After the dust settles with school starting, my family looks forward to Fall Fun. Having kids brings fall fun to another epic level. Over the last couple of years, my family has tried all the family fun in St. Augustine–the good and the bad. With something to do every weekend, it’s always tough to choose! Here is my October Bucket List for St. Augustine!
My girls love trick or treating at the Alligator Farm. What my girls love the most about it is you get see all the animals because the park is open during the early evening, not at night. Here’s what you need to know about Trick or Treating at the Alligator Farm. First, wear your costume, everyone is dressed up even the park employees. Bring your trick or treat bag because they pass out candy and animal trading cards with fun facts on them. Before the gates even open there’s usually a line waiting to get in, but don’t fret it moves fast. You can only go one way when you get inside the park. At the end of each exhibit is a table with candy, trading cards and a live animal for the kids to pet. Yes! live animals for the kids to pet! This is one night of trick or treating you don’t want to miss.
If you haven’t been to a corn maze then this is the one you should try. Just bring a map with you because you will get lost and they don’t check for lost people until the end of the night! I’ve gone several years and feel the Sykes and Cooper Farm is really great for elementary aged kids and higher. For the little ones, they have a train ride and Spookley the Square Pumpkin. For the older kids, they have night time corn maze fun. Grab the entire family for a hay ride around the pumpkin patch and farm animals. Before you leave, grab a fresh-picked pumpkin, sunflower or gourds. Mom tip, don’t wear flip flops.
I love this place for the younger kids. I feel like Tommy’s really thought about the little kids when planning their activities. So when anyone asks about a pumpkin patch for preschoolers, Tommy’s is always the one I recommend. They have a mini corn maze, a small train for the kids and bounce houses. Every year they add more and more for the little ones. Before you leave, pick out a pumpkin to take home. They even have my favorite Cinderella Pumpkins.
I just love this festival! 100% family friendly event on Francis Field. The best part is the FOOD, so much food and it’s made by the hard working Greek ladies for the festival. Walk down the buffet line and try not to put everything on your plate. While you eat your yummy food sit in the tent for live music and dancing. They also have a great kid area with lots to keep the kids entertained. Grab the kids and some cash for a Greek Time! OPA!
As soon as you turn down the dirt road you get that nostalgic feeling of fall. The chickens welcome you in the parking lot, the fire on the side of the farm stand tells you to come, sit down and stay awhile. Rype and Readi farm has done a great job this year in adding family events and parents night out fun this fall. Always wanted the kids photo on the farm with pumpkins? They have mini photo sessions all month long. Also for the kids, a Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party with BBQ cooked farm to table style. Parents night out with BBQ, a Haunted House and Burning Man Scarecrow, a Rype and Readi tradition. For the month of October they have lots of events, so check our calendar. Put on your party boots and enjoy some amazing farm to table food while sitting on a bale of hay under the stars.
What is your favorite fall event in St. Augustine?