As the vibrant greens of summer gradually transform into the warm, earthy hues of autumn, the Crystal Coast of North Carolina comes alive with a cornucopia of fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and delightful local flavors. If you’re planning a visit to this stunning coastal region, you’re in for a treat.
In this fall guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the Crystal Coast. We will be highlighting the best pumpkin patches, family-friendly activities, fun and seasonal festivals, and even some cozy local coffee shops to warm up your fall adventure. So, let’s dive in and explore the wonders of fall on the Crystal Coast.
Pumpkin Patches on the Crystal Coast: Where to Go
While the Crystal Coast is typically renowned for its stunning beaches, during the fall season, it transforms into a picturesque setting that could easily be the star of an upcoming Hallmark movie.
At every turn, you’ll encounter charming local stands proudly displaying pumpkins for sale. It’s a seamless transition – bidding farewell to watermelons and welcoming the arrival of pumpkins, adding a touch of autumnal magic to our coastal paradise.
Mike’s Farm – A Pumpkin Paradise
Mike’s Farm is a beloved gem that captures the essence of fall. This family-owned haven is a cherished destination for both locals and visitors, and stepping onto its grounds feels like entering a scene from your favorite autumn fairy tale.
When you arrive at Mike’s Farm, you’ll immediately be greeted by the vibrant orange hues of pumpkin patches stretching as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re in search of a petite pumpkin for your windowsill or a colossal one to adorn your front porch, Mike’s Farm has you covered. You can’t beat the joy of handpicking your perfect pumpkin!
But the pumpkin-picking adventure is just the beginning. Mike’s Farm offers a plethora of activities that cater to the entire family. Venture into their sprawling corn maze, where you can challenge your wits and navigate your way through twists and turns. For the little ones, the farm boasts a petting zoo filled with friendly farm animals eager for a pat on the back and a chat.
Don’t forget to hop aboard the delightful cow train, a favorite among children and adults alike. As you chug along through the scenic surroundings, you’ll be transported into the heart of the fall season. And for a sweet touch, indulge in their homemade apple cider and ice cream, the epitome of autumn flavors.
Mike’s Farm goes beyond the typical pumpkin patch experience. It’s a place where families cultivate cherished memories, fill the air with laughter, and bring the magic of fall to life. From the warm hospitality of the staff to the serene rural landscape, Mike’s Farm is an integral part of the Crystal Coast’s fall tapestry, making it a must-visit destination during your autumn adventure.
Garner’s Fall Festival
If you’re seeking an unforgettable fall experience that encompasses all the classic autumn activities, look no further than Garner’s Fall Festival. This seasonal extravaganza is your one-stop destination for all things fall.
The admission package includes entry to their sprawling corn maze, delightful hayrides, and access to so much more! Whether you want to conquer the maze, engage in dual racing pipe slides, conquer the tire mountain with a kiddie pipe slide, hop aboard the barrel train, or simply spend time with friendly farm animals, Garner’s Fall Festival has it all.
As an added bonus, both admission packages include a $3 pumpkin voucher to help you get started on your pumpkin picking adventure. Garner’s Fall Festival offers group rates for parties of 8 or more, making it a fantastic choice for family outings, friends’ gatherings, or school field trips. Go and immerse yourself in the spirit of fall at Garner’s Fall Festival.
Atlantic Beach: Fall Adventures
You can continue your fall adventure in the Atlantic Beach area. While this coastal paradise doesn’t have dedicated pumpkin patches, it exudes its own unique charm during the fall season.
Looking for the perfect place for your family to wind down after a busy day at the patch? Head over to the beach! It’s the ideal spot to bring your pumpkins, take some pictures, and collect shells as souvenirs from your day of pumpkin picking. With fewer crowds, you’ll easily find a peaceful spot to relax and savor the serenity of the Crystal Coast.
The Market at Cedar Point
For a taste of local treasures and artisanal delights, don’t miss a visit to The Market at Cedar Point. Nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast, this charming market offers a delightful array of fresh fall produce, including pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, handcrafted goods, and unique finds.
The Market at Cedar Point is your destination for farm-fresh ingredients, one-of-a-kind pumpkin-themed decorations, and a taste of the Crystal Coast’s distinctive fall charm. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in local culture, there’s no better spot. Explore the best of the season at this unique market. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the flavors and spirit of autumn during your fall adventure.
Beaufort Wine and Food Oyster Roast: A Celebration of Flavor and Community
Beaufort Wine and Food is thrilled to announce the return of the annual Oyster Roast. We cherish this event as it encapsulates the essence of fall along the Crystal Coast. Picture the crisp fall air, live music filling the atmosphere, and an array of delectable oysters prepared in a variety of mouthwatering ways—steamed, raw, fried—you name it.
It’s a true celebration of the oyster, a coastal treasure. But that’s not all; no BWF event is complete without the finest in libations. Expect a delightful selection of local craft beer from Fishtowne Brew House and wines by David Milligan Selections. Don’t forget to check out the spirits including Woodford Reserve, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wicked Weed, Sycamore, R&D beer, and more.
Your ticket not only offers sensory delight but also supports a local cause, soon to be revealed. Each ticket purchased is a step toward helping others in our community. Join us for this unforgettable fall celebration of flavor and community.
Apple Fest + Fall BBQ Cook-Off: A Festive Autumn Extravaganza
Attendees are invited to join in the merriment at the 3rd Annual Apple Fest, a jubilant celebration of one of North Carolina’s most cherished autumn treasures—Fall Mountain Apples.
Whether one prefers apples by the bag or the case, a treat awaits. Delightful arrays of apple-themed foods and drinks are available from both food trucks and vendors. Guests can indulge in classics like funnel cakes and apple cider and savor the unique flavors of apple beers and wines.
The festival offers even more fall fun, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, exploration of farm village shops/vendors, and more. Music and karaoke will fill the air, guaranteeing there’s never a dull moment. With festivities, flavors, and fall delights there’s something for everyone.
Fall Festivals and Local Flavors
No fall guide to the Crystal Coast would be complete without a nod to the enchanting fall festivals and local coffee shops. After a day of pumpkin picking and maze navigating, warm up with a visit to one of the region’s cozy coffee shops. They are bursting with fall flavors and can create a craft coffee unlike no other!
Your Next Hay Ride Stop – Home (For the next week or so anyway)
As the cool breezes of autumn sweep across the Crystal Coast, it’s the perfect time to visit the shore. With pumpkin patches aplenty and charming fall festivals, the Crystal Coast beckons with open arms.
Locals and travelers alike flock to the Crystal Coast for fall fun. With its scenic beauty, pumpkin patches, and authentic experiences, it’s a must see. And don’t forget to savor the serene beauty of the beach as you wrap up your unforgettable fall adventure.
After a fun day of hitting everything on your fall bucket list, you’ll need a place to kick your feet up! Here at Bluewater, we love being able to provide your home away from home. Make memories without worrying about your stay while having a great time. With us, you’ll be excited to lay your head down.
From heated pools, hot tubs, game rooms, and gorgeous views, we have it all! Plus, don’t forget to bring your furry bestie with our dog-friendly stays. Make your fall getaway complete by choosing Bluewater and enjoy the ultimate comfort and relaxation on the Crystal Coast.