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The Best Fall Festivals in Central Florida

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It’s pumpkin season! Here’s a round-up of autumn-inspired memory makers for you to enjoy with your family. (PSL optional)

Southern Hill Farms

The 8th Annual Fall Festival at Southern Hill Farms, happening Thursdays through Sundays until November 12, is an annual celebration worth going back to year after year. What fall adventure would be complete without mouth-watering apple cider donuts, pumpkin carving and s’mores around the fire pits? Other fun includes a 5-acre corn maze, farm wagon rides, live music, a pumpkin patch, college football game broadcasts, picture-perfect photo ops and a large kid zone! Tickets must be purchased online in advance for all guests ages 3 and older.

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The upcoming Fall Festival at Great Scott Farm (formerly known as Scott’s Maze Adventure) kicks off for the season on September 30. Immerse yourself in the incredible corn maze, experience the thrill of defying gravity on the jumping pillow and feel the adrenaline rush as you descend the super slide! Your little adventurers will also have a blast at the Castle Playground or hop aboard a delightful hayride. No visit is complete without a journey to the pumpkin patch, where the enchantment of autumn truly comes to life.

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Lake Nona Town Center’s Town Harvest on October 14 from 5–10 p.m. includes a pumpkin patch and decorating station, live country music and a tractor photo-op, plus lots of fall-themed treats and specialty drinks! This is a fun way to explore Lake Nona and see what this exciting neighborhood has to offer.

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Mick Farms in St. Cloud is home to a u-pick pumpkin patch during the month of October. Explore their 6-acre field full of a variety of pumpkins: Jack-o’-lanterns, Jack-be-littles, heirlooms, and our personal favorite, Cinderella pumpkins. They open their fields as soon as all the pumpkins are full-grown. Check their social channels for the official opening date.

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Santa’s Farm

Plan your outfits and charge up your cameras for the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Santa’s Farm in Eustis. On select days through October 30, your kids will love the magical maze where they hunt for pictures of monsters, horse and pony rides, Jack’s Barnyard Petting Zoo and tons of activities like barrel train rides and duck races at the Jolly Acres play area.

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Families and children have an exciting adventure awaiting them at Lukas Nursery’s 38th Annual Fall Festival on October 14 & 15 in Oviedo. Take a walk through the gardens, encounter charming farm animals, savor live music, be enchanted by skilled balloon artists, and witness the astounding artistry of a chainsaw sculptor. A 15-minute hayride will transport you through this expansive 33-acre nursery, providing a unique perspective of the surroundings. Additionally, don’t forget to explore the opportunity to support local farming with JS2 Cattle, where you can acquire top-quality, locally raised beef. Everyone is welcome to roam the nursery, shop for your favorite plants, indulge in delectable food and create unforgettable memories.

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Hop in the saddle and play among pumpkins of all sizes at the Painted Oaks Pumpkin & Ponies Festival in East Orlando during select days in October.

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