7 Things to Do with Your Family in Central Florida this Fall

November 12, 2019

The leaves on our trees don't transform into a beautiful array of autumn colors in Central Florida but, the patches of bright orange pumpkins signal that fall has arrived! Just because it doesn't feel like fall, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy everything else this season has to offer. Reward your kids for working so hard this school year by going out and exploring the events that the Orlando area has to offer. From family fall festivals to nights under the stars, there are plenty of opportunities to create fun memories with your family this season.

Fall Events in Lake Mary

Get ready to embrace the fall season in Central Florida from the comfort of campus. Lake Mary Prep invites students and their families to join in on fall festivities throughout November. Kicking off with the November Reading Challenge for Pre-K3 to 5th grade, we're encouraging parents to stimulate the minds of their little ones all month long in exchange for some fall fun.

Challenge yourself to a spooky 5K, otherwise known as Lake Scary, on November 2nd or dig into a mouth-watering Thanksgiving feast on November 22nd at the school gym. Lake Mary Prep Athletics will also give you a reason to eat some fresh air with games and tryouts throughout the month. From the varsity golf girls and boys state championship games the first full weekend of November, to boys' basketball tryouts on November 4th, there's nothing short of activities to attend or get in on at LMP this fall. For more information on Lake Mary Prep's fall events, check out our calendars below.

Long & Scott Farms

Get lost in Scott's Maze Adventures at Long & Scott Farms. There are two corn mazes, and year after year, the 7-acre corn maze has a unique design with pathways that twist and turn. You can easily spend two hours if you complete every activity within the labyrinth, like the question and answer puzzles. In addition to the corn maze, there is a ropes maze, a tree maze, a mist maze, and a labyrinth.

Need a break from trying to find your way out of mazes? Kids can enjoy an enormous playground, a zip line, a hayride, a 60-foot super slide, a bouncy pillow, swings, fishing, and a wind tunnel.

Scott's Maze Adventures opens October 9th through December 9th between the hours of 10 am-5 pm on Saturdays and noon-5pm on Sundays. Admission is $12 but includes access to all the attractions ensuring an entire day of family fun!

Central Florida Nights at the Sanford Planetarium

With cooler nights on the horizon, enjoying an evening under the stars is an excellent kid-friendly fall activity. "Central Florida Nights" is an interactive show with full-dome video presentations at Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium located at Lake Mary/Sanford Seminole State College campus.

The show offers a guided tour of the current night sky and is updated every two weeks to match the slow march of constellations we see as Earth revolves around the sun. During each presentation, guests will learn how to locate eight prominent constellations, identify the locations of the visible planets, and explore upcoming meteor showers, bright comets, and other celestial happenings.

On clear nights, guests can go outside afterward to identify many of the objects seen during the show. They can also take a look at the night sky through the planetarium's telescopes.

Movie Night at Leu Gardens

For families that want a little more action or humor under the starry sky, movie nights at Leu Gardens is a great option. Once a month, Leu Gardens hosts a movie night at their floral clock on a massive 32-foot screen. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy family-friendly films at low prices. The garden opens at 6 pm, giving you plenty of time to get cozy before the movie starts at 7:30 pm. You can pack your picnic basket or get something to eat from Curbie's Sidewalk Café or Shadrach's Fiery Furnace Pizza. Looking for a lighter snack? Purchase some popsicles or popcorn at Season Pops.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children (4-17 years of age).

Apopka's Fall Family Festival

The Apopka Fall Family Festival is at Kit Land Nelson Park running November 7-11. Admission is free all weekend with a small cost for parking. People of all ages will love the carnival rides and food vendors. Younger kids can have fun at a playground area, while adults can enjoy beer from the Florida Beer Company, cider, wine, and sangria at the Beer & Wine Garden. While kids will want to spend all their time riding the attractions, don't miss the opportunity to take some fun family pictures at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

Since admission is free, the festival can get pretty busy. You only pay for what you play, and family packages for carnival rides and game tickets can be purchased to keep the fun going all night.

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Take advantage of the slightly brisker mornings and explore the Sunshine State's natural beauty at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Take your family on a hike through the wild, paddle the famous Wekiva River, or admire the diverse ecosystem while enjoying a packed lunch. Just minutes from the theme parks, Wekiwa Springs provides the opportunity for families to experience a part of Florida that is all too quickly vanishing, the wildlife. Bring a camera and see who can spot the most wild turkeys, black bears, deer, or birds roaming around the park.

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent with guided tours provided. Have an animal-lover in the family? Explore the area on horseback during the weekends.

Asian Lantern Festival at the Central Florida Zoo

Every month the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens hosts a variety of special events for families. The Central Florida Zoo will transform into an evening wonderland of lights during the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild starting in November. Guests will be dazzled with over 30 larger-than-life sculptural LED lantern displays featuring plants, animals, and traditional Asian elements, including a 200-foot-long dragon. Unique crafts and artisans, as well as a variety of Asian and American food options, will be available for purchase through the festival.

With so many different and unique events this next month, we know your family will find something to love about Central Florida during the fall. Grab that pumpkin spice latte, give the kids a break from studying and pile them in the car, and make some fantastic memories this season with your whole family.

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