The summer heat is giving way to crisp autumn air, and everyone is excited to celebrate the changing seasons. Check out our list of local attractions so you won’t miss out on enjoying some family-friendly fall activities!
Hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin painting — what more could you ask for? These are just a few of the many fall attractions you’ll find at Apple Country Farm.
Where: 2323 U.S. Route 42, Spring Valley, 937-750-1005
When: Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-9 pm and Sunday 1-6 pm
If you love corn and other famous fall cuisine, then this is the festival for you. The three-day seasonal celebration features a parade, games, tractor pull and the “Corn Olympics,” which includes events such as outhouse construction and a tricycle race!
Where: 958 W Main St, Wilmington, 937-383-KORN
When: September 6-8: Friday 11 am-10 pm, Saturday 9 am-11 pm and Sunday 9 am-6 pm
Fall fun at Grandma’s Gardens means visiting the spooky yet hilarious Graveyard of Lost Souls, several unique photo opps, a pumpkin patch and train rides for little ones!
Where: 8107 N. SR 48, Waynesville, 937-885-2740
When: Weekdays 9 am-6 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Hidden Valley Orchards sure knows how to celebrate fall! Festivals and events are lined up for nearly every weekend in September and October, which include themes such as apple butter, scarecrows, apple cider and pumpkins. They also offer U-pick fruits and fresh veggies depending on the weather so be sure to check their website for crop forecasts.
Where: 5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon, 513-932-1869
When: Wednesday and Sunday 9 am-7 pm, Thursday through Saturday 9 am-9 pm
Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a free straw maze and visit with the farm animals. You might also like to take a hayride tour of the farm or attempt to find your way through the family friendly corn maze.
Where: 3329 Ferry Road, Bellbrook, 937-212-8020
When: Saturday and Sunday 11 am-6 pm
Boasting not only the most affordable, but also the most unique pumpkin patch around, McMonigle Farms is a great place to take your entire family. Once you’re there, you’ll find cow train rides, a corn and straw maze, a large play area with two corn boxes and U-pick pumpkins!
Where: 5490 South Dixie Highway, Franklin, OH 45005, 937-672-8248
When: Saturday and Sunday 12-6 pm throughout October
If you’ve already picked all the pumpkins you need but still want to get out in the cooler weather for some farm fresh fruit, head on over to Monnin’s Fruit Farm. Let your kiddos collect their own snack with U-pick grapes available mid-September through October or apples available through November.
Where: 8201 Frederick Pike, Dayton, 937-890-4536,
When: Monday through Saturday 8 am-6 pm and Sunday 9 am-5 pm
A fall celebration you’ll be sure to remember, the annual Pumpkin Party at Austin Landing features attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Internationally known pumpkin carvers offering live demonstrations, incredible chalk artists, and countless free activities for kids are only some of the highlights of the evening!
Where: 10050 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg, 937-291-6300,
When: October 23, 3 pm-7 pm
Tom’s has claimed multiple awards for their amazing 8-acre maze. Promising to be more than “just a regular corn maze,” you’re invited to visit the farm, solve the puzzles and see if you can find your way out!
Where: 4881 Germantown-Liberty Rd, Germantown, 937-866-2777
When: Thursday and Sunday 12-6 pm, Friday and Saturday 12-10 pm
Young’s Jersey Dairy (featured image)
Last but certainly not least, Young’s Jersey Dairy is another local favorite that does not disappoint when it comes to fall family fun! Visit the 43rd Annual Pumpkin Festival for pumpkin donut hole making, pumpkin painting and a pumpkin launcher. You can also experience wool gathering, Cowvin’s Corny Maze and haunted wagon rides this season.
Where: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, 937-325-0629
When: Varying hours and dates throughout September and October; see website events page for full details.