Linvilla Orchards is a delightful Delaware Valley destination and has been attracting devoted Philadelphia-area visitors with its welcoming and family-friendly ambiance for many years. Today, this enchanting and sprawling orchard comprises over 300 acres. Although its most popular season is autumn, the orchard is open all year long for tours and other events, and its market is always overflowing with produce and vegetables harvested on-site, a selection of homemade and gourmet jams, candy, preserved items, and much more.
Since opening in the early 1900s as a family farm, Linvilla Orchards has been known as the place to purchase apples and other fresh produce, along with a selection of baked goods. The farm was known throughout the region for the peach and apple trees growing in the orchards, as well as the picturesque octagonal-shaped barn, which had become a symbol of the establishment and was unfortunately destroyed in a fire in 2002. While early on, the family sold fruit from their trees on the front porch (and locally from a horse-drawn wagon), today it houses a bustling and expansive market, bakery and gift shop filled with unique handmade items that reflect the farm lifestyle.
What to Do There
Linvilla Orchards guarantees a fun-filled day for parents as well as children. Overall, it’s an exceptional destination if you’re seeking something to do that’s (mostly) outdoors and budget-friendly. This destination hosts exciting events, classes and fun festivals throughout the year. Several of the popular activities include:
- Apple Picking: Linvilla is a top apple-picking destination in the entire area and always a fun and educational experience.
- Visit the Barnyard: Children of all ages adore a stroll around the barnyard to visit the adorable animals that live on the farm. Guests have the chance to see horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, peacocks, cows, and much more.
- Hayrides: All year long, the orchard’s legendary hayrides are a popular attraction. They include the Harvest hayrides, hayrides to the witch’s house (for the Halloween season), and Autumn Moon hayrides. Prices range from $7 to $10 per person, depending on the type of ride.
- Browse Around the Garden Center: Linvilla features an expansive garden center with an abundance of plants, trees, flowers, and other garden-related items for sale.
- Relax in the Beer Garden: New in 2019, Ship Bottom Brewery offers a variety of brews outdoors (weather permitting). This area offers some adult games, too, such as corn-hole and Jenga.
- Indoor Mini-Golf: From January through March, visitors can have some indoor fun at the 18-hole miniature golf course.
- Taste the Orchard: While at Linvilla, you will want to sip on some apple cider and taste a few specialties from the market or cafe. This farm is also famous for its delicious fruit pies, which they have been baking daily for over 40 years.
- Playground: The orchard features a sprawling outdoor playground for kids under the age of 12. (Note: there is a $1 admission).
- Train Ride: Take a leisurely ride around the property on the “Playland Express,” which is a 1860s-era steam locomotive that costs $5 to ride.
- Other Fun Activities: There’s always something lively happening at the orchards, such as face painting, pony rides, and more.
How to Get There
Located in Media, Pennsylvania about 30 miles from Philadelphia, Linvilla Orchards is an easy drive from the city. There is free parking on-site.
Tips for Visiting
Admission to Linvilla Orchards is free for everyone, and it’s fun just to walk around the grounds, especially in the fall when their “Pumpkinland” is open. However, some activities still require a fee, and you will certainly be tempted to purchase a food item or two, for sure. Check the website for pricing for the hayrides, activities, and special events and keep in mind the Beer Garden is open weather permitting.
If you’re concerned about crowds in the autumn, you might want to call ahead. It’s a big “school trip” destination so it could potentially be overrun with busloads of young students. It’s best to arrive early in the day, especially if you wish to purchase fresh produce or be among the first to explore the grounds or take a hayride.