Looking for things to do in Charlotte this fall? Searching for fall activities for kids in Charlotte, NC? You’ve come to the right place. This fall guide is all about getting out and enjoying fall with your kids, family, and friends. We have great day trip ideas, farms to visit, places to get pumpkins, see animals, hit the trail on a hike, and so much more. Have fun this fall in Charlotte, NC!
Go on a Hike
As the weather cools, heading out on a hike is a great activity to do with the kids. Fresh air, lots of space, time to chat or just listen the birds, de-stress and have fun on a hike.
Hike close to Charlotte at Anne Springs Close Greenway in York County, SC.
Just a few miles from Downtown Charlotte is Reedy Creek Nature Preserve with hiking trails, playgrounds, and lots more. FREE
If you want to head out to the mountains, don’t miss our Kidding Around® Hiking Guide.
Seeking a fabulous outdoor adventure? Fall weather is perfect for outdoor day trips and there are a lot of fun, educational and adventure-filled things to do that are an easy day trip from Charlotte!
- Take a drive for fall-colored leaves near the mountains.
- Spend the day at Carowinds Amusement Park.
- Head up to Hendersonville, NC for apples, free fun things to do, great food, and lots more in this mountain town. If you go with young kids do not skip the Park at Flat Rock. You’ll thank us later.
- Explore history in a “most charming small town,” Newberry, SC.
- Spend the day in Landrum, SC. Enjoy the small-town downtown plus fabulous food, hiking, and more!
- Check out Revolutionary War history in historic Camden, SC.
- Learn about raptors at the Raptor Center.
Thinking a weekend getaway might be fun? Here’s a list of Incredible Vacation Rentals Where You Can See Fall Colors and Vacation Rental Cabins With Private Indoor Pools.
Farms near Charlotte, NC
Fall is a great time to visit a farm and there are lots of farms near you in Charlotte, NC. You can sort your farm options by activity in the links below. There are a lot of farms within an hour of Charlotte, and some, especially apple orchards, will be a little farther away! But that’s ok. Make it a day trip. Head to the mountains and enjoy the fall leaves. Or, pick a far close to home and spend time with the kids on a hayride or finding that perfect pumpkin.
Try this list of Petting Zoos and Farms where you can pet and play with animals.
Fall is a Great Time to Visit a Farm!
Riverbend Farm is located in Midland, NC, a short drive East of Charlotte. They are only open in October for field trips, fall activities, and a pumpkin patch.
Fall season begins in October. They are open 7 days a week, afternoons and weekends.
Monday- Friday hours: 3:30 pm to 6 pm
Saturday- 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday- 1 pm to 6 pm
Fall activities offered include several unique slides, lots of photo opportunities, a farm-themed playground, a picnic area, an animal barn, wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, and more. Pumpkins are $0.50 per lb and are field placed.
Admission is $6.00 for ages 2 and older.
Red Wolf Farm is located north of Charlotte in Maiden, NC. They offer special events, field trips, weekend pumpkin patch activities in October, and more.
Fall season for 2022 begins October 1st, 2022. Opened Saturday and Sunday until October 30th.
Fall activities include a corn maze, hayride, a kids corn maze, large play structures for kids, corn “swimming”, inflatables, pumpkin bowling, concessions for purchase, and more.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday; school field trips all other days of October.
Admission: $8.00 per person, children 2 and under are free
The owners of the Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill got their start 20 years ago when they wanted to create the perfect apple cider (they apparently succeeded). Their main apple variety is the Stayman Winesapp and u-pick opens up in late August. The orchard asks that everyone 2 years of age and older have their own pre-purchased bag before heading into the orchard. They also have weekend events that include live music.
2023 season-opening date: August 17, 2023
Farm Store with baked apple goods
Hard Cider Tastings
Apple cider slushies
Carrigan Farms is a 5th generation farm that specializes in produce, educational tours, special events, and swim parties. Advanced registration is required for U pick seasons.
Fall pumpkin picking begins October 1st, 2022 – October 31st, 2022and includes a hay ride, petting zoo, and a u-pick pumpkin from the patch. The cost is $14 per person.
They also offer a Haunted Trail in October.
Apple picking begins September 6, 2022, through September 25th, 2022, and includes a hay ride, petting zoo, and a half peck bag for picking apples. The cost is $14 per person.
Strawberry picking begins in late April.
Sunflowers bloom in September.
Carrigan farms offers swimming throughout the summer in the quarry. Reservations must be made ahead of time. You can read our Kidding Around review on the quarry.
Bush N Vine Farm is located in York, SC, just 40 minutes South of Charlotte. The farm is over 150 years old and focuses on producing fresh produce. They offer U pick produce as well as pre-packed produce for purchase.
Fall Season runs the late September to the end of October.
Fall activities include u pick pumpkins, food for purchase, wagon rides, observation bee hive, hiking, and more.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8 am – 6 pm (pumpkin patch closes at 5 pm)
U Pick Seasons: strawberries (mid-April through May), blueberries (May through July), blackberries, (June through late July), peaches (summer), flowers (June through October), and pumpkins (mid-September through October 31st).
Bush N Vine participates in the Ag and Art Tour that occurs annually throughout SC.
Annual Pumpkin Patch: September 24 – October 31, 2022; Open 7 days per week.
Hodges Family Farm is located just north of Charlotte’s Uptown and offers goods for purchase, an annual pumpkin patch, weddings and events, an antique tractor show (October), farm tours, and several agility competitions. They also participate in the Davidson Farmers Market.
During fall, there are barnyard animals, hay mountains to play and climb on, picnic areas, and photo opportunities.
Saturdays and Sundays have food for purchase, with weekend parking being $5.
They also offer school field trips during the fall.
Note: Pumpkins are field placed.
Aw Shucks Farms is located in Monroe, NC, just 20 miles from Charlotte. They offer regular hours for the public in the fall only.
Fall Season runs September 23rd through November 6th, 2022; Friday – Sunday
Fall activities are available on weekends and include food, bonfires, a pumpkin market, a corn maze, wagon rides on Saturdays and Sundays, an animal barn, a train car, a grain bin slide, hay bales to climb, and fishing on Saturday and Sunday.
Pricing: Adults are $12/ Children $10, Children under 3 are free. No animals are allowed.
Carolina Corn Fest is hosted by Aw Shucks Farm on September 17th, 2022. They also host The 13th Acre Haunt in October and Burger Fest in May.
Spring and Fall field trips are available on weekday mornings, with structured activities for $10 per student/parent.
Birthday Party Packages are also available from March to Mid September.
Opens September 17 for Fall Season
Wise Acres is a USDA organic produce farm that offers U pick strawberries in mid-April to early June, Sunflowers from June to July, and U pick Pumpkins from mid-September to mid-November.
On location is Wise Pie Pizza to purchase food and drinks.
They offer wagon rides, a barrel train for ages 12 and under, climbing and swinging structures, farm animals to meet, and locally made products for purchase.
Lineberger’s Farm is located in Dallas, NC, just 30 minutes from Charlotte. The farm offers U pick, a farm store, and a seasonal pumpkin patch.
Fall season begins in mid-September.
Admission is free, with tickets purchasable for activities, including wagon rides for $6.50, duck and chicken feeding for $0.50, and more. Pumpkins are not u pick, but they do offer a free pumpkin with the purchase of a wagon ride. Pumpkins can be purchased in their store.
U pick seasons: strawberries (mid-April – June), blackberries (June – July), sunflowers (July & October), muscadines (September – October), and greens (September – October).
Shelby Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch offer fall activities including parties, an 8-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, and more. They also offer a haunted maze in October at night. There is a section of the haunted maze appropriate for younger crowds, with the rest of the maze being for older participants.
Fall Season runs September 17th – October 30, 2022, Friday through Sunday. Weekdays are reserved for large groups.
Farm admission is $13 for ages 3 +, Haunted Pass is $15 for ages 3 +
There are courtyard activities, mazes, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and over 40 other attractions to participate in.
Patterson Farm is located just north of Charlotte in Mt. Ulla, NC. The farm offers educational tours, a produce market, seasonal events, and more.
Fall Season begins September 24th, 2022 through November 5th, 2022
Fall activities include a barnyard, playground, corn maize, hayrides, train rides, pumpkin patch visits, and more.
Hours: Monday – Friday : 12 – 6 pm; Saturday – Sunday : 9 – 5 pm
Admission: Monday – Friday : $13 per person; Saturday – Sunday : $15 per person
Pumpkins are sold separately from the admission price. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
Hall Family Farm is a 4th generation farm located in Lancaster, SC just south of Charlotte. The farm offers birthday and group parties, Hall’s Kitchen dining, Fall season events, Spring season events, school tours, and more.
Fall Season: 7-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch ($0.70 cent per pound), hay ride, activities for kids, pedal go-karts, and more. There is no admission fee. There is a corn maze ($10.00 per person ages 3 and up), as well as a kids corn maze ($2.99 per person ages 3 and up). Tent with bonfire rentals are also available starting at $75.00 for 4 hours.
Spring Season: Pre-picked and U-pick strawberries, musical hayride, kids activities, and food/ drink for purchase. Hayrides are $3.50 for ages 3 and older (all ages allowed). They also have gem mining and a kids playground.
Apple Cider Donut Tour
If you can’t pick just one orchard or farm to visit, try this delicious Apple Cider Donut Tour through Western North Carolina.