As Northern states enjoy the vibrant colors of leaves changing, the excitement of apple picking, and those cozy warm sweaters, here in Florida we experience Fall in a different way. The kiss of cooler air and lower humidity call us out of our summertime hibernation to enjoy outdoor activities.
With the hot sticky summer moving out, the more desirable temperature call us outside. We set up park play dates, take nature hikes, enjoy an afternoon picnic, hit the less crowded beaches, and even consider camping (or even glamping!).
Our Florida Fall memories are a weave of the flavors of the season with a twist – outdoor experiences and adventures, and creating crafts with nature’s treasures that are collected along the way.
Central Florida counties and cities have a wide selection parks and recreational areas. You can hike, fish, bike, camp, and play on some amazing playgrounds. Looking for a place to get outside – Orange County Parks and Seminole County Parks. Did you know that Central Florida has over thirty miles of bike trails. These pathways are part of a 250-mile Coast to Coast Connector linking St. Petersburg to Titusville. The paths are wide and safe from traffic, making it ideal for a family to ride. You can find a trail head near you at Bike trails and maps of Central Florida
It’s always a good idea to bring paper lunch bags along, labeled with each child’s name, to carry the treasures they collect. We enjoy spending an afternoon getting creative by crafting with the nature items that were collected. The kids have fun making leaf rubbings in fall colors, imagining pine cone animals, designing fairy gardens, assembling nature weaves, and painting a walking stick.
Fall Time Adventure
Only a short drive to the Mt. Dora area, you can be scrambling through a corn maze, catch a hayride, get up close to farm animals, and roast hot dogs on an open fire.
Long & Scott’s Corn Maze
After only a short drive to the Mt. Dora area, you can be scrambling through a corn maze, catch a hayride, get up close to farm animals, and roast hot dogs on an open fire. Long and Scott Farms have created an incredible experience for the entire family over the past 13 years.
Families and groups can make a full day of all the activities: a 7-acre Corn Maze, the 3-acre “Cornfusion” tree maze, hayrides that travel throughout the farm, a 40 x 67 foot jumping pillow, zip lines for kids, a 60 foot super slide, a kids play area, catch-and-release fishing for kids, pumpkin patch, shopping at the general store, and dining at Scott’s Country Café.
The Corn Maze has an optional hands-on game to play. You receive a game sheet with questions, picture rubbings, and puzzles that you complete during your adventure inside the large Corn Maze. If needed, you can receive help at the 23 stations scatter throughout the maze.
Long and Scott Farms is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays through December 13. Cost is $11 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-16, and kids under 3 are free. The farm offers discounts for veterans and scouts. For information, click here.
Santa’s Farm – A Lot of Pumpkins Patch
It is a common misconception to think of Santa’s Farm as for Christmas trees only; but in October they celebrate fall time with their A Lot Of Pumpkins weekend events. And even more surprisingly: admission, parking, and the petting zoo are all free!
At Jack’s Barnyard, children have an opportunity to get up close to the farm animals and pet each one.
Then there is the horse and pony ride, hay ride, bounce pillow, kiddie barrel cart ride, 400 feet long zip line, and 200 feet long junior zip line. Each operates on a $2 ticket system.
You can shop for a pumpkin, purchase tools from the gift shop, and learn pumpkin carving techniques. Each pumpkin is priced individually based on size.
In addition, there is a concession stand (with kettle corn), covered picnic areas, and you can even roast a hot dog for lunch.
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest is open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For information, click here.
Central Florida has so much to offer during the fall season. You just need to get outside and make some memories. But the best part of all about fall is opening up the windows and letting the fresh air flow through.