowing all around you, it is an experience not to miss.  Read more about it in our recent blog post.  Insider’s Tip: go on Halloween night as the crowds are lighter and it will be just the thing to get you in the spirit!

For more fall fun, check out our Fall events page or recent blogs about fall foliage, including a statewide map of places you can check out right now as we enter into peak foliage time and the brilliant gold, red and orange colors abound. Ahhh, fall really is a magical time to be in Rhode Island.