Fall Bucket List for Kids: 55 Awesome Things To Do in Philly This Fall

The quaint, fairy tale-themed amusement park, Dutch Wonderland, in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country caters toward the small but fearless. Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland
The quaint, fairy tale-themed amusement park, Dutch Wonderland, in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country caters toward the small but fearless. Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland
9/8/23 - By Maureen Rayburn

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

Bake an apple pie from scratch with fruits picked at one of the area's orchards or farms.

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

Find the perfect pumpkin in the patch and carve a scary or silly face to make a fall decoration.

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

Get lost in a corn maze at a local farm or hit the hay maze in Center City.

6. Visit the American Helicopter Museum

Let imaginations take flight for a few hours at the American Helicopter Museum.

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Philly farm fun Ride the Great Pumpkin Train
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.

8. Mushroom Festival

Check out the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, for culinary events, exhibits, children's entertainment, and mushroom art.

philly farm fun Linvilla Orchards hayride
Take a hayride to meet a witch at Linvilla Orchards. Photo courtesy of the orchard

9. Linvilla Orchards

Create fall family traditions at Linvilla Orchards with a hayride to the Witch's House or a visit to Pumpkinland.

10. Longwood Gardens

Scurry into Longwood's Canopy Cathedral Treehouse to get a view of the changing fall foliage, or pop over to the Pumpkin Playground.

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

Have your pants scared off during a Ghost Tour of Philadelphia. Boo!

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.

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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 Fun 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 Market

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 playland for preschoolers where you can ride the Happy Hayride to pick a pumpkin. Nothing scary in these Halloween decorations and activities.

philly farm fun Hersheypark.
Meet a like-sized candy bar at Hersheypark. Photo courtesy of the park

30. Amusement Parks

Put on your Halloween costume and visit the Philly area's theme park destinations, including HersheyparkDutch Wonderland, and Six Flags, for seasonal fun.  

31. Ride a Horse

Sign up for a horseback riding lesson. There are stables in Lafayette, Berwyn, West Chester, and the city.

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Franklin Square's Parx Liberty Carousel.
Ride Franklin Square's Parx Liberty Carousel. Photo courtesy of Historic Philadelphia

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. If you choose to do the haunted tour, remember that it is better geared towards older children or teens who are not upset by spooks.

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.

37. Diggerfest

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 perfect escape. 

42. Explore Bucks County

Go back in time, or play the day away in Bucks County.

43. Smith Memorial Playground

Head down the massive, historic wooden slide at Smith Memorial Playground, or even sign up for the Slide-A-Thon.

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

Many of the local museums offer fall festivities, like the straw maze at Woodmere Art Museum.

47. ...Or an Unusual Museum 

For the older kids, a unique museum might be just the ticket.  

Philly Fall Fun Bates Hotel
The Bates Motel Haunted House might just be the best-haunted house in the U.S.! Photo courtesy of the Bates Hotel

48. Bates Motel

Get scared out of your mind at the haunted Bates Motel. Recommended only for older kids and teens who are not bothered by spooks.

philly fall fun The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place!
Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place!

49. Sesame Place

Young children can ride the amusements at Sesame Place and see the fall decorations.

50. Stay in a Treehouse

Book a tree house vacation for a future getaway.

51. Take a Scenic Drive

The Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway is not only beautiful but includes historic and fascinating stops like the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Stroud Preserve.

52. American Treasure Tour Museum

View the odd, fascinating and nostalgic pop culture artifacts at the American Treasure Tour Museum in Oaks, from games to toys, to sculptures, to full-sized vehicles.

53. Visit a Local Farmer's Market

Enjoy the fall weather and bring home some fresh produce at places like the small but mighty Lansdowne Farmer's Market, which also features live music.

54. Chanticleer

The cultivated gardens at Chanticleer in Wayne feature fun sculptures and water features, along with resident fish and turtles.

55. Newlin Grist Mill

Explore both history and nature at Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills.

This post was originally published in Sept. 2015 and has been updated by Alyce Wilson for 2023.

Places featured in this article:

Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey

Parx Liberty Carousel in Franklin Square

Media Farmers' Market