So as I’m doing my Fall Family Fun planning, I figured I’d make a list of all the things we like to do and share them with all my friends and family!! I’ve included the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas, but these activities are in any area you live in. With a little research, you’ll be immersed in Fall activities in no time! Lets get started!!
Fall Family Canning
There’s no better time to start canning then Fall! Take the family to one of your local farms and everyone can pick their own fruits and vegetables. Or travel out further for a day away and visit a farm in another town! Take it home, invite some friends and family over and make Applesauce, Jam or tomato sauce! Everyone can leave with their own canned creations! I’ve attached a link for farms in NJ and PA. Click here for NJ… Click here for PA…
Family Fall Pumpkin Picking
So I like to separate Canning and Pumpkin picking because they are each so much fun, that they shouldn’t have to share a day. Take a trip back to the farm and grab some pumpkins! Also, while you’re there, make sure to take a Hayride through the farm or take an adventure through one of their corn mazes. On your way out, sit for some warm Apple Cider! (YUMMY!)
Now is the part the kids really enjoy…Go home and carve out your pumpkins! Make sure to throw on a Halloween movie and some snacks as well!
Take a day trip with the family and visit some Historical Castles and Mansions! Make sure to bring your cameras for this trip! You won’t be disappointed! I’ve listed some Castles and Mansions to tour in NJ and PA. Most of these Historical Sites offer fun fall tours such as reenactments, festivals and Ghost Tours. Make sure to check websites for types of tours, hours and scheduling.
- Lambert Castle-Paterson NJ (Oct. 15, Harvest Fest and Legend of Sleepy Hallow)
- Liberty Hall-Union NJ (Currently Apple Harvest!)(October is Fall Harvest!)
- Skylands Manor-RingWood NJ (Botanical Garden)
- Emlen Physick Estate-Cape May NJ (Clueless Mystery Tours on Saturdays!!- Halloween Happenings starting Oct. 14th.)
- Walt Whitman House-Camden NJ (Call for tour schedule)
- Drumthwachet-Princeton NJ (Registration required a day prior for tours-Free)
- Smithville Mansion-Eastampton NJ (Wednesday and Sunday Tours.)
- Kuser Farm Mansion-Hamilton NJ (Saturday and Sunday Tours)
- Fonthill Castle-Doylestown PA (This also includes the Mercer Museum!) Twilight Tales October 8th.
- Bowman’s Castle-Brownsville PA (Weekend day tours,History and Ghost Tours)
- Stokesay Castle-Reading PA (Wedding and Dinning Only)
- Glencairn Castle Museum-Bryn Athyn PA (Family Backpack Tour is cool!) And of course their Medieval Festival. Check for dates…
- Sibley Castle-Franklin PA (Make sure to call for tour dates and times.)
- Grey Towers Gifford Pinchot Castle-Milford PA (Moveable Feast Oct. 1st..yummy!)
Bonfire and Camp Night
This personally is one of my most favorite things to do in the fall. It’s a great way to start the season. It’s relaxing but lots of fun for adults and kids. Have some friends and family over (or just your household). Make a Bonfire and fire up some marshmallows and hot cocoa! Make sure to add some scary story telling to the circle! Then have the children camp out!(If they’re not too scared from story time…lol). They can play board games, listen to music and eat snacks in the tent!! This is definitely something the kids won’t forget. I’ve attached some instructions on making a Bonfire at home. How to build a Bonfire instructions…
So this is something my dad used to do with us as kids, so now I’ve passed the tradition to my family, which they love! It’s inexpensive, you can take the little ones, and you get to see TWO movies instead of just one! In NJ we go to Delsea Drive-In, in Vineland. It’s open on Fridays and Saturdays. Check for current movies and make sure to get there by 6PM although movies don’t start till 7:15. Once it’s full, there’s no entrance. So get there EARLY! This is especially fun to take the family for their movie Horror Nights! Don’t forget your chairs and blankets!! Delsea Drive-In
In PA, head out to Shankweiler’s in Orefield. It’s America’s oldest drive-in and from my experience, it’s the better one of the two. It’s a 2-hour drive for my family from NJ but we don’t mind…it fills fast, so again, GET THERE EARLY!! Shankweiler’s Drive-In
Fall Festivals are probably a fan favorite all around. There are corn mazes, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin picking and painting, apple picking, bonfires, Apple Cider, candy apples and bands! (And of course beer and wine for the parents). I’ve provided a link for Fall festivals in NJ and PA. You can also view Haunted House Attractions and Ghost Tours on these sites. NJ Fall Festivals PA Fall Festivals
Day Trip In Lancaster
Take a day trip to the beautiful Lancaster County Amish Country. With the air cooler, the leaves falling and the smell of fall, Lancaster is the place to be! It’s also Harvest Season in Lancaster County, so you’ll be coming home with fresh produce and baked goods. Make sure to visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farm with the kiddies, where they can take a wagon ride, venture a corn maze, jump on the bounce pillows and much more!
Also, there are Fall Festivals and Fairs, Horse and Buggy Rides through Lancaster County, Hot Air Balloon Rides and so much more!! For our family, the best part out of our whole trip is ending the day with dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord. I know most people have been to Shady Maple but Miller’s is personally my favorite. Plus it’s open on Sundays! Make sure to go online for a $3 off dinner coupon. Also stop by the Gift and Bake shops at Miller’s for some take home treats. Lancaster County Fall Fun
You also should check your township’s website to see what is happening in your local area.
Now that I’ve given you some Fall Family Fun Activities, get your calendar out and start planning your Fall Family Fun!!