Although we may not have a “traditional” fall season here in Florida, substituting colorful falling leaves for coconuts tumbling from palm trees, there’s just something special about a mild autumn near the ocean. Although the temperatures don’t permit snow, We can still get the feel of fall, from pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin patches to all the fall activities in between. If you’re looking for some fall events for the family or to enjoy with your significant other, look no further:
America’s Largest Cocktail Party: Nothing says fall like football, and there’s no better football to watch than the biggest rivalry in the SEC, the Florida Gators vs. the Georgia Bulldogs. Going back to a tradition starting in 1933, EverBank Field will take on 84,000 football fans, and you definitely want to be one of them. Even if you don’t go to the game, the tailgate is worth the drive downtown.
Spooktacular: If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is having a not-so-scary Spooktacular, with all sorts of fall festivities, a pumpkin patch, trick or treating, and a few scare zones. This is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida and will be perfect fall fun for every age (ends Oct. 31st).
A-Maize-ing Acres: You can’t celebrate fall without pumpkin patches, corn mazes and wagon rides. Lucky for you, this is exactly what you’ll find at Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres. The farm is open until November 4 this year, so don’t miss out! The 2017 corn-maze is designed in support of Autism Awareness to honor individuals and their families living with Autism.
Hill-O-Ween: For some more family fun, check out Murray Hill-O-Ween on October 29, the biggest Halloween parade and party in Jacksonville. Head to the heart of Murray Hill for floats, candy, music, prizes and more. Entry to the parade is free and open to anyone, followed by a family-friendly block party after on from 4-10pm.
Zombie Hunt: If you’re looking for some adults-only fun, check out the Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This festival experience will have live music, food trucks and a spooky game of laser tag to kill all the zombies in the brewery (No beer will be harmed in the killing of the zombies.)
Pumpkin Run: If you and your family like to stay active, the Evergreen Pumpkin Run on October 29 is a 5K or 10-mile run through the Evergreen Cemetery. Make sure your costume is something you can run in past the ghosts and ghouls of the cemetery!
Bundle Up for a Boat Ride: Of course, we saved the best for last. If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate a Florida fall, cruise your boat right up to the Julington Fish Camp and enjoy a meal on the water. The cool temperatures and beautiful view are a pretty spectacular combination.
Try the Blackened Mahi with tasso ham gravy, collards, and creamy grits; A fall classic that’ll make you feel like you’re eating a seafood Thanksgiving.
Whether this is your first fall in Jacksonville or you’re a Florida native, get out and experience the cool weather, perfect beaches, and fun activities that Jacksonville has to offer this fall season!