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Fall Outing Idea for Kids: Five Fun Fall Activities for the Family's Southwest Florida Getaway

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The Fall Season is the season of family fun and events! Florida has a perfect blend of family-centric venues and activities. From haunted houses to pumpkin patches and fall festivals, you and your family will find plenty to keep you entertained this Halloween and throughout the fall season.

In Florida, autumn is one of the most exciting times of the year. As the cool breeze rolls in from the Gulf of Mexico, you can see fall paint the landscape with its vivid hues. It's a season to celebrate, and there are all kinds of ways for you and your family to do it—on land and sea! So, check out these must-dos on your next trip:

Bradenton

Bradenton is located in the southwest portion of Florida, but there are still several fall activities to do when you're in this area. Here are some ideas for Fall Activities for Kids:

  • Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival - Get ready for the 30th annual pumpkin festival at Hunsaders! The festival starts October 16th and is every weekend until Halloween. Enjoy some weekend family fun with hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, homemade ice cream, and tons more! Admission is only $12 and children 10 and under are free. There is a $5 charge to park, but many of the activities at the festival are free.
  • Halloween in Bradenton - The city of Bradenton is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike during the Halloween season. With over a dozen events in a wide range of categories, you will have plenty of opportunities to show your local spirit.

Sarasota

Fall is the perfect time for spooky and family-friendly activities. Check these fall activities for the family in Sarasota, Florida:

  • Charlotte Street Farmers Market - Though it doesn't have as many visitors as some other markets in Sarasota, this local market has been going strong since 1938 and continues to operate today under its original name, "Charlotte Street Market," after having changed owners twice over its history before being purchased by current owners in 2000.
  • The Ringling Museum - If you're looking to take a trip back in time or simply enjoy a fun all-day event, check out the Ringling Museum here in Sarasota. Here visitors can learn about circus history and watch circus acts like acrobats and jugglers performing on stages throughout the museum. There is also an exhibit featuring original circus memorabilia from circuses that once operated in Florida, including P.T. Barnum's circus that toured Florida during the 1800s.
  • Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival - Fruitville Grove’s ready for it’s 33rd annual pumpkin festival! The festival is every weekend until Halloween and admission is free! You only have to pay $5 for parking to enjoy everything they have to offer. With fun activities like hay rides, mini train rides and live music and delicious foods you can’t go wrong at this festival. There’s also a costume contest every Saturday at 2pm!

Fort Myers

There are plenty of activities to get in the Halloween spirit in Fort Myers, Florida, and some that don't involve scary costumes. Here are a few fun fall activities for the family to do when they travel to Fort Myers, Florida, for a getaway:

  • Southern Fresh Farms Fall Festival - Every Saturday and Sunday in October come out and enjoy Southern Fresh Farm’s annual festival. Parking and admission is free! There will be pumpkins, tractor rides, food, vendors, face painting, and a petting farm. Come out for some family friendly fun this October.
  • Historical Attractions - If you want to learn more about the history of Fort Myers, take a visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, good friends Henry Ford and Thomas Edison would come down to their estates for the winter. The site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m and there are also guided tours available. You can visit the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach to learn about the customs of the Calusa Indians who lived on this unique archaeological site that sits atop a 2,000 year-old shell mound.

St. Pete and Tampa Area:

Whether you are in the Indian Shores area or near Madeira Beach, these fall activities near you will get you in the fall spirit.

  • Savor St. Pete - On Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, there will be a celebration of food, wine, and craft beer in downtown St. Pete waterfront. Enjoy culinary experiences from some of the area’s top restaurants and taste wine from all over the world as well as local and national crafted beers. General admission tickets start at $85 and every ticket purchase will help the Children’s Cancer Center.
  • Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup - Starting November 18th, watch as ten master sculptors from throughout the world will be taking Treasure Island’s sand to new levels. There will be live music, food, and sand sculpting lessons for kids too! The event is free to the public and you will not want to miss it.
  • Harvestmoon Fun Farm - Get ready to enjoy a five-acre maze that features the Tampa Bay Lightning!  There are plenty of activities for the family like visiting the pumpkin patch, riding the cow trains, a petting farm, and more! The event runs until November 7th so come on out for a great time!

Make the Most of Your Family's Florida Getaway

Fall and Halloween is an important time of the year for families, and it's especially important to make the most of your family's Florida getaway during this time. Fall activities for the family are a great way to do that.  But before leaving, don't forget to book a visit to a Smuggler's Cove!

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