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Escape the City: Your Family’s One-Day Itinerary for Enjoying the Last Few Days of Fall

Photo credit: Shady Brook Farm

Photo credit: Shady Brook Farm

When the leaves turn and the breeze gets chilly, it’s tough to resist spending a day outdoors. While Philly’s fall foliage is stunning, the best way to surround yourself in fall hues and fallen leaves is to take a trip outside the city for a day.

Before autumn ends and winter kicks into full gear, take a trip to beautiful Bucks County with this 24-hour guide to can’t-miss events, the best places to eat and all the sweet spots for stellar views.

In the morning…

Scout from the skies with a hot air balloon ride by US Hot Air Balloon Team! Soar high above the fiery landscape and keep your eyes peeled for prime pumpkin patches among the breathtaking scenery.

Not much for heights? Cruise the 12 bridges of the Bucks County Covered Bridge Driving Tour, or sip coffee as your car handles the curves of the River Road/Route 32 country back roads along the Delaware River.

In the afternoon…

Along your scenic route, stop in the 42-acre, 18th-century-style shops at Peddler’s Village to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Plus, the annual Apple Festival is the perfect time to take in the last few days of fall while sipping warm apple cider.

Or save your green and squeeze in a workout by strolling through Washington Crossing Historic Park (Hint: Head to the top of Bowman’s Hill Tower for a bird’s eye view of the whole county) or a bike along the scene towpath in Delaware Canal State Park.

In the evening…

Grab a glass of vino from one of Buck’s County’s nine (yes, nine) wineries. You can get a head start filling out your Bucks County Wine Trail Passport.

Dine at the delicious Buttonwood Grill, famous for its “Butchers Burger” – a fresh ground half-pound burger to build your own toppings from choices (like Guinness onion n’ bacon) upon a toasted brioche bun, served with a steak knife and pickle. Choose from dill potato salad, coleslaw and crispy fries for your accompaniment.

Send autumn off and start celebrating the holidays with a tour of the Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farm. November through January you can take in the twinkling lights by open-air wagon or from the comfort of your own car.

For more ideas for fall family fun and pumpkin hunting in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com.