Fall may not always bring cooler weather in Central Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some traditional fall activities. What better place to celebrate all things fall, than supporting our local farmers? Activities like corn mazes, pumpkins patches, walking flowers fields, hayrides, and eating apple cider donuts is just a glimpse of what some of these farms offer. Enjoy our guide to fall family fun around Lake County Florida.
Where can you get pumpkins around Lake County Florida?
This great little farm was born out of adversity, passion, and a dream. Owners originally opened a retail store front in Umatilla back in 2015. After that, they expanded to their farm property in 2019, built an open-barn store, and moved the iconic “Big Orange” to greet visitors. Their store is known for carrying local Florida products, including a variety of produce grown on the farm. Fun items like soft serve ice cream, candies, wine, shaved ice, and gifts. Including their famous pumpkin spice milk shakes on certain weekends.
Fall Festivals begin on Saturdays in October. Pick your own mini pumpkins, or choose one from the pumpkin patch. Sunflowers and seasonal items, to create all the feels of fall. For an additional charge, kids can take a ride on the bee barrel train, play carnival games, or have their face painted. Take some fun pictures, or play around the farm.
In addition, older kids and adults can come out for the Haunted Trail, if they dare. Tickets for the Haunted Trail can be purchased online HERE
Be sure to check Facebook for all the event details.
Fall Family Fun Events at Sunsational Farms:
- Haunted Trail 8:00pm – 11:00pm $15
September 24th & 25th and October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, & 30th
- Fall Festivals 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
October 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd
- Tent or Treat on the Farm 3:00pm – 6:00pm Free Admission
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm
Located: 40541 Giles Rd, Umatilla, FL 32784
This year Atwood Family Farms stepped up their fall festival game and added a whole new area of fun! After taking a tour, I must say I love their creativity to set themselves apart. Like spiderweb rope climbing, a corn pit house (think ball pit), and lots of unique playgrounds.
Families can challenge each other to a game of corn hole, or compete in ball games with baseballs, footballs, or basketballs. In addition, see who can win the pumpkin scavenger hunt!
Little ones can enjoy the playgrounds, cow train, hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, and slide hill. There’s lots to keep them busy for hours, and all included in your admission.
If you’d like to, you can purchase pumpkins, sunflowers, and zinnias. The flowers are U-pick, or you can just take a walk through a sunflower maze, and take some fun photos.
On the weekends, be sure to check their calendar for a live music schedule. Along with food trucks that will be onsite and rotating for variety. They’ve done a great job, and I can’t wait to go on a day it’s fully open. Be sure to get your tickets online. Also, check out the events, how fun would pumpkin destruction day be??
- Fall Festival 11:00am – 8:00pm Fridays, 10:00am – 7:00pm weekends
September 25th & 26th October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, 31st November 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, & 20th
- Not So Spooky Halloween 4:00pm – 7:00pm
October 30th & 31st
- Pumpkin Destruction Day 10:00am – 7:00pm
November 6th & 7th
Hours of Operation: See Ticket
Located: 36111 N County Rd 44A, Eustis, FL 32736
Does Santa’s Farm sell pumpkins? They sure do!
Don’t let the name fool you. It may be called Santa’s Farm, but this place is full of fall fun for all ages! Entrance is timed, and ticketed to allow distancing. Included with admission is walking the pumpkin patch and stopping at photo spots along the way. You can take a hayride together, and enjoy the farm animal petting zoo. Also let the kids play in Jolly Acres which consists of a bounce pillow, trike track, giant slide, a maze, riding the barrel train, and more.
Additionally, things like food, snacks, pumpkins, gifts and souvenirs can be bought. Many years ago, we took our girls when they were little. One of their favorite things to do was the horse and pony rides. Again, this is an additional activity, and limited daily for the health and safety of the animals. Therefore, be sure to get your tickets early.
Some of the newer fun is for adults only, ages 18 and up. First is the Horror in Headphones, which takes place throughout Santa’s Forest. You are taken on a guided walk, wearing headphones to bring scare sounds, and live actors give you the visual effects. Ticket price includes access to the farm, pumpkin patch, and beer garden, but space is limited per show. Plus there are two different themes to choose from. Full details and ticket information can be found on their website.
Another fun event for adults is the Adult Trick or Treat. Open to those 21 and over. Only happening on two nights, but you also have the opportunity to upgrade and include Horror in Headphones. Included is a drink from the bar, prizes, raffles, grown up play in the maze, adult trikes, and visiting the farm animals. Plus music!
Fall Family Fun Events at Santa’s Farm:
- Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch 10:00am – varies $7 – $13
October 2nd is opening day, then open Friday – Sunday
- Horror in Headphones 7:00pm – 10:00pm $20
October 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, & 23rd
- Adult Trick or Treat 7:00pm – 10:00pm $25 – $40
October 29th & 30th
Hours of Operation: See Your Ticket Purchase
Located: 35317 Huff Rd, Eustis, FL 32736
Oh my, I have been following Lil’ Bit of Life on Facebook for quite a while, but I finally got the chance to take a tour. They graciously welcomed us, so we could learn more about what they do on the farm, and how you can visit them.
One major difference with Lil’ Bit of Life compared to all the other farms, is that they’re strictly an animal farm. Therefore, included in your admission is a full farm tour, meeting the animals, and unlimited photo opportunities. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for information on the events they are hosting. Such as movie night, sip and stroll, open farm, and tours. You can purchase your tickets HERE.
To celebrate fall, they’re having a pumpkin patch sale. What’s special about their pumpkin patch is that the money raised will be split between three wonderful organizations. Grits 4-H club works with Lil’ Bit of Life Farm, and they are able to rent animals for their programs. They will receive 25% of the money made. Also, Lake County 4-H will get 25% to go towards all programs. Lastly, they are giving 50% to VineLife Foster Closet, which supplies clothing and necessities to families who take in foster children. What better place to get your pumpkins?
We were able to meet all the animals, and especially enjoyed the alpacas, and the baby cow! During open events, many of the animals are part of the photo spots. They’ve even been known to take some animals on the road to other events and senior homes to bring more happiness.
In addition, they just received non-profit status, and this will open up many more opportunities for our community. We are excited to watch it unfold.
If you are interested in having professional photos done, my friend Bonnie, from Bonnie Whicher Photography does photo sessions with them for all seasons and occasions.
Sample of Events at Lil’ Bit of Life Farm:
- Pumpkins Galore & Movie Night 1:00pm – 9:00pm
- Sip n’ Stroll 4:00pm – 7:00pm
October 10th & 16th
- Tails & Treats 9:00am – 5:00pm
Hours of Operation: Varies or by reservation only
Located: 2920 Robie Ave, Mount Dora, FL 32757
Where is the best corn maze around Orlando?
Central Florida’s well known Long & Scott Farms corn maze is a great way to celebrate fall. Creating a unique design each year, this year’s theme is Dinosaurs. Challenge yourself to get through quick, or take your time answering questions, doing picture rubs, and learning more about Florida agriculture. You can even try out finding your way through the 6.5 acre maze at night!
If you don’t think your younger kids can handle the big maze, there’s other fun things for them to do around the farm. Like a huge jumping pillow, 60ft super slide, and giant castle-like playground. Or, try out the 0.5 acre mini maze. Plus a zip line for kids, a rope maze, and lots of places to take fun pictures.
Take an audio tour of the farm while on a hay ride to learn what they grow and history of Long & Scott Farms.
They also have a Market & Café, plus occasional food vendors. Inside the market you can grab some produce grown on the farm, along with more Florida local products. The café is newer, with some great fresh options.
Long & Scott’s Maze is very popular, therefore they encourage tickets to be purchased ahead of time, and online. This will prevent you from having to wait long before actually entering the maze.
Fall Family Fun Events at Long & Scott Farms:
- Scott’s Maze Adventures
October 1st – December 12th
- Scott’s Country Market & Café opens September 28th
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 9:0am – 5:00pm, Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Located: 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757
PS: Long & Scott Farms is not technically in Lake County, but we like to say it is, since it’s right on the border!
Is there anywhere to get apple cider donuts around Orlando?
Being from Michigan, I am all about apple cider donuts. You don’t find them many places down here in Florida, so I can’t wait to try them at Southern Hill Farms. And s’mores around the fire pit has fall written all over it.
New this fall season is their 5-acre corn maze. Take a hayride out to the sunflower and zinnia fields for picking your own flowers, and taking some fun pictures.
Kids Zone activities include bungee jump trampolines, pirate ship swing, carousel, and much more. Don’t miss watching the football games on the big screens, grab a drink from the Beer Shed, listen to music, have a snack from the food trucks, and shop from their store. This is just a short list of all Southern Hill Farms offers, but you could literally spend the day here and not get bored.
Admission tickets give you access to everything on the farm, and are available ONLY online. No onsite ticket sales, and this is a cashless venue. Entry is timed to allow for distancing, so be sure to get your tickets early in order to spend more time on the farm. Be prepared to drive down rural dirt roads too. For full details on all the farm offers, check out their Facebook events page.
Fall Family Fun Events at Southern Hill Farms:
- Fall Festival at Southern Hill Farms
September 25th is Opening Day
Hours of Operation: Every weekend Thursday – Sunday ending Sunday, November 7th
Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Located: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL 34714
Final Farm in Our Guide to Fall Family Fun Around Lake County Florida
Although Showcase of Citrus is open year round, Pumpkin Ponderosa adds some additional fun for fall. Event has free admission and free parking, therefore most activities are purchased individually. Some of their no cost activities include a playground, visiting the farm animals, catch and release fishing (bring your own gear), outdoor games, live music on the weekends, and taking some fun family pictures.
For more fun you can take a monster truck tour around the farm to learn more about Florida’s citrus history. Kids can do some gem mining, feed the farm animals, take a hayride, or have some snacks from the country store, but also check out the events for kids. Most character events are $15 per person, and admission varies by event. A $5 non-refundable deposit is due upon making your reservation and space is limited. Therefore, advance reservations are required.
Adults can come out to enjoy spooky fall adult beverages at two open-air bars, do some wine tasting, listen to music. After that, watch the sunset from their dock. Additionally, food trucks are also onsite daily, and rotate to change up food offerings.
Be sure to check their website for updates, or to book a tour and event, because details tend to change.
Fall Family Fun Events at Showcase of Citrus:
- Pumpkin Ponderosa 9:00am – 7:00pm FREE
September 18th – November 28th
- Halloween Party 12:00pm – 7:00pm FREE
October 30th – Come in costume
Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00am – 7:00pm
Located: 5010 US Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34714
Contact: 321-394-4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Final Thoughts on Fall Family Fun Around Lake County Florida
In conclusion, you can see, there is no shortage of fun to be had no matter which area of Lake County you are live, or plan to visit. We hope our guide to fall family fun around Lake County Florida is helpful, because we love sharing why we Central Florida life makes us happy. If you visit any of these farms, be sure to share your happy with us!