Staten Island is a great place to live and play. We get to enjoy the benefits of the big city, but with a smaller, more community-centered lifestyle. Now that summer is over, the weather will start to cool down and we will get to experience all that autumn has to offer. Here are a few ways to have fun on Staten Island this fall.
- 1776 Peace Conference Celebration. Right after the Revolutionary War started, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with British Admiral Lord Richard Howe on Staten Island to try to bring an early end to the war. However, the negotiations failed, and the rest is history. Celebrate the 241st anniversary of this event on September 9th at Conference House Park.
- Von Thun Farms. Every weekend starting on September 23rd, you can visit Von Thun Farms for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pick-your-own apples, hayrides, and more.
- Staten Island Oktoberfest. On October 14th, the Staten Island Marine Corps League will host its annual Oktoberfest. There will be games, live music, food and drink for the whole family to enjoy.
What is your favorite way to celebrate fall on Staten Island? Here at Bell Mitsubishi, we love serving all of our friends and neighbors here on Staten Island during this season.
Summer might be on its way out, but there is still plenty of time to load the kids into your trusty Mitsubishi and pay a visit to one of the many exceptional Staten Island museums. The many curiosity-inducing, family-friendly museums and historical centers are the perfect places to have some fun and get your kids back in the mood for learning before they head back to school.
Here are a few of our all-time favorite Staten Island attractions:
Located right in Tompkinsville, Fort Wadsworth is one of the oldest military forts in the United States. This daunting stronghold used to be impossible to enter (especially if you happened to be British in the 18th-century), but nowadays it’s easy to access: Fort Wadsworth has free admission and is open dawn to dusk.
Historic Richmond Town
This collection of 28 landmarked buildings lets kids and adults alike live like they’re back in the late 1600s, using 17th-century tools and exploring the oldest schoolhouse in America. Richmond Town is open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, with daily guided tours at 2:00 and 3:30 pm.
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Children’s Museum is the ideal spot to let your kids run wild to explore and learn. With ultra-fun exhibits and activities, like a real fire truck, insect house, and a functioning foghorn to toot in the Sea of Boats, there’s zero chance of boredom here!
If you think you may need a new transporter to get your brood to-and-fro this school year, stop by Bell Mitsubishi today to see our wide selection of family-first vehicles!
After you’ve gotten a month or so into summer, it can be hard to cook up ideas for outdoor activities for families. That’s why we at Bell Mitsubishi have a few suggestions for what to do around Staten Island.
Historical Homes and Architecture
The 267-acre Conference House Park is not only beautiful, but contains four historic buildings. Other attractions like Fort Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House, and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum are sure to interest history buffs. New York City’s only historical village – Historic Richmond Town – is sure to delight you and your family with period costumes and an authentic cultural experience.
Staten Island Zoo
Who doesn’t love animals? Come see all sorts of critters at the local zoo, ranging from the cute and friendly to the unusual and dangerous. Plus, it can be educational for the little ones.
Biking and Hiking
Staten Island offers visitors and residents alike a variety of scenic, green spaces, preserved for your enjoyment. Many of the parks in the area have well-maintained trails on which you can hike or bike. Just remember to bring snacks!
A more unusual and unique way to explore the beautiful sights of Staten Island, kayaking can be fun for the whole family. Slather on some sunscreen, rent a kayak or two from a local rental shop, and head out for a peaceful day on the water.
Whether you’re exploring the local town or headed out into the wild, Staten Island provides plenty of outdoor activities for families.
In March of 2015, the Rahway Prevention Coalition was launched after a $625,000 Drug Free Communities Support Grant was awarded to the city to aid in the prevention of drug use and abuse. The coalition serves the community by implementing education opportunities, marketing campaigns, and policy changes to combat drug addiction.
The grant, which was awarded in 2014 and will give $125,000 to the coalition annually over five years, has been proven to reduce youth drug use in other communities, according to data from the White House Office of National Drug Control.
In mid-December, The Rahway Prevention Coalition announced that it will partner with Remax 1st Advantage, a New Jersey-based branch of the expansive real estate company Remax. 1st Advantage agents work in and around Rahway, which encouraged them to bring the coalition to the attention of owner and operator Susan Bakes.
Spearheaded by agent Wendy Christow, Remax 1st Advantage organized the partnership in order to obtain pill pods, which reduce prescription drug theft and use by real estate clients who are viewing homes for sale. Pill pods require a combination to open, preventing people touring the homes from taking homeowners’ pills from their medicine cabinets.
The Prevention Coalition has done fantastic things for the community, and the partnership with Remax will further reduce access to drugs in Rahway and surrounding areas.
Fall is a wonderful time of the year in New Jersey. The crisp autumn air harkens the future cold of winter, while the color-changing leaves make it obvious why this great state is nicknamed the Garden State. Because of this, November is a great time of year to enjoy some festivals. Here are a few fall festivals in New Jersey.
The Great Pumpkin Sail (Mountainside): If you have ever wondered what to do with your old jack o’ lantern—besides just throwing it away—then the Great Pumpkin Sale in Mountainside is the perfect post-Halloween tradition for you. On November 1st, you can bring your carved pumpkin to Echo Lake Park and place it on a float in the lake. Then, enjoy some hot cocoa while sitting around a warm campfire, and enjoy the beauty of dozens of pumpkins reflecting off the lake water. It costs $12 to attend for in-county residents and $16 for out-of-county residents.
Exit 0 Jazz Festival (Cape May): Cape May itself is a beautiful beach town to visit during the fall, but the Exit 0 Jazz Festival makes the autumn season even better. Enjoy the jazz talents of musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Squirrel Nut Zippers while taking in the picturesque Victorian-style homes of the town. The festival runs from November 11th to November 13th.
Scandinavian Jul Bazzar (Budd Lake): Take in some Scandinavian culture and enjoy the outdoors at the Scandinavian Jul Bazzar at Vasa Park in Bud Lake. This festival, which takes place on November 12th from 10 AM to 3 PM, is free to attend and offers a variety of imported Scandinavian foods, hand-made crafts, beautiful ornaments, and more.
Halloween is feeling closer and closer as the trees start to turn from green to gold. Questions like whether or not it’s a good weekend for a beach getaway, or how many pairs of sandals are too many pairs of sandals are things of the past. What you need to know now is where you and the family are going to go to make those timeless, spooky, Halloween memories.
Good thing there are plenty of New Jersey Halloween events to keep you happy this season!
Heaven Hill Farm
The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm is one of the biggest fall fests in New Jersey. With activities like a hay ride and hay maze, pumpkin-picking, the kid-friendly Boo Barn, and weekend carnival rides, it’s hard to not to feel the fall spirit at Heaven Hill Farm.
The Haunted Express
For something unique and spectacularly spooky, check out The Haunted Express in Allaire State Park. The train departs at night and takes you on a creepy trip through the haunted forest of Allaire State Park. The Haunted Express has been terrifying fans for decades. Do you dare to give it a go this fall?
Something Wicked This Way Comes
For the artist in us all who likes a little bit of terror, there’s the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s annual event Something Wicked This Way Comes. Here, you’ll get to witness dramatic readings of timeless horror stories performed by actors from the theatre. This, paired with creepy live music, makes for a sensational and unforgettable Halloween activity.
Whichever New Jersey Halloween event you decide to take part it, you’re sure to have a good time. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or catch-your-breath horrifying, there’s something in NJ for you!