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18 Things To Do With Your Kids This Fall In Pennsylvania That Don't Include Pumpkin Patches

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18 Things To Do With Your Kids This Fall In Pennsylvania That Don't Include Pumpkin Patches

It's the peak of the fall season in Pennsylvania, and there's one thing you're probably already tired of hearing about: pumpkin patches. Sure, the kids love riding in the hay wagon, running through the corn mazes and of course, picking their very own pumpkin - but you can only do the same thing so many times before it loses its novelty, and no one understands that better than us.

So we have rounded up these 18 things to do with your kiddos this fall in Pennsylvania that don't include going to the pumpkin patches; the only thing you need to do is get ready to pack up the kids and make some great memories this season that'll last a lifetime.

Fall Foliage Train Ride

Where: Multiple locations

From Thomas The Tank Engine to The Little Engine Who Could, if there's one thing that kids really love, its trains. So this season, treat them to a train ride they will never forget; there are several train stations throughout the state that offer fall foliage train rides, so no matter where you live, you should have no issue finding one within a reasonable distance. The best part about these spectacular train rides is that they can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages - so it can totally be a family trip!

Click here to see a list of PA stations offering fall foliage trips.

Ride PA's only mountain coaster

Where: Camelback Mountain Adventures, 243 Resort Drive, Tannersville

Still on tracks, except a little faster. If your child is an adventurer, perhaps one of the most thrilling ways to enjoy the last of the nice weather together is to glide through the Poconos on Pennsylvania's only mountain coaster. Smaller children will have to ride with an adult, but that's okay because you can both enjoy the views together then. 


Seven Springs Autumnfest

Where: Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Dr, Seven Springs

Every weekend through October 21st, Seven Springs Mountain Resort celebrates themed weekends during their Autumnfest (Kid's Halloween is the last weekend). There is live entertainment, vendors, merchants, and of course, plenty of activities to take part in. And mom, when you need a moment to chill, leave the kids with dad while you go to the spa. You deserve it.


Apple picking

Where: Multiple locations

'Tis the season for crisp fresh apples. You might be tired of pumpkin pickin' but you surely can't be tired of the farm fresh fruit from your local orchard. Take your mini-me out for a day of harvesting, plus, think of how excited they'll be when you bake a fresh apple pie with the apples they helped pick! After all, there's nothing better than mom's homemade apple pie.

Zombie hunting (paintball)

Where: Multiple locations

As long as your child is old enough to shoot a paintball gun and isn't afraid of actors dressed as zombies prowling through the woods, a zombie hunting sesh is totally in order. Relax, it's totally safe (and fun)! The "survivors" are in a bus or hay wagon armed with "guns" and will be guided through the woods while "zombies" pop up to be shot at. I highly recommend you accompany your kids, for no other reason than to have a kick a$$ time yourself. 

Click here to see a list of zombie paintball locations. 

Wish on shooting stars at Cherry Springs State Park

Where: Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport

The night sky is already magical to children - but you can make it super magical by spending an evening at Cherry Springs State Park. There aren't many places in Pennsylvania that have low enough light pollution to clearly see the milky way, making this destination an absolute gem. Dozens of shooting stars pass over the horizon here every night, so there's plenty of opportunity for wishing. 


Night at the Zoo

Where: Living Treasures (both locations) 288 PA-711, Jones Mills & 268 Fox Rd, New Castle

Get up close and personal with the exotic residents of Living Treasures every Friday and Saturday evening (7-11pm) during October. This non-scary family event is a rare opportunity to see many of the nocturnal animals awake and active. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and bring a Jack-o-Lantern for free admission and to have it entered into a friendly contest. 


Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival 

Where: 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim

From swimming mermaids to fairies, wizards, and royalty - for young minds, the PA Renaissance Festival is like a fairytale adventure in real-life. The festivities run until the end of October, with the last couple weekends geared mainly toward Halloween. There are so many shows and activities to do here, so if you choose to attend before the end of the season, get there early and plan to spend at least a full day!


Celebrate Thanksgiving at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 

Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr, Farmington

This year for the holiday, take a break from cooking and let Nemacolin do all the hard work for you. From Nov. 23-26 their Thanksgiving activities will include Light Up Night festivities, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus to kick off the holiday season, children’s painting classes, wine tastings, a tour of the resort’s incredible art collection and, of course, a bountiful selection of dining options. Enjoy your holiday time off - it goes fast!


Drive-in movie theater

Where: Multiple locations

Have a movie night with the kids at your local drive-in while the weather is still warm. No need to worry about outrageously priced snacks, uncomfortable seats, or the kids making too much noise - just sit back and enjoy the big screen entertainment. 

Click here to see a list of drive-ins in PA. 

Check out the "World's Coolest Toy Store"

Where: 2483 William Flynn Hwy, Butler

Forget taking the family on a Black Friday shopping trip, where they really want to go is to the "World's Coolest Toy Store," Playthings Etc. This isn't your typical toy shop - it's an eccentric stealth bomber shaped store is full of the coolest, most unique and fun toys known to man, but don't just take our word for it, go check it out and do all of your kids' Christmas shopping in one location. 


Hallowboo at Idlewild

Where: Idlewild and SoakZone, 2574 US-30, Ligonier

Idlewild Amusement Park is one of the most beloved children's parks around. To celebrate the holiday they host their annual Hallowboo event, featuring Trick-or-treating through Story Book Forest, costumed characters, themed rides and attractions like the Hallowboo Express Railroad, Monster Maze and much more!


Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

Where: Jim Thorpe

The picturesque town of Jim Thorpe comes to life during October. Every weekend until the 21st they will be welcoming the autumn season with live entertainment, old-fashioned train and horse-drawn-carriage rides, arts and crafts, ethnic food, mom&pop shops, and plenty more to keep the kiddos, and you, busy.

Horseback trail ride

Where: Multiple locations

One of the best ways to enjoy the fall foliage from ground-level is by horseback - and kids love it! There are tons of trail ride companies throughout the state's countryside, making it pretty easy to find a place no matter where you are located. If you have younger kids that's usually okay too - most places will just pair them with an adult or they will be put on a pony if they are inexperienced handling full-sized horses. 

Tailgate at a football game

Where: Multiple locations

The boys are back in town and ready to kick some rival butt. Of course, you want to be there for it, so pack up all your friends and family for a fun day of tailgating and rooting for the home team on. Oh, and don't forget the barbecue grill, that's the best part!

Make a fall-scented candle 

Where: Multiple locations

Whether you choose to get the candle-making supplies from your local craft store or you bring the family to a professional class, one of the most entertaining autumn-decor projects is candle crafting. If you do choose to do it in the comfort of your home (where it's okay to be messy, loud, and wear pajamas) there are hundreds of DIY step by step candle-making instructions you can find online. 

Pumpkin chunkin'

Where: Multiple locations

You're so tired of pumpkin-everything that you could just blast it into the sky! Luckily, you can do just that at any farm that offers pumpkin chunkin' near you. This oddly hilarious sport has become popular in recent years after being made popular by a competitive TV show, Punkin' Chunkin' and now there is even an annual Punkin' Chunkin' Festival in Pennsylvania at Bald Eagle State Park hosted this year on October 20. 

Celebrate Guy Fawkes night

Where: N/A

As if we don't have enough to celebrate during the fall months, Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on the fifth of November, primarily celebrated by residents of the United Kingdom. While the story of Guy Fawkes is a part of their history, it's another excuse for us to party, build a huge bonfire, and light off some fireworks - so who's complaining?

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