Posted on October 1, 2015 by Andrea Six
By Joshua Lagunez
The spring is all about the radiant flowers in bloom, but pumpkins are the scene-stealers in the fall. The Coastal Empire has a batch of family friendly outdoor options as the weather gets cooler, the atmosphere gets a little spookier and pumpkin patches kick into style. Here are a few that you’re going to want to pop over to this season:
Poppell Farms, about an hour and a half drive from Savannah, in Odom, Georgia, grows and sells produce all year long, but October is all about the pumpkins. Families can hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where they can pick and take home a small pumpkin. Other activities include a 10-acre corn maze, duck races, pony rides and a playground. A petting zoo features Claude the llama and Elvis the donkey. To see a full list of activities, events and schedules check out their website, poppellfarms.com.
About 30 minutes north of Savannah, Ridgeland, South Carolina sets the scene for Holiday Farms, where The Great Pumpkin Patch features all kinds of farm-filled activities. Barrel races, the Barnyard Zoo, cow milking and steer roping are just a few things to help you get your fill of fall festivities. The “General Store” is a shop where people can purchase local honey, jams and jellies, holiday decorations and more.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
For those more interested in taking in the beauty of the fall rather than jumping into farm activities, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, right here in Savannah, have opportunities to satisfy a visual and horticultural appetite. The Autumn Gardenfest allows guests to browse for plants from nursery vendors, shop for garden tools and sit in on a few lectures. The Gardens feature a display of colorful cucurbits (members of the cucumber family, like pumpkin and squash), which stretch along the 200-foot Crapemyrtle Allee. So grab yourself a warm cup of coffee and discover the beauty outdoors.
Out in Rincon, Georgia – about a 40-minute drive from Downtown Savannah – the Reagan family grows their own Orange Bulldog Pumpkins, which were developed by the University of Georgia to grow in the South Georgia climate. At Madrac Farms, kids can pick their own pumpkins right off the vine, make their way through a corn maze, hop on a hay ride, feed farm animals, jump in bouncy houses, slide down a 13-foot slide and take photos with the big 200-pound pumpkin!
Pumpkins aren’t the only fall fun this season! A variety of festivals flavored with all the things we love, from craft brews to bratwurst and even bacon, will take place in Downtown Savannah, so be sure to go our Event Calendar for the lowdown on what’s happening this season.