It’s pretty safe to say that we here at Miami Mom Collective LOVE fall. From our annual Fall Events & Activities Guide chock full of things to add to your fall bucket list, fall craft ideas, and a DIY pumpkin cold brew recipe, we’re here for all the fall magic we can make. And if you’re thinking about planning some fun fall getaways, we’ve got you covered there, too!
Here are 6 fall getaways to escape on this year:
St. Petersburg, FL
I love visiting the beautiful beach town of St. Petersburg. Who couldn’t love the city that holds the record for the most consecutive days of sunshine? The city’s Mediterranean architecture makes me feel like I am somewhere in the middle of Spain. Moreover, the city is home to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. There are lots of charming restaurants and bars in Downtown St. Pete. Stop by the modern St. Pete Pier which is a whole exPIERience with playgrounds, restaurants, events, a marketplace, and so many things to do.
Since I am a nature gal, one of my favorite places in the area is the Sunken Gardens. It is definitely more pleasant through this 100-year-old botanical garden in more moderate fall temperatures than in the scalding Florida summers. Here you get to discover thousands of exotic plants, cascading waterfalls, butterflies, and even flamingos.
Interested in hitting the beach in the fall? No problem. St Pete has one of the most beautiful beaches with clear water and powdered sugar sand. If you do, make sure to check out the spectacular Don CeSar hotel known as the “pink palace.” Or stop by the historic waterfront Fort de Soto Park for some family fun.
Captiva Island, FL
Captiva is one of my favorite Florida places to visit in the fall. The small beach town is on Florida’s east coast just north of Sanibel, only a 3-hour car ride away from Miami. The calm, quiet water is still warm during this time of the year. The sunsets are truly spectacular and you get to experience nightly sunset celebrations on the beach. The vibe is very laid back. It is easy to get around the island in their trolley. OR you can pick a much more fun option and rent your own golf cart to explore. Captiva has lots of quirky restaurants such as The Bubble Room. Its crazy decorations reminded me of Christmas meets Alice in Wonderland meets Magic Show. But you have to see it for yourself and try their famous Bubble Bread.
The Chaz River, FL
Fall is a great time to get back out into nature here in Florida. The cooler weather means more time outside, and fewer mosquitoes!
The Chassahowitzka River (aka The Chaz) is on Florida’s central Gulf Coast. About a 5hr drive from Miami.
You can rent kayaks, canoes, Jon boats, or paddleboards. Or you can also launch your own vessel. It’s a 5-minute paddle from the ramp to the Seven Sisters Springs, where you go from murky river water to find water so clear it feels like it was a man-made pool.
The Chaz is an excellent place for wildlife spotting. Our faves are the manatees that come into the rivers to get away from the cooler ocean water this time of year. As you maneuver up through creeks and coves, whole manatee families can come right up to your boat if you are quiet enough.
The Chaz is also only about 30 minutes from Crystal River and 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
This is a great place to spend a few days decompressing. Be it at the campsite in an RV or tent, at a nearby vacation rental, or hotel. It’s also a great day trip place as it is only about an hour from Tampa.
St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine is an excellent place for a fun family fall getaway. The activities, the food, the ambiance make it fun for all ages. From the Castillo de San Marco to the Colonial Quarter, every corner is just steeped in history. As you walk the streets of the old city or visit the Old Jail, you are transported back centuries.
The attractions are not only informative but entertaining. Whether you watch an actual blacksmith make iron handles at the Fountain of Youth or go on a scavenger hunt at the Pirate museum, the whole family will have a blast!
For some more adventure-seeking families, a rope course above the Alligator Farm might be up your alley. Looking for a less adrenaline-boosting activity? Head to the beach!
See it all while on the convenient “hop on hop off” trollies that can take you to many local attractions that might be further away. After visiting the sights, take a walk through the old city for some fantastic restaurants. Or if you prefer, there are also some great places to eat on the water.
This place is a must-see for anyone looking for a “close enough to drive, far enough to feel away from home” destination.
Blue Ridge, GA
Are you a fellow Miamian in search of all things fall? Dying to wear your favorite cozy sweater and those boots hiding in the back of your closet? “Sweater weather” is just a scenic drive away found in beautiful Blue Ridge, GA.
For years my husband and I have visited Blue Ridge just in time to see the beautiful leaves change and enjoy our drive through the mountains to find the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and cheese.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit. The weather is PERFECT, high of 65 on the warmer days. And there’s so much to do, from apple pickin’ to flea market hunting. Here are the 4 must-do things in Blue Ridge, GA:
- Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sights along one of the many overlooks along the way. Perfect for photo ops!
- Go apple picking and enjoy all of the yummy treats at the orchid. It’s not just pies; there’s bread, ciders and so much more. Your little ones will love running through the orchids and finding the perfect apple.
- Make sure to stop at one of the MANY wineries and breweries. Previously a dry county, after some change in laws over the years there are over 15 different wineries and breweries throughout the TriState area.
- Visit the markets! From farmer’s markets to flea markets, they are filled with lots of great finds from the wonderful locals. Antiques and trinkets, candles, and baked goods are some of my favorite things to search for.
Miami is known for its amazing weather year-round, but if you’re looking for some fall activities and fall weather you may want to consider looking elsewhere!
Last year we were all taken back by COVID 19 and our new pandemic way of life. I decided that for Halloween I would take my kids to experience some real fall weather and some outdoor adventures! We packed up our costumes and our sweaters and headed north! Our initial destination was in Georgia but Hurricane Zeta had other plans. After a few detours, we ended up near Chimney Rock, North Carolina.
During our trip, we visited all the nearby cities including Asheville, Hendersonville, and Lake Lure. The kids’ favorite part of the trip was visiting Grandads apple farm in Hendersonville. We picked apples, ate apple pie, and drank cider. The kids made their way through a corn maze and were rewarded with some delicious apple cinnamon doughnuts.
We spent Halloween bouncing around restaurants and breweries in Asheville and ended our night in the town of Chimney Rock–an adorable little town full of charm and very kid-friendly!
Overall I recommend making a trip to all of these little towns in North Carolina to get a real feel for some fall weather and fun!
What about you? What are some fall getaways you’d recommend to our audience? Share your ideas in the comments and join in the fun!