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Top Five Fall Attractions in Philadelphia

It’s all hayrides and pumpkin pie at these family-friendly locations perfect for autumn fun

1. Franklin Square

6th and Race Streets

Fall is the perfect time to head to Franklin Square! Great year-round, the award-winning space really takes life over the next few months with fun family activities through the end of October. In addition to the always-popular mini-golf and carousel, Franklin Square is hosting special fall-themed events like face-painting, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating and even a train ride!

2. Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA

It doesn’t get much better than being at Longwood Gardens as the leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Longwood is packed full of amazing fall-themed events like the Chrysanthemum Festival, Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the popular fireworks and fountain light shows. And that’s just the beginning.

3. The Philadelphia Zoo

34th Street and Girard Avenue

As the weather cools, the Philadelphia Zoo is the perfect place to be. Take advantage of the smaller crowds and seasonable temperatures and check out the exotic birds of the new Avian McNeil Aviation Center or the wild felines of Big Cat Falls. Be sure to take a trip 400 feet in the air on the Philadelphia Zoo balloon and view the fall foliage of Fairmount Park.

4. Morris Arboretum

100 Northwestern Avenue

Get up close and personal with nature at the Morris Arboretum. Beautiful year-round, but extra-special in the fall, the 92-acre landscape garden transforms in the autumn, and is home to a number of autumn events including the annual Scarecrow Walk, the miniature Garden Railway and the exciting, 50 foot-high Tree Adventure.

5. Lincoln Financial Field

1020 Pattison Avenue

While Eagles tickets are hard to come by, Lincoln Financial Field is still one of the hottest places to be this fall. The Linc is home to the Temple University Owls football team and the venue of the 2009 Army/Navy game. And there’s nothing like firing up the grill and tailgating before a huge Eagles game. Don’t forget, right next door the defending World Series Champion Phillies will be involved in exciting late-season action (and hopefully a lengthy playoff run!).

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6. Peddler’s Village

41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska, PA

There’s nothing like autumn at Peddler’s Village. Home to more than 70 boutiques and restaurants, Peddler’s Village is hosting family-friendly events all season, including the annual Scarecrow Competition and Apple festival, both of which have been going strong for three decades!

— Published August 31, 2009

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