Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, and Fall Festivals 2018

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Here are your local and worth the drive listings of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and fall festivals in and around the Tampa Bay Area.

Enjoy and Happy Fall Y’all!

**Event Guide is updated weekly, so check back often for new events added**

Please Note: Time and price may change, please verify all information with event before attending!

Corn Mazes

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Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

  • When: WEEKENDS ONLY Oct. 6 – Oct 28
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
  • Cost: Adults: $11 + tax (18 & older) Youth: $10 + tax (3 – 17) 2 & Under: FREE (cash only, there is no ATM on site)
  • Website: http://futchentertainment.com/

Scott’s Maze Adventures

  • When: Oct. 6 – Dec. 9, Sat and Sun ONLY
  • Hours: Saturdays, 10 am – 5pm, Sundays 12pm – 5 pm
  • Location: 26216 CR 448A, Mount Dora, Florida, 32757
  • Cost: $12.00 Admission, Kids 3 and under – free
  • Website: longandscottfarms.com

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

  • When: Sept. 21 – Nov. 11
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm
    Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd. Polk City, FL 33686
  • Cost: 2 and under is free, Kids 3-12yrs old $8.50, Adults 13 yrs and up $10.50, Sr Adults (65) and military $8.50, Field Trip rate $8.00
  • Website: .harvestholler.com

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website: https://timberlinefarm.net/

Harvest Moon Farm

  • When: Sept, 29 – Nov. 5, SAT and SUN ONLY
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Location: 15990 Stur St, Masaryktown, FL, 34604
  • Cost: Adults & Children (ages 3+) $11.95+tax, Miltary Discount –

    $2.00 off general admission For military personnel only & must have ID present

  • Website: .harvestmoonfl

Sweetfields Farm

  • When: Weekends ONLY Sept. 29 – November 4
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11 $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website: sweetfieldsfarm.com

Hunsander Farms

  • When: Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10, Parking $5, Children 12 and under free
  • Website: hunsaderfarms.com/pumpkin-festival

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Pumpkin Patches

HorsePower for Kids Farm Fall Festival

  • When: Every Sat & Sunday in October 6 – 28
  • Hours: 11am – 5pm
  • Location: 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635
  • Cost: $12 admission and $1 Parking
  • Website: horsepowerforkids.com

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website: https://timberlinefarm.net/

Florida Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express

  • When: Oct 20, 21, 27, and 28
  • Hours: Trains run at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
  • Location: 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL, 34219
  • Cost: see website
  • Website: pumpkinexpress

Harvest Holler Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

  • When: Sept. 21 – Nov. 11
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm
    Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd. Polk City, FL 33686
  • Cost: 2 and under is free, Kids 3-12yrs old $8.50, Adults 13 yrs and up $10.50, Sr Adults (65) and military $8.50, Field Trip rate $8.00
  • Website: .harvestholler.com

Hunsander Farms

  • When: Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10, Parking $5, Children 12 and under free
  • Website: hunsaderfarms.com/pumpkin-festival

Picking Patch U-Pick pumpkin Patch

  • When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 28
  • Hours: Fridays 3pm -7pm, Saturdays 10am – 7pm, and Sundays 12pm- 7pm
  • Location: 11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon, Florida, 34432
  • Cost: $5pp and 3 and under FREE
  • Website: dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com/

Sweetfields Farm

  • When: Weekends ONLY Sept. 29 – November 4
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11 $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website: sweetfieldsfarm.com

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Fall Festivals

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website: https://timberlinefarm.net/

Oct. 20: Fall Festival at Fellowship Baptist of Valrico

  • When: Oct. 20
  • Hours: 10 am – 1 pm
  • Location: 106 Rolling Hills Blvd, Valrico
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebookevent

Oct. 27 – 28: Fall Festival at the Grove Wesley Chapel

  • When: Oct. 27 – 28
  • Hours: 4 pm
  • Location: Grove At Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL, 33544
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: www.groveshopping.com/events/

Please always verify all information on each event through their website. Hours may change due to weather.

  • Written By: Shineta A

Teach your kids to pick the perfect Peach (or Blueberry) The best pick your own around!

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Have you ever gone fruit picking? The U-Pick (enter yummy fruit here) is unbelievable here in the Lithia area. Oranges in the winter, Strawberries in the spring, then blueberries and peaches as we head into summer. Living in Florida has some great perks! Do your kids run up and down the rows of fruit with screams of laughter?

 

Peaches

Last year I took my kids to pick peaches and blueberries at two local farms. What a fun time we had! The U Pick (Do you say U Pick, U-pick, You Pick or pick your own?) peaches at Florida Sweeties U Pick Peaches were also the bees knees. So sweet and juicy. It was hard to stop the kids from filling their bellies with such yummy goodness and get them to fill the buckets to take home. Keeping a pocket full of baby wipes was a must! They were so darn juicy!

 

To pick the perfect peach you just use your touch. You want it to be firm to the touch, not rock hard and not squishy. Just a slight give to the flesh! There were lots of low hanging fruit within perfect picking distance for any age!

 

Blueberries

The next morning I woke up and ushered the kids out the door to grab some U Pick blueberries over at Frosty Blue Blueberry Farm here in Lithia.MGS-2815_May 07, 2017_133

The berries are so big and sweet we couldn’t resist eating our fill as we picked. My little one kept saying “just one” over and over as she would pop another juicy berry in her mouth. We picked our fill of over 7lbs in just a short amount of time and headed home full to the brim with fruit.

To pick the perfect berry look for that perfect bluish purple color and you can’t go wrong! If you go early in the morning to beat the heat, plan on getting damp with morning dew. The dew is worth it compared to the midday sun for sure! Evenings are a perfect time too now that the days are long (and think gorgeous golden hour light).

 

A few must haves for fruit picking in Florida

  • Sunscreen is a definite, plus a hat and sunglasses if the kids will tolerate them
  • Sneakers and socks are always good since they will be running through the high grass and the fire ant mounds are everywhere. This is Florida and no matter how hard you try, those buggers are just hard to get rid of.
  • Bring water, You might be picking for an hour or better depending how much you eat versus how much goes into your bucket!
  • You don’t need to bring buckets unless stated at that particular place. Most places provide buckets at no charge and then bag them for you to bring them home.
  • The kids will eat more than their fair share which means sweet sticky goodness all over their faces if they are anything like my kids. Wet wipes go without saying as a mom 😉

The Dessert

What is better than freshly picked fruit? Homemade dessert with said fresh picked fruit!

I knew that cobbler being one of my favorite quick and yummy things to make would be a perfect way to use some of that sweet goodness. I immediately put the kids to work helping in the kitchen to make this incredible dairy free peach and blueberry cobbler. Pair this with some yummy Ben and Jerrys 7 layer coconut ice cream (dairy free as well) and it is a match made in heaven!

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Tell me your favorite fresh fruit dessert in the comments!! I need new ideas for this year’s haul! 

 

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The momma behind Momma Got Soul Photo and Films, Tampa Bay Family Photographer. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am an artistic storyteller. I stay up late, try to sleep late, and drink lots of coffee and beer (usually in that order, but not always). I grew up in sunny (which means really hot) central Florida, never go to the beach or Disney, but try to hike in the woods as much as I can. I remember a time when I said I would never photograph people, now that’s all I do. I think it started with wanting to explore the world and capture that to share with people. Now I just want to tell people that the real stuff outweighs the fake crap every time -Kelly

My world famous secret recipe for Strawberry Jam

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March.

March is now over, our days are longer which means later bedtimes, whiny kids and even grumpier parents. Making the adjustment is often hard around here. While the kids and I don’t have to get up to an alarm clock, the hubby still does and 3:45a comes even earlier when it doesn’t get dark until after 8pm.

In Florida, March is also synonymous with strawberries. You will start to see them everywhere. Every corner will have a stand of someone selling flats, the u-pick places are all over and the Strawberry Festival is celebrated with all things fried, colored lights and retired country stars.

Strawberry season means one big thing in my house, jam time. Every year I try to put away about 12 pints of strawberry jam to give as gifts, make pb&j’s with or just eat with a spoon straight out of the jar. I’m not sure which I love better strawberry or muscadine!

I always have fantasy filled dreams of the kids and I singing in the kitchen canning jam together, but really my anxiety kicks them out about the time I start to put the strawberries on the stove. Sometimes I can’t think and mom at the same time. Besides they usually help with the hard part of squishing the berries. This year was no different!


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Wanna know my family secret recipe for making jam?

First, you need a giant pot to process your jars for shelf keeping OR lots of freezer space for freezer jam! There are some handy accessories for hot jars like a jar handler, a long-stemmed magnet and a wide mouth funnel that fits the jars perfectly. All easily found in the canning aisle at Walmart!

I start with 2 flats of strawberries of which half of one is promptly eaten while it’s still sitting on the counter. The rest has the tops cut off and the berries cut into chunks. They are then well hidden in the outside fridge to keep them from grubbing little kid hands.

Next, wash in hot soapy water (or rinse on high in the dishwasher) 24 half pint mason jars. I always try to have extra on hand just in case. I usually dunk the lids in the boiling water right before canning starts to clean them.

You will need a 5lb sack of sugar and I always try to use the surejell low sugar pectin. SureJell has always worked the best for me. You need one box per 12 half pint jars in general.

Mash your fruit for jam or use the fruit processor on your kitchen aid for jelly. I like the bits, so I just use my hands or a potato masher to squeeze the berries.

Then just follow the directions in the package. It’s really pretty darn easy. A few lessons I have learned. Read the directions twice. Measure everything out in advance, stir, stir, keep stirring, and don’t walk away.

Then if you are a Pinterest Mom you can put pretty labels on your jam and give them away in nice baskets to your friends. If you are like me I might write the date on the top and an S to indicate strawberry, but I still give them away to friends. Either way they taste the same! Please let me know in the comments if you try to make our own jam this year or if you have any questions!

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The momma behind Momma Got Soul Photo and Films, Tampa Bay Family Photographer. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a storyteller. I stay up late, try to sleep late, and drink lots of coffee and beer (usually in that order, but not always). I grew up in sunny (which means really hot) central Florida, never go to the beach or Disney, but try to hike in the woods as much as I can. I remember a time when I said I would never photograph people, now that’s all I do. I think it started with wanting to explore the world and capture that to share with people. Now I want to capture people to share with the world. -Kelly

Easy Cheesy Enchiladas

Enchiladas is a dish I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make. I always thought they were too hard or wouldn’t taste the way I wanted them to because there are some good authentic Spanish/Mexican restaurants around the Tampa Bay Area.

I finally found a recipe that HITS THE SPOT + we love it 👌🏼 Plus, I sub ground turkey for beef, so it’s *healthy*😬🤭 it also has no artificial colors, flavors or ingredients.

To me, this is the red sauce recipe I’ve been looking for. Combined with cholula + Tabasco chipotle hot sauces and the spices I use: totally is the real deal ✔️

I actually used some ingredients left over from my Simple Sloppy Joes 🤘🏼again, these ingredients you might have on hand. Check out the directions at the bottom of the post. You can use black beans, pinto beans, refried beans or whatever you like! You can also substitute for peppers; use whatever you have on hand.

Let me know how you guys like it, k?!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Flour tortillas
  • El Paso enchilada sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Ground turkey/ground beef
  • Onion
  • Jalapeños
  • Green bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Cumin powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano 🌿
  • Chipotle powder
  • Cayenne powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Chili powder
  • Black or refried beans
  • Cheddar cheese 🧀
  • Green chilies

Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Chop vegetables
  2. Brown meat with all seasonings + Worcestershire sauce. Drain set aside.
  3. Soften veggies in same pan, maybe add a little more oil
  4. Add back in the meat, enchilada sauce + black beans bring to boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Now assemble: tortilla, layer of cheese, meat/bean mixture. Roll & place seam side down on buttered 9×13 baking dish.
  6. Top with remaining enchilada sauce + cheddar cheese
  7. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown, melty-ooh gooey 😋🧀

Xoxo

Lisa

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About Toffee Traditions:

Our Toffee Tradition Started over 40 years ago.  Born and raised in Hyde Park in Tampa, FL.  Our family had a tradition that became my favorite childhood tradition.  As a young girl I cooked next to my mother in the kitchen making our gourmet toffee.  The Aromas filled the house and this time was a special time that I looked forward to and loved.  As the years went by I continued the tradition with my own children teaching them the secrets of making this delectable dessert.  Our families classic was chocolate pecan toffee.  I have made this family favorite of mine many times over the years handing out for gifts to friends, teachers and family.  Our company has created new flavors for sharing.  I have always been talked into selling my toffees.  Today I am thrilled to Own Toffee Tradition & Treats.  It has been a great Journey.  I am happy to share my joy of baking with the many return customers and friends I have made along the way.  I invite you to join the Family Tradition.

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About Remi’s Minis:

Remi, our family pit bull, was originally found by Hillsborough County Animal Services. He had been tied to a tree and sustained severe injuries from being shot in the head and face over 30 times with a BB gun! This resulted in him having to have his right eye removed. Normally, because of the false reputation that the media has placed on his breed, Remi would have just been “put down”. However, our friends at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay decided to take a chance on him. They performed the necessary surgeries, after care, and training only to put him up for a second chance at life!

My wife and I believe that pets come into our lives at just the right time, for just the right moment. This fateful encounter can either serve to rescue us from personal tragedies, or in most cases, allows us to rescue animals from tragic situations.

In 2013, my wife Christy went to the Humane Society with a co-worker to support her in finding a puppy. While there, she saw (and instantly fell in love with) Remi. He was sitting there with a cone on his neck, fresh from surgery, and he looked so dejected and lonely in his kennel. She sent me his picture and asked to bring him home.

We officially adopted Remi on Valentine’s Day. This was perfectly fitting for such a lovable dog. Remi is a lover, not a fighter. He is the most docile, easy-going dog. He is quick to look for praise, oftentimes placing his muzzle in my hand during walks. He loves nothing more than to climb in bed with our daughters, snuggle right up to them, and be covered up for the night. We are quick to include Remi in any family activities and take pride in telling his story explaining that dogs, like people, should not be stereotyped.

We love to use Remi’s story as a teaching tool for our kids. We often tell them that sometimes we (people and pets) will have to endure bad things in life that we have no control over. But, out of these trials there can be joy at the end of the rainbow! Because of his unfortunate circumstances, we were able to give him a new life where he is beyond spoiled. Remi brought with him a sense of being able to overcome insurmountable odds and a new outlook on life. To this day, his situation still reminds us that things will always get better.

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Pumpkin Spice Everything

If you’re one of those negative nelly’s trying to talk about how pumkin spice is “basic” and “not even that good”, this post is NOT for you. I’m here to talk about a source of constant joy that life brings me each year, and no it’s not my children (though they are quite cute), it’s the glorious season of pumpkin spice everything.  Ladies, right now my house smells like Pumpkin Waffles, my hand soap is Pumpkin Apple, I got like 4 metallic pumpkins adorning my bar (along with a dish of those delicious mallocreme pumpkins), and if you think I skipped out on this Target special tank top that truly expresses what lies deep within my soul you are sadly mistaken. (Get this shirt for less than $15 here)

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If you’re also in the pumpkin spice everything mood, I’ve put together a round-up of some of the BEST pumpkin recipes of the season, and created a pumpkin spice semi-homemade recipe you can simply put together (minus the whole pinterest fail risk) on your own!

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Ingredients

Cake

1 box spice cake mix

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup almond milk (sub this when the recipe calls for water)

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Icing

1 can cream cheese icing

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

  1. Prepare the spice cake mix according to the box, substituting almond milk (or regular milk) where the cake mix calls for water- this makes the cake much more moist and fluffy.
  2. Add in pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
  3. Bake Cakes according to box, this made me two 9 inch rounds. I only wanted the cake to be one layer, so I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out a pumpkin for the top, then crumbled the rest to add to the sides of the iced cake.
  4. Mix frosting with vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. This helps cut down on the overly sweetness that store-bought frostings tend to have.
  5. Let cake completely cool for about 20 minutes then ice cake. After a base layer of frosting, freeze the cake for 20 minutes to make the icing hard. You’ll then pick up the frozen cake and roll it in the cake crumbles. I then used a plastic bag and disposable frosting tip to add some decoration dollops of frosting to finish off the cake!

(For step by step pics of rolling the cake, reference this link)

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Here are some other super awesome Pumpkin Spice recipes I’ve rounded up from some of my favorite bloggers.

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Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups from Food, Pleasure & Health.

For those with Gluten intolerances and plant based lifestyles these amazing Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by the healthyhelperblog are the perfect way to indulge this season.

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Did someone say Pumpkin Spice cookies with cream cheese frosting?! Count me in for these incredible Pumpkin Spice Whoppie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling from Umami Girl.

I’ll definitely be trying out this delicious looking No- Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake from Jane’s Patisserie on my next cheat day (which may be sooner rather than later if ya know what I mean)

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If you’ve ever wished your PSL had a little more kick to it, these Pumpkin Russians will be a favorite drink for you this fall. This recipe from Lively Table may or may not be replacing coffee on my weekends.

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Pumpkin & Chocolate = yes please. Making this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Chocolate-Chip cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron like as soon as I can.

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Wrapping up the recipes, these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing from Like Mother Like Daughter, are a must in my fall baking. I’m planning on making these on special occasions only because I’m pretty sure I’ll eat an entire pan on my own. These will be awesome on Halloween & Thanksgiving morning though!

Last but not least (and this isn’t a pumpkin recipe. My friend and fellow Tampa Blogger Sarah from So Sarah Hunt had the greatest ideas for putting together a fall bucket list. She’s linked a ton of great activities for the fall in here and while I won’t do it all, I love the idea of having our own fall family bucket list, so I’ll definitely be doing one soon!

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Image from Sarah Tucker

Tell me what your favorite pumpkin thing is below in the comments!