Take a ride through autumn's splendor. Photo courtesy of Colebrookdale Railroad
Take a ride through autumn's splendor. Photo courtesy of Colebrookdale Railroad

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend and Beyond: Nature, Farm Fun, Trains

With each October day that passes, Philly families may notice things getting a bit spookier throughout the Delaware Valley. Have you seen cackling witches, creepy spiders, scary spirits, and ghastly ghosts infiltrating our events calendar? It's really quite terrifying!

But what is even more frightening is missing out on the fall fun to be had. Kids can take a nature hike to learn about nocturnal animals at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, walk through Morris Arboretum to see the scarecrows on display, or get crafty at Crayola Factory's Screamin' Green Hauntoween. If you haven't had the chance for quintessential fall activities such as taking a hayride or picking a pumpkin, pay a visit to Varner Farms, Hellerick's Farm, Milky Way Farm, or Froehlich's Farm, Or, consider taking a train ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad or Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad to see the colorful foliage.

Be sure to check our Fall Fun Guide, which is filled with seasonal events around the Delaware Valley. Families can find more activities in our Philly events calendar, including virtual events for kids to do at home such as Paleopalooza, the beloved festival at the Academy of Natural Sciences which has gone virtual this year.  For now read on to discover great ways to spend this weekend and the rest of October. 

Be sure to check venue websites or call ahead for the latest updates. Visitors should observe social distancing guidelines, wear masks, and bring along hand sanitizer to stay safe.


Peace Valley Nature Center
170 N. Chapman Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Peace Valley Nature Center
170 N. Chapman Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Wilmington Riverfront/Fort Christina Park/Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
1124 E 7th Street
Wilmington , DE

The Colebrookdale Railroad
Post Office Box 492
Boyertown, PA 19512

Hagley Museum
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE 19807

Germantown Ave
Germantown Avenue between Bethlehem Pike and Southampton Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19118

Colonial Gardens
745 Schuylkill Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042

Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263
Lahaska, PA 18931

King of Prussia Mall, Parking Lot B
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Froehlich's Farm
3143 York Rd
Furlong, PA 18925

Tabora
1104 Upper Stump Road
Chalfont, PA

Shady Brook Farms
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Morgan's Pier
221 North Columbus Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Bates Motel
1835 Middletown Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 W. Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Strasburg Railroad
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA 17572

West Chester Railroad
230 E. Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Wilmington & Western Railroad
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808

The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad
42 Community Center Drive
Kempton, PA 19529

The Colebrookdale Railroad
103 E Third Street
Boyertown, PA 19512

Linvilla Orchard
137 West Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063

Stratton's Wynorr Farm
1631 E Street Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Arasapha Farms
1835 Middletown Road
Glenn Mills, PA 19342

Freddy Hill Farms and Family Fun Center
1440 Sumneytown Pike
Landsdale, PA 19446

Maple Acres
2656 Narcissa Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Varner Farms
746 S. Trappe Road
Collegeville, PA 19426

Milky Way Farm
521 East Uwchlan Avenue
Chester Springs, PA 19425

Colonial Gardens
745 Schuylkill Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Sugartown Strawberries
650 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19365

Solly Brother's Farm
707 Almshouse Road
Warminster, PA 18974

Shady Brook Farms
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley , PA 19067

Styer Orchard
97 Styer Lane
Langhorne, PA 19047

Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street
Morrisville, PA 19067

Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Patch
881 Highland Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Hellerick's Family Farm
5500 Easton Road
Doylestown , PA 18902

Highland Orchard Farms
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
West Chester, PA 19380

Country Barn
211 Donerville Rd
Lancaster, PA 17603

Merrymead Farm
2222 S. Valley Forge Rd.
Lansdale, PA 19446

Lytle's Farm
170 Church Rd
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Road
Medford, NJ 08055

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks, PA 17572

Hurricane Hill Farm
704 E. Reeceville Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

Merrymead Farm
2222 Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446

Winding Brook Farm
3014 Bristol Road
Warrington, PA 18976

Springdale Farms
1638 South Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Hellerick's Family Farm
5500 North Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902

Shady Brook Farms
931 Stony Hill Rd
Yardley, PA 19067

Springdale Farms
1638 South Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Wilcox Family Farm
1134 Reading Ave.
Boyertown, PA 19512

Snipes Farm
890 W Bridge Street
Morrisville, PA

Roba Family Farm
230 Decker Rd
North Abington Township, PA 18414

Indian Acres Treet Farm
111 Tuckerton Rd
Medford, NJ 08055

Kohler Farms
1262 Limekiln Pike
Prospectville, PA 19002

Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Road
Medford, NJ 08055

Lytle’s Farm
170 Church Road
Lincoln University, PA

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Paleopalooza
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - various times Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM
Scarecrow Walk & Design Contest
Morris Arboretum - 10:00 AM
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