Date: 10/11/2020 | By Andrew Jacob Warren
Here are 5 family fun fall activities in and around Northern Delaware to get you excited about the season. If these trips don’t have you wearing plaid, drinking pumpkin spice and eating apple cider donuts while reciting lines from Hocus Pocus, I don’t know what will! Just remember, you will need reservations for many of the activities these venues provide:
Fifer Orchards, located just south of Dover, has been around since 1919. On the farm they offer everything you could hope for on a fall outing with the family. They have apple picking, pumpkin picking, freshly made apple cider, and a corn maze designed after a Pac Man game, aptly named the Pac-Maize.
But hurry! The corn maze is only open until the end of October!
If you go to Milburn Orchards, located in Elkton, Maryland, prepare yourself for a fall adventure! First, you can’t talk about Milburn Orchards without mentioning the BIG Backyard! The BIG Backyard is a kids paradise – with a huge playground, Gigantic Sand Pit, Ground Hog Hill, Tractor Tire Tower, and “Barnyard Buddies” (aka a small farm animal petting area). Milburn also does it up on the weekend! Running until November 1st is Milburn’s Fall Fun Weekends, each Friday through Sunday. Here are the remaining weekend themes according to their website:
Family Fun on the Farm Weekend – October 16th, 17th, & 18th
– Celebrate Family Traditions
– Young families start a new tradition…just remember your camera!
Autumn Colors Weekend – October 23rd, 24th, & 25th
– Come see the beauty of the fall season on our family farm!
Trick or Treat Weekend – October 30th, 31st, & November 1st
– Kids in costume will be “treated” extra special by visiting several stations to receive special treats!
Hagley Museum and Library
If you are looking for a fun and safe place to trick or treat this Halloween, head on over to the Hagley Museum in Wilmington where they’ll have three “spooktacular” Halloween activities, rolled into one. Kids are invited to come in costume and hit up “treat stations” located throughout the grounds (don’t worry, their staff will help pass out candy through a “treat tube” to maintain social distancing). From 12-4pm on Halloween you can participate in Science Saturday’s Mind Tricks and Treats featuring optical illusions and tricks of the mind! Last but not least you can jump on a hayride along the Brandywine River!
Longwood Gardens, located just over the state line in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is a botanical garden consisting of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. From now until November 15th the Autumn’s Colors event is running, giving you a look at the gardens “awash in vibrant hues and the crisp, fresh feeling of a new season, autumn is a season of opportunity … one that calls for slowing down and appreciating the ever-changing shifts of beauty with each and every day.”
For a quick day trip it’s a convenient place to experience the beauty of the changing seasons, along with the conveniences and amenities (i.e. restroom facilities, cafes, etc.) that toting the little ones along often requires! Speaking of little ones, the Garden Railway miniature model train display is now up and running!
Wilmington & Western Railroad
On weekend and select weekdays, the Wilmington & Western Railroad offers their Autumn Leaf Special. On these one and a half hour round-trip rides to Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, you will be able to take in the full splendor of Autumn as you’re surrounded by the vibrant and colorful scenery. When you reach Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove there’s a half hour layover for you to enjoy a picnic lunch along the banks of the Red Clay Creek. If you book a trip, don’t forget your camera!
If you’re looking to bring your hayride to the next level, hop aboard the Hayride Express for an hour long round-trip ride through the Red Clay Valley. This hayride isn’t pulled by any ol’ tractor – you’ll be cruising through the valley on a hayride powered by one of their historic first-generation diesel locomotives!
Finally, dress up and take a family friendly ride on the Halloween Express, where you’ll get to visit with the friendly railroad witch!