Fall Family Fun at Paulus Orchard in Dillsburg, PA

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Throughout Pennsylvania, there are many fantastic orchards that can be visited in the fall. In fact, I put together a whole article recently highlighting a few of the best places to go apple picking in PA.

If you are looking for some fall family fun in the Harrisburg or York area, Paulus Orchard near Dillsburg in York County is a fantastic spot to check out.

Paulus Orchard (officially known as Paulus Mount Airy Orchard) is located in northern York County near Roundtop Mountain Resort. While this 150-acre farm is open for much of the year, it really comes alive during the fall.

Sign of things to do at Paulu's Orchard in York County PA
There’s a lot of fun things to do at Paulus Orchard.

Wanting to check out the orchard, I headed there recently with my family to find out what there is to do at Paulus Orchard in the fall.

There are three main areas to explore on the farm this time of year: pumpkin and apple picking, the farm stand and kitchen, and PlayLand. While you can certainly visit just one or two areas of the orchard, taking the time to do all three can make for a fun day for the whole family.

Pumpkin and Apple Picking at Paulus Orchard

Boy apple picking at Paulu's Orchard in Dillsburg Pennsylvania
Apple picking is a fun fall activity at the orchard.

During autumn, visitors can go apple and pumpkin picking at Paulus Orchard on weekends.

Apple picking is one of the most popular activities here, and visitors can walk through the fields and find the perfect apples to take home with them from the orchard’s 50,000 apple trees.

On any given weekend, a handful of the 20 varieties of apples grown at the orchard are open for picking. If you are looking for a particular variety, it’s best to call ahead to find out what is being picked that weekend.

Picking your own apples at Paulus is not only a fun activity, but also lets you get incredibly delicious and fresh apples for less than you’d paid at the grocery store.

Another popular fall activity at Paulus is pumpkin picking.

Girl going pumpkin picking at Paulu's Orchard in York County Pennsylvania
There is also pumpkin picking during the fall.

The pumpkin patch at the orchard features pumpkins in a variety of sizes and even a variety of colors. That’s right, colors. You don’t have to stick to the traditional orange pumpkins at the orchard. They offer pumpkin picking in colors ranging from white to pink and blue.

Early in the season, Paulus Mount Airy Orchard also features sunflower picking. They also offer a variety of other fruit picking throughout the year including strawberries, blueberries, and peaches in the summer months.

Paulus Farm Stand and Karen’s Kitchen

Inside Paulu's Orchard's farmstand.
There are a lot of great things to buy at Paulus Orchard’s farmstand.

Located along Mount Airy Road at the front of the farm, Paulus farmstand offers a fantastic selection of in-season produce for those that would rather someone else pick the fruit for them. They also offer varieties of apples and other fruits that may not be open for pick-your-own.

Compared to some orchards I’ve been to, the farm stand at Paulus isn’t overly large. However, they have a great selection of both fresh produce and locally-made goods (including soups, cheeses, and ciders).

Entrance to Paulu's Orchard near Dillsburg PA
The farmstand is located at the entrance to the farm.

Adjacent to the farm stand, Paulus features a small eatery with some delicious food known as Karen’s Kitchen. Whether you are looking for a meal or simply a quick snack, there are some really nice selections here.

My personal favorite was the apple cider slushy. If you love apple cider, this is a great fall treat.

PlayLand at Paulus Orchard

PlayLand at Paulu's Orchard near Dillsburg Pennsylvania
PlayLand features a lot of fun activities for the whole family.

If you are visiting Paulus Orchard with kids, you have to save some time for PlayLand. Located behind the market, PlayLand features a wide variety of kid’s activities (some of which are also a lot of fun for older kids or adults).

By my count, there are nearly 20 different things to do at PlayLand. These include large slides, human foosball, a jumping pillow, giant board games, and much more.

Of course, being that you are spending fall at an orchard in PA, there is also a large corn maze. The five-acre maze is perfect for those who have always wanted to get lost in a giant field of ripened produce. Of course, finding your way out is just as much fun.

There is also a mini corn maze for those looking for a bit less of a challenge.

Pedal Carts at Paulu's Orchard's PlayLand
There are two pedal cart tracks to ensure everyone can enjoy this fun activity.

I also really enjoyed the pedal carts. There are two tracks and two sizes of carts: one for younger kids and one for older kids and adults. While moving them was challenging, it was a ton of fun going around the track and seeing how fast I could go.

There are also a ton of other activities throughout the orchard including wagon rides, a cow train, and pumpkin carving.

Tractor rides at Paulu's Mount Airy Orchard in Dillsburg PA
Some activities, like wagon rides, are only available on the weekends.

PlayLand is open both on weekends and during the week. However, during the week, some of the attractions are closed including the large corn maze, wagon rides, the cow train, and the jumping pillow to name a few.

Because of the smaller number of attractions, Paulus charges only $5 on weekdays versus a $9.99 charge on weekends.

Final Thoughts

Fall fun at Mount Airy Orchard in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Paulus Orchard is a fun place to visit in the fall.

Without a doubt, Paulus Orchard in Dillsburg, PA, is a ton of fun to visit during the autumn season. Whether you want to spend all day having fun with your family at PlayLand, a few hours picking your own apples and pumpkins, or just a few minutes at their farm stand (or the whole day doing it all), there’s a bit of something for everyone looking to enjoy fall in PA.

Paulus Mount Airy Orchard is located at 522 East Mount Airy Road, Dillsburg PA 17019.

Paulus is open for the fall season on weekends from Labor Day Weekend through the first weekend in November, as well as on Columbus Day. They are open weekdays from mid-September through the first Friday in November though activities are somewhat limited.

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