It’s the perfect time of year to be outside with friends and family.
When fall rolls around, temperatures start to cool down and fun fall activities pop up all around us. And when it’s the perfect time of year to be outside with friends and family, we want to attend as many as possible! We love enjoying the fall in Florida as much as you do, so we gathered a list of 10 fun fall things to do in St. Johns County. We understand your schedule can get crazy — download our free fall calendar so you can plan ahead!
1.Markland’s Fall Festival
Of course our fall festival made the list! While it does take place in our beautiful Markland community, don’t worry — you don’t have to live here to enjoy it. Markland residents, friends, and families from surrounding areas are all invited to this free event that is open to the public. We’ll have crafts, face painting, carnival games, a balloon artist, food trucks, live music, local vendors, and so much more! And if you love animals, you’ll love this: it’s benefitting the St. Augustine Humane Society. We’ll have boxes on-site so you can bring your donations to drop off. Want to help our furry friends? Here’s what they need.
2. Sykes Family Farms Maze
If you want to do something really a-maze-ing (we couldn’t help ourselves), you’ve got to take a trip to the Sykes Family Farms Maze. The maze is nine acres total and consists of four phases. At the entrance of the maze, you can choose to fill out a “passport,” a ten-question form that will help guide you through the maze. If you’re looking for a challenge, you want Phase 2. If you’re directionally challenged, Phase 1 might be more your speed. For the kiddos, Phase 3 and Phase 4 feature the stories of Jack and the Cornstalk and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin on large storyboards. From the youngest to the oldest, this trip is fun for everyone! Sykes Family Farms Maze is the perfect place to get lost on a beautiful fall day.
3. Creatures of the Night
Want to do something a little creepy this fall? The Alligator Farm and Zoological Park lets you follow a trick-or-treating path where you can meet zoo residents — from bugs to beasts! — and learn about them by collecting cards along the way. If you’re already in the zoo, you may even get to watch a special night time alligator feeding. It’s fun, spooky, and educational for everyone!
4. Trolley Tour
See the sights while taking in the fresh fall air on a trolley tour. You won’t have to deal with costly parking and city driving when you board an orange and green trolley. Instead, you can spend the whole day enjoying the beautiful weather while exploring the historic city of St. Augustine with friends and family. With 23 designated trolley stops, unlimited hop on and off privileges, and a 100% happiness guarantee, you can’t go wrong!
5. Ghost Tour
Join a ghost tour for some frightful fun! Learn about the darker side of St. Augustine when you step aboard the Trolley of the Doomed. Visit scary and sacred sites as your ghost host regales you with tales of long gone residents believed to still be lurking in the city’s streets. It’s just a little hocus pocus — or is it?
6. Food & Wine Festival
Want to do a good thing while you have a good time? Hosted by the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association, the food and wine festival raises money for a local charity. You’ll be greeted at the door with a beautiful souvenir wine glass. Then, just follow your taste buds as you try top appetizers, main courses, salads, and desserts presented by local restaurants. If you want to get extra fancy, you can even look into the VIP-only reception.
7. Ancient City Kids’ Day
It’s all about the kids at the 21st Annual Ancient City Kids’ Day! There are over 40 youth service agencies offering games, activities, crafts, giveaways, bounce houses, and fun contests for kids — all these are completely free; your only cost is for food and drinks. A community outreach for EPIC Behavioral Healthcare of St. Augustine, parents can learn about valuable community resources while spending a fun-filled day out with the kids.
8. Parents’ Night Out, Kids’ Halloween Party
Love your kids, but need a night to yourself? World Golf Village Gymnastics has you covered! Open to the public, this parents’ night out is courtesy of a kids’ Halloween party. There will be pizza, juice, games, crafts, gymnastics, and a trampoline. But who said Halloween was just for kids? When you pay $25 for your first child (and $15 for each additional sibling), you can drop your kids off for four hours of supervised fun while you and your special someone enjoy a night out!
9. St. Augustine Record Fair
Attention all music lovers! How does a day perusing thousands of music-related items sound? The St. Augustine Record Fair has vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles, and more at this free, family-friendly event. Throughout the day, there will be ticket giveaways for upcoming shows at The Amp, and DJ Papi Disco will play sets to keep everyone moving. Kids can watch a 30-minute tutorial on DJing, and those who register early will even get a chance to test their DJ skills on the wheels of steel! If you want to make it an all-day outing, there will be plenty of food trucks and concessions where you can fuel up. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
10. Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shoppes
Don’t wait to get your holiday shopping done! The 29th Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shoppes will be held at the beachside resort of The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach. You can take in the beautiful scenery while crossing items off your shopping list, so it’s the perfect win-win. There will be dozens of boutiques from across the country to shop, and you can find jewelry, pottery, gifts, clothing, art, and even edible gifts. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online, and all proceeds will benefit the Cultural Center.