7 Fun Fall Events in North Central Florida

While our neighbors to the north get to enjoy changing leaves, apple cider, and crisp cool days, we here in Central Florida are still swimming, watching hurricane forecasts and wishing that the temperature would drop below 80 degrees at night. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little fall fun of our own. Check out these fun fall festivals that are less than a couple hours drive of Ocala to enjoy a little fall festival magic right here in your own backyard.

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Timberline Farm Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Located in Belleview, Timberline Farm is a traditional fall festival. Wander the corn maze before or after dark (and you can call for a guide if you get lost), then your kids can enjoy the corn crib, pony rides and carnival games at this weekends-only event throughout October. Take a hay or train ride in between silly pictures with their farm cutouts. Finish off the fun by picking a pumpkin from the patch for your Halloween Jack-o-lantern.

The pumpkin patch and fall festival is open October 4-27, 2019 on Fridays (4pm-9pm), Saturdays (10am-9pm), and Sundays (noon-9pm). Please note that they stop admission at dusk, but guests can stay until 9pm. Tickets are free for kids 3 and under as well as active military, firefighters and law enforcement. Adult tickets are $8 and children are $6.

More information:
3200 Southeast 115th Street
Belleview, Florida 34420

Coon Hollo Fall Festival

This five-generation family farm offers up plenty of fun for the whole family. Aside from the traditional corn maze and crib, they also offer a country carousel, pasture putt-putt golf, a hayride to feed the cows, burlap sack slide, and pig races. There are tons of gorgeous photo ops throughout the farm, and don’t forget to stop by Nana’s Store on the way out. There are pre-picked pumpkins, jams, honey, and delicious baked goods that should not be missed!

The fall festival runs weekends from October 4 through November 3, 2019. They open at 4pm on Fridays, 10am on Saturdays, and noon on Sundays, and close at 7pm each day. Admission is free for kids 3 and under, and $10 for everyone else. Your admission includes everything except for Nana’s Store purchases or the u-pick sunflowers ($1 each).

Do make sure you consult their website for directions before heading out, as they mention that GPS does not offer accurate directions – but their site does give you very clear directions to find them.

More information:
22480 North Hwy 441,
Micanopy, FL 32667
(352) 318-9258

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Belleview Fall Festival

Belleview is just south of Ocala and their single-day fall festival takes place on the shores of the small but picturesque Lake Lillian, in the historic neighborhood of the small town. While this particular festival is maze-free, they do have a kid zone filled with fun like face painting and inflatables. If you’ve got a little one that you want to see if they’re ready to enjoy a fall festival, this could be the perfect place to start.

This fall festival takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11am-4pm. Admission is free (which is why it’s ideal for littles who might be overwhelmed). There are lots of food vendors as well as craft vendors too, so make sure you bring some cash with you.

More information:
SE Robinson Rd
Belleview, FL 34420

Peanut Patch & Corn Maze Halloween Festival

This fall festival is an easy drive from all of Central Florida, located just south of Gainesville. They have a traditional corn maze and the usual fall fun for kids: hayrides, play areas, a barrel train, and a bouncy house. But they up the ante a bit with a haunted house and a night maze! The family fun is geared toward all ages, with daytime fun and just the right amount of spookiness for those who like their fall festivals a little eerie.

From September 27 through October 27, 2019, this fall festival is open Fridays 5pm-11pm, Saturdays 11am-11pm, and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Admission is free for kids 3 and under, $10 for kids ages 4-10, and $15 for all others. Please note that admission is cash only.

More information:
8656 SW 75th St
Gainesville, FL 32608

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Roger’s Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze

Looking for something a little different? Roger’s Farm might be exactly what you want. A traditional fall festival during daylight hours turns spooky at 8pm with a haunted corn maze and spooky trail. They also have zombie paintball starting at 8pm (though it’s not included in admission). They’ve also got a mini rock wall, human hamster wheels, pony rides and, for the littlest in your gang, a mini maze.

Running from September 27 through October 27, 2019, this festival is open Fridays 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm, and Sundays 1pm-5pm. Admission is free for kids 2 & under, $10 kids ages 3-12, and $15 for adults. Seniors and military get a 10% discount with ID.

More information:
3831 NW 156th Ave.
Gainesville, Fl. 32609
(386) 462-2406

Newberry Cornfield Maze

One of the most widely advertised events in the North Central Florid area, this corn maze isn’t really a fall festival, but it’s still worth a mention. The corn maze is family-friendly by day as you weave your way through the stalks, trying to find your way out. Beware as the sun sets, though, because that’s when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play – and maybe something even more sinister. There’s also a haunted house with more things that go bump in the night. And if you’ve got a mix in the family, with some who want the scares and some who don’t? Fear not, because the kids play area is always friendly with no spooks or scares but lots of fun. Check out the haystack climb, cow train, and stop in the barn to meet Pepper and Molly.

This event runs from September 20 through October 26, 2019. It’s open Fridays 5pm-11pm and Saturdays 3pm-11pm. Admission includes corn maze and haunted house and is free for kids 3 & under, $10 for kids ages 4-10, and $15 for adults. There are a few activities that you can pay extra for. Tickets can be purchased online but please note that all purchases are final and they don’t issue refunds – so be sure of your dates and who’s going before you buy.

More information:
20015 West Newberry Road
Newberry, Florida 32669

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Fort King Haunted Trail

The last entry on our list is also not a fall festival. But if your little ghouls love a good spook and a good flick, you can’t miss this event! Take a stroll through the haunted trail at Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala. The trail gets scarier the darker it gets, so bring the littles out early for some light spooks and the older kids out later for more serious scares. After your fright, let your heart settle back to a normal rhythm while you watch Hocus Pocus on the big screen inside the fort as part of Ocala’s After Dark In the Park movie series.

This event is totally free, and refreshments are for sale during the movie. Parking is also free and about a half-mile from the fort. A complimentary shuttle will be running before and after the event. Make sure you wear closed-toe shoes if you’re heading out on the trail, as it does go through the woods and may not be totally level.

More information:
3925 E. Fort King St.
Ocala, FL 34470

When you’re done running around entertaining the kids, make sure you take some time for yourself too!

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