As the leaves begin to fall and the weather cools down, we think to the fun of fall. The trips with friends, the traditions with the kiddos, and the food!
Spend this autumn season checking off fun and adventure in Washington County. From Instagram worthy pumpkin patches to frightful nights, we have it all.
Check out our bucket list below and take your family on an amazing autumn experience!
- Pumpkin Picking at Triple B Farm
- Eat a Gourmet Apple from Cyprowski Candy Company
- Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chicco Baccello
- Shop at the Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival
- Pull Old-Fashioned Taffy at the Meadowcroft Fall Finale
- Watch the Parade at the Houston Pumpkin Festival
- Get an Apple Pie from The SpringHouse
- Spend the Day at the Fall Festival at Trax Farms
- Get Spooked at Scare at the Fair in West Alexander
- Pick Your Own Apples at Simmons Farm
- Go on a Haunted Walking Tour
- Get Lost in a Corn Maze
- Snap the Perfect Picture in the Leaves at Cecil Park
- Take in the beauty of fall at Mingo Creek County Park or Cross Creek County Park
Pumpkin Picking at Triple B FarmBack to Top of List
Since 1985 Triple B Farms has welcomed families to their 400-acre homestead to enjoy country air, fresh produce, and fall fun.
Pick-your-own pumpkins (as well as apples and flowers) on the scenic farm in the Mon Valley. Kids will love the adventure of trekking through the pumpkin patch to pick that perfect pumpkin. Mom and Dad will love the memories it creates.
After you’ve secured the perfect gourd, stop by the apple shack or the sweet shack for a sweet treat!
Eat a Gourmet Apple from Cyprowski Candy CompanyBack to Top of List
Nothing says fall indulgence like a Granny Smith apple covered in chocolate, caramel and other luscious toppings!
Cyprowski Candy Company, located off Route 19 in Washington, has offered top quality chocolates to locals and festivals for 30 years.
Toppings include nuts, white chocolate, toffee, and even cookies and cream. Good luck walking away with just one of these delicious confections!
Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chicco BaccelloBack to Top of List
Downtown Washington is home to Washington County Courthouse and a local favorite-Chicco Baccello.
This coffee shop, bakery and deli serves breakfast, lunch, and of course fall favorites like pumpkin spice latte! Not a PSL fan? Don’t worry- they have a full menu of regular coffee and flavoring so everyone can get their caffeine fix.
They offer daily specials (check their Facebook page) Link: https://www.facebook.com/chiccobaccello, delicious salads, heartwarming soups, and a wide variety of delectable deli sandwiches. Don’t forget the pumpkin cookies and muffins. Seriously, come hungry!
Shop at the Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas FestivalBack to Top of List
A Christmas craft show in October? Yes please!
This fan favorite festival features over 210 arts, crafts, and food vendors in 6 heated buildings over two weekends. Start your Christmas shopping with artists and craftsmen displaying their finest crafts. Dates for 2021 are October 15-17 & 23-24.
Food more your thing? There is toffee, fudge, roasted nuts, and kettle korn in addition the variety of breakfast and lunch vendors. Live musical entertainment gets you in the holiday spirit even in the middle of October! *Hums Jingle Bells*
Pull Old-Fashioned Taffy at the Meadowcroft Fall FinaleBack to Top of List
Get the family outdoors and experience some old-fashioned fun!
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a scenic drive to Avella, features over 19,000 years of history in one place! The outdoor museum features a prehistoric Indian village, a frontier trading post, and a 19th century village in addition the famous Meadowcroft Rockshelter.
The Fall Finale is usually the last Saturday of October. Check their website for exact dates and times. October 30 is the date for 2021.
End the month on a sweet note by pulling taffy and watching 19th century cooking demonstrations. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy Meadowcroft’s beautiful rural setting.
Watch the Parade at the Houston Pumpkin FestivalBack to Top of List
An annual tradition for 38 years, the Houston Pumpkin Festival parade bounces and dances along Pike Street on the Saturday of the festival with floats, dance teams, bands, fire trucks and local organizations!
The event held annually the second weekend of October.
After the parade, head over to the festival grounds to shop at over 175 craft and food vendors and enjoy live entertainment. The kiddos can enjoy a kid’s area complete with bounce house, rock wall and pumpkin decorating. A full day of pumpkin loving family fun!
Get an Apple Pie from The SpringHouseBack to Top of List
This third-generation family farm attracts people near and far for their homemade food, famous chocolate milk, and fresh bakery.
Be sure to come hungry for their farm fresh platters. It’s like going to eat at Grandma’s but without the dishes!
Enjoy Great Pumpkin Weekends every Friday, Saturday, and Sundays throughout October for hayrides, pumpkin characters, jumbo corn maze and more!
In the market you will find a wide variety of pies, including that seasonal favorite- apple! Take one home for a cozy dessert after a long day outdoors.
Spend the Day at the Fall Festival at Trax FarmsBack to Top of List
For over 150 years Trax Farms has offered quality produce. Now their legacy includes family traditions of picking pumpkins and their annual Fall Festival!
The event takes place every weekend from the end of September through October.
Load up the whole family, even Grandma and Pap, and make some memories. Take a hayride out to pick a pumpkin, get lost in the giant 3-acre corn maze, enjoy live music, and grab a bite at a food truck.
Don’t forget to check out their delicious fresh pressed apple cider!
Get Spooked at Scare at the Fair in West AlexanderBack to Top of List
Just before the West Virginia border fans of haunted houses will find 8,500 square feet of indoor haunted fun!
The scare fair started in 2013 as a fundraiser for the West Alexander Agricultural Association and has now become a local favorite.
Friday & Saturday nights in October the creepy and eerie attraction opens its door to guests 9 years old and above for some Halloween fun.
So, round up the gang and head to West Alex for a scary good time!
Pick Your Own Apples at Simmons FarmBack to Top of List
Nothing says fall like picking a basket of your own delicious apples!
Simmons Farm in McMurray offers Pick-Ur-Own, flowers, apples, and pumpkins seasonally. Varieties of apples can include Red Delicious, and Empire. Check their website for apple picking availability.
Fall activities at Simmons also include a hayride to the pumpkin patch and fun activities like a petting zoo, corn mazes, a fire truck slide, and a hay maze.
Shop by the market on the way out to finish your outdoor decorating with mums and cornstalks.
Go on a Haunted Walking TourBack to Top of List
Tales of ghosts, stories of the unexplained, narratives of those who haven’t crossed over.
Learn about local history while getting the goose bumps in historic downtowns of Washington and Monongahela for their haunted walking tours.
In Washington the Bradford House Historical Association and the Washington County Historical Society will lead visitors through many specter stories including the LeMoyne House - Washington's most haunted house. Does an other-worldly patron still frequent his favorite restaurant?
Monongahela Historical Society starts at the Longwell House and explore the ghosts that haven’t left the charm of the Mon Valley. How many transparent residents are still living in their old Victorian homes?
Check websites for exact dates and times.
Get Lost in a Corn MazeBack to Top of List
Nothing quite explains the fun (or the fright) of a corn maze. Acres of tall corn with paths winding through it. The laughs and feigned cried for help.
Kids and adults alike love the thrill of these maize mazes!
Local farms like Simmons, Trax, Bedner’s, Triple B, and The SpringHouse offer these seasonal attractions.
Snap the Perfect Picture in the Leaves at Cecil ParkBack to Top of List
Watch for the leaves to start changing then grab the camera! Cecil Park offers beautiful fall photo ops as well as playgrounds for the kiddos.
The Cecil Township Fall Festival occurs end of the September, usually before the leaves change too much, but the festival is still a great way to get the family outdoors and enjoy the beautiful park.
The park is located at 3599 Millers Run Road, Cecil, PA.
Take in the beauty of fall at Mingo Creek County Park or Cross Creek County ParkBack to Top of List
Washington County is fortunate enough to have 5,500 acres of park land. All the county parks are open year round. Autumn offers beautiful scenes of changing leaves and crisp fall air.
Mingo Creek County Park in Finleyville offers excellent recreation options to families and pets alike. Whether you want to bike, walk, or take the kids to a pirates’ themed playground, Mingo satisfies all your families outdoor needs. Even enjoy an off-leash for the four legged kiddo!
Mingo is also the home to two covered bridges: Ebenezer and Henry. These bridges are two of the Washington and Greene Covered Bridge Festival sites, held every third weekend in September. Link https://www.facebook.com/CoveredBridgeFestivalPA
Cross Creek County Park in Avella features a 258-acre lake for fishing and recreation, multiple playgrounds, and beautiful water views. Maybe nature trails and bicycle (or bridle) trails is more your speed. The whole family can enjoy an outing to Cross Creek!
Activities like fishing and pavilion rentals within both parks is controlled through a permit system.