Fall pumpkin picking at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Fall pumpkin picking at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Best Pumpkin Picking Near Philadelphia for Fall Fun

It's the quintessential way to welcome the harvest season – a family pumpkin patch adventure. There's no shortage of pumpkin picking near Philadelphia – the suburbs abound with places for kids to load up a wagon with their top pumpkin picks, before enjoying a whole host of family-friendly activities. Whether you're looking to carve a spooky jack-o-lantern, or whip up some cozy fall recipes with the kids, autumn just isn't the same without pumpkins.

Wherever you choose to get your pumpkins, you're bound to spend a couple extra hours hanging around once the picking is done. From festivals to hayrides, the Philly region is jam-packed with fall-themed entertainment that kids love. We made a list of the best farms and orchards with attractions that go well beyond the patch, to build lasting family memories year after year.

Discover even more for Philly kids in our Fall Activity Guide, where you can find amazing corn mazes, apple pickingstate parks and more.

 

 

1. Arasapha Farms — Glen Mills

Pumpkin picking barely scratches the surface of family-friendly activities here, but you can start start with a hayride to the four acre pumpkin patch to select your favorite of the bunch. Afterwards, kids can try out the pillow bounce, mini golf or tire tower from the menu of options. Don't leave without navigating the five acre corn maze, featuring an outer space theme and virtual scavenger hunt. Hayrides are $20.00 for kids 12 and under, and the farm is open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, starting the last week of September.

2. Colonial Gardens — Phoenixville

Not only does Colonial Gardens offer families a bevy of pumpkins from which to choose, it also has hayrides, a corn stalk maze, a Halloween fun house, and haunted hayrides. Pumpkinland – the farm's colorful display of cartoon characters, scarecrows, and more than ten tons of pumpkins – opens in late September and continues through Halloween. Combo tickets for the daytime hayrides and corn mazes cost $9.00.

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Play fall games at Hellerick's Family Farm. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala.

3. Hellerick’s Family Farm — Doylestown

55 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash are ripe for the picking at Hellerick's Family Farm from late September to November. This destination farm looks more like an amusement park on weekends, when the towering aerial park welcomes visitors from the city, suburbs and beyond. Their 18-acre adventure farm has a corn maze, giant slides, a tractor tire playground, an obstacle course, and a junior farmers' area for children under five, among some 40 plus attractions. Kids two and under are free, and tickets for most activities cost $11.99 on weekdays and $14.99 Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are required. Fall programming runs mid-September through early November.

4. Highland Orchards — West Chester

Whether pumpkin picking or apple picking is on the agenda for the day, Highland Orchards has a convenient shuttle to take families out to the pick-your-own fields. Parents love to take advantage of the beautiful photo ops available throughout their scenic grounds. Be sure to squeeze in a hayride and check out the market and bakery, where all goodies are locally sourced.

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Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards is always a local favorite. Photo by R.Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

5. Johnson's Corner — Medford, NJ

Through Halloween, visitors can nab pumpkins for 89 cents a pound from the patch at Johnson's Corner Farm. They can also wander through a corn maze, or watch the animals at the Discovery Barn. Wagon rides to the fields and orchards run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends. Every weekend in October hosts a fall festival, with food tents, a sunflower stroll, gem mining and duck races. Advanced timed tickets are required for some events, and the farm anticipates selling out during peak hours, so visit for their website for the latest information.

6. Linvilla Orchards –– Media 

This farm is widely known as one of the best places for pumpkin picking near Philadelphia. A trip to Linvilla Orchards is a Delaware Valley family tradition, coming in at number 3 on our list of 100 Things to Do in Philly with Kids. Their Pumpkinland features more than 100 tons of pumpkins in every shape, size and hue, in addition to a plethora of kid-approved attractions to enjoy once you've made your choices. Bring home some carve-worthy picks, head to the fields to pick apples if you need more fresh produce, and enjoy hayrides day or night. For an extra special treat, weekend hayrides to the Witch's house offer spookier thrills. Pumpkinland is open daily through early November, and tickets are required for kids over a year old. Prices vary, so check their website for details.

7. Maple Acres Farm and Market — Plymouth Meeting

'Tis the season for apple cider, freshly baked pies, and of course...the pumpkin patch. Maple Acres sells a huge variety of pumpkins, and features cool instagram-worthy photo-ops on huge tractors, giant hay stacks, and even their own LOVE sign, just like the sculpture downtown. Kids like seeing the farm animals at the barn, taking hayrides, and feeding the ducks in the farm's small pond. 

8. Merrymead Farm — Lansdale

Merrymead is a local favorite come pumpkin season, and there are always plenty of pumpkins to pick from. Autumn kicks off with the Lighting of the Great Pumpkin – an event complete with storytelling, music and hayrides. The opening ceremony is the last weekend in September, and the Great Pumpkin stays lit for guests to enjoy in the evenings throughout the season. Other fun-filled activities include Harvest Days, where children can ride a train, observe the animals, and complete a scavenger hunt through their famed moonlight maze. Don't forget to pick up some seasonal pies to take home.

9. Milky Way Farm — Chester Springs

Far from outer space, the Milky Way Farm's pumpkin patch in Chester Springs is open weekends from late September through Halloween, with the option of private hayrides. On a good year, their seven to eight acre patch yields roughly 25,000 pumpkins! Tickets must be purchased in advance to maintain capacity limits, and $5.00 buys you two hours worth of pumpkins, corn mazes and farm animals. On weekdays, the farm is open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and tickets are $3.00.

10. Shady Brook Farms — Yardley

This sprawling Bucks County farm has one of the best pumpkin patches near Philadelphia. Shady Brook's FallFest invites guests to its patch to find pumpkins at 75 cents a pound, and then stick around for a jam-packed slate of kid-friendly entertainment. Shady Brook is truly a fall wonderland, with games, wagon rides, a jumping pillow, live music on the weekends, and much more. New for Fall 2021 is Eerie Illuminations, a Halloween themed light display. Timed tickets are available online in advance, with weekday prices starting at $12.00 and weekends starting at $20.00.

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Kids love to pick the biggest of the pumpkin patch. Photo courtesy of Snipes Farm.

11. Snipes Farm — Morrisville

This sustainable farm features educational activities, a barnyard playground, wooden and hay mazes, a hay pyramid, scarecrows, and a nature path to keep kids entertained. Plus, families can meet farm bunnies, chickens, and goats during a pumpkin-picking excursion. Snipes Farm is open in October from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays. As an added bonus this year, the farm will feature pick-your-own flowers. Fresh cider, donuts, and pies are also for sale. Tickets are $8.00 for children 3 and older.

12. Solly's Farm — Warminster

In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, this farm also has an array of pick-your-own apples and many varieties of peppers. Pumpkin picking and hayrides to the patch begin the first weekend of October. One of their more unique attractions is the Scarecrows of American History. Visit their website for updates on fall events.

13. Styer Orchard — Langhorne

Bountiful varieties of apples, squash, and corn are available for picking, in addition to pumpkins. Free hayrides run to the orchard. Plus, don't miss the three-acre corn maze that's great for kids and adults alike. Insider tip: wear sturdy shoes for the corn maze—it can get slick on the pathway.

14. Sugartown Strawberries — Malvern

Kids and grown-ups are continually impressed with the selection at this destination for pumpkin picking near Philadelphia. Interestingly shaped gourds and colorful Indian corn are also for sale to use as fall decor. The hay bale maze and hayrides are family favorites, and there are tons of photo ops here, so don't leave the camera at home. The pumpkin patch is open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends from late September through Halloween. Weekday hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

 

A version of this article first published in 2016. Writer Corrie Stango contributed to an update in 2021.

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