Pumpkin Patches & Christmas Tree Farms
During the fall and winter seasons, stop by the pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms of Ocala/Marion County!
Picking During the Holidays
While you are saving the berry-picking for the spring and summer, Ocala/Marion County offers picking to get you feeling really festive in the fall and winter. Can you guess what those are? Pumpkins and Christmas trees!
Local favorite pumpkin patches include The Pickin’ Patch and Timberline Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. In the friendly town of Dunnellon, nestled in southwest Ocala/Marion County, The Pickin’ Patch is a sure way to get into the autumn mood. Bring the whole family, grab a wagon and pick pumpkins of all unique shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, visitors can pick sunflowers too! The pumpkin patch at Timberline Farm in Belleview is just as fun. Not only can you pick your favorite pumpkin, but you can explore the corn maze and ride a pony.
Pumpkin patch season rolls right on into the time for Christmas trees, and Ocala/Marion County continues to deliver. There are not many places in Florida where you can select and cut your own Christmas tree, yet Ocala/Marion County is one of them.
Christmas Tree Farms
Nicholas’ Christmas Tree Farm offers four types of trees for you to choose and cut, Sand Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress and Arizona Cypress. Nicholas’ also sells fresh vegetables, raw honey, pure bees wax and candles. Nicholas’ is located at 14260 SE 80th Ave. in Summerfield, a town in south Ocala/Marion County.
Gibbs Christmas Tree Farm offers more than just tree cutting at their farm, they also have hayrides and a petting zoo. Gibbs has four different trees to choose and cut from, Sand Pine, Red Cedar, Arizona Cypress and Northern Fraser Firs. Gibbs is located at 9740 E. Hwy 318 in Citra, located on the north side of the destination.
Kandy Kane Christmas Treeland, another Choose-N-Cut Farm, opens for season the Friday after Thanksgiving in Anthony. Kandy Kane provides saws, hole drilling and wrap for the tree for the journey home. If you want a pre-cut tree, the farm also offers freshly cut premier Fraser Firs from North Carolina.
For more of a tree picking adventure, you can venture into the Ocala National Forest to cut down your own Sand Pine Christmas tree. For permits and rules, please visit FS.USDA.gov or contact Lake George Ranger station at (352) 625-2520.
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