Autumn is finally here, and that means it’s time to head out into the crisp, cool air and enjoy the many fall activities available to us here in Middle Tennessee!
1200 Forrest Park Drive | Nashville
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Cheekwood Harvest is one of Nashville’s most treasured autumn celebrations. The oaks, maples, dogwoods, and many other species among their thousands of trees have begun to change their colors, and activities for the whole family are being set up alongside the art exhibits, statues, and gardens surrounding Cheekwood Estate.
Families with young children are encouraged to engage with dozens of kid-friendly activities, while couples and solo patrons are free to wander the picturesque grounds.
This six-week festival includes the Halloween Pooch Party, Pumpkin Village featuring three Pumpkin Houses, a beer garden featuring special performances, Japanese Moon Viewing, and a phenomenal El Día De Los Muertos celebration. Be sure to pick up a mug of hot apple cider to warm your hands once the sun sets over the festival.
Accessibility: Cheekwood’s grounds are accessible via paved pathways that wind throughout the gardens. Most specialty gardens can be reached via stair-free routes.
Lucky Ladd Farms
4374 Rocky Glade Rd | Eagleville
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Each year, Lucky Ladd Farms hosts the fun-filled Nashville Pumpkin Festival the Travel Channel calls the #1 Pumpkin Festival in the state! What’s more, their famous corn maze has won best in the state five years in a row. Featuring a huge pumpkin patch and more than 50 attractions, activities, and exhibits designed with the whole family in mind, it’s easy to spend the whole day relaxing on this beautiful, family-owned farm.
While you’re here, enjoy seasonal handmade treats like pumpkin and apple cider donuts, kettle corn, caramel apples, and much more. Be sure to make your way through the corn maze, pick the perfect pumpkin, pet the farm’s many animals, visit exotic livestock, take a wagon and pony ride, explore a huge playground, tackle mega slides, take in educational exhibits, and of course, visit the gift shop!
Each year, Lucky Ladd Farms has thousands of pumpkins for sale. Whether you are looking for miniature decorative pumpkins, delicious pie varietals, or huge jack-o’-lantern pumpkins, they’ve got you covered.
Head over soon for the chance to snag the farm’s mums, straw bales, corn shocks, porch and yard decorations, and more. Please note that these seasonal items do sell out quickly!
Accessibility: Lucky Ladd Farms is wheelchair accessible. The barnyard, wagon ride, and playground are accessible to wheelchairs and scooters. The playground features an accessible swing.
1016 Madison Square | Madison
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Nashville Nightmare is the biggest, most terrifying haunted experience in Tennessee. Choose from five haunted houses, each designed to deliver chills and thrills, complete with animations, special effects, and actors so frightening you might just forget this is all pretend.
The Five Haunted Houses of 2022:
The creepy caretaker of Midnight Mortuary has been preparing for your arrival. The graveyard is spotless and there is a room ready just for you within the haunted mansion. Keep an eye out for the spirited guests who call the Mansion home and do your best to enjoy your night– come what may.
Horror High: All Hallows’ Eve
When a charity group is foolish enough to return to Horror High to throw a Halloween party, they catch the attention of undead trick-or-treaters who desire blood more than candy. Watch out – their false spirit is contagious, and more are sure to join their ranks.
Cursed Legends of The Deep
Witches & warlocks have called forth a sea creature who’s calling to you from inside the castle. What creatures lurk in the darkness around the castle, and why are they so restless? The pirates are here to send everything back to the deep, but the evil within wants to claim your soul for the dark lord. What will be your fate?
Dr. Hades is using his new laboratory to create a hybrid zombie/alien species. His intentions are anything but altruistic, and he may succeed in creating the most frightening alpha predator on planet Earth. Will you survive this devastating new horror?
No one wants to go to the carnival these days, so it’s no surprise the Outcast Carnival went bankrupt. The forlorn performers found no place in society, so they retreated to the sewers to make themselves a new home. Months have stretched into years, and the troupe of performers have long forgotten their years spent in the outside world. Now, they are rabid and starving, eager to wolf down anything foolish enough to venture into their disgusting domain. Will you be next?
Nashville Nightmare also offers many escape games, a bar nightmare for guests 21 and older, axe throwing, and a laser maze.
Accessibility: Nashville Nightmare is fully accessible, though the haunted experiences may contain narrow hallways, darkened areas, and low doorways. Please speak with the staff to choose the experience that is best for your needs.
3976 Dickerson Pike | Nashville
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The Beast House is the only horror house attraction on our list that claims to be truly haunted. It is hosted in the Isaac Kechem Mansion, a grand Victorian mansion whose original owner slaughtered his entire extended family, then died by suicide in 1897. Therefore, the Beast House warns all brave enough to enter that they are doing so at their own risk.
The Beast House permits visitors ages 18 and older to attempt the Beast Challenge. To begin the terrifying Money-Back Haunted House®, competitors must sign a waiver, then complete three rounds of tasks: Eat Something, Drink Something, and Do Something.
For yet more thrills, adrenaline junkies can take on The Beast Jump! This dizzying free-fall from the mansion’s rooftop is open to visitors ages 12+. Minors must present a parental waiver that has been signed on-site to participate.
1974 New Hwy 96 W | Franklin
Open in October
Gentry’s Farm is an ideal getaway for those who wish to celebrate all day–or even all weekend–enjoying the beauty of fall outdoors here in Middle Tennessee. Gentry’s corn maze sprawls over 4 acres. Plus, there is an indoor maze for rainy day fun, a pint-sized maze for young children, a log cabin, a wagon ride around the farm, happy cows grazing in the pasture, a nature trail, tire swings, and a concession stand that serves up tasty treats.
Gentry’s Farm does not allow pets.
Accessibility: Gentry’s offers accessible parking, carts, and assistance to guests with mobility challenges. Gentry’s wants all visitors to enjoy the farm regardless of their ability to explore independently. Please speak with a member of staff if you would like assistance.
Gentry’s Farm request that visitors pay with cash or local checks. The festival is weather-dependent, so please call the farm at 615.794.4368 for information if the weather looks questionable.
998 5th Ave N | Nashville
Nashville’s Oktoberfest is back! The hard-working staff are proud to be able to invite guests of all ages to enjoy German foods prepared by a multitude of restaurants and chefs, participate in dozens of activities, visit arts & crafts vendors, listen to live German music, compete in a bratwurst eating contest, cheer on the dogs as they race in the famous Dachshund Derby, run in Tennessee’s 2nd-largest 5K Race, and so much more. Guests 21 and older can enjoy masterfully brewed world-class beer.
Oktoberfest will be open rain or shine. Prost!