Best Fall Activities in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Corn Maze sign in cornfield
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Greater Philadelphia is perfectly triangulated for autumn. Area farms offer harvest attractions, such as pick-your-own pumpkins apples, plus hayrides and corn mazes, while the city gets in the spirit with fall festivals and creepy haunted houses. Read on to discover more Philadelphia fall events and activities.

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    Set your sights on a perfectly spherical orange orb at one of the Philly area's pick-your-own pumpkin patches. Some of the farms grow their own pumpkins on site, while other offer a less labor-intensive pumpkin choosing experience. Many of the farms also offer other fall entertainment including hayrides, corn mazes, and apple picking.

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    Apple Orchards

    Whether you're craving a slice of homemade apple pie, or you're just in the mood for some quality time with the kids, the Philadelphia area is home to ample apple orchards. Pick your own apples straight from ​the tree, pausing only for a bite of apple cider doughnut. Many of these venues offer hayrides to the orchards, so don't miss out!

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    No autumn is complete without a bumpy, thrilling ride behind a wagon or tractor — even better if the vehicle leads to a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or evening bonfire. Here are seven of the Philly area's best hayrides.

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    The bounty of corn farms in the area means we win twice over, getting to eat fresh sweet corn all summer long and then wander through corn mazes when the growing season is over. Find a maze in Pennsylvania or South Jersey.

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    Thrills and chills await at Philly's scariest, most spine-tingling haunted attractions. Attractions range from haunted prisons and asylums (complete with deranged prisoners and patients run amok) to blood-soaked corn mazes and bone-chilling hayrides. Whichever attraction you choose, you're in for a fright.

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    So you ventured through Eastern State Penitentiary's "Terror Behind the Walls," and you survived a hayride through a zombie apocalypse. Now what? Take your fright to a new level by taking a Philadelphia ghost tour.

    Offered by a number of different providers, these guided tours lead visitors on a paranormal adventure through Philly's haunted history.

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    Celebrate German culture with delicious fall beers at one of these Oktoberfest celebrations.

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    With fall in full swing, you're likely seeing changing leaves all around you, but some places in the Philadelphia area offer unparalleled views of autumn foliage.

    Valley Forge National Historical Park, for example, is typically awash in fiery reds and oranges come October, while area gardens, like Longwood Gardens and Morris Arboretum, showcase fall foliage in a more landscaped fashion. Follow this link to discover fall foliage in the Greater Philadelphia area.