Fall is a busy time in Florida. It brings slightly cooler temperatures and some of the nation's best fall festivals. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the break from the heat and humidity of Florida summers by taking to the streets to commemorate harvests, enjoy arts and crafts shows, sip wine, taste a variety of cuisines, listen to music, and celebrate Halloween. Also, beginning in October, carnies begin migrating south to escape the harsh northern winters, bringing fairs and carnivals to the state.
There is usually something going on in every part of Florida, almost every weekend from early September until Thanksgiving, so pack up the family and enjoy the sights, sounds, and great Florida fall weather!
Fall Weather in Florida
September, October, and November are a great time to visit the Sunshine State. The weather is still pretty hot, even though it's cooling down up north, and the Florida humidity is slowly breaking, making way for a more pleasant time spent outdoors. One thing to keep in mind, if you visit Florida in the Fall, is that hurricane season doesn't technically end until the end of November. It usually peaks around late August and early September, but it would be wise to check the weather before booking a trip.
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What to Pack
Overall, Florida in the Fall is still pretty warm, so summer clothes will do you just fine. A light jacket or sweatshirt would be helpful to have for the evenings in case it gets chilly, too. Of course, a raincoat is always a good idea when visiting Florida as well, especially since Fall is right at the turn of the rainy season it still might drizzle here and there.
Fall Events in Florida
From Disney World to Fall Festivals, Floridians get into the autumn spirit despite the warm weather. Although the state goes into full-on holiday mode after Thanksgiving, you'll still get a feel for a Florida fall, during this festive time of year.
- Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival: The festival runs from the end of August through mid-November. The event is marked by wine tastings, Disney and guest chefs cooking up culinary delights, and the popular Eat to the Beat! concerts. Entrance to the Festival, plus select wine and beer seminars, cooking demonstrations, culinary exhibits, concerts and all attractions are included with regular Epcot admission. Specialty events require reservations and separate event admission.
- Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: This family-friendly Disney World attraction runs from late August through the end of October. The event happens after hours and is a separate admission from the park itself. The party includes, Halloween-themed rides, a Hocus Locus Villain Spectacular ball, character meet and greets, and of course Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade. This is a great way to spend the night together.
- Howl-O-Scream: This is one scary party. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Halloween event, which runs mid-September through the end of October is not for the easily spooked. Scare zones, haunted houses, and pitch black thrill rides, will keep you at the edge of your seat. This is a separate admission ticket.
- Long & Scott Farms Corn Maze: Located in the small town of Mount Dora, this authentic corn maze features a differently themed maze each year. Spend the day sliding down their 60 ft. slide, fishing in the pond, taking a hayride, having a picnic or simply enjoying the country atmosphere.
- Sweet Season Farm: Located in Milton, Florida this farm has fun lined up! Seasonal maze designs and unique activities, including a corn box, hayride, tube slide, corn cannon, and cow train. A pumpkin patch is also on the farm. The fall festivities run from September 29th- November 4th.
- If it is officially Autumn, as if on cue, cooler weather will arrive. Taking a break from the heat and humidity of Florida summers, Floridians celebrate by taking to the streets in many varied fall festivals.
Fall Travel Tips
- Book accommodations early. Although the fall is not the busiest time to visit Florida, as you near close to Thanksgiving, tourist season begins.
- It's always a good idea to order Disney World tickets as early as possible. This way you avoid lines at the park and can ensure your day at the park is planned out perfectly.
- If you are looking for a beach vacation, you'll probably be able to get a great deal at a nice hotel since the busy season doesn't pick up until late November.