It’s apple-picking, pumpkin-patching, latte-sipping, bonfire-having, giant sweatshirt-wearing season. The most wonderful time of the year. The corridor has so many great options for every kind of autumn-lover out there. So grab that PSL (if you’re a degenerate who likes those things), settle in, and plan your fall outings with us.
I would be remiss if I didn’t note that we still have to be mindful of all things Covid and Derecho when thinking about our fall activities. So it’s always wise to double-check websites for hours, guidelines, and attractions.
- U-Pick: The orchard is still recovering from the Derecho but apples are ready for picking!
- Cost: Free admission. Apples sold by the pound.
- Hours: Mon-Fri 10- 4pm, Sat- Sun 10am- 5pm
Just minutes from the Cedar Rapids metro, Allen’s is a local favorite. The orchard continues to recover from the Derecho so all varieties of their apple-y goodness are not available. However, the Orchard Store has pre-picked apples, cider donuts, and apple cider slushies (a must-have in the Drzycimski family each fall). A current listing of apple varieties, events, and special offerings can be found on their Facebook page or website for more information.
- COVID: Staff wearing face coverings (all-outdoor facility), distancing between parties encouraged
- Cost: Free admission, $7 pony rides (Sat noon- 4 pm), $2 hayrack rides (Sat-Sun), $3 Corn Maze.
- Opened on September 18th. Hours: Mon- Fri 3 pm -Dark, Sat-Sun 9 am -Dark
Another local favorite just north of Marion, Bart’s Farm is a family-owned pumpkin patch offering a variety of pre-picked pumpkins and gourds, or the opportunity to venture through the fields to pick your own. They have a variety of farm animals to hang with in the barn and nearby yard. We stumbled on Bart’s when my oldest was a toddler and we’ve been back every year. I fondly remember being very pregnant with my youngest on the hayrack ride hoping it would bump me into labor (0/10 would not recommend). The pony rides and farm animals are always a hit as are the pedal toys and bikes.
- COVID: Masks and distancing encouraged
- Cost: Free admission
- Opening September 11th. Hours: Sat-Sun 10am- 5pm
The Big Apple’s season this year will be short and sweet, offering apples, cider, slushies, ice cream, and donuts! With 22 varieties of apples and over 2,000 trees, there’s something for everyone at this gem located just outside of Mount Vernon. Check their Facebook page for details.
- COVID: Face coverings required at indoor facilities.
- Cost: $6 on weekdays, $8 on weekends. Free for kids 2 and under. Cost includes a variety of rides and activities.
- Hours: Tues- Sun 10 am- 9 pm, Fall Festival on weekends
Bass Farm is a Cedar Rapids Moms’ favorite. This farm is home to a huge variety of produce (hello, pumpkins!), goods, and activities. Their Fall Festivals each weekend have different themes and activities like a magic show, papa balloon, face painter, and spin art. They also offer a variety of pumpkins and gourds, beautiful mums, and waffle cones of “snap-o-lantern” ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth! Visit their Facebook page or website to learn more.
- COVID: Masks welcomed but not required, increased sanitizing measures; Visit their website for more details about COVID precautions.
- Cost: $16 online, $20 at the gate, free for kids 3=8 and under
- Hours: Thurs- Sun 10am- 6pm; Scream Acres 6:30pm- 10:30pm
With an 18-acre pumpkin patch, two 10-acre corn mazes, and over 20 activities, Bloomsbury Farm offers fun for the whole family. While admission is pricey, it includes many of the fun activities and attractions at the farm. Looking for something spooky? “Scream Acres” is open at night for the last three weekends in October! Visit their website for a full list of activities and their Facebook page for updates.
- COVID: Masks are encouraged if not vaccinated.
- Cost: Mon- Fri $8, Sat-Sun $10, (if purchased online) free for kids 3 and under
- Hours: Opens September 18th. Mon- Fri 4pm- 6pm, Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm through Oct 31; Flashlight Maze Fri- Sat 7pm- 10pm
While their annual fall festival has been canceled this year, Colony Pumpkin Patch will be hosting a variety of vendors throughout the season. In addition to pumpkins, activities include a “Stronger Together” corn maze, grain cart free throw game, barrel train ride, and more! Their old corn box building is full of mums, gourds, and other fall decor for you to take home. Visit their website and Facebook page for hours and event information.
- Cost: Free admission
- Hours: Weekdays 1 pm- dusk, Weekends 10 am- dusk
Kacena Farms grows and harvests all of its pumpkins and squashes. They also have a kid-friendly “spook trail”, goats to feed, and stone-fired pizza. Check their Facebook page or website for updates on weather closures and food offerings.
- COVID: Masks requested for indoor shop, sanitizing stations available, wagons frequently sanitized (or bring your own!)
- Derecho: Damage to some buildings, but mazes and crops still intact
- Cost: Free admission
- Hours: Mon- Fri 10am- 6pm, Sat-Sun 9am- 4pm
If you’re looking for farm-fresh foods, Kroul Farms is the place to go! Their main shop stocks vegetables, eggs, pie pumpkins, and more. They also carry seasonal products from other local vendors. The grounds include a three-acre corn maze, a round hay bale maze for smaller children, and plenty of pre-picked pumpkins to choose from. My son loved getting a close-up look at the farm animals too! See their Facebook page for current offerings or their website to learn about their CSA.
- COVID: Masks and social distancing recommended
- Cost: Adults $2, children $1
- Hours: 11am- 6pm everyday
Farm animals, antiques, fresh produce, a haunted barn, Sass Family Farm has it all! The farm is open year-round with PumpkinFest the second weekend in October. Visit their website and Facebook page to see what they’re up to!
- COVID: Face coverings required at indoor facilities, Rapid Creek Cidery is open for dine-in by reservation only.
- Cost: Free admission
- Hours: Wed-Sun 10 am- 8 pm
Wilson’s Orchard is known for its delicious apples and pumpkin patch, but they have so much more to offer! Their market is stocked with pre-picked apples, take-and-bake treats, wares and provisions, and fresh donuts. This year Wilson’s Orchard has added a smokehouse to their lineup, offering bbq, sides, and vegan food too! Check their website to see which apples are ready to pick and their Facebook page for updates on events.
Be sure to click on each business’ name to visit their website for more info on their fun family events! Always call ahead or check each business’ website to confirm when they are open.
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