While everybody loves a summer camping trip, who can argue that a camping trip in autumn is just a little extra special? The crisp air, the fall colors, and the fact that every outdoor activity does not feel like your body’s about to combust from the heat. Fall is around the corner so plan some great camping trips to enjoy these fall-themed events:
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando (FL): At least 10 haunted houses await you, if you dare. Based on some of the scariest movies you can think of (like The Exorcist and Chucky), these houses will bring out the scaries for sure. There are also five “scare zones”, themed food and drink, and live entertainment. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Orlando and get ready to scream! Event runs on select nights from September 1 through November 4. Details can be found at universalorlando.com.
St. Charles Scarecrow Weekend (IL): Come vote for your favorite scarecrow on display at the St. Charles Scarecrow Weekend set for October 6-8. Enjoy a fun fall weekend of camping at Thousand Trails Pine Country and take a drive to the Scarecrow Fest (a little over 40 miles). In addition to the scarecrows, there will be also be live entertainment, family activities, and plenty of pumpkin fun.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (OH): Book a stay at Thousand Trails Wilmington to be close to all the activities at one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. Considered the country’s largest, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is scheduled for September 14-17 in downtown Cincinnati, and the city’s 5th Street will be transformed into a Bavarian village with German food, beer, and entertainment. For details visit oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
OgunquitFest (ME): The 20th annual QgunquitFest is set for the weekend of October 20-22 and promises all kinds of fall fun. The agenda includes Halloween-themed events, a craft fair, a classic car show, a Dogtoberfest costume parade, and entertainment. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Moody Beach and you’re less than five minutes from the fun.
Adirondack Balloon Festival (NY): The skies above New York’s Adirondack Mountains will be filled with hot air balloons when the 50th Adirondack Balloon Festival kicks off at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury. Make camp at any of our Lake George campgrounds and keep your eyes to the skies during this event set for September 21-24. Food vendors, a craft fair, and children’s events are also scheduled for this fun weekend.
Hersheypark Halloween and Dark Nights (PA): Plan to camp at Thousand Trails Hershey in Lebanon to kick off the Halloween season at Hersheypark. Set over seven weekends from September 15 through October 29, the popular amusement park takes a dark turn as Halloween season rolls in. Five Dark Nights haunted houses, three Scare Zones, lights-out thrill rides and ghoulish food are on the schedule. For more information, visit hersheypark.com.
Urbanna Oyster Festival (VA): Did someone say oyster? All kinds of them can be found at the 66th annual event that includes raw, steamed, roasted, fried, and stewed oysters, plus oyster pot pie and a few more non-oyster treats like BBQ crab bisque. Book a stay at Bethpage Camp Resort to attend this Virginia favorite set for the weekend of November 3-4. Other than oysters, visitors can expect live music, beauty queens, parades, decked-out boats, and of course, an oyster shucking contest.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest (WA): Three weekends of Oktoberfest fun is set to begin in Leavenworth September 29 through October 14. A camping reservation at Thousand Trails Leavenworth puts you in Oompah! territory. The event includes three beer gardens, live music, German food, plus some yodeling and lederhosen fun. The bonus here is the beautiful backdrop of the Bavarian-styled village of Leavenworth!
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