Please Note: You or your photographer will need to contact some of these places ahead of time.
Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards:
Nothing says fall quite like a visit to an apple orchard. Take some photos amongst Beak & Skiff’s 300,000 trees, then stick around to pick your own.
Where: 2708 Lords Hill Road, Lafayette.
More information: beakandskiff.com.
Beaver Lake Nature Center:
Beaver Lake Nature Center’s nine trails wind through wetlands, forests, meadows, a bog, and more – the photo opportunities are endless!
Where: 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville.
More information: beaverlakenaturecenter.org.
Franklin Square Park:
If you’re looking for a more urban setting, check out Franklin Square Park. It includes arbors and a fountain, all surrounded by industrial buildings.
Where: 601 Plum St., Syracuse.
More information: syr.gov.
Green Lakes State Park:
This popular swimming and hiking spot is also a great backdrop for fall photos – especially its two meromictic lakes, Green Lake and Round Lake.
Where: 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville.
More information: parks.ny.gov/parks/greenlakes/details.aspx.
Dubbed the “Adirondacks of Central New York,” Highland Forest is home to more than 20 miles of trails. But the best view of the surrounding hills (and fall foliage) is from the Skyline Lodge.
Where: 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius.
More information: onondagacountyparks.com/parks/highland-forest.
Tim’s Pumpkin Patch:
Pose in front of rows of pumpkins or a vintage truck. When you’re done, take advantage of the many activities the farm offers: apple cannons, tractor-wagon rides, a corn maze, a hay fort, and a grain pit.
Where: 2901 Rose Hill Road, Marietta.
More information: timspumpkinpatch.com.