10 Best Hayrides in Orlando You Should Not Miss

Aug 01, 2023

10 best hayrides near Orlando
By Westgate Resorts

10 Best Hayrides in Orlando You Should Not Miss

What comes to mind when you think of fall in Florida? You may envision beaches near Orlando or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Or you might enjoy the still-feels-like-summer atmosphere as temperatures stay warm well into the season.

While you may still be able to jet ski in Orlando well into October, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy traditional fall activities like hayrides, picking pumpkins and corn mazes!

Get ready to embrace autumn, Orlando-style, with our top 10 best haunted (and not so haunted) hayrides in the city, scarecrow-approved.

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Haunted Hayrides in Orlando

What makes a hayride haunted? Well, it depends on who you ask. Some say a haunted hayride should take place on a historic farm with history running through its roots. Others say haunted counts for any ride that comes with a spooky story and some scary thrills mixed in.

Whatever your spin is on spooky season, this list of 10 best hayrides in Orlando offers fun for friends, families and date nights to remember.

1 | The Haunting of River Ranch | Make your way to Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo for a one-of-a-kind spooktacular. Feel tingles run down your spine in a hayride guided by a never-before-told spooky tale and wander through a haunted house before making your way to the family-friendly fall fair.

Pose for photos and pick out a pumpkin to take home. It’s guaranteed to be a scary good time!

WHERE: 3200 River Ranch Blvd, River Ranch, FL 33867 | WHO: (863) 692-1321



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2 | Green Meadows Petting Farm | Green Meadows Petting Farm is home to a wide array of adorable animals that you can get up close with during your visit. Give a chicken a hug, pet a pig or spend some time with a pony. If you're lucky, you may even see a peacock or two.

During the fall season, activities include hayrides, pumpkin-picking and a beautiful trail of pumpkins featuring a gorgeous display of jack o’ lanterns.

WHERE: 1368 S Poinciana Blvd #4100, Kissimmee, FL 34746 | WHO: (407) 846-0770


3 | Long and Scott Farms | Long and Scott Farms lies in Mount Dora, roughly a 37-minute drive from Downtown Orlando. Mount Dora is famous for its amazing antique shops filled with vintage collectibles and special seasonal celebrations.

Fall at Long and Scott Farms is the perfect place for a fall-tastic time in Orlando. First off, you'll want to take a crack at Scott's Maze Adventures. It all began with a seven-acre corn field, and now, it’s an incredible, interactive corn maze filled with clues to help you reach the end.

When you catch one of the farm’s hayrides, you can learn all about the history of the farm before grabbing some refreshments from the cafe or one of the local food vendors.

WHERE: 26216 County Rd 448A, Mt Dora, FL 32757 | WHO: (352) 383-6900


4 | Southern Hills Farm | For a charming fall afternoon, visit this lovingly tended, family-owned farm situated across 120 acres of beautiful land in Clermont, Florida. Clermont is about half an hour away from Orlando, so the trip to the farm offers a short drive with a chance to build excitement for the kiddos.

The Southern Hills Farm Fall Festival is a local tradition, which includes a bountiful pumpkin patch, petting zoo, market barn, food truck barn, playground barn and, of course, hayrides.

WHERE: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL 34714 | WHO: (407) 986-5806


5 | Painted Oaks Academy | The Painted Oaks Academy is a family-owned, historical ranch in East Orlando. Every fall, it offers a variety of family-friendly activities that include a corn maze, hayrides and a pumpkin patch.

It’s the best place for a hauntingly ghoul time! The annual Pumpkin Patch & Ponies Festival offers hayrides, train rides and pony rides for a small fee. Pumpkins go for $1 per pound. On Saturdays and Sundays, there’s also live music and food!

WHERE: 15100 Lake Pickett Rd Orlando, FL 32820 | WHO: (407) 929-0970


6 | Harvest Holler Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch | You’re in for an a-maze-ing time at Harvest Holler. This beloved, kid-friendly corn maze and pumpkin patch promises oodles of fall fun for the whole family.

In addition to fun activities, you can stop by Maw-Maw’s Country Store for some sweet tea and homemade cobblers. Meanwhile, you can grab a bite from Paw-Paw's Vittles, complete with all the country fixings. There are hot dogs, cheeseburgers, French fries and more to enjoy out in the autumn sunshine.

The star attraction is the “See the Animals” hayride, which pulls you along on a tractor as you get to catch a glimpse of the adorable farm animals.

WHERE: 950 Tavares Rd, Polk City, FL 33868 | WHO: (352) 895-8687


7 | Club Lake Plantation | The fall festivities at Club Lake include not one but two hayrides, a corn maze, a special maze for toddlers, a Cow Wash, play areas and so much more!

You’ll see pumpkins piled high outside the country store, with friendly scarecrows perched among them. There’s simply no shortage of gourd-geous fall photo ops when you wander the grounds.

WHERE: 3403 Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL 32712 | WHO: (407) 703-2707


8 | Stanley Pond Adventure Farm | Stanley Pond specializes in year-round entertainment, bringing the magic of the great outdoors to families with kids of all ages.

In the summer, the farm’s splash pads and slides make the perfect way to cool off. And come September, the Fall Festival delights with a variety of attractions like Uncle Jack’s Jumping Pillow, Tacoma’s Horse Rides and Old Man Dan and the Bucking Bulls.

You’ll also find hayrides and pumpkin-picking galore, so get ready for a frightfully good time!

WHERE: 15426 County Road 48, Astatula, FL 34705 | WHO: (321) 228-7608


9 | Partin Ranch Corn Maze | From early October through early November, you can stop by Partin Ranch on Saturday or Sunday for a jack-o’-gleaming good time.

You’ll be able to navigate two exciting mazes, pet the farm animals and give a gourd a new home from the pumpkin patch. There’s also a kid zip line, pony rides and a choo-choo barrel train.

During Halloween week, kids 12 and under who arrive in costume get free admission!

WHERE: 5601 N Canoe Creek Rd, Kenansville, FL 34739 | WHO: (407) 709-7250


10 | Harvest Fields Corn Maze and Hayride | Duck races, a corn cannon, hay fort and haunted hayride all await, along with Central Florida’s largest corn maze!

Harvest Fields promises hours of laughter, fun and fall photo ops during the day. Come nightfall, kids 10+ and adults can enjoy the Fields of Fright Haunted Hayride as they’re driven across the old trails of this 100-acre farm.

WHERE: 3000 N Spring Garden Ave, DeLand, FL 32724 | WHO: (386) 801-1810


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Feel the Fall Spirit in Orlando!

While Florida may not see the same colorful autumn leaves and crisp fall air as the rest of the east coast, it doesn’t fall short on Halloween spirit! With these fall festivities, you’re bound to have a pumpkin-perfect time!

Besides all the fall festivities, you can also check out the best arcades in Orlando, all the indoor activities Orlando locals recommend and the best airboat rides Orlando has to offer!

For more fall travel tips and guides, visit our Westgate Resorts Travel Blog.


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* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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