The Best Fall Pumpkin Picking for Families in the Philly Area
There's no better way to celebrate harvest season than with a special adventure to a pumpkin patch. Urban families can find pumpkins as close as Franklin Square in Philadelphia, or take a beautiful drive to a suburban farm. Looking for more than just pumpkins? Not to worry; every pumpkin patch offers additional family fun, such as festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, playgrounds, and apple cider tastings— all while searching for the perfect pumpkin.
1. Arasapha Farms—Glen Mills
Pumpkin picking just scratches the surface of family-friendly activities here. Kids love to bounce, and Arasapha offers a pillow bounce, moon bounce, barn bounce, and pumpkin jumping! Plus, don't miss the enormous 5-acre corn maze that's suitable for all ages. Farm hours are Saturdays and Sundays only.
2. Active Acres Farm—Newtown
This pumpkin farm is the real deal. A whopping 230-acre farm has it all. A new playground, bounce house, fall festivities, a corn maze, and more! Take a hayride throughout the pumpkin patch, included in admission, to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. The pumpkin patch is open Saturdays and Sundays only in October.
3. Colonial Gardens—Phoenixville
Not only does Colonial Gardens offer families over 10 tons of pumpkins from which to choose, it also provides other fall fun, such as hayrides, a corn stalk maze, a Halloween fun house, and more. Pumpkinland opens on September 21, 2019!
4. Country Barn—Lancaster
Pick your pumpkins by the pound! With 12 varieties, including giant pumpkins, you are sure to find one to make your carving masterpiece dreams a reality! Wagon rides to the patch are available as well, running from September 14 - October 27, 2019.
5. Franklin Square Park—Philadelphia
This fun, one-day only event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 is free for children 10 and under. Pick and decorate your favorite pumpkin from the patch all without leaving the city!
6. Freddy Hill Farms and Family Fun Center—Lansdale
There’s something for everyone at this farm. Meet animals at the farm zoo, play mini golf, use the driving range, hit the batting cages, or enjoy fresh milk and homemade ice cream. Pumpkin picking, which is available on Saturdays and Sundays in October, isn't the only autumnal fun at Freddy Hill! Fall Fest begins October 5, 2019!
7. Hellerick’s Family Farm—Doylestown
Need to find a farm that offers more than just pumpkin picking? A family can easily spend an entire memorable day here, with so many activities offered. Visitors can enjoy a corn maze (it transforms into a flashlight maze at night), corn chute slides, and a Junior Farmers' area for kids under 5. This is definitely a destination farm, and the fall activities are open now through November 3, 2019.
8. 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. Plus, feed the goat, take advantage of some photo ops, and participate in some of the additional fall-themed activities. Check out the market and bakery, too—all the goodies are locally sourced.
9. Linvilla Orchards—Media
Pumpkinland is open! This annual tradition may not be a real pumpkin patch, but there are a plethora of pumpkins to choose from! Bring home some carve-worthy picks, head to the fields to pick apples if you are up for a real pick-your-own experience, enjoy hayrides, and much more. For an extra special treat, weekend hayrides to the Witch's house begin September 27, 2019.
10. Maple Acres Farm and Market—Plymouth Meeting
'Tis the season for apple cider, freshly baked pies, hayrides, and of course... pumpkin picking. Maple Acres doesn't disappoint with its variety of fall-themed activities for families. Make picking a perfect pumpkin an all-day affair.
11. Merrymead Farm—Lansdale
This working dairy farm has been in the same family for over 100 years. Pick out a perfect pumpkin during Harvest Days, which kick off October 5, 2019 and run every weekend through October, and enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, and other fun-filled activities! Don't forget to pick up some seasonal pies to take home.
12. Milky Way Farm—Chester Springs
During Pumpkin Harvest Season, Milky Way Farm visitors can take advantage of the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and play in the corn maze and hay rides during Pumpkin Harvest Weekends starting September 28, 2019. In addition, guests can enjoy seeing the young farm animals and tasting farm fresh ice cream.
13. Shady Brook Farms—Yardley
Daytime and evening fall fun are available to families that visit Shady Brook, as well as pumpkin picking. Kids can enjoy giant jumping pillows, moon bounces, wagon rides, and a bears’ playground. PumpkinFest begins September 28, 2019 and runs through Halloween.
14. Snipes Farm—Morrisville
This sustainable farm features educational activities, hayrides to the apple and pumpkin orchards, a barnyard playground, and wooden mazes to keep kids entertained. Plus, families can meet farm animals, bunnies, chickens, and goats during a pumpkin-picking excursion. Snipes Farm is only open weekends. The last hayride leaves an hour before closing.
15. Solly's Farm—Warminster
In addition to pumpkins, this farm also has an array of pick-your-own apples and many varieties of peppers.
16. Styer Orchard—Langhorne
Bountiful varieties of apples, squash, and corn are available for picking, in addition to pumpkins. Plus, don't miss the three-acre corn maze that's great for kids and adults. Insider tip: wear sturdy shoes for the corn maze—it can get slick on the pathway!
17. Sugartown Strawberries—Malvern
Kids and grown-ups alike are impressed with the selection of pumpkins. Plus, you can certainly have fun choosing some interestingly shaped gourds and colorful Indian Corn to use as Fall decorations. Families can also participate in the hay bale maze. There are tons of photo ops here, so don't leave the camera at home. The pumpkin patch is open September 26 to October 31, 2019.
18. Varner Farms—Collegeville
On the weekends, pumpkin pickers young and old can take a wagon ride to the patch at Varner Farms. In addition to other family fun check out the Candy Carnival on October 31, 2019, when little ones can do activities and receive candy. It's free to attend, but pre-registration is required.
Photo of Linvilla Orchards courtesy of Cait Sumner of Mommy Poppins.
Post updated September 2019