September 04, 2020

25 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. The Midwest shines in the autumnal season. Here's a few Greater Cincinnati spots that you can't miss in the coming months.

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Pick a pumpkin at Neltner’s Farm
6922 4 Mile Road, Melbourne, Kentucky
Located in the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky, this family-owned farm has been offering seasonal, fresh produce and beautiful views for over a century. The farm hosts an annual Fall Fest which kicks off Sept. 25. In addition to their pick-your-own pumpkin patch, visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, corn mazes and more. 
10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Sept. 25-Oct. 31. $5 weekends; free weekdays (not all activities are available). 
Photo: Facebook.com/NeltnersFarm

Pick a pumpkin at Neltner’s Farm

6922 4 Mile Road, Melbourne, Kentucky
Located in the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky, this family-owned farm has been offering seasonal, fresh produce and beautiful views for over a century. The farm hosts an annual Fall Fest which kicks off Sept. 25. In addition to their pick-your-own pumpkin patch, visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, corn mazes and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Sept. 25-Oct. 31. $5 weekends; free weekdays (not all activities are available).
Photo: Facebook.com/NeltnersFarm
Take a selfie in a sunflower patch at Neiderman Family Farm
5110 LeSourdsville West Chester Road, Hamilton
The Niederman Family Farm has been kept in the Niederman family since its inception in 1948. The farm has adapted over the years, offering many types of entertainment like paintball, corn mazes, hayrides and tours of the farm. Jaw-dropping rows of sunflowers as tall as you are just a small part of a gorgeous, quiet landscape that would make the trip out to the farm worth it. Visitors can purchase $12 tickets to visit the sunflower patch via their website.
Photo: Facebook.com/neidermanfamilyfarm

Take a selfie in a sunflower patch at Neiderman Family Farm

5110 LeSourdsville West Chester Road, Hamilton
The Niederman Family Farm has been kept in the Niederman family since its inception in 1948. The farm has adapted over the years, offering many types of entertainment like paintball, corn mazes, hayrides and tours of the farm. Jaw-dropping rows of sunflowers as tall as you are just a small part of a gorgeous, quiet landscape that would make the trip out to the farm worth it. Visitors can purchase $12 tickets to visit the sunflower patch via their website.
Photo: Facebook.com/neidermanfamilyfarm
Go for a hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center and enjoy the autumnal colors
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford
Sitting just outside of the city center, the Cincinnati Nature Center offers over 1,700 acres of forest and 20 miles of trails to hike through to enjoy the colors of the season. You have the option of taking the trails on by yourself or, if you prefer, the Center offers plenty of programs that can guide you through at low fees, such as full moon walks. Tickets can be purchased on their website. They are asking you to mask up as you pass fellow hikers on the trails. 
Photo: Facebook.com/CincyNature

Go for a hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center and enjoy the autumnal colors

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford
Sitting just outside of the city center, the Cincinnati Nature Center offers over 1,700 acres of forest and 20 miles of trails to hike through to enjoy the colors of the season. You have the option of taking the trails on by yourself or, if you prefer, the Center offers plenty of programs that can guide you through at low fees, such as full moon walks. Tickets can be purchased on their website. They are asking you to mask up as you pass fellow hikers on the trails.
Photo: Facebook.com/CincyNature
Try a pumpkin-flavored beer at Taft’s Brewpourium
4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
Hop on down to Taft’s Brewpourium and grab a pint of their seasonal pumpkin-flavored beer. This year, they’re teaming up with pumpkin pie experts Frisch’s and their famous secret recipe to bring a new experience to the season. 
Photo: Facebook.com/taftsbeer

Try a pumpkin-flavored beer at Taft’s Brewpourium

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
Hop on down to Taft’s Brewpourium and grab a pint of their seasonal pumpkin-flavored beer. This year, they’re teaming up with pumpkin pie experts Frisch’s and their famous secret recipe to bring a new experience to the season.
Photo: Facebook.com/taftsbeer
Explore a spooky trail at Land of Illusion’s Haunted Scream Park
8762 Thomas Road, Middletown
Why explore only one haunted attraction when you could have six? Land of Illusion has six frights to choose from: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Zombie Sniper Patrol, Middletown Haunted Trail and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, plus live music and/or DJs every Friday and Saturday. They also have a full bar. According to the website, they will be encouraging social distancing and will implement timed entry for each maze. 
Weekends only Sept. 11-Nov. 1. Tickets start at $20.
Photo: Provided

Explore a spooky trail at Land of Illusion’s Haunted Scream Park

8762 Thomas Road, Middletown
Why explore only one haunted attraction when you could have six? Land of Illusion has six frights to choose from: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Zombie Sniper Patrol, Middletown Haunted Trail and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, plus live music and/or DJs every Friday and Saturday. They also have a full bar. According to the website, they will be encouraging social distancing and will implement timed entry for each maze. Weekends only Sept. 11-Nov. 1. Tickets start at $20.
Photo: Provided
Dress up and get wild at the Cincinnati Zoo’s HallZOOween
3400 Vine St., Avondale
Time to get wild with the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween. For two weekends in October you can watch your favorite animals receive a delicious pumpkin treat and get your very own treat bag. All this fun is included in the price of admission, so get dressed up and take a walk on the wild side. Due to COVID restrictions, reservations for tickets must be made online in advance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25. 
Photo: Kathy Newton

Dress up and get wild at the Cincinnati Zoo’s HallZOOween

3400 Vine St., Avondale
Time to get wild with the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween. For two weekends in October you can watch your favorite animals receive a delicious pumpkin treat and get your very own treat bag. All this fun is included in the price of admission, so get dressed up and take a walk on the wild side. Due to COVID restrictions, reservations for tickets must be made online in advance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25.
Photo: Kathy Newton
Venture through a corn maze at Blooms & Berries Farm Market
9669 OH-48, Loveland
Fall on the Farm at Loveland’s Blooms & Berries returns this year, inviting folks to explore their 7-acre corn maze, along with plenty of other autumnal activities like pumpkin picking and visits with farm animals. Adults can enjoy the new beer garden with a variety or beers, wines, ciders and seltzers while they watch the game. The farm is offering a contact-free ticketing platform — all tickets must be purchased online. 
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays Sept. 19-Nov. 1. $12 weekends; $10 weekdays (not all activities are available). 
Photo via Facebook.com/BloomsandBerries

Venture through a corn maze at Blooms & Berries Farm Market

9669 OH-48, Loveland
Fall on the Farm at Loveland’s Blooms & Berries returns this year, inviting folks to explore their 7-acre corn maze, along with plenty of other autumnal activities like pumpkin picking and visits with farm animals. Adults can enjoy the new beer garden with a variety or beers, wines, ciders and seltzers while they watch the game. The farm is offering a contact-free ticketing platform — all tickets must be purchased online. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays Sept. 19-Nov. 1. $12 weekends; $10 weekdays (not all activities are available).
Photo via Facebook.com/BloomsandBerries
Pick your own apples at Karnes Orchard
8200 Worley Mill Road, Hillsboro
This Hillsboro fruit orchard has been in business since 1876. They specialize in growing a variety of different apples that can be purchased in large or small quantities — or folks can pick their very own. The orchard also makes their own ciders. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Photo via Facebook.com/KarnesOrchard

Pick your own apples at Karnes Orchard

8200 Worley Mill Road, Hillsboro
This Hillsboro fruit orchard has been in business since 1876. They specialize in growing a variety of different apples that can be purchased in large or small quantities — or folks can pick their very own. The orchard also makes their own ciders. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Photo via Facebook.com/KarnesOrchard
Pitch a tent and roast some weenies at East Fork Lake
43294 Elklick Road, Bethel, Ohio
From rolling rocky hills to breezy meadows, it's a surprise that East Fork Lake is only 25 miles outside of Cincinnati. With 376 campsites that offer electrical hook-ups, plenty of trails and picnic sites to keep you busy, East Fork Park offers an ideal getaway this fall. Currently a campsite requires a reservation, which can be made on their website. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pitch a tent and roast some weenies at East Fork Lake

43294 Elklick Road, Bethel, Ohio
From rolling rocky hills to breezy meadows, it's a surprise that East Fork Lake is only 25 miles outside of Cincinnati. With 376 campsites that offer electrical hook-ups, plenty of trails and picnic sites to keep you busy, East Fork Park offers an ideal getaway this fall. Currently a campsite requires a reservation, which can be made on their website.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Consume all things apple at Lebanon’s Country Applefest
665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon
Take a bite out of Lebanon County’s Applefest this fall. The festival is filled with over 300 food and arts and crafts vendors to check out during the two-day festival. Plenty of apple-infused eats will be available, including chocolate or caramel covered apples, fritters and pies, plus non-appley eats like ribs, kettle corn, brats and more. Make sure to stick around for the live entertainment available on both days. All vendors, staff and attendees are required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27.
Photo via countryapplefest.com

Consume all things apple at Lebanon’s Country Applefest

665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon
Take a bite out of Lebanon County’s Applefest this fall. The festival is filled with over 300 food and arts and crafts vendors to check out during the two-day festival. Plenty of apple-infused eats will be available, including chocolate or caramel covered apples, fritters and pies, plus non-appley eats like ribs, kettle corn, brats and more. Make sure to stick around for the live entertainment available on both days. All vendors, staff and attendees are required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27.
Photo via countryapplefest.com