Feeling Fall in the Tampa Heat

We don't really get a chance to feel the fall breeze or see the change in the leaves for a while here in Florida. But thankfully there are farms and nearby attractions to put us in the feeling for fall.

Here are a few locations to help put the fall in our Tampa heat or the nights when the temperature goes under 80 degrees.

Horse Power for Kids

Horse Power for Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a farm, petting zoo and animal sanctuary. Its purpose is to help spread the benefit of interaction with animals and horses. While the farm is open at various hours, it is possible to visit the farm and host/attend the Ranch Hayride Party that happens at night which makes it a fall must-try activity. Plus, the fall includes a pumpkin patch. Fees charged for activities goes towards the non-profit or others.

Harvestmoon Farm

Just north of Tampa, you can be amazed by the corn maze of Harvestmoon Farm in Masaryktown. Every year a new maze is cut into the corn field for the fall. Adults and children climb aboard a trailer pulled by a tractor to the entrance of the maze where you can attempt to walk the entire maze or opt out halfway through. If you do not want to do the maze, you can purchase fresh corn and other fall vegetables. Other fun things to participate in on a trip to Harvestmoon are the cow train, cornball, petting farm, jumping pillow and tons of other fall themed activities along with food and music. Admission and hours may vary so calling ahead can be helpful for a good visit.

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

Just south of Tampa in Sarasota at the Premier Sports Campus, locals are able to enjoy music performances, a pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, free shows, ticketed family midway amusement area, petting zoo along with delectable food, craft vendors and a beer garden. In addition, there are free hayrides included with the price of admission. Prices range from $5-$10 for admission with free parking.

While we don't get the crisp cool fall air until later in the year, you do have some options in the area to help you feel like the fall season has arrived.

We're looking for more fall events, plus Oktoberfest activities. Please comment below with more fun fall things to do in Tampa.

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.