10 Lavender Farm Day Trips for Families Near Philly
Let me take you down, ‘cause I’m going to lavender fields.
Lavender season in Philadelphia is upon us, and these 10 farms, all within 75 miles of the city, offer visitors so much more than just a view of the fragrant purple plant. Relaxation, animals, U-pick, and special events can be found at these lavender farms in Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey.
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10 Lavender Farms for Families near Philadelphia
1. Peace Valley Lavender Farm — Doylestown
Thousands of lavender plants grow on this hillside farm that overlooks Lake Galena in Bucks County. Free tours are offered to those curious about distilling lavender for essential oil, harvesting it, and more. Visitors can take advantage of the walking trails at Peace Valley Park and boat rentals on Lake Galena, both of which are a stone’s throw away.
2. Warwick Furnace Farm — Knauertown
Enjoy harvest experiences, picnics, lavender yoga, and en plein air painting at Warwick Furnace Farm. This farm opens its doors for special events only, so be sure to check its events calendar. Coming soon: fairy house installations and art exhibitions specifically for kids. Children younger than 14 are FREE with their families.
3. Hope Hill Lavender Farm — Pottsville
Learn about the farm, hear how to grow and harvest lavender, taste the lavender, and meet the Mediterranean donkeys; tours run at 11am on Saturdays through August. Hope Hill is open for visitors (tickets only needed to tour) for extended weekends in July, weekends only in August, and special dates in the fall. In addition to donkeys, the farm houses horses, hens, and bees. As a certified Pennsylvania Pollinator Friendly Garden, seasonal raw honey is available for purchase. Visit the website for special events, such as lavender wand-making, and other information.
4. Windy Hill Lavender Farm — Parkesburg
“It takes 10 gallons of lavender buds to produce a mere 8 ounces of essential oil.” Owners Scott and Anna pride themselves on the tedious process of lavender oil distillation. Cut-your-own lavender runs through mid-late July, and the farm also sells lavender-based culinary and beauty products. Take a ride out in the Amish countryside to pick gooseberries, peaches, and other fruits (based on season). Call ahead to schedule a time to visit Windy Hill Lavender Farm, where a breeze always greets visitors.
5. Paradise Lavender Farm — Cresco
An extension of Ross and Ross Nursery in the Poconos, Paradise Lavender Farm sits across the street. And just beyond the lavender, families can enter the enchanted fairy forest. This wooded area has been transformed to showcase magical and interactive fairy scenes, where the littlest guests and their families can roam and collect treasures at each exhibition. Paradise Lavender Farm is open Thursday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. Be sure to also visit the gift shop for lavender ice cream.
6. Quiet Hills Lavender Farm — Palmerton
Sitting 900 feet above sea level, the 35-acre Quiet Hills farm offers a picturesque view of Lehigh Gap. Fresh lavender is available for viewing and purchase throughout the month of July. The gift shop is open until Christmas, and hours of operation are Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm. Come to enjoy the 5,000 lavender plants, wild turkeys, and wonderful scenery at this family-run farm.
7. Princeton Lavender — Princeton, NJ
For a unique farm animal experience, Princeton Lavender allows visitors in the pasture with the four-legged residents. Alpacas, baby goats, chicks, turkeys, and a pony live here, and guests can even hand-feed them. It's $5 for anyone older than 3 to walk in the lavender field and visit the animals. No appointment is needed on the weekend, but be sure to reserve a time if visiting during the week. The farm is also available for birthday parties. Check its website or Facebook for special events, such as live BBQ cookouts.
8. Happy Day Farm — Manalapan, NJ
“It’s not just about the product, it’s about the experience.” Farmer Tim, owner and operator, has made his farm more than just a place to view lavender or pick flowers. This cozy haven has both comfortable and antique treasures spread throughout. While lavender viewing wraps up mid-summer, guests can pick sunflowers and blueberries well into the summer. Fresh-squeezed lemonade, made on-site, and shaved ice are available for purchase. Cash-only tickets for summer picking are sold at the door. Farm hours are Wednesday-Sunday 8am-3pm.
9. Mad Lavender Farm — Milford, NJ
Open Friday-Sunday 10am-2pm, Mad Lavender will reopen lavender picking in August for $15 per ticket when the crop goes through its second bloom. U-pick flower workshops are running throughout July ($25 per ticket; kids are FREE). The owner of SpadaFlora Botanical Artistry will demonstrate how to harvest and arrange blooms for a beautiful bouquet in compostable wrapping, and complementary lavender lemonade will be served. Chickens and goats roam the farm, with goat petting available. Get your lavender ice cream and cookies here, and check the farm’s website for goat yoga and other unique events. There is no fee to visit the farm.
Say hello to the resident alpacas while on a lavender visit to Hidden Spring.
10. Hidden Spring Lavender & Alpaca Farm — Skillman, NJ
Breathe in the aromatic air at this farm that grows 15 varieties of lavender and visit the alpacas, too. Visiting is free during operating hours: Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The farm periodically hosts special events, which include face painting, games, and food (check out its Facebook page for event information). Alpaca walking is on hold until the weather cools down, but the animals are always around for petting and feeding, including Montgomery, a baby alpaca born earlier this month.
Photos by the author