By Marissa Potts
Fall is here! Although Orlando is notorious for still keeping the toasty weather going throughout the season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite fun fall activities to get you in the spirit, no matter the temperature outside!
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1. Find Your Way Through a Corn Maze
Something that I’ve seen a ton of Orlando locals do throughout the years, though I’ve never personally been myself, is visit corn mazes during the fall months! Scott’s Maze Adventures is an extremely popular corn maze in Mount Dora with over six and a half acres to get lost in! Corn Maze Orlando hosted by Painted Oaks Academy is another popular option, with this year’s theme for the maze set as “Mission to the Moon”. Both places also have pumpkin patches and more to explore, so there is no shortage of fun to partake in!
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2. Visit a Farmer’s Market
This one is one of my favorite fall activities in Orlando, as there are so many different Farmers Markets throughout Central Florida and they all have something special to offer their visitors. Especially when the cooler weather begins, it’s so enjoyable to stroll through vendors while enjoying freshly made food and locally baked goods. Lake Eola has a very popular Farmers Market in Downtown from which you can find freshly grilled corn on the cob (IT’S CORN! sorry…), vendors that sell repurposed thrifted clothes, and a produce stand with locally grown fruits and veggies as well as pumpkins for the fall season. The Winter Park Farmers Market is another great place to visit in the fall with vendors selling delicious smoothies and treats as well as many different plants to take home!
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3. Coffee Shops and Pumpkin Spice
Of course, fall is known for pumpkin spice and it’s always a good time to partake in a deliciously made baked good or freshly brewed cup of coffee. While there are so many options for bakeries that sell delicious treats and/or pumpkin spice throughout Central Florida, some of my favorites are Light on the Sugar Bakery, The Glass Knife, and Gideon’s Bakeshop which has special Halloween themed cookies during the month of October. As far as coffee shops go, Duo 58 is one of my favorites for both delicious coffee and also baked goods, as they have what I believe is the best banana bread in Orlando and super scrumptious cinnamon rolls. No matter where you decide to visit, there are plenty of options to keep your belly full and your heart happy throughout the cities!
4. Attend a Football Game at UCF
According to my husband, there is nothing more “fall” than football, and a great place to see a game in person is the University of Central Florida. University football games are quite a treat as you can also hear the marching band playing, and explore the campus before or after the game. Since Orlando doesn’t have a pro football team yet, UCF is a perfect place to enjoy the excitement of football even if it isn’t the NFL. I will tell you a pro tip though: bring a seating pad for your bottom! The stands at UCF are very rough, but “The Bounce House” as the stadium is known will keep you on your feet for a duration of the time anyway.
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5. Browse Through Bookstores
In my opinion, there is nothing better than curling up with a book with a fall scented candle burning in the background the moment the cooler weather starts, and what better way to find a perfect book than browsing through the shelves of locally owned bookstores? There are so many to choose from but one of my favorites is Spiral Circle Bookstore on Thornton Avenue which is a spiritual bookstore which also carries items like candles and tarot cards, perfect for Halloween. In Winter Park, Writer’s Block and New Leaf are other popular places to shop through a myriad of new and used books.
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6. All Kinds of Festivals!
Orlando is also filled with a ton of fall festivals for the season! These can range from food festivals to festivals with fall activities, like pumpkin picking in patches and more. One of our favorite places, Southern Hill Farms in Clermont, has a very popular fall festival. Here, you can pick sunflowers, drink apple cider, eat apple cider donuts, and so much more. Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest will also be taking place in October, where of course there will be German foods, beer, and wine to enjoy all weekend long. One of the most popular festivals in Central Florida is the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT in Disney World, where visitors can enjoy food and drinks inspired by cuisine from all over the world.
Whatever you decide to do this season, there are so many choices for things to do in Central Florida. I can’t wait to bring you all along as we check out more exciting places throughout the autumn and share them here on The Orlando Real. I really believe that fall in Central Florida is a-maize-ing!
Do you plan on partaking in any of these fall activities here in Orlando?
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