It’s time to check off some items on your fall bucket list, starting with a visit to the pumpkin patch! Spend your Saturday morning hunting for the perfect pumpkins for your front porch, getting lost in a corn maze, and snacking on some seasonal treats as you explore a local farm.
Local Pumpkin Patches
Below, we take a look at five pumpkin patches in Central Florida:
1. Southern Hills Farm in Clermont: Here, you’ll find a pumpkin patch barn full of a variety of pumpkins, corn stalks, and gourds. Kids will love the petting zoo, covered playground, and yard games, which include a giant fun slide, cyclone swing, and jump pillows. Fall Festival runs through November 7th, and admission tickets must be purchased in advance.
2. Santa’s Farm in Eustis: Get ready for a day of family-friendly fun! The pumpkin patch, hayrides, and corn mazes will offer tons of photo opportunities. Food and drinks are available to purchase too. Next, visit the petting zoo, where you’ll find goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and more. For an additional cost, you can enjoy horse rides, duck races, and a pillow bounce area. Purchase tickets online.
3. Painted Oaks Academy in Orlando: You’ll feel like you’re spending the day on the farm, thanks to free-roaming ponies and chickens. After you’ve found your pumpkins, jump on a hayride pulled by a tractor or visit the petting zoo. Don’t miss the Pumpkins and Ponies Festival, which opened on October 9th!
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4. Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando: Located on the hotel property, which includes both The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, this 18,000 square-foot farm is one of the largest farms open to the public in Central Florida. In addition to scouring the patch for the perfect pumpkin, locals and hotel guests can go on a hayride, run through the twisty corn maze, and play a game of corn hole. Plus, there are seasonal arts and crafts as well as pumpkin carving and painting workshops. Don’t miss the farmers market, filled with locally-produced and homemade goodies like honey, jam, and barbecue sauces. Purchase tickets online.
5. Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora: Thanks to the pumpkin patch, hayride, fall decor, bonfire, s’mores, and more, you’ll make a dent in your fall bucket list at this local spot! The highlight, though, is Scott’s Maze Adventures, currently enjoying its 19th year. With a dinosaur theme, your kids will love the six-and-a-half acre corn maze, jumping pillows, and giant castle-like playground. Plus, there’s an educational component: Learn about different types of farming as well as the history of Long & Scott Farms. Lastly, be sure to stop in Scott’s Country Market and Cafe before you head home.
If you head to a local pumpkin patch this fall, show us what goodies you pick up! Tag us on Instagram @edibleorlando.
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