Since good weather is forecast for our first Sunday in autumn, you have no excuse not to take a drive to the Gold Coast of Nassau to experience the sights and sounds of the season at the Village Day Fall Festival – with outdoor activities for children of all ages – held on the Great Lawn at the Preserve, on Sept. 24.
While there, you can hitch a ride on the back of a tractor filled with hay and enjoy the early signs of colorful fall foliage around the Preserve, with the Hempstead House and the Long Island Sound in the backdrop. Kids won’t want to miss the pony rides, or the cute animals, like goats and ducks, that are to be in the fest’s Petting Zoo.
It wouldn’t be a fall fest without some pumpkins, which is why you will want to stop by the Pumpkin-Painting Station to have some arts-and-crafts fun.
You can also check out the Green Grocer market, where you might find some ingredients for your favorite fall-inspired recipes. The market will feature artisanal cheeses and farm-picked vegetables – yum!
Spending the afternoon on the picturesque grounds of the Preserve is a fine way to celebrate the beginning of the beautiful season; right?
Quick tip: You can also check out the Fall Festival in Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown, on Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be music, food, guided hikes, colonial demos and more. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities, too, including fishing. 631-265-1054. friendsofcalebsmith.org.