Fall Bucket List for Kids: 50 Awesome Things To Do in Philly This Fall
Fall foliage, cooler temperatures, and doorways decorated in cornstalks and gourds create a welcome change from summer throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. As autumn settles into the region, Philly families anticipate traditions they know and love, including day trips to nearby corn mazes and hayrides, apple picking or pumpkin picking, and plenty more.
This year, we've rounded up the classics and thrown in some fresh ideas, too. Don't forget to review our comprehensive Fall Activity Guide for Philadelphia Kids and create a customized bucket list of fun for your family. For even more inspiration, browse our ultimate Philly bucket list, 100 Things To Do in Philly with Kids Before They Grow Up.
Our Philly Fall Bucket List for Kids
1. Go Apple Picking
2. See Fall Foliage
Enjoy the changing colors of the season at these great foliage viewing spots.
Visit Scarecrows in the Village through October and vote on your favorite. Photo courtesy of Peddler's Village
3. Peddler's Village
Bring a scarecrow to life at Peddler's Village; then, view all of the creations on display and vote for your fave.
4. Pumpkin Picking
Romp through a harvest hay maze among the skyscrapers in Dilworth Park. Photo by Matt Stanley for Center City District
5. Corn and Hay Mazes
6. Visit the American Helicopter Museum
Let imaginations take flight for a few hours at the American Helicopter Museum.
Ride the Great Pumpkin Train to the perfect patch. Photo courtesy of Delaware River Railroad Excursions
7. Pumpkin Train
Admire the colors of autumn and pick up a pumpkin with a ride on the Great Pumpkin Train.
Parkway Pals offers free fall fun right on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Photo by Beau Monde Originals for Center City District
8. Parkway Pals
Head to the Ben Franklin Parkway for free fall fun at Parkway Pals Family Saturdays, with themes ranging from wizardry to trick-or-treat.
9. Linvilla Orchards
10. Longwood Gardens
11. Morris Arboretum
Get a bird's eye view of the changing leaves at Morris Arboretum's 50-foot-high tree-top attraction.
12. Renaissance Faire
Take a trip back in time at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
13. Play Outside
Spend the afternoon playing in the cool autumn air at a local park or playground.
14. Visit a State Park
Discover the beauty of the trails found in local Pennsylvania State Parks.
15. Bucks County Bridges
Explore covered bridges throughout Bucks County in a self-guided driving tour.
16. Camp Outdoors
Escape to the outdoors with an autumn camping trip.
17. Ghost Tours
We suggest an empty stomach before entering the delightfully dizzying Vortex Tunnel. Photo by Liz Baill @creativishmom
18. Museum of Illusions
Feeling deceptive? Visit the Museum of Illusions for a mesmerizing experience that will have doing a double, or triple, take.
19. Waterfall Hikes
See all of the beauty Pennsylvania has to offer while hiking by a nearby waterfall.
20. See Animals
Pay a visit to the animals on the farm or at the zoo.
21. Drive-in Movies
Pack up the car with the kids and take in a family-friendly drive-in movie.
Harken back to the days of the Revolution at Valley Forge National Historic Park. Photo by Jonathan Kolbe, courtesy of Valley Forge
22. History Lessons
Learn about the Revolutionary Way during Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches at Valley Forge National Historic Park.
23. Laurel Hill Cemetery
Spend the afternoon playing games, making crafts, and taking tours of Laurel Hill Cemetery during its Fall Family Day.
24. Awbury Arboretum
25. Take a Weekend Vacation
Plan a family-friendly weekend getaway. Some of our favorites destinations include Gettysburg, the Poconos, Lancaster, and Cape May. N.J.
26. Local Hikes
Take a kid-friendly hike through a local park to glimpse the changing leaves. There are some legendary hiking trails an hour or less from Philly.
27. Reading Terminal
Sample the delicious autumn specialty foods at Reading Terminal Market.
28. Crayola Experience
Is your kid a doodler? Take a trip to Crayola Experience Pennsylvania in nearby Easton.
29. Storybook Land
Less than 60 miles from Center City is a storybook play land for preschoolers where you can ride the Happy Hayride to pick a pumpkin.
30. Amusement Parks
31. Ride a Horse
Sign up for a horseback riding lesson. There are stables in Lafayette, Berwyn, West Chester, and the city.
Find the perfect autumn gourd in the Philly area. Photo by Christine Mooney of Mommy Poppins
32. Parx Liberty Carousel
Climb onto a (pretend) zebra or dragon and take a spin at Franklin Square's Parx Liberty Carousel.
33. Have a Picnic
Pack a picnic and visit a new lunchtime spot.
34. Fall Festival
Plop your kid on a bale of hay for a photo op at a fall festival.
35. Eastern State Penitentiary
Get spooked on a tour of the nation's most infamous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary, which once housed some of America's most notorious criminals.
Dress up and head to Boo at the Zoo, where you can trick-or-treat among the animals. Photo courtesy of the zoo
36. Boo at the Zoo
Say hello to the animals and trick or treat at Philadelphia Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.
See your construction favorites decked out for the fall and Halloween season at Diggerland's Diggerfest.
38. Amish Museum
Appreciate Amish life with a visit to The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster.
39. Halloween Parades
Find a Halloween Parade in your neighborhood, like this one in Ambler.
40. Stroll a Philly Neighborhood
Embrace the milder weather with a walk or bike ride through a local neighborhood.
41. Indoor Play Spaces
Great on hot days, great on cool days, indoor play areas are a great escape.
42. Explore Bucks County
Go back in time, or play the day away in Bucks County.
43. Smith Playground
44. Grown-up and Me Class
Take your little one to a Mommy and Me class (or whoever your child's special grown-up is in their life!).
45. Farm Visits
Visit a local farm that offers entertainment for the whole family.
46. Visit a New Museum
47. ...Or an Unusual Museum
For the older kids, a unique museum might be just the ticket.
48. Bates Motel
Get scared out of your mind at the haunted Bates Motel.
49. Sesame Place
Ride the amusements at Sesame Place and see the fall decorations.
50. Stay in a Treehouse
Book a tree house vacation for future getaway.
This post was originally published in Sept. 2015 and has been updated by Corrie Stango for 2022.