Fall is finally here! While the weather might not have changed much yet in Florida, we can still greet the fall with a few new decorations and pumpkin-spiced everything. Start planning out your Halloween costume now, and in a few weeks, it will be time to pick the perfect pumpkin. I couldn’t be more excited to start fall activities, and visiting one of these pumpkin patches will be on the list:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. The Pickin' Patch, Dunnellon
The Pickin' Patch claims to be the only real pumpkin patch in Florida, where you can actually pick pumpkins right off the vine. Visitors can also enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, and a hay fort for kids. Dates: October 1 - 30, Fridays (3pm - 7pm), Saturdays (10am - 7pm), and Sundays (Noon - 7pm).
2. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton
Activities at this festival include a petting zoo, hayrides, face painting, a zip line, train rides, a corn maze, pony rides, and much, much more. Dates: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, Sundays and Saturdays (9am - 5pm).
3. Cowart Ranch Maze Dayz, Bunnell
This festival has so much more beyond pumpkins! Come take a hayride, get lost in the corn maze, see farm animals, play lots of farm games, and more. Dates: September 30 - October 30, Fridays (5pm - 10pm), Saturdays (10am - 9pm), and Sundays (11am - 7pm).
4. Painted Oaks Academy Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin & Ponies Festival, Orlando
This unique festival will include hay rides, pony rides, face painting, bounce houses, local vendors and an antique car show, plus more. Festival Dates: October 22 and 23 (10am - 5pm).
Pumpkin Patch: Opens October 8. Hay rides and pony rides: October 8, 9, 15, and 16.
5. Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota
This awesome festival has been running for almost 30 years. Not only do they have the usual farm games and activities, they also have laser tag, a rock wall, bungee jump, pumpkin painting, hayrides, pony rides, live music, and more.
Dates: October 1 - 30, Saturdays and Sundays (10am - 5pm).
6. Tommy's Pumpkin Patch & Fun Zone, St. Augustine
Bring the kids down to this pumpkin patch for lots of activities, from a corn maze and petting zoo to bounce houses and a tractor train.
Dates: September 30 - October 30, Monday - Thursday (Noon to 7pm), Fridays and Saturdays (10am - 9pm), and Sundays (10am - 8pm).
7. Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze, Milton
The whole family will enjoy this pumpkin patch, complete with a maze, hayrides, and more. Dates: September 24 - November 5, Monday - Saturday (8am - 6pm).
8. Farmer Mike's U Pick Fall Festival, Bonita Springs
Farmer Mike's promises a corn maze, hayrides, and fun farm games. There's even a haunted maze in the last half of October! Dates: Weekends in October, Fridays (6pm - 9pm, Oct. 7 and 14 and 6pm - 10pm Oct. 21 and 28), Saturdays (Noon - 6pm) and Sundays (Noon - 6pm). Note: For the last two weekends in October, on Fridays and Saturdays, there will also be a Haunted Maze.
9. Pumpkin Towne (Jupiter, Stuart, Wellington)
Not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, these patches offer the perfect fall photo opportunities for parents of little ones. Dates: Beginning October 7th, 7 days a week, 9am - 9pm.
10. Pumpkins by King, Tallahassee
While you're picking out a pumpkin, you can snap a photo with the giant jack-o-lantern or run through a 1,500-square-foot maze. Hayrides will be available during the last 10 days of the month.
Dates: Every Day in October, 10 am - 8pm, (possibly 9am - 9pm Saturdays).