Is there any time more exciting than fall in Florida? I’m not a pumpkin spice girl, but lead me to a pumpkin patch and I’m in heaven. Central Florida farms host some pretty exciting events and festivals, meaning that your support gives back to the ag community when you go out and have a good time. Check out some of the events on tap.
Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Sept. 15-Nov. 12
950 Tavares Rd.
Polk City, FL 33868
This working farm has animals, activities, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a cow train, and last but not least, a corn maze. Plus, there’s a tractor that’s been turned into a swingset called the Frank-n-Slide.
For admission information, go to harvestholler.com
Springtime Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Saturday and Sundays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
18150 Commonwealth Ave.
Polk City, FL 33868
An all-day pass to this event includes more than 20 activities, including tons of animals to hold and feed, a pumpkin patch where each child can get one free pumpkin, a petting farm, 70-foot jumping pillows, inflatable slides, bounce house, haunted trail, bird aviary, trikes, pedal karts, food trucks, and more.
For pricing and details, go to springtimeagventurefarm.com/activities
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
Oct. 7-29 & Nov. 4-5
6151 Varn Rd
Plant City, FL 33565
A longtime favorite, this venue offers hayrides, a corn maze, corn pit, jump pad, lookout tower, pumpkin patch, flowers, and even camel rides.
For pricing and details, go to foxsquirrelcornmaze.com.
Keel Farms Harvest Days
Keel & Curley Winery at Keel Farms
Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 7
5202 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
Fun for the whole family including hayrides, a corn maze, camel rides, a pumpkin patch, craft and food vendors, pumpkin painting, KidZone, and special releases of fall wines, ales and ciders. (Sorry kids, the last one is for the adults!)
Admission and parking are free. Fore details, go to keelfarms.com/festivals.
Fall Festival at Southern Hill Farms
Thursdays-Sundays, Sept. 23-Nov. 12
16651 Schofield Rd.
Clermont, FL 34714
This will be the Fall Festival’s eighth year at Southern Hill Farms! So what can you look forward to? Try a corn maze, apple cider donuts, Jumbo Jack carving pumpkins, s’mores, a petting zoo, a giant fun slide, cyclone swing, pirate ship swing, carousel, bounce house and more.
For details, go to southernhillfarms.com/fall-festival
While this certainly isn’t a complete list of events, it’s sure to pique your interest and get you scouting out other venues!