Cleveland’s Best Fall Activities
Looking for a fun fall activity for the whole family? Aside from the many fall festivals happening in and around Northeast Ohio (check out our Calendar for the extensive list), there are also many venues you can visit that have loads of kid-friendly fall activities. Here are four of Cleveland’s best fall activities. These are great venues not too far from us that are open every weekend in October (and some of them during the week, too!).
Patterson Fruit Farm
Apple picking? Check! Pumpkin painting? Check! Enormous pile of hay for kids to play in? Check! Gorgeous outdoor venue with loads of kid-friendly activites? Check! Patterson Fruit Farm is about 30 minutes from Cleveland in Geauga County & has all of Cleveland’s best fall activities. The’s loads to do at Patterson’s and chances are if you’ve lived in Northeast Ohio for long, you’ve probably been here. One of the coolest things about this particular venue is the barn full-o-hay – there are slides, poles, and giant tire swings that your kids will happily exhaust themselves with, but be prepared to pick hay out of your children’s hair afterwards. There are loads of other kid-friendly activities here as well, but don’t forget to head back into the woods to slide down the giant slide and climb in the tree house. When you’re finished with the Fall Fest activities, go pick some apples & check out their farmers market! Family Fun Fest days are from September 15th – October 28th. The cost is $5 per person on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Check out their website for more information.
This farm is a little further out there in Trumbull County (about a 50 minute drive), but it’s well worth the trip. This lesser-known family-run farm is a true gem. When it comes to Cleveland’s best fall activities, this place has a petting zoo with a large assortment of animals (when we visited, we pet a baby cow, several goats, piglets, and kittens, and we fed an emu) a playground with small bouncy house & sandbox, and SO MANY PUMPKINS! Older children and daring adults can take a run through their corn maze, which we were told takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, even for the man who created it. They also offer pumpkin painting and have a small farmers market. To visit the farm is free. A hay ride is $5.50, the corn maze is $5.50, or you can do both for $10. You can also opt for the full package for $12.50, which includes a stop at a pumpkin patch on your way back to the farm from the hay ride to pick a large pumpkin. The place is called Ridgeview for a reason – the view and the scenery are gorgeous. This is hands down one of the best places to see fall foliage.
Ma & Pa’s
This is another smaller farm venue that offers a few of Cleveland’s best fall activities without the crowds of Patterson. They have a small recreational area with a swing set for the kids, lawn furniture for the adults, and hammocks for whoever claims them first. They offer horse-drawn (!) hay rides, pumpkin painting, and other crafts for children. All hay rides include a maple cookie and a glass of cider! They run from the 3rd weekend in September through October on weekends only, between noon and 4PM. Adults are $4, children $3, kids under 3 are free.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
What better way to see the fall colors than zipping through the countryside on a train? Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers Fall Flyer rides, which take you right through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Fall Flyer is a 2-hour nonstop train ride right through the park, and it is absolutely GORGEOUS when the leaves are in full color. It runs on Saturdays and Sundays in October starting on October 6, departing from Rockside Station (Independence) on Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Northside Station (Akron) on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 (kids under 3 are free) but there are multiple options. See their website for more information.
Looking for other fun kid-friendly venues in Cleveland? Check out our review of family friendly restaurants!