Best Things to Do if You Visit in the Fall

VL-Autumn (leaves)

Agricultural abundance and more abound in Lancaster County during the fall harvest time. Here’s some bounty you might consider reaping.

Field of Screams

It’s Halloween. You’re supposed to be scared. Lancaster’s Field of Screams is just the place to terrorize yourself and your loved ones.

91 College Ave, Mountville, PA 17554

(717) 285-7748

Fruit Picking

What better way to mark fall’s bounty than laboring for your fruit and then enjoying the fruits of your labor—say, by baking an apple pie or making apple sauce. Cherry Hill Orchards and Brecknock Orchards are two places you can’t go wrong.

Go Leaf-Peeping

There are plenty of great places in Lancaster County to enjoy fall colors. Try Pinnacle Overlook, overlooking the Susquehanna River.

Holtwood, PA 17532

Harvest Days

Lancaster County’s history is intertwined with agriculture and the Pennsylvania Dutch. The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum celebrates that heritage with Harvest Days.

2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-0401

Lancaster Oktoberfest

September is … Oktoberfest time! Lancaster Liederkranz and Stoudt’s both put on great ones. And Stoudt’s is recognized for its traditional German-style beers.

722 S Chiques Rd, Manheim, PA 17545

Lititz Chocolate Walk

Eat chocolate, help charities. Eat more chocolate. It doesn’t get much better than this—and in what’s been called “America’s Coolest Small Town.”

Lititz, PA 17543

The Amazing Maize Maze

Fall’s bounty isn’t just for eating. For corny family fun, try the Flashlight Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.

150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks, PA 17572

(717) 687-6843

The Elizabethtown Fair

The Elizabethtown Fair is the traditional kickoff of the local fair season.

Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, 900 E High St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

(717) 367-0508

The Ephrata Fair

At nearly a century old, the Ephrata Fair is billed as the “the largest street fair in Pennsylvania.”

Ephrata, PA 17522

The West Lampeter Fair

The West Lampeter Fair is proudly about its agricultural roots.

Lampeter, PA 17537

— Dan Nephin