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A Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Activities in Delaware This Season

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From local farms perfect for pumpkin picking to annual autumn festivals, this season is packed with family fun all across the First State.

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 at Fifer Orchards
Fall Fest at Fifer Orchards features a corn maze, fun park, U-pick pumpkin patch and apples, farm tours, local food and more. Additionally, you can snack on the farm’s famous apple cider doughnuts while enjoying the crisp fall air through Oct. 30.
1919 Allabands Mill Rd., Camden-Wyoming • 697-2141

 

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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, pony rides and more. Check out the full schedule of events for details. All visitors must pre-purchase their tickets online beforehand on the venue’s website.
1495 Appleton Rd., 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 from late September through early Nov. 2.
13500 Laurel Rd., Laurel • 245-8616 

Ramsey’s Farm
Family-owned for over 150 years, Ramsey’s is a local staple for festive fun. The farm kicked off the 2021 season with its inaugural Pumpkin Run, and is open to the public on weekends for hay rides, pumpkin painting, corn mazes and other activities. Check the Facebook page for more information about seasonal happenings.
500 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington • 477-1499

Festivals and Events

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 camping treat. Sunset & Smores is held at Mt. Cuba Center on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m., and allows patrons to enjoy a hayride through Mt. Cuba’s Natural Lands. Also enjoy Mt. Cuba Center’s Hay Bales and Brews from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Hayride and Hike from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.
3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin • 239-4244

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2021 Apple Scrapple Festival
One of Delaware’s most well-known celebrations of local culture is back on Oct. 8-9 in Bridgeville. The annual Apple Scrapple Festival features live entertainment, food, an array of crafters and a carnival, plus signature events like the Little Miss Apple Scrapple Pageant and the Invitational Scrapple Sling.
311 Market St., Bridgeville • 245-2038

Hagley Craft Fair 
It’s a day for crafts at Hagley Museum’s craft fair on Oct. 16-17. Talented artisans from across the Mid-Atlantic will showcase and sell fine arts, crafts and gourmet items, as well as custom woodworks, pottery, jewelry and even specialty food at its market.
298 Buck Rd., Wilmington • 658-2400

2021 Sea Witch Festival
Celebrate the 31st annual Sea Witch Festival in downtown Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 29-31. Festival goers can expect a costume parade, the scarecrow trail and show, beach games, vendors, a 5k, live entertainment and more. View the full 2021 festival program here.
Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach • 227-6446

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