Back in the day, fall fun often was often limited to our own yards where we jumped into piles of leaves and carved pumpkins from the grocery store.
Today’s kids – and kids at heart – have lots more outdoor adventures to choose from. From corn and straw mazes to U-pick pumpkin patches and other activities, the QC area is loaded with fun fall options!
Here are a few QC-area venues to check out for fall fun.
Some are already open and some open only on weekends or weekend nights. All close their fall festivities by Halloween.
Be sure to visit their websites for hours, admission fees and other details.
And wear comfy shoes!
A sorghum maze and moon bounce await you 7 days a week at the Buffalo Pumpkin Farm located near Buffalo, Iowa. Open now through Oct. 31!
Drive south to Alpha, IL for Country Corner’s fall fun beginning Sept. 15.
You’ll find a corn maze, jump pad, nature trail, U-pick pumpkins and Indian Corn.
Zombie paintball and nighttime flashlight maze are offered after dark. Be sure to call ahead for details!
Drive a short distance north of the QC to Long Grove for Pride of the Wapsi farm, open Sept. 29 – Oct. 28.
Pride of the Wapsi features 2 corn mazes, one that takes about 20 minutes and another that takes 40 minutes. But the mazes are just the beginning.
You can also roam the patch for the perfect pumpkin, step through a giant spider web, crawl through a tunnel and play in a big sandbox.
You’ll be ready for a rest after your outing … and the kids will sleep great that night!
Coal Valley is the site of another fun QC-area fall activity every weekend in October.
You’ll enjoy a straw mountain and maze, zip lines and bounce houses!
This spot is a nearly 2-hour drive, just west of Cedar Rapids off Highway 30.
Open Sept. 15- Oct. 31, it’s become a tradition for many. Enjoy 2 corn mazes, ziplines, jumping pillow, straw jump, tire maze and many other attractions.
Worth the trip, any day of the week!
Colony Pumpkin Patch invites people of all ages to reconnect with their roots at their farm in the heart of Eastern Iowa, in North Liberty!
There is something for everyone. You can hunt for that perfect pumpkin, find some great fall decor, enjoy a hayrack ride, play in the Lil’ Pumpkin Playground, or try your directional skills in our 10-acre corn maze!
And, if you are looking for something a little creepy you can test your directional skills in the corn maze at night!
Open Sept. 16 – Oct. 29.
Enjoy a hayrack ride to the entrance gates of the Haunted Forest.
On foot suddenly and irrevocably you will find yourself walking in the middle of acres of unrelenting darkness. If you make it out of the woods, you will finish your journey on a haunted hayrack ride.
Scary fun for all!
Located in Port Byron, the Haunted Forest is open to the public starting Oct. 6th on every Friday & Saturday night through October: 7pm – 11pm.