Fall is a great time to enjoy all that the Philadelphia area has to offer. And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make the most of fall in Philly. Here are 5 ways you can enjoy fall in Philly on the cheap, which I discussed in my segment this morning on “The 10! Show.” (Scroll down to see the actual video!)
1. Free tour of covered bridges. Bucks County is home to more than a dozen old-fashioned covered bridges, some dating back to the 1800s. Visit Bucks County’s website has a downloadable tour map that can help you plan a day of touring covered bridges–all for free.
2. Free and cheap wine tastings. You can find plenty of wineries that will let you stop by and taste their wines for free–or for a nominal fee ($5) that is refundable if you purchase a bottle of wine. Some nearby wineries with free wine tastings include those along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail (Chadds Ford and Kreutz Wineries) and the Mason Dixon Wine Trail out by Lancaster as well as specific wineries in the northern suburbs, such as the Buckingham Valley and Wycombe wineries. (I can’t wait to try their apple mulled wines!)
To me apples are the quintessential fall fruit. If you love fresh apples, you can pick or pick up apples at local orchards for a lot less than you’d pay in the grocery store. For example, the honeycrisp apples that my family loves, we can get at Solebury Orchards for $1/pound. At Giant they cost $2.49 a pound. You can locate local orchards on LocalHarvest.org. Speaking of apples, the annual Apple Festival is next weekend at Peddler’s Village. This free event includes live entertainment and apple pie-eating contests, among other fun and free things that the whole family can enjoy.
4. Free museum admission. If it’s raining on a fall day, you can always go to a museum. Many Philadelphia area museums offer free admission once a week or once a month–I’m putting together a list to share on Philly on the Cheap soon–and tomorrow (Wednesday October 26th), actually, the Academy of Natural Sciences is offering free admission all day to celebrate its new relationship with Drexel University! An AAA card, or membership card to WHYY or WXPN will get you discounted admission on any other day of the week!
5. Free pancakes for kids at IHOP. OK, so this one isn’t exclusive to the Philadelphia area, but I love it nonetheless. IHOP is promoting its kids-friendly pancake called Count Spatula, which, in time for Halloween, is free to kids who visit IHOP on Friday, October 28th.
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