Fall might be the best time of the year to take a day trip around Philadelphia. You’ve got crisp weather, beautiful fall foliage, fewer crowds, and plenty of autumn charm. Check out these must-visit destinations and make the best of the last few weeks of fall, before winter comes roaring in.
1. Ocean City, NJ
Down the shore in the fall? Actually, it's the best time to visit the Jersey Shore's beach towns! You'll find mild weather still (even if it's chilly, just bundle up!) and plenty of shops and boardwalk stores are open on the weekend year round. You'll skip the crowds and enjoy Mack & Manco's* pizza in the best kind of throwback day trip.
*Okay, fine, Manco and Manco's, now.
2. Medford, NJ
This historic mill town is now home to plenty of natural beauty, farm stands, pick-your-own produce at Johnson's Corner Farm, and a lively main street with restaurants that will please even the pickiest eaters. Visit their local breweries, too, for a full day of fun.
3. Jim Thorpe, PA
The Gateway to the Poconos is a popular fall day trip near Philadelphia for those who love the quaint shops, challenging hikes, historic railroads, or stunning fall foliage. The drive up is almost as scenic as the town itself.
4. The Philadelphia Zoo
Of course, you can always stay more local. Visiting the Zoo in autumn is one of the best times of the year, because the animals are active and preparing for winter. Plus, the view of fall foliage from the Zoo Balloon is unmatched.
5. Ringing Rocks County Park, Bucks County, PA
6. Amalthea Cellars Winery, Atco, NJ
Amalthea Cellars is one of the most charming wineries in New Jersey, and the wine they produce is top notch. Visit on a weekend to taste them all and enjoy the events they have going all season long.
Read more about Amalthea Cellars here
7. Washington Crossing., NJ/PA
Enjoy both sides of this historic town where General George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River. It's a lot easier now, and the views from the walkable bridge will show you stunning foliage and scenery.
8. Grace Winery, Glenn Mills, PA
Grace Winery is a full resort, and you can stay the night if you'd like in one of their historic cottages. The 50-acre winery features a working farm, so you can sip your favorite reds and pet fainting goats, too.
Read more about The Inn at Grace Winery here
9. Wissahickon Park, Philadelphia, PA
Wissahickon Park is gorgeous in the fall, and the scenery changes so quickly that each day trip to Wissahickson will show off an entirely new side of nature. Feel free to get lost in the miles and miles of trail here, because the views you find will be worth it.
10. New Castle, DE
New Castle, Delaware is a historic town that's less than an hour from Philadelphia. Enjoy a meal at the colonial Jessop's Tavern, walk around Battery Park, and stroll the historic cobblestone streets on a crisp fall day.
11. Lancaster County, PA
Drive the winding roads of Pennsylvania's Amish country, and you'll find treasures you never expected. The quaint towns of Lancaster County will delight you with their charm, restaurants, and friendly people. The fall foliage as you drive through the country back roads will mesmerize you!
What’s your favorite day trip around Philadelphia? I have to admit, I return to Medford again and again!
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