Greater Cincinnati Fall Festivals and Farm Fun

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Greater Cincinnati Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches and Farm Fun

Three  years ago when we decided to put together a post about fun family friendly things to do Cincinnati in the fall, we went straight to you.  We asked for your recommendations, your favorite farms and festivals, and boy did you deliver!

We’ve updated that list for 2013 and following is a compilation of all the great fall events and activities you told us about. After each suggestion you’ll see that we’ve added some additional information to give you an idea of things like costs, activities and directions.

Also, we’ll be adding a link to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Trick or Treat times listing as soon as we see it go live and we are working on a haunted events and activities post too, so be sure to bookmark this post!

Slideshow Photo Credit: Corn Maze from Blooms and Berries Farm.

Family Friendly Fall Festivals and Farm Fun in Great Cincinnati!

Photo from Minges Pumpkin Festival in Harrison

Photo from Minges Pumpkin Festival in Harrison

“The Minges Pumpkin Festival in Harrison, OH is a wonderful family tradition of ours. The kids have a blast. The dates this year are Oct. 19th (10am-7pm) & 20th (10am – 6pm). Here is a link to their website: www.mingespumpkinfest.com” {From reader Angie Sutton Deffenbaugh}

Minges Pumpkin Fest in Harrison. Try parking on a near-by side street and walking in.” {FFC Reader Regina Radcliffe Rankin}

Additional Information: Free Parking; Admission is $5 with children 12 and under getting in for free. They are still finalizing details, but kids events have include: Pumpkin Pie Eating, Seed Spitting, Cow Chip Throwing, Sack Races, Tug of War, Egg Toss (must be 16), Log Sawing (must be 18), greased pole climbing and more. Celebrating it’s 29th year!  DIRECTIONS.

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www.kinmanfarmsfallfest.com and HallZOOween at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. We have never missed” {FFC Reader Pam Zepf}

Additional Information:

Kinman Farms Fall Fest runs weekends, September 20 through October 31, Fridays 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm and Sundays 12pm-7pm. Festivities include music, barnyard, barnyard ride, pumpkins galore, hayride, pony rides ($3), a 5 acre corn maze and more. Cost is $8. COUPON   DIRECTIONS

Cincinnati Zoo’s Hallzoween is open weekends, October 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 19-20 and 26-27. It is FREE with paid Zoo admission. Hours are noon – 5pm and children are encouraged to come in costume. Fun includes Trick-or-Treat stations, special animal encounters, pumpkin patch, special shows and more.

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Farm Haven-10515 US Highway 42, Union, KY 41091 — Best Pumpkin patch our family has been to! We visited Farm Haven for the first time the fall of 2009 and can’t wait to go back this fall! They have the best hay ride around! I would like to see a pumpkin included in the $8.00 admission fee, but still a great farm to visit in the fall with your family. Pony rides and pumpkins cost extra.” {From Reader Debra McCutchen}

Additional Information: Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 11am – 7pm. $8 admission for children 3 and up,  includes corn maze, petting zoo, hayride and tour our Log Cabin. Also available is a concession stand, pony rides, pumpkins and a baked goods and craft store. More details over on the website. DIRECTIONS.

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Irons Farm in Lebanon, Shaw Farm , Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm, and the Black Walnut Weekend (bring your own things to tie dye for free) at Farbach Werner – that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. :~)”  {From FFC Contributor Karen Ottopal Eborall}

Additional Information:
Irons Fruit Farm – Fall fun runs weekends in September and October.  Activities include hayrides for pumpkins (12pm – 5pm), a 12 acre corn maze themed Western!, apple cider, wagon rides, and more. DIRECTIONS

Shaw Farms – Last weekend in September and all weekends in October. Free Admission and parking. Family fun includes hayrides, barn dances, learn about bees and taste fresh honey, face painting, farm animals, 8 acre corn maze, interactive playground and more! Milford area.  DIRECTIONS. COUPON.

Parky’s Farm –  Parky’s offers a fun, non-scary, Halloween event, Halloween Nights,  that includes a display of thousands of lights and lots of kid friendly Halloween activities. Fun runs October 3-27 and hours are Thursday through Sunday, 6pm – 10pm. Cost is $6 per person, 23 months and under admitted free. Parky’s also offers several Fun Farm programs during the day in October. DETAILS

Black Walnut Weekend – Is Saturday and Sunday October 12-13 from noon – 4pm at Farbach Werner Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. This year is the 10th anniversary of the celebration of black walnuts. Learn everything about one of Ohio’s native nuts. Activities include a 2/3 mile hike, walnut cracking, crafts and games. Jack Speed & the Freddies will perform from 12:30pm – 3:30pm on Sunday.

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Burger Farm in Newtown. Great pumpkin patch and “festival” type set up.” {From Reader Katie Barkley Lavelle}

Additional Information: Annual Pumpkin Festival —  Begins September 28th. As of Sept. 10, 2013 website says more information coming soon.

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Gorman Heritage Farm’s Sunflower Festival — Families will enjoy hayrides, picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, walking through (and picking) the sunflowers, great music, crafts and of course their famous Pumpkin Launcher!  Runs October 5-6, hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $8, Kids (3-17) and Seniors (65+): $4, GHF Members FREE! Parking is Free. DIRECTIONS

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Fall on the Farm Blooms and BerriesBlooms and Berries on 48 just outside of downtown Loveland. Awesome, big corn maze, fantastic hayride, fun games for young and old. We hit it every year!” {From Reader Jenny Davis Rupe}

Additional Information: Fall on the Farm features hayrides through scarecrow village, a new bucking cow train, pumpkin paintball, 7 acre corn maze, caramel apples, goat feeding, egg throw  and more!  Parking is free and Admission to the farm is $1, goat food is $.25. There are additional costs for the Corn Maze ($5), Hayride ($4), and a few other activities, but they offer a Corn Maze and Hayride Combo for $8. Hours are daily 10am -6pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm. DIRECTIONS.

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Bonnybrook Farms is a MUST.” {From Reader Kathy Frazier Goodpastor}

Additional Information:  Bonnybrook Farms Fall Farm Festivals:Barnyard Festival: Saturday & Sundays Sept. 21 & 22 and 28 & 29, Noon – 6pm;  Pumpkin & Ponies Festival: Saturdays & Sundays Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, Noon – 6pm; Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival: Saturday & Sunday Oct. 26 – 27,  Noon – 6pm |  Fun includes Friendly petting animals, Farmyard Play Area with play houses, swings, sandbox and train locomotive, Horseshoe Hill with tunnel and 80′ underground slide, Bonnybrook Farms’ Coloring Contest, and Guess the weight of the Gianormous Pumpkin. Cost: All Inclusive Pass: $21, or pay per activities (see website for pricing) | DIRECTIONS

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Pumpkin Patch Express with the LM&M Railroad – stops at Schappacher Farms in Mason. Fall-o-Ween Festival at Coney Island.” {From FFC Contributor Kristin Goecke}

Additional Information:
Pumpkin Patch Express
 – Fun includes a corn maze, lots of animals, picking a pie pumpkin and of course, a TRAIN ride! Cost is $18.50 for adults, $15.50 for kids 5-16 & seniors and $8.50 for kids ages 2-4. Runs weekends in October. DETAILS

Coney Island Fall-o-weenFall-o-Ween Festival At Coney Island –  Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6, Oct. 12-13 Festival includes fall decorative displays, kids’ Trick or Treat Trail, live stage entertainment, farmyard friends, pony rides, hayrides and more. Coney’s classic family rides will be operating, too. Plus, for the first time ever, and just in time for the fall planting season, Coney presents Fright Lights, a new musical lights show set to Halloween music. Hours: 3:00pm-9:00 p.m. all days; admission $10. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., exit 72 off I-275. More information: (513) 232-8230. www.coneyislandpark.com.

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Niederman Family Farm for Corn Maze, Hayride, and best Pumpkin Patch. Great Family Fun ” {FFC Reader Christina Lee Siscoe}

Additional Information: Neiderman Family Farm Fall Activities  take place in September and October. Hours: Starting September 14, 2012, open on weekends; Fri 6-10, Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday 1-6. Beginning in October, Wednesday & Thursday from 6pm – 9pm; Friday from 6pm – 10pm; Saturday from 11am – 10pm; Sunday from 1pm – 6pm; Monday & Tuesday by reservation. Admission is $9 per person (children age 2 and younger are free).  Fun includes Hayrides, corn maze, trip to the pumpkin patch, lots of barnyard animals to visit and lots more. Located in Hamilton. DIRECTIONS

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Country Pumpkins Farm in Dry Ridge– In addition to having a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale, Country Pumpkins also puts together a fall festival with fun activities for your family to enjoy! Their kiddie corn maze, petting zoo, corn box, straw bale maze, play area, and picnic shelter are all FREE, and a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, 4 Acre Corn Maze, hayrides, barrel train rides, Gift Shop items and food are available for purchase. DIRECTIONS

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entertrainment junctionJack-O-Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction

September 21-October 31, 2013 Indoor, climate controlled family Halloween celebration in a kid-friendly, themed environment; Main Street Halloween decorations; walk-through trick-or-treat maze with non-scare ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations; area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch (where kids get a free mini-pumpkin); Halloween crafts; talking pumpkin; Halloweenville miniature animated display; outdoor straw maze and Halloween themed hand-cranked train cars and electric train ride (weather permitting); all other attractions also open, including the world’s largest indoor model train display, giant kids’ play area, A-maze-N FunHouse, new, interactive Coney Island replica, American Railroading Museum, and more. Open Mon.-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. Attraction pricing starts at $9.95; kids 2 and under free; free parking; 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069, (513) 898-8000. (877-898-4656.) visit www.entertrainmentjunction.com.

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Daniel’s Petting Farm & Pumpkin Patch – One of our favorites, Daniels Petting Farm and Pumpkin Patch is located in Walton, KY. Open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10am to 6pm. Admission is just $8 per person which a guided tour of the petting farm, playground fun, hay bale maze and a hayride through the farm which includes a stop at their pumpkin patch (pumpkins extra).  DIRECTIONS

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Neltner Farm & Greenhouses – Neltner Farms Fall Festival, weekends in October| 10am – 6pm | Age 3 & up $5, includes horse drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, 2-acre corn maize, face painting, petting zoo & plenty of acres to roam. Special activities include live music and a Folksiders Craft Show. Open Weekdays 9am – 6pm with free admission. Located in Melbourne, KY DIRECTIONS |  SPECIAL COUPON!

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Fall Harvest Festival at Heritage Village Museum - September 21 & 22; Enjoy demonstrations on cider pressing, apple butter making, and more. Kids activities include donut eating contests, old-fashioned games, pumpkin painting +. Cost is $4 kids 5-11, $8 adults, free for members and children 4 & under.

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Fall Fun Days at Meadow View Growers – This is a family-friendly fall event includes an 8-acre corn maze, zip line, petting zoo, hayride and more. Runs Saturday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 27. Located in New Carlisle, Ohio.  Costs: Children 12 and up  $9.00, Children 4 – 11 $7.00, Children 3 and under FREE with paid admission. Additional costs for certain activities.  COUPON

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City of Blue Ash 2013 Halloween Walk in the Woods  — Sponsored by the City of Blue Ash and hosted by the Blue Ash Recreation Department, the 2012 Halloween Walk in the Woods takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Set in the Blue Ash Nature Park, the family-friendly event for children ages 10 and younger invites youths to follow a path in a fun, non-scary atmosphere for trick or treating.

 

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