23 Essential Greater Cincinnati Fall Activities to Look Forward to This Season
Fall is nearly upon us and that means pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes, haunted trails and fall-flavored treats will soon be here...and we're not complaining. After all, the Midwest truly shines in the autumnal season. Here's a few Greater Cincinnati activities that you can't miss during the fall season.
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9669 S. State Route 48, Loveland. Sept. 17-Oct. 31.
The all-inclusive farm fest at Blooms & Berries features a 5-acre corn maze, a pumpkin bounce pad, hayrides through the pumpkin patch, a kids play area, train rides and friendly farm animals. Snack on caramel apples or fresh apple cider, peruse fall decor, and in September, take a selfie in a blooming field of sunflowers. A weekend craft beer garden is open starting at noon Fridays through Sundays. Check the online calendar for special events.
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3400 Vine St., Avondale. Select weekends in October.
Go wild at the Cincinnati Zoo while gathering candy and seeing some animals. Kids can dress up in costumes and bring their own treat bags to fill up with goodies at different trick-or-treat stations. There will be Halloween-themed animal enrichment to watch plus a Hogwarts Express train ride and a Scare-ousel.
8762 Thomas Road, Middletown. Through Nov. 2
Choose from multiple haunted attractions such as Phobia, Temple of Terror, Killer Klowns, or Big Mamma’ s Revenge for a night full of terror. There will be sweet treats, live entertainment, freak shows and madmen, according to Land of Illusion's website.
5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township. Open Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 23-Oct. 30
Find your way through a corn maze, go on a hayride, or let the little ones enjoy time with barnyard animals. Or, walk to the pumpkin paradise to select your own pumpkin (priced by size), or indulge in some cinnamon-sugar donuts, caramel apples plus apple cider. Guests can also rent bonfire pits with benches. Niederman lights the bonfire, you provide the snacks to roast over the open flame.
When you're in need of a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, a weekend camping trip is just what the doctor ordered. There are several destinations within driving distance of the Queen City to explore, like Hocking Hills, Red River Gorge or John Bryan State Park. Some boast waterfalls and hiking trails, while others feature beaches and mountain views — whichever one you choose, you're sure to enjoy the beauty of autumn.
1640 Stubbs Mills Rd., Lebanon. Open through December
Take a tractor-driven hayride to pick your own pumpkins at this fourth-generation family farm — then feast on apple fritters, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies, pies and more from the bakery. There is also a themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, apples available for purchase and friendly farm animals.
1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Rd., Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Open daily Sept. 10-Oct. 30.
Country Pumpkins began selling single pumpkins by the road back in 2000 on the Alpine Hills Dairy Farm. Now, the business has turned into a fall destination, complete with a fall festival and tour. Open Sept. 10 through Oct. 30, Country Pumpkins features a festival with farm animals, a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, vendors and more.
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198 Stone Road, Georgetown, Kentucky. Open Tuesday-Sunday through the end of fall.
This fifth-generation family farm and cider mill grows apples, peaches, pumpkins and more — many of which you can pick yourself. U-pick pumpkin season starts in September and goes through the end of October; pick up a bag and an orchard map in the store and then purchase your picks by weight. Other fall fun includes a petting zoo, hayride, corn maze, and mega slide. Visit the market and cafe for tasty treats.
What better way to see the seasons change than in a treehouse? There are plenty of adorable glamping-worthy treehouses to rent within driving distance of Cincinnati. Nestled among the trees, these retreats are not for the faint of heart. For a special sort of adventurer, a trip to one of these escapes is just what the doctor ordered. Click the link to see 15 of the coolest treehouses for rent near the city.