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4 Farm Playgrounds to Visit This Spring

Southern Hill Farms | Photo: Sara Edwards Neal

It’s peak season to try some of Central Florida’s most delicious u-pick produce experiences. In addition to juicy produce, these Central Florida farms also offer fun playgrounds and family-friendly events. Happy picking!

Oak Haven Farms and Winery offers a pick-your-own strawberry experience from early December through mid-March. The sprawling farm in Sorrento includes a small playground with slides and climbing for big kids, play space for toddlers, several types of swings for kids and adults, a sand pit, hayrides and even a small merry-go-round. The on-site winery produces a variety of fruit and grape wines, so grab a bottle or two for dinner or a future date night.
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Oak Haven Farms and Winery

 

Southern Hill Farms grows strawberries, sunflowers, pumpkins, blueberries, peaches, zinnias and a selection of winter vegetables that will keep you coming back to pick your own produce in spring, fall and winter. This 120-acre farm in Clermont also offers plenty to do after your basket is full. Go for a farm wagon ride or take a tour on the Blueberry Express. After that, grab some treats and head over to the shaded barns, where you can take in some live music or sit back and relax in a rocking chair. Kids can play in the covered playground that offers swings, chalk, tunnels, obstacles and a sand area.
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Southern Hill Farms | Photo: Sara Edwards Neal

 

Tom West Blueberries is a 10-acre family farm in Ocoee, established in 1954, where you’ll find lots of varieties of blueberries. Once you’re loaded up with berries, grab a snack and a seat in the shade. The kids can swing, play basketball and jump in the bounce house while you wait
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Tom West Blueberries

 

Showcase of Citrus is the bigger farm and u-pick experience on the list. Wander through the property as you pick from more than 50 varieties of citrus. Next, hop aboard the World’s Largest Monster Truck Safari and traverse swamps and groves to view the entire 2,500-acre farm. Afterward, hunt for treasure at the Gem Mine. Before you head out, stop by the Old Time Country Store for a creamsicle (a delicious combination of orange slushy and vanilla soft-service ice cream swirled together).
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Showcase of Citrus

 

No matter the venue you select for your u-pick experience, it’s important to respect the rules and guidelines of each property. Always be mindful of little hands and feet; it’s OK to explore, but be sure your child doesn’t damage or destroy the plants.

Times and availability can vary based on weather and seasonal popularity. Check each venue’s social media accounts or call for updates, seasonal pricing and additional experiences.

Written by
Jasmin Barone

Jasmin Barone covers one of our favorite topics — playgrounds! This local mom, who is also an educator at The Studio School in Orlando, treasures all the outdoor opportunities Orlando has to offer. After living on a small island in Maine with only one playground, she was stunned to find that Central Florida had such a rich landscape to experience playgrounds 365 days a year. Since moving to the area, she’s become an expert on the best local spots. Follow her @DangerDadRuggedDuck and be on the lookout for more of her playground roundups!

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