50 Fun Fall Activities to Do with Philly Kids
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 hay rides, apple picking or pumpkin picking, and plenty more.
This year, we've rounded up the classics and thrown in some fresh ideas too. Expect some mask wearing and social distancing at these Philly-area day trip destinations, and certain venues might require advanced or timed ticketing. Savor this time of year by enjoying the activities on our list.
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.
Fun Fall Activities for Philly Families and Kids
1. Go Apple Picking
Bake an apple pie from scratch with fruits picked at one of the area's orchards or farms.
2. Play Outside
Spend the afternoon playing in the cool, autumn air at a local park or playground.
3. Bucks County Bridges
Explore covered bridges throughout Bucks County in a self-guided driving tour.
4. Parx Liberty Carousel
Climb onto a (pretend) zebra or dragon and take a spin at Franklin Square's Parx Liberty Carousel.
5. Corn Mazes
Get lost in a corn maze at a local farm.
6. Visit 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.
Sesame Place's Not-Too-Spooky Drive-thru is tailor-made for preschool fun. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place
8. Sesame Place
Ride the amusements at Sesame Place and see the fall decorations.
9. Linvilla Orchards
Create fall family traditions at Linvilla Orchards with a hayride to the Witch's House.
10. Longwood Gardens Treehouse
Scurry into the Canopy Cathedral Treehouse at Longwood Gardens to get a view of the changing fall foliage.
11. Longwood Gardens Playground
While you're at Longwood, pop over to the Pumpkin Playground, which will be open this year.
12. Renaissance Faire
Take a trip back in time at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
13. See Fall Foliage
Enjoy the changing colors of the season at these great foliage viewing spots.
14. Visit a State Park
Discover the beauty of the trails found in local Pennsylvania State Parks.
15. 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.
16. Camp Outdoors
Escape to the outdoors with an autumn camping trip. There are dozens of great camping destinations in and around Philly. Some seasons extend into late October.
17. Ghost Tours
18. Patriot Day
Celebrate Patriot's Day at Brandywine Battlefield and learn about our country's founding fathers including our first president, General George Washington.
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 darkest 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
Discover the wonders of our natural world at 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, where social distancing guidelines are in place.
29. Storybook Land
Less than 60 miles from Center City is a storybook play land for preschoolers. That's right, Storybook Land is just a short hop along the Atlantic City Expressway. 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. Pumpkin Picking
33. Have a Picnic
Pack a picnic and visit a new lunchtime spot.
34. Outdoor Workouts
Take an outdoor class for fun. Discover yoga, horseback riding, tennis, martial arts, and more.
35. Eastern State Penitentiary
Get spooked on a tour of the nation's most infamous prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary, which once housed some of America's most notorious criminals.
36. Boo at the Zoo
Say hello to the animals and then trick or treat at Philadelphia Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.
37. Philadelphia Zoo Prehistoric Exhibit
While you're there, be sure to check out Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age which has been extended through October 31.
38. Amish Museum
Marvel at the simplicity of Amish life with a visit to The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster.
39. Ambler Halloween Parade
Dress up in costume for a Halloween Parade that starts at The Ambler Theatre.
40. Dog Halloween Parade
Watch a doggie costume contest at Northern Liberties' Hound-O-Ween Fall Festival.
41. Pumpkin Carving
Carve a pumpkin outside at Morgan's Pier Fall Fest.
Taste sweet treats as Candytopia takes on a Halloween vibe during its Candytopia: Halloween Sweet and Treats display which begins October 22.
43. Explore Bucks County
Go back in time, or play the day away in Bucks County.
44. Mommy and Me
Take your little one to a Mommy and Me class.
45. Farm Visits
Visit a local farm that offers entertainment for the whole family.
46. Fall festivals
Get out to one of the many fall festivals being held throughout the region.
47. Van Gogh Exhibition
Experience the works of an artistic genius in the most unique way at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience running now through November 21.
48. Bates Motel
Get scared out of your mind at the haunted Bates Motel.
View immersive works of art at Wonderspaces Philadelphia in the Fashion District.
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 for 2021.