Lums Pond State Park

Fall in Delaware

As cool, crisp days settle and the fall season is made official, a need for celebration comes to life, bringing with it joyous festivals, delicious bites and endless fun.

Stroll with the family down a forest path splashed with autumn gold, or take a drive through the leafy hills of northern Delaware, where mansions and museums stand in regal splendor.

Revel in a day of fun at a fabulous fall festival where you can sip an autumn ale or a snappy cider, or take a tour across numerous breweries, wineries and distilleries guided by the Delaware on Tap app.

With so many festive activities and experiences embodying the spirit of fall across the state, it’s easy to indulge in a day, weekend or more of fun in Delaware, when fall shines its spotlight on the state’s hidden gems.

Fall foliage: The changing leaves reach their peak from mid to late October in Delaware, giving travelers a perfect opportunity to explore the state’s scenic drives. Some top viewing locations include the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway, which winds past the majestic mansions among the rolling hills of northern Delaware. State parks such as Trap PondLums Pond, and Killens Pond provide excellent opportunities for viewing vibrant fall colors while hiking down a peaceful trails.

Amazing festivals: Somehow the season seems sweeter when you’re with friends and family at a joyful fall festival. In the southern portion of the state, the Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival, Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival are fun for the whole family while farther north, festivals geared toward adults like the Odessa Brewfest and Brandywine Festival of the Arts flourish.

Enjoy the outdoors: Autumn is a truly glorious time to enjoy a walk around the bald cypress trees of Trap Pond State Park, or just spend the day watching birds from around the globe migrate to and from Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The Go Ape! Treetop Adventure course at Lums Pond will get you soaring right up with the turning leaves through the end of November.

Craft Beverage: With the Delaware on Tap app, it’s a snap checking out Delaware’s top breweries, wineries, meaderies and cideries, ranging from scenic Salted Vines Vineyard  & Winery and Harvest Ridge Winery to the nationally revered, off-centered Dogfish Head Brewery, just a quick trip from the beach.

More music, food and fun: If you’re ready to raise your glass and step onto the dance floor, a few of Delaware’s food-and-fun gatherings are not to be missed. Thousands gather under the big tent for authentic German treats and enthusiastic toasts at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest. The End of Season Beach Party in Dewey Beach is a sure-fire bet for properly enthusiastic end-of-summer revelry. And the Freeman Stage at Bayside Arts & Jazz Festival always starts the beach’s shoulder season with a song (BYOC- Bring Your Own Chair!) while the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival will have you tapping your toes.

Orchard picks: Each Saturday in October, Delaware’s Fifer Orchards & Country Store in Camden-Wyoming hosts its Fall Fest, pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze and plenty of other captivating kid-friendly fun. The mouthwatering apple cider, apple cider doughnuts and freshly baked pies are a highlight of any visit to the Orchard. T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville has you covered with apple picking, jams, honey and more.