Cape Henlopen State Park

Delaware Fall Bucket List

As temperatures begin to cool, Delaware starts celebrating autumn with everything from tasty foods to chilling adventures. Create a fall bucket list by viewing top sights, festivals, things to do and more below!

Indulge with Pumpkin Spice 
In Delaware pumpkins are for much more than pie. Start off by picking your own pumpkin from Fifer Orchards or Mr. Pepper’s Pumpkin Patch. Carve out your truly unique design before treating yourself to some seasonal cuisine where pumpkin takes center stage. Find a savory pumpkin soup at Back Burner Restaurant and & Bar in Hockessin before treating yourself to something sweet at Woodside Farm Creamery, also in Hockessin or further south at Dolce Bakery in Milford.

Say Cheers at a Beer Festival
Raise your glass to the flavors of fall at one of Delaware on Tap’s craft beverage locations or at events like Dogfish Head’s Analog-a-Go-Go.

Strut Your Stuff at the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Fest
Beach fun continues well past Labor Day as you’ll discover at the 30th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Fest where people and pets alike dress in their Halloween best for a memorable parade down the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

Admire Fall Foliage
Experience the beauty of radiant reds, yellows and oranges that shine across the state every autumn. View the majestic colors during a visit to northern Delaware’s rural rolling hills, known for their fall beauty, or during a drive on one of Delaware’s scenic byways that will lead you down the roads less traveled. See more foliage viewing suggestions here.

Explore the Outdoors
Breathe in the crisp air and hear the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your boots during a hike through one of Delaware’s natural gems. Pristine State parks and wildlife refuges offer plenty of activities to keep you busy this fall. Get moving, admire the beautiful colors surrounding you and keep an eye out for the many different bird species passing through the area during their annual migration south.

Shop Till You Drop
Autumn is a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping and at the beaches, where you can enjoy the cool, refreshing ocean breeze while browsing. The Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale is a perfect time to explore the unique boutique shops downtown and with Tanger Outlets only minutes away, you’ll be hearing more great deals calling your name. Travel north and fall in love with tax-free shopping at Christiana Mall’s high end retailers.

Have a Frightful Halloween
Prepare yourself for a scare during a Ghost Tour at the historic Fort Delaware or a visit to Frightland featuring a haunted house, hayrides and more. Enjoy family-friendly Halloween events with the kids during a trip down Cape Henlopen’s Fantasy Trail or at the Brandywine Zoo’s merry, not scary, Boo at the Zoo where trick-or-treating is encouraged. Satisfy your artistic side by taking a walk through dozens of innovative Jack-O'-Lanterns at the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival