Every season is the perfect season to visit Orlando, but we have to admit to holding a special place in our hearts for fall. This is when the heat dies down, (just a bit) the magazine ads start selling the corduroys and sweaters we will probably never use, and just as in the cooler states, pumpkin spice makes it debut! Yes, we still spend Saturdays lounging by our pools and the clothes we wear do not change, but the vibe of Florida never really changes. If your Florida journey brings you to our town and a stay in one of our Magnolia Villas seasonal sanctuaries, this guide to the fun things to do in the fall will add a touch of pumpkin spice to your Orlando getaway!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival, July 15 – November 20
In a time when more festivals and events are still being cancelled than not, leave it to Disney to find ways to keep the fun alive and stay safe while doing so! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a summer and fall event, lasting until right before Thanksgiving, making it the perfect kick off to our fun fall activities! Sip and dine your way across six continents, and as you eat, enjoy the music from the different nations. Also offering merchandise to bring home that represents the countries, a visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival should be number one on your list!
Pick a Peck of Pumpkins, Mick Farms, 4261 Canoe Creek Road in Saint Cloud
Mick Farms is an actual working farm located in the town of St. Cloud, just about a half hour’s drive outside of Orlando. Offering a farm stand that sells delicious produce year-round, in mid-October they open their fields to the public, allowing guests to actually pick their favorite pumpkins right off the vine! Estimated pumpkin opening day this year is October 12, giving you and your family an authentic farm experience. Mark it on your calendars, wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, your most comfortable walking shoes, and prepare for a day to remember!
Cow’s and Cabs Fundraising Event in Winter Park, November 13, 2021
This worthy event lasts only one night, but it offers tastings of meals prepared by 25 Orlando gourmet restaurants, with the proceeds going to benefit children’s charities in Central Florida. Also offering sips of over 200 wines, beers, and hand-crafted cocktails, this night of denim, cowboy boots, and awesome food and drinks is guaranteed to be a special evening you will wish goes on forever! Enjoy cigars that are included in the price of your ticket, (a separate cigar tent ensures that non-smokers will not have to endure the scent) complimentary valet parking when you purchase General Admission tickets, and with VIP tickets, private baths, separate seating areas, and specialty food are also included along with all of the above.
Hike in the Split Oak Forest
Named for a giant oak tree that survived a lightning strike that split it in half, the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers a breathtaking look at the natural beauty of the Florida landscape. Enjoy cooler temperatures as you hike along the 9+ miles of trails and paths that take you close to the wildlife, and as you spot beautiful flowers and the ethereal butterflies flitting from bloom to bloom, take a few minutes to just breathe. Your real life is so hectic, these quiet moments are bound to be memorable!
Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Avenue
Every season is the right season for a craft beer, and Orlando Brewing might just have a pumpkin porter that you will fall in love with! Also featuring their version of Oktoberfest, held September 18th, the event will be held outside to help guests celebrate safely as they eat German food, listen to live music, play games, and, of course, drink plenty of ice-cold German beer! Orlando Brewing always has an event going on, no matter what time of year you choose to visit, so if you miss out on Oktoberfest, purchase a couple of tasting tours and sip your way through the delicious maze of specialty brews.
Play at Home
Our Magnolia Villas seasonal escapes are designed to be lived in, so don’t always be in a hurry to get out the door! Plan at least one day to be spent poolside, soaking up the still warm rays of sun and enjoying all the luxury amenities our vacation homes offer. From game rooms to themed bedrooms, and of course, private pools and hot tubs, our homes are destined to be an integral part of your fall vacation experience. Reserve yours today!