The eternal autumnal debate: pumpkin spice or apple cider? Our answer: Why not both?
The Philly-area boasts a number of amazing apple orchards and pumpkin patches so you never have to choose between the two. We’ve already rounded up the best apple-picking spots in the area, and now we’re giving you a list of 14 local farms to visit for gourds, squash, and of course, pumpkins. Take advantage of this season’s harvest by donning your coziest fall sweater and a pair of boots for an afternoon spent pumpkin-picking within an hour of Philly.
When: Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 50 minutes (1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills)
This weekends-only farm in Glen Mills runs harvest hayrides out to their four-acre pumpkin garden for you to pick your own. They’ve also got a corn maze, sunflower field, mini golf, and pedal cars, so the fun never stops. It costs nothing for adults to visit, but a ticket for anyone 12 and under costs $20.
Duffield’s Farm Market
When: Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but pumpkin picking rides run 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell)
Duffield’s offers apple and pumpkin picking in the fall months, so you can make a full day out of the autumnal festivities. You can choose from several hayride/pumpkin/apple combos, or just opt for the hayride if you don’t want to take home any gourds (but want the pics!). Plus, stop by the bakery for delicious pies and donuts.
Froelich’s Farm & Garden Center
When: The farm’s Fall Festival happens Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 22nd and October 29th.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (3143 York Road, Furlong)
The only way to pick your own pumpkins at Froelich’s is to purchase a ticket to their Fall Festival. The $12 general admission will get you access to the grounds and pumpkin patch, but if you want to enjoy features like the hay maze and tractors, opt for the $22 activity pass. Pumpkins are sold by the pound.
Hellerick’s Family Farm
When: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, with last admission at 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (5500 North Easton Road, Doylestown)
Reservations are required to enjoy the fall festival at Hellerick’s Family Farm. Admission ($11.99 per person during the week, $14.99 per person on weekends; children under two are free) gets you access to a hayride; their pumpkin, squash, and gourd fields; the five-acre corn maze; and a ton of family-friendly activities.
When: Picking is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester)
In addition to pick-your-own apples, Highland Orchards also offers PYO pumpkins that are expected to be ripe through the end of October. Sizes vary, but you can expect to pay an average of $8 to $10 per pumpkin. Reservations are required only on the weekends, so book ahead online!
Indian Acres Tree Farm
When: Pumpkin-picking wagon rides happen noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Drive from Philly: 30 minutes (111 Tuckerton Road, Medford)
Don’t let the name fool you — this farm offers more than just Christmas trees. You can enjoy a 20-minute wagon ride and pick pumpkins every day of the week, then stay for the barrel train ride, live music, and seasonal snacks. Everyone ages two and older will pay $6 to enter.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
When: Wagon rides run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (133 Church Road, Medford)
Another Medford-based farm that offers a ton of fun for the whole fam. If you’ve already picked enough apples to make a bunch of homemade applesauce and apple pies, opt to pick a perfect pumpkin or gourd — Johnson’s Corner Farm has a ton!
When: Pumpkinland is open daily now through early November. Pumpkinland hours change based on fall weekends, so check the website for the hours of the weekend you are visiting.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (137 West Knowlton Road, Media)
Linvilla is a mainstay fall hub in the Philly area. It’s worth noting that pumpkins at Linvilla are pre-harvested, meaning you won’t pick from a patch, just purchase from a pumpkin display. But we promise that they’ve got quite the variety to choose from, and their Pumpkinland has so many activities to enjoy all day long.
When: Fall harvest days occur on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (2222 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale)
In addition to pumpkin picking, this local farm is home to an astounding five-acre corn maze. Pumpkins, gourds, and squash can also be found here to make your home look extra festive. They even have a moonlit maze you can go to from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for some nighttime fun.
Milky Way Farm
When: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 50 minutes (521 East Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs)
This 103-acre family farm in Chester Springs includes an eight-acre pumpkin patch that can yield as many as 25,000 pumpkins in a good year. Stroll to the pumpkin patch, wander through the corn maze, take family photos, and visit the farm animals. Bonus: There’s a creamery on site, and yes, pumpkin flavored ice cream is available.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (315 Pughtown Road, Spring City)
At this year-long functioning farm, you can take a hayride out to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. All you’ll need to pay for is your pumpkin purchase, plus $8 for the corn maze if you want to add that to your experience. Bonus: Dogs are allowed at Olszanowski Farm — even on the hayride to the pumpkin patch! — so long as your furry friend is friendly and leashed at all times.
Shady Brook Farm
When: FallFest is open Wednesdays through Sundays until October 31st. The schedule varies so check it out here before you head to the farm.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley)
Shady Brook Farm in Yardley hosts their “FallFest,” which features a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, entry to the corn maze, a farm-animal petting area, and more. Pumpkin picking is an additional cost, and your pickings will be priced by weight (75 cents per pound).
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (97 Styers Lane, Langhorne)
In addition to being an apple orchard, Styer has a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins and gourds of all colors, varieties, and sizes. There’s no entry fee for the Langhorne-based farm, nor is there a fee for the hayride that brings you out to the patch and orchard. Picked-pumpkins will cost you 59 cents per pound, though.
Winding Brook Farm
When: Pumpkin patch hours vary by day. You can view the calendar here.
Drive from Philly: 55 minutes (3014 Bristol Road, Warrington)
Winding Brook Farm features a walk-to-patch in the front field, which is filled with pumpkins, gourds, and squash, plus corn stalks and mums. If you don’t want to walk, opt for the $4 hayride that takes you to a pumpkin patch further out in the farm.