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22 spots near Philly for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, and more

Where to go for the best of fall in Berks, Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Hunterdon, Lancaster, Mercer, and Montgomery counties.

Jude MacDonald, 3, of Cape May, NJ, attempt to pick up a large pumpkin at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pa. The farm offers pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and wagon rides among other activities and entertainment.
Jude MacDonald, 3, of Cape May, NJ, attempt to pick up a large pumpkin at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pa. The farm offers pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and wagon rides among other activities and entertainment.Read moreHEATHER KHALIFA / Staff Photographer

Pumpkins — the quintessential symbol of fall. Whether you eat them, paint them, carve them, or put them on your steps, it just doesn’t feel like the season is here until you have some of the orange-colored fruit in your life. Sure, you could stop by your local grocery store to pick up a pumpkin, but if you want the full fall experience, you’ve got to get it straight off the vine.

These Philly-area farms have got the pumpkins, plus hayrides, festivals, and more.

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Bucks County

Pick your pumpkin straight from the patch during Fall Family Festival weekends. The farm also has a two-acre corn maze to get lost in, and you can take a hayride, ride the mini railroad, bowl with pumpkins, jump in the bounce house, and enjoy other family fun. (Catch a live performance by popular local children’s entertainer YOYO on Saturdays from Oct. 7 and 14 at noon) If you want to pick your pumpkin from the garden center, you can also shop for mums, straw bales, and more any day of the week. Fall Family Festival Weekend/pumpkin picking tickets are $15 for one child and one adult, and $5 for each additional adult.

Insider tip: The 2023 Fall Family Festival features a free butterfly atrium with hundreds of flying specimens. And, one mile down the road, the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village is a perfect outing to combine with a visit to Bountiful Acres. The Scarecrow Festival runs through Oct. 29.

📍5074 York Rd., Holicong, Pa., 📞 215-794-7043, 🌐, 🕑 Shop daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fall Family Festival weekends through Oct. 29, Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

During Fall Festival weekends at Charlann Farms, your kids can play in a sandbox filled with loose corn (always a fan favorite), paint a sugar pumpkin (included with your ticket) and enjoy activities like pumpkin bowling, pumpkin ring toss, a straw maze, straw mountain (with slides), live animals, and more. You can also grab lunch from one of the rotating local food trucks. Instead of picking pumpkins from the vine yourself, choose yours from the many pumpkins laid out in the “patch” in front of the farmstand. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. (Children under 2 are free.) Pony rides are an extra $5 (cash only).

Insider tip:You can purchase tickets for the corn maze only for $5 or get a ticket for everything listed above plus the corn maze for $13.

📍586 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, Pa., 📞 215-493-1831, 🌐, 📷 @charlannfarms, 🕑 Festival weekends run through Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Farmstand open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

To pick your own pumpkin at Froehlich’s, you’ll have to buy a ticket to the annual Fall Festival. (You can also choose from the wide variety at the market). The annual event includes access to the pumpkin patch, live music, inflatables, temporary tattoos, pumpkin decorating, a monster slide, and more. Come hungry because there are plenty of food options. (Adults can enjoy a beverage from The Proper Brewing Co. or Sand Castle Winery.) General admission is $15 per guest and includes access to the festival grounds and pumpkin patch. If you’d like to participate in festival activities, though, you’ll want the $25 activity pass. Children 24 months and under are free.

📍3143 York Rd. Furlong, Pa., 📞 215-794-8733, 🌐, 📷 @froehlichsfarm, 🕑 Sept. 30-Oct. 31, Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hellerick’s doesn’t offer traditional pumpkin picking, but you can shop for pumpkins of all sizes, unusual gourds and squash, and even yellow and blue pumpkins. For a day of family fun, the Adventure Farm has a hayride, corn mazes, farm animals, hay bale slides, playgrounds, and more than 40 activities for kids and adults.Tickets are $15 on weekdays, but $19 on weekends, and children under 2 are free. Adults and children 7 years old and up can also buy tickets for the Aerial Adventure Park, with nine zip lines, climbing structures, bridges, and a free-fall leap off the 30-foot central tower. The Aerial Adventure Park is $40 for 1.5 hours. For $47, you get access to both the Aerial Adventure Park and the Adventure Farm. And, if you feel daring, try the silo rock-climbing wall for $10. Hellerick’s also offers season pass options starting at $50 if you plan to go more than once.

Insider tip: Hellerick’s Adventure Farm is one of the few destinations on this list that is open daily. Visit on a weekday to beat the crowds.

📍5500 N. Easton Rd., Doylestown, Pa., 📞 215-766-8388, 🌐, 📷 @hellericksfarm, 🕑 daily through Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

If you want to simply shop pumpkins, stop by the Shady Brook Market. But for an entire day of activities, get tickets to FallFest. FallFest includes their five-acre corn maze; wagon rides to go pick pumpkins, apples and sunflowers; giant jumping pillows; a playground; pedal go-karts; obstacle course; sports zone; Insta-ready photo ops; haunted attractions, and more. There’s live music on the weekends, food vendors, and stands with adult beverages. Pumpkin ice cream from Uncle Dave’s, available on the Festival Field and at the main shop connected to the market, is always a must. FallFest tickets range from $15 to $35 depending on the day and time, but children under 2 years old enter for free. . Prices are a few dollars more if purchased onsite.

Insider tip: Visit on weekend evenings for the Eerie Illuminations wagon ride light show. It’s a mash-up of Shady Brook’s Holiday Light Show and a more family-friendly version of their old haunted wagon ride. Think twinkling lights, Halloween characters, and popular Halloween tunes. Once you have your admission wristband, you can come and go throughout the day. Come in the morning when it’s not as crowded and then return at night to relax at a fire pit and ride Eerie Illuminations.

📍931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, Pa., 📞 215-968-1670, 🌐, 📷 @shadybrookfarm, 🕑 Wed.-Sun. opens at 11 a.m., closing time varies depending on the date.

In addition to picking a perfect pumpkin from the patch, explore the Land of Scarecrows, take a walk on the nature trail, play in the playgrounds, or find your way through the straw bale maze. Plus, you can visit the animals at the excellently named Cluckingham Palace and learn something new at the Ol’ Time Farm Museum. Shop at the Big Barn Market for farm fresh produce, pumpkins, fall decorations, and yummy fall treats. Admission to the farm is $6; children 2 and under are free.

Insider tip: They are opening the season on Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a special event, including ten food trucks, vendors, face painting, and more activities

📍890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville, Pa., 📞 215-295-1139, 🌐, 📷 @snipes_farm, 🕑 Through Oct. 29, Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Styer Orchard is one of the most affordable locations on this list. Admission and hayrides are free; you only pay for what you pick. Head to the pumpkin patch or apple orchards, or choose from the many pumpkins on display at the farm stand. On the way, stop for top for ice cream, produce, and fall treats like pies and doughnuts.

Insider tip: When visiting, be sure not to bring knives or peelers because you will be asked to leave the farm.

📍97 Styers Lane, Langhorne, Pa., 📞 215-702-9633, 🌐, 📷 @styerorchard, 🕑 Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Last hayride is at 5:30 p.m.); Store hours Mon. - Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

During the last two weeks in October, you can pick your own pumpkins any day of the week at Winding Brook Farm. Until then, come by on a weekend for picking, hayrides to the patch, corn maze, hay maze, and a non-haunted evening hayride under the stars. Older children, teens and adults who like to be spooked should try the haunted hayride, haunted corn maze, or the Corn Walk of Horror. No fee just to pick in the patch. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are $4 for adults and children 3 and over. Other activities are priced separately, but you can get an all-inclusive ticket for $12.50

Insider tip: Winding Brook Farm allows flashlight pumpkin picking in their front field patch. For folks with kids, weekends come with free events including a petting zoo, pony rides, teather, and face painting.

📍3014 Bristol Rd., Warrington, Pa., 📞 215-343-8880, 🌐, 📷 @wbf1805, 🕑 pumpkin picking last 2 weeks in October daily 2-5 p.m., weekend family events Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Berks County

This year, Wilcox Farms offers two options to get your pumpkin. Folks can either go pumpkin picking, or buy at their market. You can also stock up on fall decorations, gourds, squash, corn stalks, straw bales, and metal yard stakes. If you visit on a weekend, you can take a 20-minute hayride ($4 per person) and venture into the large 25-acre corn maze ($8). This year’s theme is “Headless Horseman” for the large maze, and a “Horses”for the smaller option.

Insider tip: If you’re looking for weekday fun with little ones, stop by for the kids’ corn maze and play area for $5. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

📍1134 Reading Ave., Boyertown, Pa., 📞 610-367-2387, 🌐, 🕑 Market is open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Burlington County

If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, visit Johnson’s Corner Farm on a weekday. Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and visit the Discovery Barnyard Playground and Animal Farm any day of the week. The Discovery Barnyard includes pedal go-karts (for both older and younger children), climbing rocks, pretend farm, and other play areas. For more of a festival vibe, come on a Saturday or Sunday when there are food tents, live music, a corn maze, and a sunflower stroll. Reserved wagon rides are $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. To save on tickets, buy online becuase walk-ups cost up to $2 more. Additional activities are a ticket upgrade. Children under 12 months are free.

Insider tip: Make sure to reserve your hayride time slot early as peak times are likely to sell out.

📍133 Church Rd., Medford, N.J., 📞 609-654-8643, 🌐, 📷 @johnsonscornerfarm, 🕑 Wagon rides for pumpkin picking through Oct. 31, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Camden County

Choose a pumpkin from the market any day, or take a pumpkin picking hayride during an October weekend. Hayrides are $7.50 per person. Pumpkins are $0.89 per pound. There will also be plenty of photo ops, and other small activities for kids, including a free spooky walkthrough.

Insider tip: They’re famous for their home baked pies, hot apple cider doughnuts, and pumpkin-spiced treats.

📍1638 S. Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J., 📞 856-424-8674, 🌐, 📷 @springdalefarmmarket, 🕑 Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Chester County

Choose a pumpkin from the large selection here and then have some fun at their annual Pumpkinland and Haunted Gardens. Pose with your head in cutouts or let your kids loose to play in the hay jump. You can also buy $4 tickets for unlimited time in the farm’s the three mazes or for a $8 wagon ride through the woods. (Combo tickets available for $11.) If you’re looking for spooky fun, visit Friday through Sunday nights during October for haunted hayrides. Pumpkinland is free. Pumpkins are priced per pound. Mazes and hayrides are priced separately.

Insider tip: Be sure to take a photo in front of “The Great Pumpkin Patch” sign.

📍745 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville, Pa., 📞 610-948-9755, 🌐, 🕑 Daytime events through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

During the weekend, you can ride the open-air shuttle out to the field and pick your pumpkin right from the vine. Plus, you can enjoy additional festivities including face painting, food trucks, Amish-style barbecue, a wine and beer garden, and more. Check their Facebook page on Thursdays for posts about that weekend’s entertainment. During the week, there’s a free playground, picnic spot, and place to look at the farm animals open daily. And you can choose a pumpkin from the thousands on display at the farm market. For $3 per person, you get access to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Children under 5 are free. Sorry, but dogs other than service dogs are not permitted in the fields.

Insider tip: Grab some “nothing but apples” apple cider and apple cider doughnuts while you’re there. The delicious doughnuts are award winning and baked fresh daily.

📍1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., West Chester, Pa., 📞 610-269-3494, 🌐, 📷 @highlandorchardsinc, 🕑 Pumpkin picking Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through October

Delaware County

Take a hayride to the 4-acre pumpkin garden and choose from hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes. Your admission also includes mini-golf, pedal cars, access to the playground, corn maze, pillow bounce, and various games. Admission is $20 per child. Adults are free, except for the corn or sunflower maze. Gem mine, corn cannons, and refreshments are available at an extra cost.

Insider tip: The 5-acre corn maze is completely new this year.

📍1835 Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, Pa., 📞 610-656-1005, 🌐, 🕑 through Oct. 29, Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards hosts Pumpkinland every fall, featuring larger-than-life scarecrows, apple picking, hayrides, corn and straw bale mazes, and more. While they don’t offer traditional pumpkin picking in a patch, they do sell a wide variety. Plus, there are activities such as a train ride, playground, and fishing at Orchard Lake. Take a hayride to the Witch’s House for stories and jokes, view the Jack-O-Lantern Exhibit the last two weeks in October, and visit the animals in the barnyard. Tickets/registration are not required to buy a pumpkin, shop in the Market or Garden Center, or visit the animals. Other activities are priced/ticketed individually. See website for details.

Insider tip: On October 29, get all the pumpkins you can carry for $29.99. There is one condition, you must be able to carry them on your arms for 20 feet.

📍137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, Pa., 📞 610-876-7116, 🌐, @linvillaorchards, 🕑 daily through Nov. 5, hours vary.

Hunterdon County

Pick a pumpkin from the 6-acre pumpkin patch; find your way through the corn maze; visit the petting zoo; take a wagon ride. There’s also a smaller straw bale maze for kids and corn boxes (picture a sandbox, but filled with corn) for play. Music and games round out the fun. Admission is $7 per person and includes all activities. Children 3 and under are free. Pumpkins priced per pound.

Insider tip: There is free onsite parking.

📍34 Toad Lane, Ringoes, N.J., 📞 908-406-1090, 🌐, 🕑 through Oct. 24, Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Lancaster County

With more than 60 activities, you can spend the entire day at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. Cherry Crest’s pumpkin patch has many different varieties, shapes, sizes, and colors. Load up a wagon with pumpkins right from the vine. In addition to loading up a wagon with pumpkins right from the vine, there’s Sproutsville (a miniature kids’ village), pedal carts, duck races, a corn barn, corn maze, lil wagon express, giant slides, farm animals, and more. There’s even live music on Saturdays.Tickets start at $22.95 but vary depending on day of the week, date and package options. Children 2 and under are free.

Insider tip: On Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the farm has “Pumpin Madness.” Bring your leftover pumpkins and smash them or watch the pumpkin drops at 5 and 7 p.m.📍150 Cherry Hill Rd., Ronks, Pa., 📞 866-546-1799, 🌐, 📷 @cherrycrestadventurefarm, 🕑 through Oct. 28 , check the website for available hours

Take a wagon out to the 10-acre patch and pick your favorite pumpkin right from the vine. Or, skip the ride and choose one from the farm market. If you want the full experience, get tickets to Barnyard Kingdom. Regular admission includes the corn maze and a slew of other activities such as pig races, pedal karts, barnyard animals, fossil dig, jump pad, tater sack slides, jump pad, and more.Barnyard Kingdom admission starts at $18. Children under 3 are free. Wagon rides are $2 per person, or included in your Barnyard Kingdom admission.

Insider tip: If you’re looking for evening fun, make a reservation for a campfire and explore the corn maze with a flashlight on Friday and Saturday nights.

📍211 S. Donerville Rd., Lancaster, Pa., 📞 717-872-5591, 🌐, 📷 @barnyardkingdom, 🕑 through Oct. 39, check the website for hours

Mercer County

At Terhune Orchards, you can pick pumpkins every day of the week. But if you want all of the extras, come by on a Saturday or Sunday. There’s live music in the afternoon, barnyard animals, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, hay bale mazes, a nature trail, adventure barn (this year’s theme is all about apples), and more. Shop the farm store for fresh-pressed apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, apple cider slush, their own wine, and other goodies. There are also tastings in the wine orchard. Fall Family Fun Weekend costs $15 online or $18 at the gate (as capacity allows). Children under 3 are free. Pony rides are extra.

Insider tip: Free parking is available on Cold Soil Road.

📍330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, N.J., 📞 609-924-2310, 🌐, 📷 @terhuneorchards, 🕑 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fall Family Fun Weekends through Oct. 29, Sat.- Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Montgomery County

Select a pumpkin from Merrymead’s corral of many varieties, shapes and sizes. Other highlights include farm animals, a wagon train ride, a cornfield maze, apple slinger, inflatables, and pumpkin painting. The farm also offers evening hayrides and moonlight maze times. The 5-acre corn maze is $12 per person. The market has more than 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream (including pumpkin) and homemade apple cider doughnuts.

Insider tip: Before folks needed several $1 tickets for additional activities, now you can get a $20 pass that includes everything ($12 on weekdays).

📍2222 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, Pa., 📞 610-584-4410, 🌐, 📷 @merrymeadfarm, 🕑 Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. 9 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Harvest Days: Through Oct. 30, Sat -Sun. noon-5 p.m.

Northern Star Farm is back with their 15th Annual Fall Fest featuring pumpkin picking, hay rides, a corn maze, pony rides, apple slingshot, farm animals, and more. Admission and parking are free. Events are ticketed individually and range from $3 to $9 per person. Food trucks on site for lunch.

Insider tip: Pony rides open on weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

📍112 E. Thirrd Ave., Trappe, Pa.19426, 📞 215-859-7302, 🌐, 📷 @NorthernStarFarm, 🕑 through Oct. 29, Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Olszanowski Farm is known for its long hayride through the farm fields and woods. First, take a short ride to the 13-acre patch where you can pick from a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Then, get back on the hay wagon for a 20-minute ride back to hoop house. Everything is grown on the farm. There’s also a sprawling 5-acre corn maze and small sunflower maze for kids. Hayride to pick-your-own pumpkins is $3 per person. Corn maze is $8. Children 5 and under are free for all activities.

Insider tip: If you can only visit on a weekday, call the farm to make an appointment.

📍315 Pughtown Rd., Spring City, Pa., 📞 610-506-7851, 🌐, 🕑 through Oct. 31, Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by reservation. The last hayride to the patch leaves at 4:45 p.m.

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About the writer: Michelle Reese is a freelancer writer who also runs the kids activities blog Sweet Mini Moments. Fall has always been her favorite season. She lives in Bucks County.