As the temperatures drop, it becomes the ideal time to catch a glimpse of the Florida's manatee population. From November through early spring, these gentle mammals congregate in freshwater springs throughout the region.
Have a scaringly good time at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Photo courtesy WDW
Walt Disney World kicks off the fall season with the ultimate celebration, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! The annual celebration runs from mid-August until November 1, and puts a smile on the face of kids and adults alike.
You can't have a fall activity guide without including a trick-or-treat guide! Kids can venture for sweets in their own neighborhoods or hit up other neighborhoods known to give out those elusive full-size candy bars.
There are a TON of family-friendly Oktoberfest activities throughout Central Florida, including German-themed events in Oviedo, Casselberry, Avalon Park, and more.
Because of Orlando's mild temperatures during fall, enjoy a trip to the coast or another nearby city when the kids have holiday and fall breaks.
Take a day trip to a nearby beach this fall and enjoy the sand and surf without all the frenzied tourists and baking sun. Even if the water is a bit too cold to jump in, kids will love to continue building sand castles, searching for seashells, and playing beach games.
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Central Florida has some of the most beautiful natural springs in the world, and these magical watering holes stay at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round—never a bad time to take a dip!
Enjoy family bonding time (also see #35) during a camping trip, like at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Photo courtesy WDW
Take the family camping this fall and enjoy building a campfire, sleeping under the stars, and hiking (without the unbearable summer sun).
Weekends from September 16 through October 29, Legoland Florida Resort puts on Brick-or-Treat, a Halloween-themed event featuring candy, a costume parade, special live shows, and more.
Create fall-related art projects, like leaf rubbings, handprint turkey drawings, spooky spiders, and more!
Make sure to catch an Orlando City SC game before the season ends in October. Photo by Paula Andrea Morales
Cheer on Orlando's Major League Soccer team, Orlando City SC, and its National Women's Soccer League team, Orlando Pride, as the regular season runs through early October.
Enjoy the great outdoors without summer's brutal heat by taking a fall hike.
There are several big, fun-climbing trees at the Nature Center at Bonnet Springs Park. Photo by Charlotte Blanton
Fall is the perfect time to explore Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland. Stroll the beautiful nature trails, climb into a treehouse, venture through the treetops on a canopy walk, and explore an array of play areas all throughout the park. And did we mention it's FREE to visit?
Visit the Dr. Phillips Center this October to see Mickey, Minnie, and your Disney Junior faves during Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza.
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Kids will love the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular this fall! Photo by Charlotte Blanton
Even fish love Halloween! Make your way to SeaWorld in September and October for the attraction's holiday spectacular featuring candy, dancing, and mermaids!
Kids will love helping out in the kitchen to make these pumpkin-flavored treats!
Kids admission is free for Florida residents for all of September at Brevard Zoo. Photo by Charlotte Blanton
For the entire month of September, Brevard Zoo is offering FREE kids' admission for Florida residents. Then for the month of October, zoo visitors can partake in Boo at the Zoo.
Older kids and teens (or those kids who never get spooked) can choose from scarier events happening throughout Central Florida, including haunted houses, creepy mazes, and more. SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream and Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights are theme park events geared for visitors over the age of 13 due to intense themes.
Gaylord Palms always puts on an epic seasonal celebration and fall is no different! Families can enjoy a Monster Mash Bash, Pirate's Treasure Escape Room, Phantom of the Atrium Light Show, and more. These fall activities run from September 9 through October 28.
22. Ghost Tour
There's no better time to take a ghost tour than during fall and the spookiest holiday of the year, Halloween! Our favorites include Sanford Ghost Tours and Mount Dora Ghost Tours.
23. Outdoor Movies
The benefit of having a balmy climate in fall is that you can keep up with fun outdoor activities in October, like outdoor movie nights (many of which are FREE). Watch fall movie showings at Oviedo Movie in the Park, Avalon Park Movie Under the Stars, Popcorn Flicks in the Park in Winter Park, Longwood Movie in the Park, and more.
Since the temperatures don't drop too dramatically in Central Florida, fall is a great time to comfortably stroll through one of the fabulous local gardens. Mead Botanical Garden, Bok Tower Garden, and Leu Gardens are just a few idyllic spots to visit.
25. Outdoor Picnic
Head to your favorite Orlando park on the perfect fall afternoon for an outdoor picnic. Plan your picnic for a cooler day and let the kids help make some of the meal. Don't forget the sunscreen!
There may not be apple picking in Orlando, but we sure have a lot of tasty apples to eat in the fall. Transform these versatile fruits into delectable grandeur with our apple recipes, for dishes like apple pancakes, apple cookies, apple rings, and more.
Navigate the Mission to the Moon corn maze at Corn Maze Orlando, open daily through November 30. Photo courtesy of Corn Maze Orlando
Get lost among the corn stalks at some wonderfully elaborate Orlando corn mazes. In addition to the maze, many of these sites have more attractions like hayrides, playgrounds, live entertainment, and more.
Nothing like watching your child enjoy the playground instead of watching their sweaty skin stick to the slide and burn from the swing's chains like in summer.
Enjoy the quintessential fall activity of visiting a pumpkin patch in Orlando to carve, decorate, eat, or all of the above. Orlando pumpkin patches also offer additional kids activities like petting zoos, playgrounds, and more.
Up your fall adventures by taking the family on an airboat ride or tour. These fast-moving fan boats allow riders to explore the Florida Everglades and maybe make friends with an alligator or two.
Enjoy a fall trip to Gatorland and enjoy the milder temperatures. Photo by Charlotte Blanton
Speaking of alligators, enjoy an entire theme park built around these fascinating reptiles. The park is much easier to tour when the temperatures drop a bit.
Fairy trail, monster truck tours, butterfly gardens, and more... these secret Orlando spots are perfect for fun outings this fall!
Feed giraffes, take a monkey selfie, and spot playful otters at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.
Take a scenic train ride this fall to explore the beautiful Sunshine State. And don't forget, the Brightline Orlando train debuts soon!
35. Visit the Theme Parks
With cooler weather and lower crowd sizes, fall is the perfect time to visit Walt Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld, and Legoland. At Universal, guests can check out the new Minion Land.