We are looking forward to the cooler weather and the beautiful changing leaves. Fall is one of our favorite times of year. We wanted to share some of our favorite fall activities so that you can start preparing your families’ adventures. Click on the names of any of these activities to be taken to our post with more information.
The first sign of Fall is when the leaves start changing colors. We love finding all the amazing Fall colors throughout Utah. We have a list of our favorite places to see the fall foliage in Utah.
This is a family favorite. It is a little pricey, but if you purchase tickets early online, you can get a small discount. There are always so many fun activities to do–huge trampolines, bounce houses, wagon rides, large slides, pig races, corn mazes, and much more. We look forward to this event every year. Cornbelly’s is at Thanksgiving Point and it opens September 22nd. Check their website for prices and schedules. Thanksgiving Point members get a 25% discount anytime at the gate.
This free adventure is a lot of fun for everyone. Every person in our family enjoyed seeing the funny witches all over the shops. Gardner Village has a scavenger hunt for the children to locate certain witches throughout the village and once they’ve found them all, they can go to the bakery for a discounted treat. Click here for the 2017 scavenger hunt. Witches are on display September 16-October 31.
This hike is fun just for its name. It isn’t very scary, but a fun hike to a very small waterfall. It is particularly beautiful in the fall. This hike is also simple and easy so that everyone can enjoy it. You will find Ghost Falls behind the LDS Draper Temple.
We did this hike in early October last year and it was gorgeous. The fall leaves lined the hike the entire way up. You’ll find this hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon and it isn’t very busy. You do hike uphill, but it wasn’t super steep and we went slow and enjoyed the fall weather. You can also pair this hike with Hidden Falls since they are both short.
We love visiting The Leonardo any time of the year because of all of the hands-on, fun exhibits that they have for children. Spooky Science is an extra fun exhibit because it takes science and adds some Halloween fun. We enjoyed wandering throughout the museum and finding Spooky Science activities. And you can enjoy the entire museum with your entrance fee.
Our favorite place for seeing the fall leaves is on the Nebo Loop. We take a picnic and head down to Payson and marvel at the beautiful scenery. We also stop and hike the Grotto Trail. This is a great family friendly hike for all ages and skill levels. Short, and a fun waterfall at the end. If you go farther on the loop, you can also take a short walk to Devil’s Kitchen.
This local farm in Salt Lake has a lot of fun fall activities including a hay ride, train ride pulled by a tractor, corn pit, and the best corn maze ever. We loved how they catered the corn maze to the children by having clues to solve. This is a fun Fall adventure. Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival will run from September 22-October 30, 2017.
This is a local Lehi farm that has a fun Fall festival. There are big slides, a small corn maze, a pumpkin patch, farm animals, and lots more. Check their Facebook page for all the info.
This locally owned pumpkin patch is a lot of fun, and it has a great cheap price. Only $2/person to get in and there is a wagon ride, corn pit, big slides, corn mazes, and farm animals. They have pumpkins for sale at great prices, too. We stop at Jaker’s every year! Jaker’s is open September 30-Oct. 31, 2017.
This is a fun pumpkin patch that we seem to end up going to every year on field trips! We love how many fun activities for younger children them seem to have: slides, bean bag toss, corn pit, and more. They also have an awesome petting zoo where you can walk in and pet lots of animals. This activity opens September 29-November 4, 2017. There is currently a KSL deal for Hee Haw Farms.
This pumpkin patch is great because a lot of activities are FREE. You can see the animals, climb the straw pyramid, and check out the mini corn maze for free. There are a few other activities that cost a small fee. We like looking at all the unique pumpkins they grow here on this local family farm. The pumpkin patch is open September 29-October 31st, and there is a special Harvest Festival on October 7 (tickets required).
We visited Rowley’s Bid Red Barn Fall Festival a few years ago, but they have changed a few things since we last went. The price is a little higher, but they have added a huge corn maze and apple cannons which sound super fun. They still have the big sand box, pedal tractors, and the huge slide, and lots of treats back at the big red barn. Their wagon rides to the activities begin September 22-October 30.
This pumpkin arch is amazing to see. You are allowed to get out and walk under the arch, so that you can hear the music. We were able to talk to the owner and he hand carved every single jack-o-lantern. Our boys loved it! This show usually runs about 1-2 weeks before Halloween.
Monster Radio is a simple light show. The four monsters pictured above sing all the songs. The lights move so it looks like they are singing! We laughed at how fun and silly it was, and we enjoyed all the great Halloween music. This show usually begins the middle of October.
The Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride is actually family friendly. You take a wagon ride and listen to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Along the way you encounter different spooks, and ultimately the Headless Horseman. We only took our 10 year old, but he loved it, and there were plenty of small children in the wagon with us. This takes place in Midway and here is a KSL deal for RMO Sleepy Hollow Wagon Ride. This event runs Oct. 1, 7, 8, 10, and then every day from Oct. 17-29.
Thanksgiving Point hosts a Scarecrow Festival in the Ashton Gardens. Families and businesses create scarecrows that are displayed all over, and you are allowed to vote on them. Our boys loved picking a favorite, and they loved seeing the variety of scarecrows. If you are a Thanksgiving Point member, this is free, but others will need to pay the admission to the gardens to see the scarecrows. You can enjoy the entire gardens with this admission. This festival runs from October 16-October 21, 2017.
We love riding on the “Heber Creeper,” and the Pumpkin Train was a ton of fun. The train ride takes you on a short ride, but there is karaoke and dancing along the way. You also get a cookie and a pumpkin for riding the pumpkin train. We loved walking through the spooky train car that was very family friendly. Watch for deals on KSL for $5 tickets!
Scary Hill isn’t very scary, in fact it’s a really great family friendly place to spend a Fall afternoon at Cherry Hill. The miniature golf course is decorated for Halloween, and so is the maze. The best part is the wagon ride through “The Boneyard.” There are skeletons playing chess, dressed as Ninja Turtles, fighting Darth Vader, and much more. It is a fun Halloween adventure.
This year (2017) there is a new event happening at the Utah State Fair Grounds called Pumpkin Nights. There is a 1/2 mile walk through the grounds where you will see tons of carved pumpkins lighting the way, and carved in unique ways. There is even a dragon made entirely of pumpkins. It’s so cool! This is a pricey event, but definitely a unique activity.
Fall Bucket List
Here are some activities that we have on our Fall Bucket List to try. Hopefully we can make it to some of them this year. Please let us know if you have a favorite that we should add to this list.
Harvest Festival: Thanksgiving Point, September 23 FREE
Pumpkin Days: Wheeler Farm, SLC, September 29-October 31.
Pumpkin Walk: Benson Grist Mill, October 20-21 FREE
Little Haunts at This is the Place Heritage Park: October 14, 19-21, and 28
Scarecrow Walk: Homestead Resort in Midway, October 7-31. Kicks off with Family Fall Festival on Oct. 7, 2-6 pm. FREE
Haunted Halloween Lair: Spanish Fork, Oct. 26-28, 30-31 from 7:30-9:30. FREE! They also added a light projection show that runs all month beginning on October 1.
Eerie Encounters at Camp Jeremiah Johnson: Springville, Oct. 20-21, 27-28 from 6-8:30 pm.
Olympus Hills Trunk or Treat:Salt Lake City, October 28 from 12-3 pm. FREE!
Pumpkin Walk: Central Utah Gardens in Provo on October 28 from 12-6 pm. FREE! Wear a costume for a free donut.
Halloween Ghost Trails: Maple Dell Boy Scout Camp in Payson Canyon. October 28 from 7-10 pm.