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Fall in Florida: A Photoessay

pumpkin patch

Fall has finally come. As I scan through feeds of ironic “fall in Florida” photographs, I ponder what fall in Florida really looks like. There are no drives in the country to see the leaves turn color, and there are certainly no pumpkins growing on our beaches. Yet fall is still my favorite season in Florida. As the temperatures fall from the 90s to the 80s, you will find more and more people enjoying the great outdoors in Florida, even if the leaves don’t change color. In celebration of fall’s beginning, I combed through last year’s fall photos looking for the best of fall in Florida. Here it is:

Frenchy's Rockaway patio
It’s finally cool enough to eat outside again in the evenings. The patio at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater, FL is always a good choice.
stone crab claws
Stone Crab festivals abound as Stone Crab season begins (October 15th). These claws are from Frenchy’s.
The boating season is year-round in Florida.
Clearwater Jazz holiday
Outdoor concerts are a big deal in Florida this time of year. Clearwater Jazz Holiday is my perennial favorite.
Dunedin Wines the Blues
Dunedin Wines the Blues always brings some great blues music to Pioneer Park in November.
flims in the park
Every Friday in October, Dunedin hosts outdoor movies in Pioneer Park.
beach volleyball
It’s still great weather for beach volleyball on Clearwater Beach.
pumpkin patch
We may not grow pumpkins here, but we definitely have plenty of pumpkin patches in Florida.
Beetlejuice and Lydia win big in Peggy O’s Halloween costume contest in downtown Palm Harbor.

The vast majority of these images probably don’t fit with how most people in the U.S. think of fall, but they are all too familiar for those living in Florida. I’ve come to love it for what it is.




Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

One thought on “Fall in Florida: A Photoessay

  1. I have been to Florida quite a few times but I would certainly recall my visit in November was the best. Yes, sweet November, the air was so clean and crisp with a perfect temperature to remain outdoors day and night.

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