Autumn Fun in the Pioneer Valley

Looking for some fun and adventure this fall in Western Massachusetts?

Whether you prefer roaming through nature or revisiting history, there’s plenty to enjoy before the winter sets in. Check out these fun activities while you’re visiting the Pioneer Valley.

Mike’s Maze – Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon by exploring this 8-acre corn maze with your friends and family. Solve the puzzles to make your way safely around the unique design in the cornfield before enjoying a satisfying lunch at their Corn Café.

Art in the Orchard at Park Hill Orchard – Grab an apple and stroll through the orchard as you gaze upon twenty-eight new and interesting sculptures made by local artists. Bring your furry friend since leashed pets are allowed.

Historic Deerfield – Step back in time at Historic Deerfield’s Trade demonstrations and Open Hearth Cooking. Visitors can observe local craftspeople act as colonial printers, joiners or blacksmiths with period-style tools.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site – For some authentic Civil War history, check out Springfield Armory’s firearms Exhibit. Running through to the end of March, this historic collection showcases weapons and other Civil War items that were returned to the Armory at the end of the Civil War.
CiderDays in Franklin County – Get a real taste of fall with Ciderdays. From fresh apples to hard cider, many of the local orchards offer tours, workshops and tastings from their specific orchards. For two days in November, this event is perfect for an outing with friends or family.

Basketball Hall of Fame’s Elks Hoop Shoot –With basketball season fresh in the air, you can jump into this weekly shooting contest sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Held every Sunday at 2pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, you can grab a basketball and give the hoops your best shot!

Norman Rockwell Museum – The museum is showcasing a new exhibit called “Harvey Dunn and His Students”. Harvey Dunn was a Golden Age illustrator who studied under another renowned artist, Howard Pyle. If you’d like to attend the opening of the exhibit, stop by the museum on November 7th between 6 and 8pm.

Yankee Candle Company – For scintillating smells from over 160 candle scents, stop by the Sampler Emporium at the famous Yankee Candle store. They also offer several activities where you can make your own jar candle, create a wax sculpture or discover your own custom wax blend.

The cool, crisp air and the stunning, colorful leaves bring thousands of visitors to New England each fall. Be sure to plan ahead to create your own memorable adventure in Pioneer Valley. When you’re making your schedule, check out our events calendar. For further information on visiting Massachusetts, click here. With so much to see and do, autumn is an ideal time to enjoy Pioneer Valley.