Autumn is one of the prettiest seasons to experience in North Carolina. Fall also comes with unique traditions we can only experience during this time of year. So, let’s not miss out! Here are four very fall activities to do near Charlotte.
Get lost in a corn maze.
If you haven’t been to a corn maze, now is the time! With varying levels of difficulty and scariness, there’s a corn maze for everyone. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have fun with family and friends.
Aw Shucks Farm has amazing mazes every year, both scary and not scary. Plus, there are other fun activities to do there, like bonfires, scary stories, and stopping by a 1950s soda shop for homemade ice cream. If you plan to visit the maze at night, don’t forget your flashlights!
Aw Shucks Farm
3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe
Admission: $8-$10, under 3 free
Go pumpkin picking.
Pumpkin patches are a staple fall attraction in the state. If you are looking for the most authentic experience, visit a farm where you can choose a pumpkin in the field. The potential downside of this is mud and dirt. But really, that’s half the fun!
Hodges Family Farm is a great option for pumpkin picking because not only can you pick one in the field, but there are also other fun things to do with the little ones like hay rides, climbing a hay mountain, strolling through a hay maze, and more.
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte
Admission: FREE (parking is free, too!) Some activities are extra.
Attend a fall festival.
Going to a fall festival is a must-do fall activity. With so many festivals going on near Charlotte, there’s bound to be one that floats your boat!
We recommend the Carolina Renaissance Festival because it’s the one of the largest of its kind in the US. If you’re looking for an attraction where the family can enjoy a full day of theater, jousting, music, food, rides, and photo ops with all the interesting characters in attendance, this one is for you.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
$24 – Adults
$14 – Children (Ages 5-12)
$21 – Seniors (Ages 60+)
Above are box office prices. You can pre-purchase tickets for a lower price on the website!
If you’re looking for a spook, walk a haunted trail this fall season. You have quite a few “haunted” attractions to choose from in and near Charlotte. Hickory Grove Haunted Trail is one of the oldest in town and is worth a visit. Hours of operation at Hickory Grove vary, so check the website before you go!
Hickory Grove Haunted Trail
4064 Mountainview St, Gastonia
BONUS – Alternative Option:
Charlotte has fun for the active thrill-seekers, too! If you’re looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush this fall, shoot zombies while mounted on a vehicle at Zombie Attack! This attraction is bound to be full of spookiness, excitement, and laughter – so come prepared.
PBC Paintball Park, 1680 E. Main St. Rock Hill
Admission: $25 (equipment included)
Disclaimer: The zombies will chase you, but they can’t shoot back.