Road Trip Ideas for Fall Fun

Road surrounded by trees with beautiful fall colors

Fall is in the air.. Ok, maybe not quite, but it is coming and if the promise of some crisp fall weather has you itching to hit the road in search of even more fall fun, we’ve got some ideas for you!

Pumpkin Festival, Play by Day, Glow by Night at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia

Glow in the dark pumpkin stack on a hay bale

Play by day as you enjoy family-friendly park attractions and special fall entertainment featuring some of your favorite classic storybook characters! Then, you’ll glow by night in a whole new light with more than double the glow for 2019!

Experience day and night adventures during Pumpkin Festival with an All-Attractions Pass or Mountain Membership.

You’ll also find festival favorites from pie eating contests to carnival games that will keep the fall fun going as day turns into night!

Save up to $10 on tickets when in costume! For more information or to purchase tickets visit their Website!

OWA Fall Festival

Little girl in a pumpkin patch bliwing a kiss

The go-to spot all things fall activities, from friendly ghost to scary ghouls, has just grown again! OWA is welcoming an inaugural Fall Festival with a kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. The all new Fall Festival—an outdoor, multi-weekend event—will expand the lineup of seasonal fan favorites, which also includes OWA’s signature haunted house, Town of Terror, and the amusement park’s family-friendly Park After Dark series.

After the big kick-off on Saturday, September 21 at 4pm, OWA’s Fall Festival can be enjoyed every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 3. The outdoor festival will feature a variety of family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pony and camel rides, food trucks, and artisans, plus 2 different corn mazes. OWA is also introducing their signature “blue pumpkin” this year during the Festival, which will be available for purchase. The Festival is free to enter, while some activities may require purchase.

In addition to your favorite fall activities, the inaugural festival will also feature a recurring special Tribal exposition with assistance from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Members and Cultural Team. Every Saturday during the festival, guests can walk through the OWA Tribal Exhibit, complete with authentic and replica artifacts from the Tribe’s history, enjoy live demonstrations and speakers, as well as hands-on experiences with a variety of Tribal artisans. This exhibit is free to enjoy.

Stick around until nightfall and enjoy the festival’s haunted corn maze that opens at dusk. If that isn’t scary enough, hop on over to Downtown OWA and try your luck inside the Hotel MitcHELL haunted house, also opening on Sept. 21.

Visit the OWA Website to plan your trip!

Fall Family fun Days at Cook Museum of Natural Science

Chilcdren in costumes looking down at camera

A fun weekend of activities, crafts, and science at the Fall Family Fun Days on October 26-27! Activities* will take place rain or shine on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm, and Sunday Noon – 4 pm. Kids are welcome to dress up in their favorite costume! View the schedule of events below for times of activities.

Activities include:
– Multiple LIVE animal presentations (hourly)
– Stories in the Cave (hourly)
– Kids crafts
– Family photo opportunities
– Nature’s Table Café at Cook Museum will have a special smoothie with gummy worms available

*Activities will take place inside the museum and its exhibits.
*Admission to the museum includes all activities for that day.
*Members can participate in activities for free.

Historic Banning Mills

Take in the beauty of the changing leaves as you make your way to the Historic Banning Mills in North Georgia.

Banning Mills is a premier adventure resort and offers activities for every member of the family, even those who’d prefer to keep their feet on the ground. Outside of the ziplining experiences, visitors can enjoy incredible dining, an on-site spa, hiking, history and a Birds of Prey Show. In addition, kayaking, horseback riding, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two miniature golf courses and several nature trails are all free of charge to all Banning Mills’ guests.

Book a stay in one of their Swiss Family Robinson style tree house rooms for the ultimate “part of nature” vacation!

Tree house hotel room in the woods of North Georgia

Harvest Festival at Dollywood

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must see destination for Fall. Guests can play by day and see Great Pumpkin LumiNights glow by night. There’s something for everyone to explore this season.

Light up butterfly display at Dollywood

With new experiences around every corner this season’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights glows even brighter. New Pumpkin displays, unique treats, entertainment and so much more are waiting for you! New this year, our pumpkins will glow in our new land, Wildwood Grove. Click here to plan your Smokey Mountain Getaway

Colorfest in Mentone Ala

Since 1983, visitors have enjoyed the breathtaking fall colors and season at the annual Mentone Colorfest. This event is filled with arts, crafts, great food, live entertainment and much more. Located at the scenic Mentone Brow Park along with downtown Mentone on Saturday & Sunday, October 19th and 20th.

For more information visit their website

If your schedule doesn’t allow for a road trip, no worries! We have plenty of fall festivals and fun happening right here in Birmingham! Make sure to check our list of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals so you don’t miss out on anything!

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