October Family Getaways: Celebrating the Magic of Autumn

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October family getaways offer something special. It’s a month that paints the world in vibrant hues of orange, gold, and crimson. As the last traces of summer warmth fade, a crisp breeze takes over, making it the perfect time for family getaways. October is not just about Halloween or preparing for the festive season. It’s a golden window, offering unique travel experiences before winter’s chill sets in. So, why not make the most of this period? Let’s dive into some splendid October family getaway ideas and tips to ensure an unforgettable vacation.

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The Allure of Fall Foliage

When thinking of October getaways, New England tops the list, renowned worldwide for its dazzling fall foliage. States like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts boast scenic drives, cozy bed and breakfasts, and numerous family-friendly activities. For families, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire offers mesmerizing views, hiking trails, and picnic spots. Children will be enchanted by the sheer wonder of nature, making it an educational trip too.

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Ontario, Canada gets some beautiful colors at this time of year as well. Spend a weekend exploring the Niagara peninsula where you’ll find beautiful vineyards set to the backdrop of an ever changing landscape. Cave Spring in the Village of Jordan has a wide variety of wines available for tasting and there are several boutiques, restaurants and a lovely hotel, Inn on the twenty, all set within this picturesque village. Kids will enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, delicious baked goods, and tons of local farms and attractions (don’t miss Flowers and Fleece – a flower and Alpaca farm in Jordan). Explore the scenic trails full of beautiful colors such as Balls Falls.

Festive Fever

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Oktoberfest, held annually in Munich, Germany, is the world’s largest beer festival. While it’s internationally known for its massive beer halls and spirited revelries, many people might be surprised to learn that Oktoberfest is also a family-friendly event with a rich array of activities and traditions suitable for visitors of all ages. Oktoberfest isn’t just beer tents. A significant portion of the festival is similar to a state fair with various rides, roller coasters, giant wheels, and traditional carousel rides. On Tuesday’s, from 12 noon to 6 pm, families can enjoy discounted prices on rides and performances.

Some sections of the Oktoberfest grounds are specifically designed for children. These areas have age-appropriate rides, games, and attractions, such as puppet shows, mini roller coasters and merry-go-rounds. Families can enjoy traditional food and music, with delicacies including pretzels, bratwurst, roast chicken, chocolate and sweets. One of the highlights for families is the traditional riflemen’s parade, which showcases traditional costumes from different Bavarian regions, historical uniforms, horses, and local music bands.

Haunted Adventures

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With Halloween around the corner, why not embrace the spirit? Edinburgh, Scotland, known for its haunted tales, offers ghost tours that can be thrilling for older kids and adults alike. The Real Mary King’s Close is an underground journey through Edinburgh’s centuries-old alleys, where guides share eerie tales of the past. It’s both a historical and spooky venture. Not to far from Scotland you will find Leap Castle, Ireland. This castle is considered one of the most haunted castles globally. Its history is filled with battles, betrayals, and executions. Visits are available Monday to Friday by appointment only. Enter if you dare!

The United States is home to many spooky attractions as well. Probably the most famous is Salem, Massachusetts. The city, infamous for its witch trials, hosts a series of events throughout October, including re-enactments, ghost tours, and themed parties. New Orleans, Louisiana is known for its rich history and voodoo culture. Haunted cemetery tours and ghost walks are popular here. Bodie, California is a preserved ghost town. Bodie offers a glimpse into the abandoned life of a gold rush town. Visiting at dusk adds to the eerie atmosphere. Savannah, Georgia is a city built on cemeteries. While it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, it’s also one of the most haunted. Ghost tours take place here almost every evening and if you are lucky, you may see some action in the cemetery at the “edge” of town.

Beach Destinations

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Depending on your preferences, the idea of a beach destination may not be what you think of when thinking of October. However if you’ve ever thought about traveling to Australia or New Zealand, October is the perfect time to visit! As autumn envelops the northern hemisphere, the southern half is welcoming spring. Australia and New Zealand in October offer blossoming landscapes, vibrant festivals, and a range of outdoor activities.

Explore Australia vast coastlines starting with Byron Bay.  Enjoy a blend of serene beaches and activities like whale watching in October. The mild weather ensures it’s not too hot for the kids, and the variety of marine life will keep them intrigued. Sydney, New South Wales offers the opportunity to enjoy the Jacaranda trees in full bloom, particularly in the Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Woolwich, Longueville, and Greenwich areas. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach for some great photo opportunities.

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In New Zealand, Queenstown South Island is ideal to visit in October. Spring is quieter compared to the peak winter and summer seasons. It’s also a great time for white water rafting with snowmelt swelling the rivers. Visit Lake Wakatipu and the Skyline Gondola, or take the opportunity to take part in numerous adventure sports. In Wellington, North Island the World of WearableArt (WOW) show typically takes place in late September through October. Visit Te Papa Museum, Mount Victoria Lookout, and the Weta Cave for some beautiful landscapes.

October is a month of transformation. It’s when the world wraps itself in a golden cloak, and every corner seems to tell a story. For families, it’s an ideal time to bond, learn, and create memories. Whether you’re gazing at the amber leaves, listening to a ghostly tale, or feeling the sand between your toes, October ensures every moment is wrapped in magic. So, pack your bags, hold your loved ones close, and set off on an October adventure. The world, painted in autumn hues, awaits.

Written by Ashley Martinez

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