Autumn is a favorite time of the year for many and the Southern Tier sure is a good place to celebrate the season.  While the calendar says fall runs September 22nd through December 20th, if you've lived in the Binghamton area for any length of time, you know autumn can be a short or long season.  But once the leaves drop, it's anyone's guess how long it will be until those cold winds and snowflakes start to fall.

With that in mind, you must plan accordingly and take advantage of these beautiful 60ish degree days and cool nights while we have them to enjoy.

Here are 5 things you can do with your family in the coming days and weeks:

  1. Go Apple Picking- Apples are still plentiful on the trees of some apple orchards.  While some apple orchards had a limited crop, I understand that there are a few places in the Binghamton area that are still picking.  Click HERE to read Traci Taylor's post on where to find apples and pumpkins.
  2. Take a Scenic Ride- You pick the direction and the country road, the trees are starting to change and there's nothing like the free nature show that is available for the senses to enjoy.  Take your camera to capture the memory.
  3. Rake Up a Pile of Leaves- When was the last time you jumped in a pile of leaves? You loved it as a kid, your family will love it just as much with you.
  4. Visit a Pumpkin Farm or Corn Maze- Stoughton Farm, 10898 State Route 38 in Newark Valley,  Country Wagon Produce, 2859 Route 26, Maine, NY, Jackson’s Pumpkin Farm, 6425 State Route 17C outside of Endicott, Iron Kettle Farm, Rt. 96 in Candor, are all ready for you to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of fall.
  5.  Cider Tastings - I asked our friends on the Hawk Facebook page who had the best apple cider and the winner was Apple Hills in Binghamton. Runner up went to Cider Mill in Endicott.