When it comes to celebrating the fall harvest season, Philly goes big.

From idyllic, tree-lined streets, to quiet parks, there are a lot of options to catch the best fall foliage photo and enjoy the crisp fall air and atmosphere.

Fresh-baked apple cider doughnuts, warm apple pies, homemade ice cream, crisp seasonal ales and other flavors of fall attract visitors and residents alike to events like South Street Fall PumpkinFest, the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival and Highland Orchards’ Harvest Weekends.

A variety of top attractions — including Shady Brook Farms, Morris Arboretum and even Reading Terminal Market — let the lovers of the fall season pick out the perfect pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow, explore a corn maze and take in beautiful fall foliage.

And with activities like apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin painting and potato-sack racing, there’s no shortage of family activities to be had at harvest festivals as well. Here are our top picks:

At Longwood Gardens’ Pumpkin Playground, September through October, kids can play among hundreds of pumpkins — including one that weighs more than 800 pounds!

Later on in the season, through late November, the fall-blooming chrysanthemum is the focal point of the attraction’s Chrysanthemum Festival, which returns with more than 17,000 colorful blooms formed to create amazing shapes and structures. The Thousand Bloom Mum, the festival centerpiece made up of more than 1,500 specifically arranged yellow flowers.

Also, vibrant fall colors abound at the Morris Arboretum, with its more than 12,000 plants and trees.

Pennypack Park in Northeast Philly offers 1,600 acres of fall foliage. Hike or bike along the paved and unpaved trails, or take in the many historic structures located in the park.

I am lifelong Washingtonville resident, but I have made Philadelphia my second home. If you’re considering buying or selling your home in the Hudson Valley, New York, Philadelphia or Pennsylvania, contact me, Paul Biagini of Biagini Realty. I’ll be happy to help you with all of your real estate needs.

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