Orlando is one of the nation’s most popular places to live for families. With that in mind, it’s understandable that Orlando is huge on family-friendly fall festivals, from carnivals to pumpkin patches, these activities are extremely popular with the locals.

1. Southern Hills Farms – Fall Festival
Typically known for their amazing u-pick Blueberry Fields, Southern Hill Farms shifts to the pumpkin season for their Fall Festival. The Southern Hill Farms Festival is exceptionally family-friendly, offering tractors that kids can climb on, bounce houses, a petting zoo, food trucks, and live entertainment. Additionally, multiple areas for kids to touch, feel and choose their own variety of pumpkin exist. Their wide assortment of pumpkin includes photo-friendly Gorgeous Whites, colorful Heirlooms, giant Jumbo Jacks, a variety of Minis, bake-able Stem Pies, and Tiger Stripes. There is a cost for this event.

2. Windermere Costume Parade and Hayride
Downtown Windermere families come together to Windermere Town Hall for an exciting kids parade on October 26 and 27. Kids enjoy storytime with cookies and refreshments, as well as a movie, and hayrides. Activities are mostly free.

3. Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Families with older children will enjoy Winter Park’s Autumn Art Festival. Live music, food tents, and kids’ activities are scheduled throughout the day. Art features both renown local and national artists, as well as artwork from talented students in Central Florida. Activities are mostly free.

4. The First Academy’s Fall Carnival
The First Academy’s Carnival features over 20 exciting rides including a ballistic swing, bounce houses, train rides, Tea Cups, Kids Wrecking Balls, Giant Slides, and much more. TFA families, friends, and those interested in learning more about The First Academy are invited to The First Academy’s Annual Fall Carnival. Food trucks, face painters, balloon artists, and other special guests make for an exciting evening. Activities are mostly free.

5. Lukas Nursery Fall Festival
The 36th Annual Lukas Nursery Fall Festival features Orlando’s best tractor-pulled hayride, horse rides, an Instagram friendly pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, and food trucks galore. Rides are ~$1/ea.

These are the favorites of The First Academy Orlando community, if you have a favorite fall festival you’d like us to consider for the list, let us know at webmaster@thefirstacademy.org.