Fall is the best time of year to explore Florida. As the days finally start to cool off, you can go on these memorable fall adventures. From Universal Studios to pumpkin picking, there's plenty to do in autumn in the sunshine state.
Here are nine things to do in Florida this fall that should totally be on your bucket list.
Glamping in a State Park
Price: Airbnb $135 a night, fits two people
Address: Topsail Preserve State Park in Grayton Beach
Why You Need To Go: Florida is full of state parks with gorgeous views and diverse wildlife! This Airbnb at Topsail Preserve State Park offers luxury camping for two guests. complete with a cozy queen bed, stylish teepee, and access to a firepit.
Swimming with Manatees
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa
Why You Need To Go: Fall is a great time to see the sea cows up close at Homosassa State Park! You may also spot panthers, red wolves, whooping cranes, black bears, bobcats, and alligators roaming around this wild park.
Local Farmer's Market
Price: Free entry
When: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Address: Alachua County's Farmers' Market in Gainsville
Why You Need To Go: Check out your local harvest! This farmer's market in Alachua County offers a rainbow of fall fruits and vegetables to brighten up your plate and your day.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Price: from $115, Florida residents can save $50
Address: Universal Studios in Orlando
Why You Need To Go: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is great for huge fans and curious visitors alike. Explore Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley while enjoying unique drinks and foods from the franchise. You can ride rides or just people-watch!
Price: Free entry
Hours: December through May, Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: Strawberry Fields of Kendall
Why You Need To Go: Fall is the perfect time for sunflower picking in Florida! Roam among giant sunflowers and pick your own bouquet during harvest season.
Florida's Tallest Waterfall
Price: $5 per vehicle
Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown, daily
Address: Falling Waters State Park in Chipley
Why You Need To Go: Florida's tallest waterfall is a must-see for outdoor adventurers. Falling Waters State Park has the largest natural waterfall in the state, with a 73-foot fall. Snap a photo of these gorgeous falls and tick it off your list!
Price: $40 for a 30 min ride, $65 for an hour
Address: A&A Adventure Horseback Riding in Southwest Ranches
Why You Need To Go: Gain a new perspective and go horseback riding this fall. A&A offers rides for all skill levels. You can meet the ranch's horses when you get there, including Molly, Blue, Misty, and Dakota!
Hours: Open Sep. 28 through Oct. 27. Fridays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Sundays 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: The Pickin' Patch in Dunnellon
Why You Need To Go: Everyone needs a pumpkin for Halloween! Head to The Pickin' Patch this fall to pick the best one. Carve a Jack O' Lantern or paint a pretty fall scene.
Sobe Seafood Week
Price: $50 for general admission, all drinks are free!
When: Tuesday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 26
Address: Joe's Stone Crab on Tuesday, Meat Market Miami on Wednesday, Shore Club on Thursday, and Lummus Park on Friday and Saturday
Why You Need To Go: South Beach Seafood Fest is designed for seafoodies, offering every delectable seafood imaginable along with free bottomless drinks. Try the stone crab legs and pick a wine to pair it with for free!
There you have it, nine more reasons to explore Florida this fall! Pick your next destination and make some fall memories once the August heat fades.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.