Ahhh…. Fall. This week, it’s like mother nature finally got the memo that the seasons are about to change. It was so nice to wake up to a cooler, more crisp morning air rather than the sweltering heat and humidity. We are no longer making that exodus “down the shore” as most in the Philadelphia region tend to do during the summer.With the air conditioning turned off, people are starting to enjoy the outdoors more and the Philadelphia Suburbs are chock full of fun, fall activities this time of year.
While we’re partial to pumpkin picking and tractor rides, the Philly region offers fabulous fall foliage just about anywhere you look and a wide range of outdoor activities for your family to enjoy. Here is a list of places we have visited previously or are on our to-visit list this year:
1. Freddy Hill Farms Pumpkin Picking
Freddy Hill Farms is a great place to visit year-round, but the Fall is our favorite time to visit. There are 2 miniature golf courses, a driving range, batting cages, a farm zoo, and delicious homemade ice cream and fresh milk. The kids love heading out on a tractor ride, picking pumpkins and then enjoying a tasty ice cream cone. Freddy Hill offers Fall Fest each weekend in October.
Freddy Hill Farms is located at: 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446
2. Peddler’s Village Apple Festival
Peddler’s Village has fabulous holiday and seasonal festivals year round, and the Fall has one of our favorites! It’s Apple Festival time! You’ll have fun to your core enjoying apple pies, apple cider, caramel apples and more! This year’s festival is held on November 1st and 2nd from 10am to 6pm.
Peddlers Village is located at: Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, Bucks County, PA – 18931
3. Hurricane Hill Farm Corn Maze
Hurricane Hill Farm is a Pennsylvania Century Farm, currently in its 4th generation, in Chester County. The farm is a crop farm producing mainly corn and hay – perfect for fall activities!
The kids loved firing the corn cannon and making their way through the corn stalk maze. This year’s corn maze will take guests through the South Pacific to learn about Polynesia. There are three games to play in this year’s maze: Kernel Cobb’s Word Game (9 Story Boards); Cornelius Quest’s Picture Find (9 Picture Stations); and, Poppie’s Secret Word Jumble In addition to the Island Adventure Corn Maze, there is a smaller corn maze, a moon bounce, tractor rides, corn cannon, hay climb, cow train rides and more.
Hurricane Hill Farm is located at: 704 E. Reeceville Road Coatesville, PA 19320
4. Ryerss Farm
Ryerss Farm cares for aged, abused or injured horses. The horses here are never worked, auctioned or experimented upon – they just enjoy their “retirement”. The cost is free but donations are appreciated. You can bring apples or carrots (cut into small pieces), soft carrots or applesauce to feed the horses. You can visit the horses between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Ryerss Farm is located at: 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465-8806
5. Valley Forge National Park
Valley Forge National Park is one of those places I’m so happy we live near with it’s beautiful landscape and history (it is the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army). The park “commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times”.
This is a great place to bring the kids in the Fall so that the whole family can wander the trails, take in breathtaking views of the Fall foliage and spend a fun day together. There are many demonstrations about what life was like during the encampment, and so much to learn!
Where else in the Philly ‘burbs would you suggest we stop for some family outdoor fun this Fall?