I’m always looking for new things to do with my friends, and autumn is my favorite season. Not only because of the foliage, apple cider and pumpkins, but my birthday is in October! However, that’s beside the point. Throughout my four years at Bonas, I’ve discovered fun things to do with my friends that help us embrace the fall season. So gather up a good group and check these out!

1. Sprague’s Maple Farms
If you have not had the chance to go to this amazing place yet, I suggest you do it soon. It is only a 15-20 minute drive from campus, and it’s definitely worth it. They have amazing melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, homemade bread (which is my favorite part), and their own homemade maple syrup! You can get breakfast all day long, too. If you’re looking for something different I suggest the stuffed French toast. While you are there go on a free wagon ride around the property that they have during the fall season!

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2. Pumpkinville

Holy pumpkin! Take a group of friends here to pick out a pumpkin or two! It has many activities for you to enjoy that’ll make you feel like a kid again! The best part is that it is free admission and parking – perfect for the college student budget.

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3. Ellicottville Chair Rides

Have you ever wanted to go on a chair lift at a skiing resort, but you can’t ski or snowboard? Well now you can try it out and not have to worry about that! Holiday Valley n Ellicottville, which is about 30 minutes away from campus, is an extremely popular place for students in the winter. But now you can enjoy the beauty of the slopes without enduring the freezing cold. Chair lifts only cost $5 and are available Saturday and Sundays until October 19!

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4. Haunted Hayrides

What is Halloween without getting scared? Check out the Ellicottville Nightmare Hayrides! My suggestion is to get a big group of friends, whom you can hide behind, and it will be a memory you’ll never forget!

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5. Night Lights at Griffis Park
This is something that I’ve never done, but definitely plan on checking out this year. Griffis Park is a sculpture park, and during the fall they fill the park with beautiful lights, highlighting trails and sculptures. It is $10 for admission, a little pricey for the typical college-student budget, but it looks like it would be a blast! They have the night lights on Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and on the weekends from 7 – 10 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight!

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6. Ghost Tour

If you are feeling risky and confident drive over to Hinsdale and visit the famous Dandy house for a ghost tour! Who knows? Maybe you will figure out if you really believe in ghosts or not after this. Tickets are $20, and tours are held every Friday and Saturday from 7 – 11 p.m. from October 9 to Halloween.

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7. Rock City Park

If you don’t want to spend money, you can go on a little walk or a long hike to soak up the fall season at Rock City Park. It’s one of the hidden secrets of Cattaraugus County, and I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the fall.

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Let us know if you check out any of these fall activities, or comment with your favorite way to welcome the fall season!

– Julia Rodriguez

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