It’s that time of year again. Kids are begging for you to get their costumes ready, the leaves are changing colors and apple pie and pumpkin spice is everywhere you turn. Pumpkin candles, apple pie soap, and baskets filled with gourds pop up at every turn. I am lucky to live in the Brandywine Valley and within a few hours of several pumpkin patches, apple orchards and corn mazes.
Last weekend we visited Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pennsylvania about thirty minutes outside of Philadelphia. Linvilla is a cornucopia of fall fun. You can spend your morning picking apples, pears, peaches and wildflowers then spend the afternoon at the Family Fun playground. You can take a hayride in the fall and take advantage of one of the Orchard’s Haunted Hayride evenings.
This is great fun until you load so many apples into the wagon that it tips over and you have to spend a bit of time gathering your apples. The kids are great sports and super helpful when you gather your apples, not so much when it’s time to retrieve them from the ground!
We were wonderfully surprised to find a field of wild flowers at Linvilla. It turned out that we weren’t supposed to pick these as someone else, a professional, had already done so, and they were for sale at the check out desk. But picking our own was far more fun than just paying for them and lots of sweet moments popped up. Like this one. How sweet is my son?
Linvilla is a fabulous way to spend a fall day or night or both! They have some Festival Days coming up and there will be pony rides, hay rides, and face painting. There is also tons of yummy fried food. Come on a girl has to live a little right? And whatever you do don’t forget your Apple cider donuts!
Super-lucky me, because I also got to go to Cherry Crest Farms this week in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This is a bit farther afield of the Brandywine Valley but so worth the drive. I accompanied my son on his field trip to do the Corn Maze and what a fun time we had. Cherry Creek Farm’s Corn Maze has bee voted one of the tope ten Corn Mazes in America by USA Today. Every year the corn maze has a different year. This year it was music and a DJ blasted fun songs while we wound our way through a guitar shaped maze. Fun clues were everywhere and the lucky leader got to lead the group with his or her team’s flag
Even more fun than the clues in the maze were the rope ladders, straw bales, and Elvis Photo Stops.
Let me tell you about the food here. It’s fried, it’s yummy and there is lots of it. This is not someplace you need to bring a picnic and if you do you will want to supplement it with some popcorn, ice-cream, funnel cakes, pumpkin fudge and candy from the Sweet Shop.
We also had tons of fun throwing balls at the sports center. You could shoot soccer balls, basketballs or use the pitching pen to throw baseballs!
When the kids got a little tired we headed off to the petting zoo where they could feed the goats, alpaca and sheep. They could also pretend to milk a cow. yes, they have a fake cow with pretend udders for the cowgirls in training.
For the younger kids there is a singing chicken show. This is definitely not to be missed if you have a toddler. You can actually stop and eat your food and the singing chickens will keep your child entertained for a good ten minutes.
It was an amazing trip and you should plan on spending a full day at the Cherry Crest Farm. I would absolutely go back and, yes, it is worth the drive!
Ramsey’s— another great pumpkin patch and corn maze that has hayrides through Halloween
Milburn Orchards in Elkton Maryland, orchards, pumpkin patch and fun games!