Exlore Spooky Franklin Square this fall, Photo courtesy of Franklin Square
Exlore Spooky Franklin Square this fall, Photo courtesy of Franklin Square

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.

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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

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

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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

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

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.

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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

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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Find the perfect autumn gourd in the Philly area. Photo by Christine Mooney of Mommy Poppins

32. Pumpkin Picking

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

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.

42. Candytopia

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.

49. Wonderspaces

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.

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