Pumpkins. Flannels. Apple Cider. That's right everybody— it's time to plan a Fall adventure!
The end of August signals the first signs of fall, and as the hot days of summer give way to cooler temperatures, we begin to notice the transition. The leaves begin to change, pumpkins start popping up, and fall flavors emerge everywhere. To kick off the season, here's a guide to some of our favorite fall things.
Garver Family Farm: Find everything from fresh produce, beautiful flowers, pick your pumpkin, hayrides and more at this family farm for more than four generations.
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market: Known by their painted silos, this unique farm market features three different barns offering speciality jams, fresh produce, crafts, baked goods and so much more. You can also visit their ice cream and candy shop, pumpkin patch, and new sunflower field.
Burwinkel Farms: This farm has been family owned and operated for over 100 years! They specialize in growing sweet corn, but you can also find a ton of activities like picking pumpkins, fall festivals, a corn maze, and a beautiful field of sunflowers.
Niederman Farm: There's something for everyone at this working farm; check out their pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower field, farm animals, hayrides, and all kinds of family fun activities.
Jackson Family Farm: Come enjoy a beautiful Fall day at Jackson Family Farm on September and October weekends. Find pumpkins, farm animals, pedal tractors, the pumpkin cannon, a hay tower, corn barn and so much more.
Operation Pumpkin: This year, Pumpkin Operation will be celebrating 10 years! This one-of-a-kind festival fills the streets of Downtown Hamilton with incredible sculpted pumpkins, food vendors, pumpkin weigh-offs, and live entertainment. Join in on all of the fun on October 8-10.
Apple Butter Festival: A delicious festival and a great family activity! Experience a glimpse of 19th century farm life; the festival also features continual creation of apple butter in pioneer fashion throughout the event. Tours of the Doty Homestead and its barn will also be available, as well as other live entertainment.
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Jack O'Lantern Junction: Find Halloween fun for the whole family at EnterTRAINment Junction! September 18 through October 31, the junction offers a kid-friendly maze, trick-or-treat goodie bags, fall crafts, and a Halloween themed train display.
Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park: For the spookier side of the season, head over to Land of Illusion for a thrilling and frightening night. There are multiple haunted trails and attractions to choose from, as well as The Voodoo Lounge— featuring live music, a full service bar, and a concession stand complete with the fall essentials.
Haunted Spots: If you can muster up the courage, head to these legendary Halloween haunts, or check out Hamilton's Most Haunted spots. Learn all about the stories and urban legends to get into the spooky spirit.
FLAVORS OF FALL
Coffee: Nothing pairs more perfectly with the fall season than a cozy cup of coffee. Find delicious cinnamon, pumpkin, and maple flavors at our local coffee shops. Try a Cinnamon Latte at The Village Perks (pictured), the Nutty Irishman at True West Coffee, the KittyKat Latte made with brown sugar and cinnamon at CAVU, the Caramel Apple Chaider at Kofenya, or the seasonal specials at Fairfield Coffee.
Hyde's Pies: There's just something about a warm slice of pie in the fall... whether it's pumpkin, apple, cherry, or pecan. If you're looking for the perfect pie this season, you have to check out Hyde's Restaurant! This local diner is a fan-favorite, and they make all of their pies fresh daily.
Fall Brews: Craft beer is great all year round, but fall brings some especially unique selections. From seasonal stouts to fall-inspired sours, you can enjoy a wide array of flavors at any of our incredible local breweries. One in particular is the Open Hearth at Rolling Mill Brewing Company; a full-bodied American Style Stout with a strong coffee and dark chocolate flavor, notable hops, and it also happens to be gluten-free!
Chili: The crisp air in fall typically creates the craving for a hot bowl of chili. There is something so comforting about delicious chili on a cool night. Looking for some fall comfort food? Grab a burger and side of chili at The Jug, a chili dog at Jolly's Drive In, Chicken Chili Masala at Namaste Curry House, or try the vegetarian chili at Aladdin's Eatery.
AUTUMN BREEZE & CRUNCHY LEAVES
Parks & Trails: Fall is the magical time of year where the leaves change to more vibrant and colorful tones. Hues of red, orange, and yellow emerge all around us, making for some gorgeous hiking opportunities. Explore the trails at Harbin Park, Rentschler's Forest, Keehner Park, or Governor Bebb MetroPark.
Black Covered Bridge: This bridge in Oxford is especially beautiful surrounded by fall leaves. Built in 1869, it is the only covered bridge in Butler County remaining in its original location and is recognized as one of the longest covered bridges in the state of Ohio.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park: Hike the trails or travel by art cart to experience the fall foliage at Pyramid Hill. There's over 300 acres to explore, with 80+ monumental sculptures to admire along the way. It's a beautiful way to spend a fall day!
Miami University Art Museum & Sculpture Park: This incredible art museum reopens every fall with new exhibitions in their five ever-changing galleries. Their surrounding sculpture park is also open to admire among the falling leaves and beautiful scenery.