Top Fall Activities in Jacksonville

From the great outdoors to a little pumpkin spice, our city has a lot to offer when it comes to celebrating fall with the family.

By Tina Smithers Peckham for Jacksonville Mom

Fall brings slightly cooler temps, perfect for getting out and exploring all the fall fun the First Coast has to offer. (Trust us, there’s a lot.) From our favorite local spots for securing your pumpkin spice fix to a little corn maze action, we’ve got you covered for any and all autumn outings with the family.

1. Warm up with a seasonal latte

First thing’s first — your caffeine fix. Jacksonville is practically overflowing with cool local coffee shops, many of which are putting their own spin on the quintessential pumpkin spice latte. Southern Grounds in Neptune Beach offers a fantastic seasonal menu, while The Mini Bar in Jacksonville Beach serves up their own pumpkin spice latte complete with house-made syrup

Want more pumpkin spice in your life? Check out Jacksonville Mom’s Your Fall Guide to All Things Pumpkin Spice in Jax.

An iced latte, iced coffee, and hot coffee behind rows of donuts

2. Enjoy a sweet treat

The Mini Bar doesn't just have pumpkin spice lattes, they also offer a variety of delicious seasonal doughnuts. Keep an eye out on their menu as they often have weekend doughnut specials! Speaking of sweet treats, Cinotti’s is a local hot spot for pumpkin doughnuts, while Whit’s Frozen Custard typically rolls out their fall flavors every October.

3. Sip local libations

If one of Jax’s many breweries is more in your autumn ballpark, check out Engine 15 Brewing Company or Wicked Barley for a solid pumpkin-inspired beer. Bonus: Both establishments are super family-friendly!

Small pumpkins are stacked on top of a hay bale in front of large pumpkins at a pumpkin patch in Jacksonville

4. Explore the pumpkin patch

Is it really even fall if you haven’t gotten a pumpkin (or five)? Pick-your-own pumpkin patches are in abundance here, many of which kick off September 30. Several of our local churches open pumpkin patches every season including Isle of Faith on San Pablo Road and Christ United Methodist Church in Neptune Beach.

5. Farm-to-table dining at local farms

Farm life is the best life! Congaree and Penn on Old Kings Road features a variety of can’t-miss autumn activities, as well as a full farm-to-table dining menu.

two paths in a corn maze

6. Get lost in a corn maze

Another farm favorite is Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres, thanks to their sweet farm animals, wagon rides, corn maze and fun family activities.

For more on Jacksonville’s pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and family-friendly farm experiences, check out The Best Pumpkin Patches, Farms, & Corn Mazes in Jacksonville.

7. Follow the trails

When the weather dips below 90 degrees, it’s high time to leave the air conditioning and get back outside! The First Coast is full of outdoor spaces to explore, and that goes beyond our beautiful beaches. Hiking offers a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, and many of our scenic hiking trails provide a great way to reconnect as a family. A couple favorites include Castaway Island Preserve off San Pablo Road and Timucuan Preserve at Fort Caroline National Park.

8. Explore Spooktacular activities at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Want to become one with the wildlife? The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers some excellent Spooktacular Halloween festivities throughout October.

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9. Listen to the Jacksonville Symphony

Fall brings the starts of Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's concert season. Discover what makes the symphony one of the top 40 symphonies in the country while listening to their performances of modern and classic music.

10. Watch an air show

Every year The Blue Angels return to Jacksonville and put on an air show filled with incredible aerobatic demonstrations. NAS Jax Air Show is a free, two day event filled with air displays and family-friendly games and activities. There are vendor booths for visitors to purchase novelty items, food, and drinks.

11. Celebrate Pride

Head to the Jax River City Pride celebration, held annually in October, to support the local LGBTQIA+ community. Cheer on the parade and check out the family fun zone. Shop vendor booths, try delicious foods, and enjoy live entertainment, including the Jax River City Pride Cabaret.

Want more to explore? Check out Jacksonville Mom’s Guide to Great Family Hiking Trails in Jacksonville and 15 Places to Explore the Great Outdoors In & Around Jax.

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