Don’t Miss Any Fun, Fall Activities in Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for fall activities in Columbia, SC?  As hints of cooler weather start creeping in, it’s time to pull out that calendar and make plans for fall fun. Pick some pumpkins, spend a day at a farm, hike over a trail covered in colorful leaves, indulge in some cider donuts, or attend a fall festival. There are so many places near Columbia, SC to visit for a little fall family adventure, and that’s just what you’ll find here: a list of awesome fall things to do near you!

Fall activities in Columbia, SC

What are the Best Fall Activities Near Me?

This Guide to Fall in Columbia Includes:

Fall’s Favorite Activities in Columbia, SC

Fall Events and Festivals

Fairs, festivals, and outdoor events are a pretty splendid way to spend a fall day. Hot dog and funnel cake, live music, and happy kids all make fall festivities awesome. We have a full list of Fall Festivals near Columbia, SC.

Where to Play this Fall

Places to Play Outdoors

Is there anything better than bringing the kids to the playground on a crisp fall day? Or, maybe you’d prefer a leisurely walk under a beautiful canopy of trees? You’ll find all that and more near Columbia. Check out these great parks and playgrounds near Columbia. 

Raining? Play Indoors

Did you know we have a whole guide about things to do indoors in Columbia? So, if it’s raining or even just a  bit too cold, there are lots of places you can head for some fun this fall. You can browse them all in our guide and even sort by the type of activity you’d like to try!

See some Animals: Visit a Zoo or Farm

Fall is a great time to spend the day learning about some animal friends. Check out both River Banks Zoo and Eudora Farms, or try one of these petting zoos where you can bring the kids to pet and play with animals.

Fall Treats

Visit one of the locally owned coffee shops in Columbia for delicious coffee and fall treats. There’s nothing cozier as the weather cools down than the perfect cup of coffee and snickerdoodle cookie, except maybe something pumpkin-flavored. Pumpkin muffin anyone?

Fall Day Trips and Travel

Fall weather lends itself to fabulous outdoor adventures. Check out these great day trip ideas from Columbia that are especially perfect for the fall.

For more great day trips, don’t miss our list of South Carolina Day Trips and WNC Day Trips. If you exploring small towns, don’t miss this list of Upstate, SC Day Trip Towns.

Raptor Center question and answer with an owl

Drive to the Upstate and check out Where to Find Fall Leaves to help you find gorgeous fall colors near the Upstate.

Thinking a weekend getaway might be fun? Here’s a list of Incredible Vacation Rentals Where You Can See Fall Colors and Vacation Rental Cabins With Private Indoor Pools. 

Fall Fun on the Farm: Visit farms near Columbia, SC

Visit a farm or orchard near Columbia for traditional fall activities and fun! These farms offer various things to do with your family that include corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and lots more.

Petting goats at Fox Farm

Farms and Orchards with Family Fun Near Columbia

Pumpkin Patches

Trenholm United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

We have pumpkins! Find all the pumpkin patches, big and small, local and day trip destinations, in our Columbia, SC Pumpkin Patch Guide!

Goat Daddy's Farm

144 Tomahawk Trail , Elgin, SC

Pet, feed, and learn about animals at Goat Daddy’s Farm. We would suggest setting aside at least 1 to 2 hours of your day in order to get the full Goat Daddy’s experience! There is so much to see and learn and even some opportunities for hands-on experiences!

Don’t forget to visit the farm for goat milk soap and lots more farm goodies.

The farm is open to the public every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

This farm also offers seasonal events and homeschool days, as well as classes in homesteading.



McLeod Farms

843.335.8611 29247 S.C. Hwy 151, McBee, SC

Fall pumpkin season September 30th, 2023 – November 4th, 2023
Spring strawberry season opens in early April
Summer Peach Festival held in July

McLeod Farms is a produce farm founded in 1916 in McBee, SC. Along with their U-pick patches, they offer a market with a variety of goods to purchase. They also offer school field trips.
Their strawberry and pumpkin u pick patches are off the vine.

U pick strawberry patch (April – May)
U pick pumpkin patch (October)
Corn maze (October to November)
Wagon rides
Summer Peach Festival (July)


Fall Festivities:
Wagon Ride to U-Pick Pumpkin Patch: $4 for ages 3 and older; Free for ages 2 and under
Corn Maze and Sunflower Field are priced separately
Open Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm
Open Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Fox Farm is a family-run farm that offers family visits by appointment and birthday parties on Saturdays.

Family visits:  Offers Saturday visits, by appointment only. Visits include:
Horse rides for $7.00 per child, $3.00 per adult
Visit the barn to feed and pet the farm animals.

Birthday parties: Parties cost $200 for a 2-hour time slot on Saturdays. Parties include:
Horse rides
BB gun shooting
Visits to the barnyard

Clinton Sease Farm

382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington , SC

Clinton Sease Farm is located in Lexington, SC and was established in 1940. The farm has expanded since the early 2000s to include several public attractions, including a corn maze, birthday parties, and school tours.

Sunflower fields: 
Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: September-November for ages 3 and up. Tickets for mazes include all mazes, playground access, an obstacle course, unlimited wagon rides, and a visit to the pumpkin patch (pumpkin purchased separately).
Note: The pumpkin patch has placed pumpkins, not pumpkins on the vine.

School Tours available:
Pumpkin Patch Tour (October)
Strawberry Patch Tour (April)
Garden Tour (June)

Birthday Parties are available to book from April through November

Pets are not allowed.


Doko Farm 2101 Cedar Creek Road, Blythewood, SC

Doko Farm is a working farm that was established in 1839 that specializes in pasture-raised heritage meats. The farm hosts special events in April, June, and November that the public can attend and tour the farm.

Spring Farm Fest (April)
AG and Art Tour (June)
Harvest Market at Doko Farm (November)
Farm tours
School tours
Volunteer opportunities
Purchasable pasture-raised heritage meats

Meador Acres Chestnuts LLC

803.807.8455 5525 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion, SC

Meador Acres opens in the fall for chestnut season. 

Meador Acres was established in 2010 and is a chestnut grove located in Pelion, SC that offers u pick chestnuts during the fall season once they are ready to harvest.

Contact the orchard to schedule a time to U-Pick and to check availability and pricing.


Lever Farms

803.321.5952 5057 SC Highway 34, Pomaria, SC

Open April – June for strawberry season Monday through Friday
Open Summer months from dawn until dusk
Open October for pumpkin season on Saturday 

Lever Farms is located in Newberry County and is a working farm that is open seasonally to the public. The pumpkin patch and strawberry patch offer U-pick, and visitors can pick from the vine or select pre-picked for purchase. In October, there is a corn maze, an educational wagon ride, farm animals to view, and more.

Spring field trips
Fall field trips
U-Pick Strawberries (April – June; Monday – Saturday 8 am – 6 pm)
U-Pick Pumpkins (October; Monday- Friday by appointment; Saturday 10-5; Closed Sunday)
Corn Maze (fall)

Contact Lever Farms for specific pricing

Looking for Apple Orchards?

Apple orchards near Columbia, SC, U-Pick apples Columbia, SC
We have a whole guide just for apple orchards closest to Columbia. You’ll find most of them towards the Upstate and into Western North Carolina.

Some of our favorites are:

Looking for more things to do? Here’s our huge guide to Columbia, SC.

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