It’s arguably the most fun activity leading up to Halloween: the annual trek to the pumpkin patch in search of 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:
Community Pumpkin Patch East Lake Chamber of Commerce (24214 SR 46, Sorrento) Choose from a selection of pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes beginning the first weekend in October. Dates/Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. through October 30. Cash and checks accepted.
Fall in the Field Primitive Show Renningers Antique Center, 20651 US Hwy 441, Mount Dora Every year this weekend show features an area with a very impressive selection of unique heirloom pumpkins. Dates/Hours: October 6 & 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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. Pumpkins are available beginning in early October. Dates/Hours: Tues - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. Corn maze remains open until December 9.
A Lot of Pumpkins Patch at 35317 Huff Road, Eustis (Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm) 352-357-9863 This farm with a shaded pumpkin patch also offers a carving station for visitors to carve their jack-o’-lantern at the farm; hayrides, maze, zip lines, bounce pillow, plus horse and pony rides and barnyard animals. A concession stand offers a wide variety of foods. Dates/Hours: Friday - Sunday. Ends October 28 Weekend admission: General admission $4 and wristband $12; kids 2 and under free. www.santaschristmastreeforest.com
Stanley Pond Adventure Farm 15426 CR 48, Astatula 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 28 www.stanleypond.com
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The 16th annual corn maze at Long & Scott Farm opens on October 6. In previous years, the popular seasonal attraction reportedly brought in an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 weekend visitors.
Visitors that dare can enter the seven-acre corn maze and attempt to find their way out of the tall and twisting corn field. No need to panic. It's a friendly day of fun and before an anxiety attack kicks in, participants can raise a flag to surrender and be promptly rescued.
There is also a one-acre corn maze for smaller guests, plus a 3-acre live Tree Maze in the shape on an ear of corn. The popular attraction also includes an over-sized jumping pillow, 60' super slide, kids' zip line, covered picnic areas, mist maze, hayrides, rope maze, country market and cafe. There is also a quaint wooden castle very similar to the play fort recently removed in Mount Dora’s Gilbert Park.
Visitors can grab a bite to eat at the farm’s Country Cafe or choose a food truck
Scott's Maze Adventure is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) between October 6 and Dec. 9. It is recommended to get there early to avoid long lines. Latest entry is 3 p.m. The farm is located at 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora.
Admission is $12; children 3 and under are free. Kids 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups can make reservations for admission on Tuesdays through Fridays.
Scott’s Country Market & Café opens Tuesday, October 2 for the season and operates Tuesdays through Sundays. Find the list of local pumpkin patches here. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here. Find out what's happening locally with just a tap on your phone by downloading the area's free mobile app. Monthly issues of Mount Dora Buzz are available here.