October in the United States brings shorter days, brisk breezes, colorful leaves, an abundance of Halloween decorations, but few family vacation opportunities. Aside from Columbus Day, schools are generally in session for the entire month, so families with school-aged children don’t have much time to travel (although it’s an ideal vacation time for folks who prefer not to travel with young ones). That doesn’t mean you can’t find places to go and things to do, though. If you’re hoping to get away for a spell (with or without kids), here are a few of the top vacation events in the U.S. this October:
- The International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM. The 41st edition of the Fiesta lifts off this October 5-13. Unless you’ve already registered your balloon, you won’t be able to enjoy a ride in the clouds, but the Fiesta is that rare balloon event that allows spectators to walk among the balloons on the ground and mingle with the pilots. If watching balloons soar isn’t your thing, the fiesta offers a wide assortment of other activities to suit virtually every fancy.
- The National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville, PA. The festival, held this year on October 5-6 and 12-13, is located midway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Celebrating a favorite fall fruit in its various forms, the festival keeps visitors entertained with over three dozen attractions, from apple art and antique cider presses to pie-baking, pie-eating, and much, much more. And should you need a break from all things apple, Gettysburg is just 10 miles away.
- The Major League Baseball Postseason, TBD. October marks the start (and, weather permitting, the end) of the MLB playoff schedule. As of this publishing date, no team had clinched a playoff berth yet, but likely candidates include Boston, Detroit, Oakland, and Texas in the American League, and Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati in the National League. If you want to attend a postseason game, keep an eye on which teams are clinching spots, and act quickly.
- Halloween in Central Park, NY. New York City plays host to quite a few Halloween celebrations, including haunted houses, scavenger hunts, the Bounce Music Festival, and the internationally renowned Village Halloween Parade, but few venues offer quite as many family-friendly Halloween events as Central Park. From the Bats of Belvedere on October 4 to the Pumpkin Festival on October 26 to the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail on October 27, Central Park offers children and grown-ups alike a whole lot of affordable (i.e., free) fun.
From watching unusual flying objects to witnessing unusual forms of apparel, there are vacation options aplenty in October. You’ll also find plenty of ways to save on travel with Travel Plus, from 5% cash back on reservations to rebates on travel perks and more. Where do you want to go this October?