Fall is here, even though we don’t have the cool temperatures we can still experience typical fall related activities in the Tampa Bay area. Our events calendar is filled with hundreds of fall events and we keep adding events on a daily basis.
While we could enjoy attending any number of events in the Tampa area, we have chosen our top five events for this fall season. We first shared our list with the viewers of Channel 10 News at The Great Day Tampa Bay morning show with host Michael Clayton.
If you caught the show, makes sure to check out some of our Quick Tips for Fall Events:
- Bring cash for food, pony rides, face painting and other smaller activities that don’t cost a lot.
- Weather conditions may cause corn mazes to close early. Please call ahead.
- Pumpkin Patches at Churches, Corn Mazes, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens have some notoriously great Fall Themed picture spots
- Download our printable October calendar with our top things to do everyday.
- Visit our Events Calendar daily to find the best fall events.
1. Corn Mazes
See our master list of corn mazes around Tampa
We love corn mazes because you can experience all the best of fall in one day. Corn mazes are also very affordable and they are jam packed with fun events that will get you into the fall spirit. We have several corn mazes around the Tampa Bay area on our master list.
One of our favorite corn mazes is found at Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival in Bradenton, FL. Their annual Corn Maze Festival runs on October 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Everyone else is $10.
Many activities like their live entertainment, hayrides, petting zoo and others are included in admission. Additional activities available for a fee. For details on their other activities, visit their website more information.
2. Busch Garden’s Sesame Street Live Halloween Kids Weekends
Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends will be live at Busch Gardens, every weekend in October! The best part? It’s included in the price of admission.
Every Saturday and Sunday come show off your family costumes while trick-or-treating, enjoying crafts and fall themed activities. Explore their hay bale maze and dance your heart out at Sesame Street’s character parade at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. each event day. Cost: Included in admission.
3. Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
It’s baaack! Ride the rides, trick-or-treat and beware of the friendly spooks throughout the Lowry Park Zoo. With halloween themed shows, food, and scare zones, it’s a fun family event that will get you into the Halloween spirit! Creatures of the Night takes place on Friday and Saturday Nights from October 6-28, 2017. The zoo will close at 10 p.m. for Creatures of the Night. Don’t forget to bring your camera for all the fun fall pictures spots.
4. Scarecrow Festival in Dade City with Mr. Tommy
Get two special events for the price of one when you attend the Annual Scarecrow Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City. On Saturday, October 14th visit their fall festival to pick a pumpkin from their large pumpkin patch, take a stroll at all of their museum buildings, participate in carnival games and pumpkin painting.
Families can also take a ride on the barrell train rides, pet the farm animals and be entertained by Mr. Tommy, a popular children’s entertainer. There are enough activities to keep the family busy for several hours. The museum itself is filled with so much history that will bring you back in time and help you appreciate Florida’s history. Cost: Admission is only $5 per person. Children under 5 is free. PioneerFloridaMuseum.org
5. Florida Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express Train
12210 83rd St E, Parrish, FL 34219
Experience the fall season aboard The Florida Rail Road Museum where you get to ride the exhibits! The express trains to the Pumpkin Patch will be departing this October on the 21st, 28th and 29th for a fun family adventure. They have several different departure times for their Pumpkin Patch Express to accommodate many visitors .
With their ticket, families can see railroad artifacts and enjoy a two hour excursion that includes a stop at their Pumpkin Patch! While at the Pumpkin Patch there will be lots of fall activities for the everyone to enjoy. Each child will be able to pick out one pumpkin to take home – all included with their ticket price!
Cost: Free for children under 1 years old. Prices range from $14.50 to $32.50 per person. FloridaRailroadMuseum.org