For those of you still hanging onto summer, it's time. Time to put away the t-shirts and swaddle yourself in sweaters and scarves. Time to accept the cornucopia of pumpkin-spiced beverages and baked goods. And time to channel Charlie Brown and visit your nearest pumpkin patch! Sure, you could just grab one on your way out of the grocery store, but where's the fun—and hard work—in that? We've put together some of the best pumpkin-pickin' spots in the Philadelphia region within a two-hour's drive. Have one that we missed? Shoot us an email or leave a comment. Now to the map!Read More
The best pumpkin patches near Philly, mapped
By far the most popular pick-your-own-everything farm in the reg, Linvilla’s Pumpkinland features hundreds of orange gourds of every size. Plus, kids (and adults) can enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, and Jack-O-Lantern exhibits at dusk.
Shady Brook Farm
Come for the pumpkins during the day, stay to be spooked at night. Shady Brook’s family-friendly Pumpkinfest turns into a haunted Horrorfest by 6 p.m. Also: There are always apple cider donuts.
You’ll take a shuttle to Highland’s pumpkin patch and apple orchards. Their Fall Harvest weekends—which include hayrides and build-your-own scarecrow activities—run until October 31.
Hellerick’s Family Farm
There are so many pumpkins at Hellerick’s that they let you borrow a wheelbarrow to cart your haul around. You can also pick your pumpkin by flashlight on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 PM.
Country Barn Pumpkin Patch
This 10-acre patch offers 12 different varieties of pumpkins—giant ones included! They also offer flashlight tours of their corn mazes and group campfires at night.
Active Acres Farm
This 230-acre pumpkin farm is just north of Philly in Newtown. For $15 you'll take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own gourd. Or come a night, when the farm is transformed into a haunted playground with hayrides and a frightening corn maze.
Chester Springs Creamery
This family-run farm in Chester Springs is known for their ice cream, but it also grows 7 to 8 acres of pumpkins every year. Free hayrides will drop you off at the pumpkin patches during the weekends, and there are decorative gourds and ears of corn for sale, too.
The Market at DelVal
Every weekend through November 6, the Market at DelVal celebrates Fall Fun Days, where you can pick your own pumpkin (for $0.59/lb), wander through the corn maze, and admire the farm animals. If you're the active type, there's a 10K and 5K at the farm on October 29. It comes with free admission to the fall fest afterward.
Not only can you pick your own pumpkins at this beautiful farm, but you can also find apples, kiwiberries, and raspberries while they're still in season. Pick-your-own days are Monday-Friday from 8 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 5 p.m. Note: The website has a helpful reminder that beers, hornets, and yellow jackets are "very active" this year, so keep that in mind when visiting!