NJ Road Trip Ideas: 3 Fall Itineraries in Bucks County, PA

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Fall is in the air, so why not start planning some fun and safe road trips? One of our favorite places to visit in the Fall (well, any time of year, really, but Fall is divine), is Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It's just a short drive from New Jersey, and I assure you there's so much to do there! Take a look at the itineraries that Visit Bucks County has created for us!
Disclosure: this is a guest post on behalf of Visit Bucks County. I am a huge fan of Bucks County and all of the amazing things to do there. Be sure to check out my "Halloween and Fall Fun" on the blog.
Bucks County is one of the finest destinations to view fall foliage in the Northeast. Just 75 miles from NYC, 25 from Philadelphia and 150 miles from Washington, D.C., see below for 3 itinerary ideas for a fall getaway! Whether you’re seeking a hike, an apple cider donut, or just coming to leaf peep, there is an itinerary for everyone.

For the Family

Day 1:

Check in to a family-friendly hotel, like the Home2 Suites Warminster or the Hampton Inn Doylestown and start your adventure! Take the kids to Shady Brook Farm for a TON of fall fun – take a wagon ride to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch and pick your own or venture into the 5 acre corn maze. Another pumpkin place not to miss? Snipes Farm! Get outside and rent or BYO-bike for a several mile ride down the Delaware Canal Towpath. Pedal through the sprawling Tyler State Park or Core Creek Park to witness some fall foliage. Hike, horseback ride, play disc golf, or bring a blanket and some take-out to enjoy a picnic in an open field.

*Jersey Momma Tip: if you're planning to stay overnight, check out Places to Stay on the Visit Bucks County website!

Day 2:

Grab a souvenir (or two) when you stroll the outdoor shopping village known as Peddler’s Village that evening. Spend some time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the locally-made scarecrows during the annual Scarecrows in the Village Display!

Day 3:

Stop into Sesame Place® Philadelphia for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular event where little ones can trick-or-treat around the park, decorate pumpkins and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. Take a hike at Nockamixon State Park and check out the old-time bi-planes at Van Sant Historic Airfield. Drive up to Ringing Rocks Park, grabbing a hammer on the way, and listen to the clank, clank, clank of these “musical” yet mysterious rocks.

*Jersey Momma Tip: another favorite place to visit in the area is Kids Castle playground in Doylestown! 

photo courtesy of Sesame Place

Traveling with Extended Family

Day 1:

Book your stay at one of the County’s haunted hotels. Hop in the car, it’s time for a drive! Take the self-guided Covered Bridge Driving Tour and see if you could cross all 12 off your bucket list. Take a pitstop at Washington Crossing Historic Park for a picnic and stroll through the gorgeous grounds where George Washington and his troops camped before their famous cross of the icy Delaware River in 1776.

Day 2:

Stop at Hellerick’s Family Farm or Froehlich’s Family Farm for pumpkin picking fun, or celebrate 'Apple Month' in November at Peddler’s Village. End the day at one of the many haunted dining establishments in Bucks County, like the Black Bass Inn, which holds a historic autopsy table in its dining room! Drive to Middletown for one of the many drive-in movies Mid Atlantic Events is putting on in the Oxford Valley Mall parking lot.

Day 3:

Take a stroll through the open-air Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and spot tons of native floral species to the area. After, curb your sweet tooth with apple cider doughnuts at Solebury Orchards or pumpkin flavored ice cream at OwowCow Creamery along the Bucks County Sweet Spots Trail.
photo courtesy of Visit Bucks County

For Couples

Day 1:

Book your stay at one of Bucks County’s top B&B’s to view foliage. Plan your meals around one of these 31 places for pumpkin flavored food and drinks, or book an evening adventure with Murder Mystery Walking Tours.

Day 2:

Hike to the top of the trail, or rock climb to the top of High Rocks Vista for breathtaking autumn views. Take a reserved tour in Doylestown at one of the many museums along the Mercer Mile, including Fonthill Castle, the Mercer Museum, the Michener Art Museum or Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. On your way back to your hotel, be sure to check out several of the Underground Railroad stops on your drive!

Day 3:

Hop in the car and take a haunted driving tour around Bucks County! After, tickle your taste buds with some wine tasting along the Bucks County Wine Trail. More of a beer drinker? Follow the Bucks County Ale Trail instead – try one of these pumpkin-flavored brews! Get your last scare out on at the Valley of Fear haunted house in Feasterville-Trevose, or at Shady Brook Farm’s haunted farm, HorrorFest.

*Jersey Momma Tip:  See if you can catch a show at the beautiful and fun New Hope Winery
This is where I saw The English Beat with a dear old high school friend a few years ago and we had a blast.
photo courtesy of Visit Bucks County

For more information about Bucks County, PA, 
head to their website: www.VisitBucksCounty.com
Tell 'em The Jersey Momma sent you! 

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