It’s that time of year, y’all — and we’re not just talking decorative gourd season. We are well into take-your-kids-to-a-farm-with-some-pumpkins-and-maybe-a-corn-maze-and-some-goats season. (This is a sub-season of apple-picking, pumpkin-patching and fall-festing season, which you get the scoop on here!)
One of our very favorite spots to go all out is Merrymead, a working farm in Lansdale that turns into the ultimate fall fest every October.
The scoop: Harvest Days run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 on Sundays — and it’s totally worth the (pretty!) drive out to Lansdale (roughly 30 to 40 minutes from the city). We’re talking hayrides; little tractor-pulled wagon rides for the tiny children; animals to look at, cider and cider donuts and fries and ice cream; face-painting; pumpkin-painting; firetrucks; inflatables; pumpkins (and yes, gourds) galore for sale; pumpkin slingshots … the works. In short, it’s simply a great family event that’s big enough to keep everyone occupied for a couple hours, but not so big that it’s difficult or inaccessible. It’s also incredibly pretty out there.
Is your weekend booked? You can still pick your pumpkin, do the cornstalk tunnel and take a hayride during the week. It’s not the full fest, but a sort of mini-fest.
If you’ve got older kids: You might consider the 5-acre corn maze. There’s even a (creepy!) nighttime flashlight version! (Lasts until October 29!)
Parting advice: Merrymead also makes the most amazing ice cream — don’t leave without a tub of the pumpkin and the eggnog! Tis the season (and almost the season), and all. Oh, also, bring cash. You can buy pumpkins with credit, but most of the activities are cash-only.