It’s arguably the most fun activity leading up to Halloween: the annual trek to the pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin.
Here’s a list of local pumpkin patches that run the gamut from a place to peruse pumpkins to farms with fun activities for kids:
East Lake Pumpkin Patch (Sorrento) 31340 E. SR 437, Sorrento Tons of pumpkins in lots of shapes and sizes. Dates/Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11a.m. - 8 p.m. until October 30
Long & Scott Farm 26216 CR 448A, Mount Dora Plenty of pumpkins and photo opportunities outside the entrance to Scott’s Country Market . On weekends you can also take in the corn maze, bounce pillow, and more. Dates/Hours: Tues - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. Corn maze remains open until December 10
A Lot of Pumpkins 35317 Huff Road, Eustis (Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm) 352-357-9863 In addition to pumpkins, this farm features hayrides, a Magical Maze, bounce pillow, horse and pony rides, barnyard animals and two zip lines. Parking is free. Dates: Friday - Sunday. Ends October 29 Weekend admission: General admission $4 and wristband $12, kids 2 and under free www.santaschristmastreeforest.com
Stanley Pond Adventure Farm Pumpkin photo ops, U-pick sunflowers, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, magic show, bounce pillow, airboat, pony rides, and more. Admission: $16.95 Dates/Hours: Weekends only, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. until October 29 www.stanleypond.com
For fun, local Halloween activities for kids, click here.