Whether you’re looking for the peaceful apple-picking experience or the thrill seeking of the spooky haunted house – here are a few fun-filled places to check out when leaf-peeping in the Poconos.
The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival which runs from September 27th through October 26th is located in Leighton, PA. It’s an expansive fairground of fun for pumpkin pickers who want more than just a hayride. There are acres of high action activities during the day including hayrides, games, carnival rides and even a petting zoo. And, for the marksman in your bunch, they can try their hand at the gourd grenade, pumpkin shoot or paintball. The world’s largest general store, Country Junction, is close by for those looking to complete their country experience. And, don’t forget to test your navigation skills in their winding corn maze! For an evening of fright, step up to The Waldorf Estate of Fear www.waldorfestateoffear.com attractions that will deliver shuddering fun and screams.
If you’re looking for a bigger corn maze challenge, then head on over to Klingel’s Farm in Saylorsburg, PA. Home of Mazezilla www.mazezilla.com . Get ready for acres of challenging fun in the most beautiful farm setting. Explore their expansive pumpkin patch and then head to the farm stand to load up on fresh produce, fall decorations and mums! Klingel’s is classic country harvest fun!
On the more mellow side is Strawberry Acres www.strawberryacres.com. This is your place for picking apples from Macs to Mutsu, a mixture of Golden Delicious and Japanese Indu apple. It’s full of home-spun country fun from hayrides to games to the Turbo Tube. The rustic, natural beauty is a great backdrop for the family outing. If you’re looking for an easier way to make apple pie, then head on down to the next stop for tons of fabulous pre-picked apples.
Ritter's Cider Mill is family-run orchard that presses fresh apple cider right there at the mill. You can sample their pear, apple and cranberry-apple ciders fresh every day. The variety of fresh local apples is expansive and can be bought already picked. Choose from other homemade treats such as pies, donuts, natural almond butter, maple syrup and jams. You’ll love watching the apple cider donuts being made and they are absolutely delicious. There’s more fun for the kids with pony rides, a petting zoo, and a cornfield maze. Ritter's Cider Mill is open from the first Saturday after Labor Day, through Dec 23. www.ritterscidermill.com
Mid October is the time when foliage peaks. So, for all you leaf peepers out there, who are coming to the Poconos, get in your car and drive. There is no shortage of quaint towns, and the fall colors attract many weekend visitors. There are over 20 festivals celebrating culture, heritage, music and food. Consider an old-fashioned train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to view the colors. And, finally, for you romantics looking for a place to rest your weary head after your fall fun in the Poconos, you can always book the Fantasy Apple Suite at the Pocono Palace Resort. This suite has everything from a pool to a cozy fireplace and a balcony overlooking Echo Lake.
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows