The days are crisp and sunny, so grab the fam and get out and enjoy some of the fun the Carolinas have to offer. Here are 3 ways you can do just that:
1. Mazes, pumpkins and apples
Stop by the Farmer Ganyard Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC for hayrides, corn and hay mazes, a barn market and a pumpkin patch.
In Taylors, SC, take the kiddos to a non-scary Enchanted Forest, an Upstate favorite.
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze near Garner, NC is a ten-acre fall playground that is home to the state’s first and longest-running corn maze. There is also a small maze for kids, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family games such as miniature golf and gourd checkers.
The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres in Huntersville, NC is open this October during maze hours. Take a hayride around the farm, play corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in the giant 6-acre maze and mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike, pick a pumpkin and more.
(For a complete list of corn mazes and pumpkin patches in North Carolina, go to VisitNC.com.)
2. Fall festivals and events
On Oct. 8, enjoy the Pumpkin Parade and Festival in, wait for it, Pumpkintown, SC, just a short drive from Greenville, SC.
The 39th Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 15 – 16 in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk, NC.
Visit Tweetsie Railroad Oct. 1, 7–8, 14–15, 21–22, 28–29 for special Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Then take a frightfully fun journey into the night on the Ghost Train. Advance tickets required.
3. Fall exhibits
At the NC Zoo in Asheboro, Howl-o-ween, Batology and Boo at the Zoo are just a few of the special events planned for October.
During October, Carowinds, between Charlotte and Fort Mill, becomes Scarowinds. Wander through eerie exhibits and watch a scary movie, then ride the rides through the dark of night.
Beginning Oct. 22 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, The Secret World Inside You exhibition begins. Get an introduction to the community of creatures that your immune system, digestive system and brain rely on every day.
Oct. 21-22, lovers of everything creative can browse through Art on the Trail in Traveler’s Rest, SC.
Visit ourupstatesc.info for a complete list of October events in Upstate South Carolina.