One of our favorite fall adventures is the annual Mum Fest at Lake Anna in Barberton, Ohio. It falls on or around the weekend near our anniversary each year -- so depending on the activities of the weekend, we try to attend. We used to take the kids when they were younger, as there are a lot of kid-friendly activities there. This year, though, my hubby and I went alone -- and strolled around the lake enjoying an unseasonably warm and sunny day. It was perfection.
There is a gazebo for bands and vocal groups, inflatable activities and face-painting for kids, food vendors, a sand sculptor, an ice carver, a water-ski show, many craft booths, and a hillside devoted to more colors than you can imagine of mums.
A beautiful arch of mums is created each year as a spot for a photo opportunity.
In addition to all of the mums on display, there is a gated area that you can enter in order to purchase mums. There is a ticketed holding area for your purchased mums if you still are wanting to walk around without carrying them.
The 10-acre lake sits in the middle of a 21-acre park, and all of the original Barberton streets radiate out from the lake/park. It's really a beautiful and peaceful setting, and is a special adventure for us each and every time.