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5 Free & Inexpensive Things to do in Northern New York this Fall

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Nicandri Nature Center (Massena)

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This brand new, state of the art nature center is located within Robert Moses State Park, in Massena. With a mission of “…engaging visitors of all ages to promote public awareness, appreciation, and respect for the environment through exploration, education, and outdoor recreation” – it does just that.

The nature center has indoor and outdoor facilities for use, in all seasons of the year. You can take a self-guided tour through the nature center, learning about wildlife and the environment of the state park. Or you can explore the variety of trails, and even participate in some outdoor programs. Did I mention that admission, events and activities are free of charge?

Stone Valley Trail (Colton)

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The trail, which is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located outside of Potsdam, NY, is an excellent chance to experience what this region has to offer – without even opening your wallet.

Throughout the trail, look out for several informational kiosks which describe the natural surroundings and even the history of the areas along the Raquette river. Along the hike you’ll discover waterfalls, a diverse, rolling landscape, and even some scenic hiking opportunities – you won’t want to pass this up as a free fall excursion.

Titus Mountain Oktoberfest (Malone)

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The 37th Annual Titus Mountain Oktoberfest will return on Saturday, October 7th! The event will feature live music, vendors, drinks and refreshments, chairlift & hay rides, bounce houses, ski swap, season pass sign-ups, and even fireworks – all of this for just $5! (With a portion being donated to “Adirondack for Kids”)

To learn more, click here.

The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center (Fineview/Alexandria Bay)

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The MAC Nature Center is located on 600 acres of land within Wellesley Island State Park. Founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education, the Nature Center offers diverse programming and numerous trails that are fun to explore and navigate. Best of all? It’s completely free.

Country Dreams Farm (Plattsburgh)

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The Country Dreams Farm, located in Plattsburgh, NY, offers an unforgettable fall farm visit. Activities include farm tours, corn maze exploring, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and even a haunted maze night around Halloween! The farm also sells fresh produce and has a walk-in petting zoo for children.

To learn more about the fall fun to be had at Country Dreams Farm, click here.

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