A Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Activities in Delaware
From local farms perfect for pumpkin picking to annual autumn festivals, this season is packed with family fun.
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It’s that time of year again. Whether you're out picking pumpkins, squashes or apples, the brisk autumn air can be reminiscent of one's childhood. If you're looking to make new memories and get the whole family involved, here are some of our favorite spots across the state for can't-miss outdoor fall activities.
Outdoor Farms and Markets
Fall Fest Saturdays at Fifer Orchards
Fall Fest Saturdays at Fifer's feature a corn maze fun park, a pumpkin patch, U-pick apples, farm tours, local food and more. Additionally, you can snack on their famous apple cider doughnuts while enjoying the crisp fall air each Saturday through Oct. 26.
1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden-Wyoming • 697-2141
Lollolly Acres in Woodside is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday in October and December from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect wreaths and trees in the winter months, but pumpkins reign supreme in the fall. The farm, which was established in 1964, also has a selection of consignment wholesale crafts if you're looking to get some holiday shopping done ahead of time.
3893 Turkey Point Road, Woodside • 632-6797
Fall Festival Weekends at Millburn Orchards
Right over the line in Elkton, Maryland sits Millburn Orchards, which offers an array of family-friendly activities each weekend through Oct. 27. Included with admission are hayrides, corn mazes, straw mazes and more. Check out their schedule of events for details.
1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, Md. • (410) 398–1349
Mr. Peppers Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin picking and hayrides are the name of the game at Mr. Peppers. Walk around with the kids and pick your perfect gourd right off the vine.
13500 Laurel Road, Laurel • 875-3939
Family-owned for over 150 years, Ramsey's is a local staple for festive fun. The farm kicked off the 2019 season with their inaugural Farm Pumpkin Trot, and is open to the public on weekends through Oct. 27 for hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and other activities. Check their Facebook page for more information.
500 Ramsey Road, Wilmington • 477-1499
Festivals and Events
Harvest Moon Festival
Delaware Nature Society's annual fall event takes place on Oct. 5 at the scenic Coverdale Farm Preserve, and includes activities for all ages. Expect food trucks, hayrides, pumpkin carving, a corn maze, pony rides and more.
543 Way Road, Greenville • 239-2334
2019 Fall Festival and Corn Maze at Evans Farms
This Bridgeville market is hosting a festive family-friendly event on Oct. 5-6. There will be an eight-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, pumpkin putt putt, hayrides, vendors, music, face painting and other children's activities.
9843 Seashore Highway, Bridgeville • 337-9843
Sunset & Smores at Mt. Cuba Center
This is the perfect attraction for individuals who love sitting by a bonfire and roasting marshmallows to make the classic campers treat. Sunset & Smores is held at Mt. Cuba Center on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m., and allows patrons to enjoy a hayride through Mt.Cuba’s Natural Lands.
3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin • 239-4244
2019 Apple Scrapple Festival
One of Delaware's most well known celebrations of local culture is back on Oct. 11-12 in Bridgeville. The 28th annual Apple Scrapple Festival features live entertainment, food, over 500 crafters and vendors, a carnival, plus signature events like the Invitational Scrapple Sling, Ladies Skillet Toss, Kids Apple Toss, the 5K Hogg Jogg and the Little Miss Apple Scrapple Pageant.
311 Market St., Bridgeville • Facebook
Magee Farms Fall Day
A family farm since 1865, Magee farms is celebrating the season on Oct. 12. Activities include bobbing for apples, pumpkin bowling, vendors, a straw maze, a pumpkin pie eating eating contest and more. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
34857 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville • 462-5310
2019 Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve
The Delaware State Fairgrounds transforms into a haven for seasonal family fun on Oct. 18-19. The second annual Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve features festival activities including over 50 creative pumpkins on display, costume contests, trick-or-treating, a bounce house, pumpkin crafts and more.
18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington • 398-3269
2019 Sea Witch Festival
Celebrate the 30th anniversary Sea Witch Festival in downtown Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 25-27. Festival goers can expect a costume parade, trick-or-treating, beach games, vendors, a 5K, live entertainment and more. Kid's activities include art projects, magic shows, spooky science experiments, scavenger hunts and more. View the full 2019 festival program here.
Downtown Rehoboth Beach • 227-6446