The Ultimate Guide to Fall Activities in Tampa Bay

Fall activities in Tampa Bay for families

Fall is finally here! Now the weather needs to catch up because it’s still hot in Florida. Thankfully you can still have a great time with your family in Tampa Bay by visiting a fall festival, pumpkin patch, amusement park and Halloween event. Just make sure to wear comfortable clothes and leave your sweater at home. Here’s a guide to the best fall activities in Tampa Bay.

Fall activities at Armature Works in Tampa

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The Heights District’s Annual Fall Fest at Armature Works

This festival features live music performances and activities for the whole family. There will be bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, treats, petting zoo and more!

  • Location: 1910 N Ola Ave Tampa, FL 33602
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15 and Oct 21-22 | 12 – 5 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

This is a family-friendly event that includes duck races, hayrides, cornhole, jump pad, pumpkin patch and so much more!

  • Location: 6151 Varn Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
  • Dates and Hours: October 7-8, October 14-15, October 21-22, October 28-29, November 4-5 | 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: $12 | Children 3 and under are FREE

Fall Harvest Days at Keel Farms

Looking for fun for the whole family? Make sure to visit Keel Farms to enjoy fall activities including hayrides, corn maze, camel rides, pumpkin patch, kid zone and pumpkin painting. There will be 30 craft and food vendors and special releases of fall wines, ales, and ciders!

  • Location: 5202 Thonotosassa Road Plant City, FL 33565
  • Dates and Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, October 7-29 | Saturdays 10 AM – 3PM | Sundays 11 AM – 3PM
  • Cost: Admission and parking are both FREE

Fall Kickoff at Kerby’s Nursery

There are so many fall activities you will enjoy at this event including a scarecrow treasure hunt, seminars, giveaways, food truck and pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to take a family picture in front of the pumpkin wall.

  • Location: 2311 S Parsons Ave Seffner, FL 33584
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday, September 30 | 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

Pumpkin Fest at The Florida Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, and spooky activities at this fall festival.

  • Location: 12520 Ulmerton Rd Largo, FL 33774 or 12211 Walsingham Road Largo, FL 33778
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday, October 21|12-4 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch

Find the perfect pumpkin to decorate your home, create a sweet treat or use for a fun art project. Proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

  • Location: 1602 W. Snow Ave Tampa, FL 33606
  • Dates and Hours: September 30 – October 26 | Monday – Thursday 3 – 6 PM | Friday 10 AM – 6 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Cost: FREE

DK Farms Fall Festival

Your family will have a great time exploring the farm and finding the perfect pumpkin. There will be plenty of activities including a hayride, bounce house, petting zoo, mini golf, barrel train ride, pumpkin cannon, corn beach and so much more.

  • Location: 1750 Lake Ave SE, Largo, FL 33771
  • Dates and Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 – October 29 | 10 AM- 3 PM
  • Cost: Monday-Friday $10 | Saturday-Sunday $15 | 30″ & Under is FREE

PLEASE NOTE: Some activities may have a small fee.

Gallagher’s Pumpkins & Christmas Trees

The perfect place to find unique pumpkins, enjoy delicious food, jump around in a bounce house and visit a petting zoo. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of their pumpkin wall.

  • Location: 7401 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
  • Dates and Hours: September 26 – October 30 | 9 AM – 9 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms

If you’re looking for a large fall event, check out this pumpkin festival. You will enjoy a craft show, live music, live shows, hayrides, chainsaw sculpting, petting zoo, barnyard playground and more!

  • Location: 5500 C.R. 675 Bradenton, Fl 34211
  • Dates and Hours: October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 | 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: $15 | Parking $5 | Children 10 and under FREE | CASH ONLY

HarvestMoon Fun Farm

Your family will enjoy the jumping pillow, exploring the maze, petting farm, cow train, pumpkin patch, barnyard playground and so much more!

  • Location: 15990 Stur Street Masaryktown, FL 34604
  • Dates and Hours: September 30 – November | Wednesday-Friday 10 AM – 2 PM | Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM |14-15, 21-22 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: Weekend $15.95 | Weekday $12.95

St. Pete Pier Fall Festival

Celebrate fall at this beach front festival featuring live music, food and drinks, kid zone, artisanal market and pumpkin patch.

  • Location: 800 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8 | 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

PLEASE NOTE: The pumpkin patch will be available October 7-8 11 AM – 8 PM, October 9-13 5 PM – 9 PM, October 14 11 AM – 9 PM and October 15 11 AM – 6 PM.


Haunted Wharf at Sparkman Wharf Tampa

Get ready to explore a haunted pirate shipwreck with silly spooks for the kids and scary fun for the adults as the evening progresses. There will be roaming entertainment, photo-ops and festive food and drinks as well as face painting and caricature artist.

  • Location: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Dates and Hours: Friday and Saturday, October 27-28 | 5:30 – 10 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE

Guppyween at The Florida Aquarium

Visit the aquarium for a family-friendly Halloween celebration! Kids will be able to visit different trick-or-treat stations, a dance party, animal encounters, character appearances and more.

  • Location: 701 Channelside Drive Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29 | 9:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: Included with Daily General Admission | Children in costume get in FREE with a paid adult.

PLEASE NOTE: The Florida Aquarium is hosting a sensory-friendly Guppyween on Saturday, October 28 at 8am and 9:30am. Lights and sounds will be adapted accordingly throughout the event for individuals with sensory differences. Tickets for the event are $10 per guest and free for members.

Halloween Spooktacular at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Enjoy trick-or-treat candy stations, spooky decorations and more!

  • Location: 249 Windward Passage Clearwater, FL 33767
  • Dates and Hours: Tuesday, October 31 | 3 – 7 PM
  • Cost: Included with Daily General Admission

Spooky Stroll at Tribe Seminole Heights

Prepare for a spooktacular journey featuring trick-or-treating stations, a captivating creepy house, art displays, dance party, and an array of games and surprises that the whole family will enjoy.

  • Location: 5800 N Central Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 (Seminole Heights Garden Center)
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday, October 28 | 6 – 9 PM
  • Cost: $1 per person (Donations accepted)

Haunted Tours with Pirate Water Taxi

This cruise will stop at Captain Patchy’s Pumpkin Barge, where all children aboard the tour will receive a small pumpkin and the opportunity to meet Tampa’s grumpiest tugboat captain Patchy. One lucky guest will even receive a golden pumpkin from the patch! Costumed Crew and Storytellers narrate a spooky tour of Tampa.

  • Location: Tampa Convention Center (PWT Stop #7)
  • Dates and Hours: October 6-8, October 13-15, October 20-22, October 26-29 | Departure Times: 6:15 PM – 9:15 PM | Duration: ​45-50 Minutes
  • Cost: Adult: Starts at $35 | Child: Starts at $20

Riverwalk Trick or Treat Event

Children dressed in costumes and their families are invited to come and trick-or-treat along the Riverwalk as well as enjoy fun activities. There will be 50 treat stations participating along the Riverwalk from Water Works Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. There will be a costume contest and movies on the lawn.

  • Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Dates and Hours: Saturday, October 28 | 4 – 9 PM
  • Cost: Admission is FREE


Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

This fright fest provides guests with a memorable night with friends and family to celebrate Halloween. You will be able to enjoy thrilling rides as well as scare zones, haunted houses and live shows.

PLEASE NOTE: Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. No costumes are allowed.

  • Location: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
  • Dates and Hours: Weekends, September 8 – October 31| Fridays & Saturdays 7 PM – 1 AM | Sundays 7 PM-12 PM
  • Cost: $44.99 and up

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa

This is a fun, family-friendly event! Enjoy animal encounters, spooky characters, dance party, Halloween treats, a light show and more!

  • Location: 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
  • Dates and Hours: Select nights September 29 – October 29 | 4 – 10 PM
  • Cost: $34.95 and up

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends Halloween Event at Busch Gardens

Stop by the Sesame Street Safari of Fun for a special limited-time Halloween Show, meet-and-greets with your favorite characters in their Halloween costumes, scavenger hunt, storytime and dance party.

  • Location: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
  • Dates and Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, September 30 – October 29 | 12 – 4 PM
  • Cost: Included with theme park admission
Halloween at Busch Gardens

Brick or Treat Monster Party at LEGOLAND Florida

This Halloween celebration is perfect for kids! Enjoy the all-new fireworks show, character meet and greets, live entertainment and shows, spooktacular food and trick-or-treating.

  • Location: 1 LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL 33834
  • Dates and Hours: Weekends, September 16 – October 29 | 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Cost: Included with theme park admission

Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 

This spooktacular celebration includes a costume parade, storytime, trick-or-treating and spooky science.

  • Location: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
  • Dates and Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, September 9 – October 29 | Monday October 30 | Tuesday October 31 | 12 – 4 PM
  • Cost: Included with theme park admission
Busch Gardens Spooktacular (Fall activities in Tampa Bay)

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Looking for more fall activities for your family? Check out these great ideas!

Fall Bucket List

Apple Marble Painting

Fizzy Pumpkin Painting

Fall Sensory Tray

Pumpkin Scrape Painting

Acorn Art Project

Colorful Corn Craft

Apple Scrape Painting

Easy Fall Soup Sensory Activity

Fall Sensory Bin

Apple Pie Sensory Bin

Beautiful Fall Leaves Symmetry Painting

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