Fun Fall Day Trips in Lancaster County

October 10, 2023

By Mallory Lettorale

Fall is the perfect time to explore Lancaster County and visit its many pumpkin patches, apple orchards, markets, corn mazes—you name it! Here are day trips to mark on your calendar for that perfect Fall day to satisfy the whole family.

With fall being a harvest season in this area, the options for pumpkin patches are ENDLESS! Going to a pumpkin patch can be the perfect way to spend an afternoon, walking around, and embracing the Fall season! Between roadside stands, markets, pick-your-own, there is an option for any preference. Here are just a few:

Strasburg Railroad

Looking for something relaxing? Ride a steam train and travel through Lancaster’s beautiful fall countryside. Strasburg Railroad also holds special events such as Dinner on the Rails, Wine & Cheese Train Rides, and Mechanical Shop Tour.

For those who enjoy a little scare: Available until November 5 is The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow: Not Everything Dies. Available through December 2023, The Show Must Go On: A Murder Mystery Live Performance.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers nearly 50 activities for people of all ages to keep everyone busy and entertained the entire day! Activities include a 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, slides, wagon rides, petting zoo, and much more. Not only do they have all these options for activities, but also food, shopping, festivals, and entertainment. When planning your next day trip, consider Cherry Crest for something the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Kitchen Kettle Village

Kitchen Kettle Village offers all that makes Lancaster County so special by showcasing homemade goods, jams, relishes, and scenery. They are most known for their unique shopping experience which includes locally made art, quilts, and pottery. They also hold events throughout the fall such as a tailgating festival, Halloween bash, and sunset dinner. It would truly be the best place to spend the day and explore all it has to offer!

Fall Family Fun at Oregon Dairy

Open every weekend through November 3, Oregon Dairy offers a full fall experience with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and farm activities! Bring the little ones to enjoy their barrel train, pedal tractors, jump pad and way more. The possibilities are endless at Oregon Dairy and the options are sure to satisfy anyone in your group. It truly is what fall is all about in Lancaster County!

Longwood Gardens

Have a green thumb or appreciation for plants and all their beauty? Longwood Gardens is just across the county border in Kennett Square, Chester County and is worth the drive! Spend the day at Longwood Gardens! Autumn’s crisp fall air comes through and transforms the garden to bright, vibrant colors all around. The Chrysanthemum Festival runs through November 12 and showcases the popular autumn flower. Check it out and enjoy the day walking around the gardens and savor each stunning view everywhere you look!

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