Corn mazes and pumpkin patches near Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota 2017
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Tampa Bay is a region that rings fall just as well as it does any other cool time of the year.

After sitting in stifling heat and humidity since April, the Tampa Bay region hugs fall like a mama bear hugs her cubs. There aren’t any leaves that change colors here (it’s still too warm for that), but the area celebrates the fall season by doing what Floridians do: go to the beach and hit up a great pumpkin patch and corn maze. Here are the best venues where you can pick out the perfect pumpkin and get lost in a corn maze for fall.

Remember, when you see “various times” beside a date, please contact the venue for specific dates and times of operation.

Minion Corn Mazes at Harvest Moon Farm
Now until Oct. 29th @ Various Times
15990 Stur St., Masaryktown, FL 34604
(1-800) 373-4811

At this Hernando County farm, it’s all about the mazes. The Harvest Moon Farm will become home to one of the largest corn mazes in the Tampa Bay area, and this season, the maze will be drawn out to celebrate 99.6 QYK. If you’re able to complete the maze, you’ll get the chance to become the farmer of the year. Now, how awesome is that?

Bucs Squad for Youth Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 21 @ 3 pm - 6 pm
One Buccaneer Pl., Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-2700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will put on a pumpkin patch for the kids. On Oct. 21, kids will be able to go to One Buc Place, the Buccaneers head offices and practice facility, to participate in the second annual pumpkin patch. While there will be an admission fee here, it will be a wonderful experience for the family to not only see where their beloved Bucs practice, but to also pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween or that pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
Oct. 28 & 29 @ 11 am - 6 pm
The Grove -- 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
No Phone Number

The Wesley Chapel Grove has been open for the past 13 years, and for that same amount of time, this shopping center has provided families with the opportunity to get that quality pumpkin for fall. The 13th Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival will, among its many attractions, provide a pumpkin patch that will also make for one cool family photo.

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 27-29 @ Various Times
The Premier Sports Campus -- 595 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
(941) 757-1582

For three days at the end of October, Sarasota County will be taken over by pumpkin fever. The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival will provide a weekend full of fun for the entire family. Among the attractions will be a pumpkin patch with a wide variety of pumpkins for families to choose from. Also, a corn maze will be offered for those who love to get lost in a field of corn. Many families from all over the Bay Area make the trek to Lakewood Ranch for this festival, and you should too.