Is there really any better place to be during the fall months than NEPA? Don’t get me wrong—Northeastern Pennsylvania is a great place to live all year long. But there’s just something about the fall that makes it super special, don’t you think?
Maybe it’s something about the surrounding mountains decorated by the vibrant, fall foliage. Maybe it’s the crisp air and golden, rolling fields of farmland. Or maybe it’s a little bit of everything baked together into a fresh apple pie.
Have I convinced you yet? If not, here’s just a short list of NEPA’s best fall activities—these will surely convince you.
October and pumpkins go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Whether you’re looking to bake some delicious pies or want some for the kids to carve, you simply cannot pass up a trip to the pumpkin patch. The best part is that many of the local farms offer so much more than pumpkins at this time of year.
Roba Family Farms is one of North Abington Township’s biggest attractions in the fall. The farm is open to guests seasonally from mid-September through the end of October and features more than 25 activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, wagon rides, and farm animal center.
Maylath Farm & Orchard is a family farm located in Sugarloaf, PA that offers special attractions in the fall perfect for the young and young at heart alike. On Saturdays and Sundays, from the end of September through the end of October, you and your family can enjoy a variety of fall attractions, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, bounce houses, pony rides, and barnyard ziplines.
For some simple family fun, Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch in Noxen, PA offers additional activities in the fall, like pumpkin picking, hayrides, and a hay fort. Hayrides are free and occur from noon to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays!
Stop Dundee Gardens in Nanticoke, PA every Saturday and Sunday in October to experience the fun of Pumpkinland! Here you can enjoy the history of Halloween hayride, pony rides, a haunted house, obstacle course, seasonal food and beverages, and more! Pumpkinland is open from noon to 5 pm.
What’s sweeter than picking out your very own pumpkin? Fresh, handpicked apples! It’s a great way to spend some quality time outside with the family. And the best part is that you actually get to eat the fruits of your labor!
Brace’s Orchard is a family owned and operated fruit farm in Dallas. They have been a part of the Back Mountain community since 1828, selling a variety of fruits including apples, pears, peaches, plums, and grapes. On weekends, you can enjoy a wagon ride through the orchard from noon until 5 pm. If you get hungry after your picking, stop by their store for some fresh apple cider and maybe a cider donut (or two).
Visually, fall in Northeastern Pennsylvania is unlike any other time and place. One of the best ways to enjoy the area’s natural beauty is to take a hike! No, don’t leave—just get outside! If you need some inspiration for where to go, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite fall hiking destinations here!
Fall is one of the most popular times to go camping. For one, you get to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and fresh air, much like you would going for a hike. When you go camping in the fall, you don’t have to worry about the summer heat (and potentially bugs!) quite as much, and there is plenty of time to get in a trip before the frigid winter.
There are plenty of place where you can enjoy NEPA’s great outdoors. Here are some campgrounds to consider for an autumn excursion:
There’s something incredibly peaceful about spending quality family time outside picking pumpkins and apples and sipping fresh cider. And what could possibly be more relaxing than a scenic hike? You could say that’s what fall is really about, but if you’re looking for something a little less relaxing before October ends, might I recommend visiting one of NEPA’s top haunted houses? You can find our comprehensive list here—if you dare.
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