Fall into Orlando: when the weather cools down, the calendar fills up

Ah, fall. Time for leather jackets and boots and snow prep and...hey, wait a minute! We live in Florida! Summer may be over officially, but the warm, beautiful weather continues well into fall in Orlando - though the season does take the edge of the heat. That means outdoor activities become even more appealing and all kinds of festivals pop up on the calendar. From the rainbow-colored celebrations of Come Out With Pride to the oom-pah-pah of Oktoberfest to myriad food and wine events that fall under the headings of world famous (like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival) and locally loved (like Cows 'N' Cabs), there's lots to jot in your autumnal Orlando events planner. Fall also brings with it weather that some find even more suitable for outdoor pursuits - and they've sure got a lot of them at Clermont's Revolution Off Road. Try getting muddy on an ATV or getting a taste of the region's amazing lake fishing, or head to one of many nature preserves and parks for a hike. Fall's options are limitless, so we had to limit our list to 10.



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Wakeboarding (a super popular sport here in Florida), paddleboarding and the area's very first Aquapark - a wonderland of bouncy, floating inflatables on which to climb and play �" are all on tap at the Orlando Watersports Complex. And...  Read More



From goats at the petting zoo to the super cool insect zoo (your enthusiasm will depend on your comfort level with creepy-crawlies) this Sanford Zoo isn't as small as it may seem. More than 500 animals representing roughly 200 species call this...  Read More



This UBER authentic German festival has gotten so popular over the years that the German American Society of Central Florida has had to start selling tickets to keep the place from overcrowding. With two October weekends in which to get your...  Read More



Explore Florida's natural beauty at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Hike through wild, diverse ecosystems, paddle the famous Wekiva River, or camp beneath the stars. Wekiwa Springs offers nature lovers the opportunity to experience a part of Florida...  Read More



Now in its 7th year, this annual Winter Park foodie (and wino!) fete features gourmet fare - along with fine wine, craft beer and cocktails " from more than 25 locally lauded restaurants. Held in the West Meadow of the city's resplendent...  Read More



If you think theme parks are all there is to do in Central Florida, not only are you sadly mistaken, you're waaaaay overdue to get outside and see what locals enjoy all year long. Revolution Off Road has the ATV adventure to suit (even if you've...  Read More



Sure, the December holidays are great but why skip the October/November harvest?! The folks at Long & Scott Farms have been growing since 1963 and its charming Country Market sells Zellwood Sweet Gourmet Corn, crisp Kirby cukes and other...  Read More



#KeepDancingOrlando is the mantra, and awash in the rainbow colors of LGBT pride, this beautiful city does just that. Though this week-long event, which culminates in an all-day festival - not to mention The Most Colorful Parade, which features...  Read More



Like clockwork with the fall holiday calendar (autumn brings with it a host of holidays that inspire many to throw temporary diet caution to the wind!), Walt Disney World's renown Epcot International Food & Wine Festival brings the foodies...  Read More


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Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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