Celebrate Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.  Lauren Destefano

Although it may not feel like fall in the Sunshine State, there are still many wonderful ways to celebrate the season. From activities like apple picking and attempting a corn maze to attending the many festivals around the state, fall presents lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Here are a few fun ideas sure to make long-lasting memories:

  1. Go Apple Picking – Apple picking is a great way to get fresh produce and enjoy the beautiful fall weather as well as a wonderful learning opportunity for young kids. You can show them how to properly pick apples from the tree and give them the chance to try different varieties of apples to determine which ones they like best. Google Florida U-Pick Apple Orchards for a list of orchards near you.
  2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch – One very popular family fall activity is visiting a pumpkin patch. Like apple farms, pumpkin patches typically have other fun activities as well like hay rides and maybe even a petting zoo. Google Florida Pumpkin Patches for one near you.
  3. Attempt a Corn Maze This is a great family activity because it gives your family the opportunity to work together, deciding which ways you should go. Some mazes can be difficult, and it provides a great feeling of achievement when you make it to the end. Google Florida Corn Mazes for one near you.
  4. Bake a Pie – The holiday season is just around the corner, so fall is the perfect time to try your hand at making a pie. There’s some work involved in making a pie from scratch so make it a family affair. Find a great apple and/or pumpkin pie recipe and start baking and creating fun family memories!
  5. Make Caramel Apples and Roast Pumpkin Seeds This a wonderful and delicious way to make use of the apples you’ve picked from your apple orchard trip and pumpkin you’ve brought back from your pumpkin patch visit.
  6. Collect Leaves and Acorns and Do a Fall Craft –The colorful leaves and acorns that drop from the trees are one of the best things about fall. They are great for DIY projects and decorating your home.
  7. Enjoy a Fall Festival – What Florida lacks in colorful foliage, it more than makes up for in fun and entertaining fall festivals. 

North Central Florida Peanut Festival – Fun, food, games, entertainment as well as a competition for girls and boys for Little Peanut King and Queen. October 5 at Heritage Park in Williston.

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival – Artworks by over a hundred artists as well as musical entertainment, food and children’s activities. October 12 to 13 at Central Park, located along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

Rattlesnake Music Festival – Features snake shows, entertainment, food, arts and crafts…and even gopher races. October 18 to 20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds.

Fantasy Fest in Key West – Non-stop activities including parades, masquerades, street parties and more. October 18 to 27.

McIntosh 1890’s Festival – Residents dressed in 1890’s attire and Victorian and Florida cracker-style homes surrounded by century-old oak trees make this the perfect backdrop for going back in time. This festival also includes arts and craft booths as well as delicacies from many food concession stands. October 26 along Highway 441 between Gainesville and Ocala.

Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola – Sample delicious seafood and enjoy arts and craft exhibits and fish-related events and displays. November 1 to 2 in Battery Park in downtown Apalachicola.

Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival – Live music, an auction and over 200 displays of works from local and southeast artists. November 2 to 3, just off Highway 441, 12 miles south of Gainesville

Riverhawk Music Festival – Live entertainment on three stages, all-day kids programs, song contests, great food and craft brews, and camping in the woods. November 7 to 10 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Sample world-class foods and wines. Enjoy live music, cooking events as well as meet and greets with celebrity chefs. August 29 to November 23 at Epcot World Showcase.

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