If you live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, or are planning a visit this fall, make sure to stop by some of the beautiful farms in the area. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly activity or want to create lasting memories with your friends, this is a great season to check them out. Here's a list of seven great farms to visit this fall in and around Lancaster:

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Older couple enjoying their twilight years wrapped in each others arms as they slowly traverse a Lancaster cornfield

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A short drive outside of Lancaster, you'll find the exciting Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Ronks, Pennsylvania. You and your family can enjoy various outdoor activities here, including taking a farm tour wagon ride and getting lost in the farm's award-winning corn maze. This adventure farm has something for everyone, and while you're here, you and your loved ones can also check out the paintball range, test your strength at a tractor pull, or visit the straw bale tower.

Teach your little ones about the magic of farm life and take them to the baby chick hatchery or the discovery barn, where they can learn about caring for and milking dairy cows. Stop by the pumpkin patch if you're looking for the perfect jack-o'-lantern gourd.

  • Location: 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572.

The Amish Farm and House

This fall, bring your loved ones to The Amish Farm and House to have fun and learn more about Amish culture and traditions. Some significant benefits of coming to Lancaster County during the fall months are the cooler temperatures and the beautiful foliage you can enjoy during your visit to this farm. Here you can take advantage of various seasonal activities, including Fall Farm Days, face painting, and "pumpkin chuckin'."

If you visit during the last few days of October, you can also take your little ones trick-or-treating on the farm, which includes a ride on the hay wagon and the chance to pet baby goats. Since the exact date changes yearly, check the website to ensure your visit lines up with the day it offers trick-or-treating.

  • Location: 2395 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Old Windmill Farm

Outside Lancaster in Ronks, you'll find the Old Windmill Farm, an authentic Amish farm and a great place to visit with your friends and family this fall. You and your loved ones can sign up for the Fall Farmhouse Experience, which lasts about an hour and a half and includes making fresh butter from cream from the farm's cows, helping the farmer's wife put homemade bread in the oven, and pressing cider from local apples.

You can sign up from September 6th through November 30th, so plan your visit accordingly. If you're looking for more fun, check out the Farm Tour and Hayride, a one-hour working farm tour, which includes meeting the animals and participating in farm activities like collecting eggs and milking the cows. You can also check out the hour-and-a-half-long Farm Fun Combo, where you and your companions will receive a farm tour, a garden tour, a barrel train ride, and a hayride around the property.

  • Location: 262 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572.

Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm

Another great place to check out outside Lancaster in Ronks is the Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm. Offering a unique experience compared to some other farms, you and your loved ones can see and learn all about miniature horses. If you're looking for a hands-on experience, you can sign up for the hour-long small horse workshop, offered Monday through Saturday by appointment only.

You can also sign up for cart rides, and your little ones can even ride the miniature horses, although weight restrictions apply, so consider contacting the farm before your visit to learn more. It keeps its horses in 10 stalls with large holes, making it easy to visit, pet, and take photographs with them even if you don't sign up for a workshop.

  • Location: 264 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572.

Lapp Valley Farm

You'll find Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Here you and your family can shop for hormone-free milk and butter, making it a popular spot for locals. When you stop by for a visit, you'll be able to enjoy the well-kept grounds, where you'll see a variety of critters, including peacocks, bulldogs, and cats. You can also see the dairy farm's cows being milked and get the chance to pet some of the adorable bottle-fed calves.

  • Location: 244 Mentzer Road, New Holland, PA 17557.

Eastland Alpacas

Located between Lancaster and Harrisburg, check out Eastland Alpacas to learn about these adorable creatures. Make sure to book an appointment before stopping by and sign up for one of the farm tours, which allows you to meet the animals and learn about the textiles and variety of products made from their wool. This farm is a must-visit if you're looking for a relaxing and educational afternoon.

  • Located: 2089 Risser Mill Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Verdant View Farm

While in Lancaster County, stop by Verdant View Farm and sign up for one of its farm tours. If you're looking to get away for a relaxing weekend, you can even stay the night at the farm's bed and breakfast. You can also sign up to learn a new skill in the farm workshop, and your little ones can participate in a Farmer's Apprentice Tour, where they can play with goats and milk a cow.

  • Location: 429 Strasburg Road, Paradise, PA 17562.

Well, there you have seven great farms to visit the next time you're in or around Lancaster. Contact us and let us know if we left out your favorite spot, and we'll be sure to update our list so more families can enjoy all the fun this area has to offer in the fall.

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