Kid Friendly Activities to do in the Hamptons in the Off-Season- Our Fall Bucket List
The beginning of September always signifies the start of autumn in my book…even though the temperature will be hovering around 90 degrees for the next few days (this pic was taken on a rare chilly morning). The common perception is that the Hamptons turn into a ghost town after Labor Day and that couldn’t be further from the truth! The summer crowds and the traffic thankfully thin out, but there’s still so much to do. At the start of every fall, I like to make a bucket list of all the fun, kid-friendly activities going on out here. Without further ado, here’s my list of:
Kid Friendly Activities to do in the Hamptons in the Off-Season
Harborfest– Running from September 7-9th, this annual event in Sag Harbor is a big block party overlooking the water. Activities include a farmer’s market, arts & crafts fair, live music, whaleboat races, bounce houses for the kids and tons of great food. We make a point to go every year and it’s always a good time!
Hank’s Pumpkintown– Hank’s Pumpkintown is the spot to go pumpkin picking in the Hamptons. It covers 12 acres and there’s so much for kids to do! There’s pumpkin picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, slides, games, playgrounds, plus a huge market with some of the best homemade pie I’ve ever had. We always make several trips to Hank’s every fall. Tip- get there early, this place gets crowded!!!
Seven Ponds Orchard for Apple Picking- The apples from this orchard are delicious! Seven Ponds grows several varieties of apples that are in season at different times in the fall. We always end up going back to pick more and more bags! The orchard is picturesque and there’s also a large playground which we never pass up!
Children’s Museum of the East End– The Children’s Museum in Bridgehampton is the perfect destination for rainy or cold days. The large indoor area has various Hamptons-themed stations where kids can learn through play. They also host special events during the year. We’re looking forward to Big Truck Day on September 15th.
SouthamptonFest– Running from October 12-14th, SouthamptonFest is a weeklong long harvest festival that features live music, special sales at local stores, food trucks, pumpkin decorating and face painting.
Harbes Barnyard Adventure– While not technically in the Hamptons, Harbes is definitely worth the trip to Mattituck! The farm has everything from barnyard animals you can pet and feed to games to jumbo bouncers (Indigo’s favorite).
Ragamuffin Parade– The Ragamuffin Parade is an annual Halloween event that takes place in Sag Harbor. The kids parade down Main Street in their costumes and after the parade, there’s games and homemade treats. Everyone goes all out with their costumes (adults and pets even get dressed up), so it’s really fun to watch!
Nature Walk at Mashomack Preserve– Now that Indigo is a little older, I’d love to go on a nature walk at Mashomack Preserve. Mashomack features 12 miles of beautiful coastline, along with creeks and fields. There are different trails with various lengths and difficulties. It’s a great opportuinty to observe wildlife and bask in the beauty of the East End!