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Top Outdoor Fall Dates In Philadelphia

August 23, 2013 7:00 AM

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Fall is a special time of year in the Greater Philadelphia area and the perfect time to plan an outdoor date with that special someone. You and your sweetheart will love hiking through the mountains, hills and forests of the Poconos or traveling back through time as you explore Valley Forge National Park. Ramp up the romance with a ride into the sunset on horseback or take a balloon ride into the crisp, blue autumn sky. Celebrate the season with a gridiron feast for two before the big game or steal away to the countryside for a romantic picnic for two, surrounded by stunning fall foliage. You can do all of these things and more within a short distance from Philadelphia.
Haycock Stables
1035 Old Bethlehem Road
Perkasie, PA 18944
(215) 257-6271
www.haycockstables.com

Drink in the beauty of the season, breathe the crisp fall air and fall in love with nature as you get up-close and personal with the great outdoors from the back of a horse. Haycock Stables, a family-run operation now in its third generation, is located in Bucks County, just outside of Philly. Haycock Stables offers couples trail rides near Nockamixon Lake. Fall hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are requested and same-day rides are based on availability. Group rides begin at $30 per person, and private trail rides – just the two of you, your guide and your trusty steeds – begin at $45 per person.

Related: Top Spots For Horseback Riding Near Philadelphia

CBK Mountain Adventures
One Camelback Road
Tannersville, PA 18372
(570) 629-1661
www.cbkmountainadventures.com

Nothing says “fall outing” in the Philadelphia area quite like a trip to the Pocono Mountains. CBK Mountain Adventures, located in the heart of the Poconos, offers a treetop adventure course that offers thrilling zip-line rides over the treetops and rolling hills. Fly through the trees and admire the autumn splendor first-hand. The two of you can soar together from the summit of Camelback Mountain on the 4,000-foot-long tandem zip-flyer, the longest, fastest tandem zip-line in North America. Prices start at $15 and are subject to change without notice; height and weight restrictions apply. You can also enjoy hiking and picnicking or explore the area with a Mountain Segway tour for two.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 N. Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 783-1099
www.nps.gov

Enjoy a stroll, horseback ride or bike ride through scenic Valley Forge National History Park, located in the King of Prussia area in the suburbs of Philadelphia. This national treasure has an excellent network of hiking trails on the western side of the park, says Philadelphia-area hiking expert Shane O’Donnell, who recommends both Mount Joy and Mount Misery trails for spectacular fall foliage views. Both trails can be accessed from Washington’s Headquarters, where there are bathrooms and parking, O’Donnell says, adding that both trails offer moderate to difficult hilly wooded climbs with some interesting ruins along the way. Start at the Horse-Shoe Trail and head to the Mount Misery Trail and take the Valley Creek Trail back for a nice, easy return, O’Donnell recommends. The Mount Joy Trail, he adds, is a slightly easier out-and-back, but can be turned into larger loops using the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail or the Valley Creek Trail. Valley Forge National Historic Park is also a mecca for birdwatchers, with over 227 species of fowl visiting the park’s 3,500 acres of woods, wetlands and meadows.

Cav’s Catering
Jetro N Lot at Pole 3
1020 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 301-8337
www.cavseaglestailgate.com

Fall and football go together, and what better way to share your love of the game with the one you love than at a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party? No grill, cooler or tailgating set-up needed. Just grab your Eagles gear – and your honey — and head to the Jetro lot at the Linc to enjoy the spread at Cav’s Catering, renowned as one of Philly’s great tailgating party experiences. You’ll be in good hands with this tantalizing spread by Bob Cavanaugh, featured on the Food Network, who is a three-time winner of the Jack Daniels Great American Tailgate Party Contest. Nosh on the tailgater staples including sausage sandwiches and grilled chicken, or treat yourselves to something a little more special, like mussels and clams bathed in white wine sauce, steamed shrimp or filet mignon.

Above & Beyond Ballooning
1012 N. Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, PA 19425
(908) 208-1869
www.njhotair.com

What could be more romantic than a hot-air balloon ride over the countryside on a beautiful fall day? From the greater Clinton New Jersey area or the Eastern Pennsylvania launch site in Chester Springs, a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia, you and your sweetheart will sail off into the skies to explore the countryside around Philadelphia on an Above & Beyond Ballooning ride. Float above it all and experience a memorable adventure you’ll both cherish for years to come. Pricing begins at around $200 per person and reservations are recommended. Above & Beyond Ballooning invites you to “relax after the flight with a champagne toast and a certain satisfaction in undertaking a ride that will be one of the highlights of your lifetime!”

Related: Top Flying Adventures in Philadelphia

Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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