15 Outdoor Adventures for a Beautiful Fall Weekend

Looking for a fun way to spend the weekend outside? We've found 15 options that are fun for all ages!

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Harry Potter FestivalnSpanning over 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, the Harry Potter Festival is back in town and bigger than ever. Enjoy free admission during the two days of magic on Oct. 20 and 21. The festival is featuring events like Harry Potter Quizzo, potion making, wizarding demonstrations and much, much more.
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Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights IInIf costume competitions, trick-or-treating, themed foods and 16th-century attractions appeal to you, then visit the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for their second of the three weekends of mystery and mayhem. Oct. 21 and 22, 11 a.m.to 8 p.m.
Spring Mountain AdventuresnGo on a canopy tour or a hayride in Spring Mount, Pennsylvania at Spring Mountain Adventures. Open this weekend, at the resort guests can enjoy an adventurous date-night experience zip lining and climbing their way through the canopies along the mountain. Then afterward, guests can enjoy a nice lunch at the Powder Pig Pub, or go for a spook and a scare at Scream Mountain Haunted Adventures attractions.
Chaddsford WinerynLocated in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania, Chaddsford Winery is one of the pioneers in the Pennsylvania wine industry. Every weekend in October visitors can enjoy an adult-only Trick or Treat experience and sample wine from 5 wine and treat pairing stations across the grounds. If that’s not enough guests can enjoy traditional tastings and guided tours during their visit as well.
Philadelphia Ghost TournFor those folks looking for a little thrill in honor of the spooky Halloween season, the candlelight, walking Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is the place to go. Discover the mysterious side of America’s most historic city. Follow the guide through the secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City, where ghostly spirits haunt the town.
Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum FestivalnWith Autumn in full bloom, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square has brought back their much-anticipated Chrysanthemum Festival. Featuring one-of-a-kind chrysanthemums and thousands of colorful flowers, the festival -- one of Longwood's most challenging setups -- runs through Nov. 19. Stay late into the extended evening hours and enjoy Longwood’s Beer Garden, live music, and a mesmerizing fountain performance in the Fountain Garden.
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Woodford Mansion 9th Annual Apple FestivalnIn East Fairmount Park in Philadelphia sits historic Woodford Mansion. Come out this weekend for the free community apple harvest festival with cider making, apple tasting, live music, and an apple dessert concert. Enjoy the mansion’s remarkable architecture, take a walk around the orchard, and use the festival as a great opportunity to get outdoors.
Havre de GracenApproximately 60 miles southwest of Philadelphia is the quaint Maryland town of Havre de Grace. Marked as the last place Edgar Allen Poe visited before his death, Havre de Grace is full of history and culture. From adventuring to the Concord Point Lighthouse to a stroll through the Havre de Grave Promenade, this town is a relaxing getaway for friends and family alike.
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Wissahickon Valley ParknLooking for an escape from city life without having to go far? Wissahickon Valley Park is the place for you. Wissahickon Valley Park Trail, also known as Forbidden Drive, follows the scenic Wissahickon Creek and is a great place to bring family and pets for a stroll through the woods.
Baltimore, MarylandnA short road trip away, Baltimore is full of history, culture, and things to do for all ages. From the National Aquarium on the Inner Harbor, to the history of Fort McHenry, to hundreds of notable restaurants, the Charm City should definitely be on your list of places to visit this weekend. Try some of Maryland’s famous blue crabs, then enjoy a fun, themed tour of the harbor on an Urban Pirates pirate ship.
New Hope, PennsylvanianIn Bucks County, New Hope is a great place for boutique shopping, riverside dining from top-of-the-line chefs, active nightlife, and attractions for all ages. For visitors with young children, the Bucks County Children’s Museum offers “please touch” entertainment. For those who are looking for a night on the town, you can catch a show at the Bucks County Playhouse or visit one of the many restaurants and bars along the water.
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Treehouse WorldnOn Saturday and Sunday only, enjoy West Chester’s Treehouse World. From zip line tours and archery tag, to treehouse exploration and rock climbing up trees, Treehouse World is for adventurous families who want to fit an outdoor adventure into their weekend.
Schuylkill River TrailnEnjoy the great outdoors along the Schuylkill River Trail. Get a different perspective of the city by walking or biking on the boardwalk that runs parallel with the river, or over Sullivan’s Bridge that connects the Schuylkill River Trail with Valley Forge National Historic Park.
Brews & Views Rooftop Beer GardennFor just one weekend only, the Parkway Central Library and Brulee Catering invite guests to Brews & Views to enjoy drinks and snacks as they take in the spectacular overlooking views of Logan Square from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 18-20th.
Nemours Mansion and GardensnExplore Wilmington, Delaware’s Nemours Estate in a self-guided tour. Walk around the breathtaking gardens surrounding the mansion, and take a tour inside of the property to see the history of the mansion, and explore where the duPonts used to call home.
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