Florida may not have changing leaves or crisp autumn temperatures, but there is still tons of fall-themed fun to be had.
From a two-hour train ride to a pumpkin patch to massive corn mazes to a shimmering lights festival, below are a few of our favorite places in and around Tampa Bay to enjoy a fall-themed day with the family.
Dates: September 25-October 30, Friday-Sunday
Location:16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa, FL 33556
Cost: $12.50 per person; 2 and under, free
Just up the road from Westchase, this new Tampa Bay Enjoy pumpkin patch offers tons of fun, including a haunted children’s crop maze, hayrides, animals, live entertainment and more. Older children and adults looking for a fright, will enjoy the haunted barn.
Dates: October 9-November 24, 2021, Saturdays and Sundays
Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd N, Plant City, FL 33565
Cost: $11 for ages 18 and over; $10 for ages 3-17; 2 and under, free
Tickets are available online for the 10th annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Spend the day working your way through the maze, challenging your kids to a game of corn hole, enjoying a hayride and picking out the perfect pumpkin.
Dates: September 17-November 14, Fridays-Sundays
Location: 950 Tavares Rd, Polk City, FL 33868
Cost: $15 for ages 13-64 and $12 for kids ages 2-12 years old, seniors and active-duty military.
This working farm offers a fun fall tradition with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, a cow train, miniature golf, corn hole, tons of food options and more.
Dates: October 2-November 7, select days (Tentative dates. Follow them on Facebook for updates.)
Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd, Masaryktown, FL 34604
Cost: $9.75 for 3 years and older; 2 and under, free
The corn maze is the big draw at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown, but there is plenty more fun to be had. Kids will love the play area, tree house, Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hayride, pumpkin patch, farm animals and free craft of the season.
Dates: October 2-November 7, Tuesday-Sunday
Location: 15990 Stur St, Masaryktown, FL 34604
Cost: $13.95 weekends, $9.95 weekdays for ages 3 and up; 2 and under, free
It’s wise to purchase advance tickets to ensure access this 5-acre corn, Lightning Strikes Twice-themed maze, as well as the many attractions like a jumping pillow, pedal cars, and barnyard games. Little ones will also love the petting farm and tree house. Bring some extra cash for gem mining and a trip to the pumpkin patch.
Dates: October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Location: 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Cost: $12 admission per person, $5 parking; children 10 and under, free
The 30th annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at Hunsade Farms features hayrides, a petting zoo, games, barnyard playground, kids’ activities, a pumpkin patch and more! Some activities, including the corn maze, incur an additional fee.
Dates: October 1-October 24, Friday-Sunday
Location: 11000 Rolling Hills Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34431
Cost: $5 per person; children 3 and under, free
Bring the whole family to enjoy the corn maze, kids’ hay fort with slides, kids’ hay maze and live bluegrass music. Bring your own wagon and clippers (borrow one from the farm) and take your pick from a variety of unique pumpkins, gourds and beautiful sunflowers. Pumpkin prices range from $4-$30 and sunflowers are $2 per flower.
Dates: Select Nights in October, beginning Oct. 8
Location: 2302 N. Dover Rd, Dover, FL 33527
Cost: $7 per person; 2 and under, free
This not-so-scary fall festival features a 1/4-mile trail walk through beautiful lights, music, games, hay rides, outdoor movies with hay-bale seating, duck/boat races, pumpkin patches and more! There are also light concessions available on site.
Dates: October 16-17 and 23-24
Location: 12210 83rd St, East Parrish, FL 34219
Cost: Tickets start at $19
Train enthusiasts will love this unique ride to a field full of pumpkins. There are also kid-friendly activities during the 2-hour journey. Trains will run at 50 percent capacity to allow for social distancing. All aboard!
Dates: October 1- October 31, Friday-Sunday
Location: 475 North Avenue West, Brooksville, FL 34601
Cost: Free admission
Here you’ll find tons of fresh-off-the-vine pumpkins and so much more. Every weekend in October, browse the booths of local makers, bakers, crafters and artisans. There will also be tons of kids’ activities, including a petting zoo, giant tortoise encounter, face painting and more.
By Karen Ring