As the temperatures drop and the leaves turn, Utah County becomes a fall wonderland. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or cozy indoor activities, this region offers a plethora of options for family fun. So, gather your loved ones, put on your flannel shirts, and immerse yourselves in the magic of fall in scenic Utah County.
Pumpkin Patch Picking
One of the quintessential fall experiences is picking the perfect pumpkin, and Utah County delivers on this tradition. Jaker’s, nestled in the heart of Springville, is one of the go-to destinations for those seeking the perfect pumpkin for carving, decorating, or baking delicious pumpkin treats. The pumpkin patch at Jaker’s offers a wide variety of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, ensuring that every visitor can find their ideal canvas for autumn creativity.
While pumpkin picking is undoubtedly the star of the show, Jaker’s offers much more than that. Families can hop on a scenic hayride through the farm’s picturesque fields, enjoying the fresh fall scents and family-friendly environment. Additionally, there are activities for children, such as a petting zoo, corn pit, and straw maze.
Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Spanish Fork is a locally owned and operated fall fun center with everything from a corn maze, to a petting zoo, outdoor games, fresh produce and food stalls. They also offer group discounts for corporate events, birthday parties, family reunions and so on. School field trip groups are also welcome. Check them out at 1750 N 8000 S in Spanish Fork or give them a call at 801-758-2100 or visit glenrayscornmaze.com for more information.
Gordo’s Fun Farm is another fun destination for family fun in Lakeshore. Field trips are welcome as well as discounts for large groups. A corn pit, train ride, playgrounds and corn maze are just a few of the fun things this pumpkin patch has to offer. Check them out at 5746 S 3200 W St in Spanish Fork, by phone at 385-985-5946 or online at gordonfamilyfarms.com.
Corn Mazes and More
Now in its second year in Spanish Fork, Cornbelly’s is renowned for its iconic corn maze, spanning acres of land and showcasing intricate designs that change from year to year. Visitors can test their navigation skills while wandering through a sea of corn, an experience that delights both young and old alike.
In addition to the corn maze, Cornbelly’s offers exciting activities such as hayrides, carnival games, a ropes course, and other play areas for kids. Every corner of the venue is designed to celebrate the season and bring joy to all visitors.
Visit local orchards such as Allred Orchards for apple picking. Allred Orchards, a family-owned farm, boasts more than 500 acres of peaches, apples and cherries in the foothills just east of Payson. This picturesque orchard has been providing the local community with a bountiful harvest from the beginning.
Kids will love reaching up into the trees to pluck their own apples. Enjoy the crisp, juicy fruit right from the source or take them home to make homemade apple pies and cider. Through the month of October, Allred’s offers a variety of fresh apples ready to harvest, including Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Holiday.
Scenic Autumn Drives
Wind down in the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage with scenic drives through Utah County. The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway offers panoramic views of the vibrant colors, not to mention the mountains are now filled with crisp autumn air. A scenic drive is perfect for a leisurely family outing, complete with opportunities for picnics and short hikes.
For those in search of spine-tingling thrills and a journey through the haunted past, they need look no further than the Pedal Provo Ghost Tours. This unique and spine-tingling experience combines the charm of a bicycle ride with the eerie tales of the city’s ghostly history.
Now in its seventh year, Pedal Provo Ghost Tours offers residents and visitors a novel way to explore the rich history of Provo. The Pedal Provo Ghost Tours allow participants to dive deep into a history steeped in eerie legends and unexplained mysteries while pedaling through the very streets where these supernatural events allegedly took place. Tours can be booked on their website, but slots fill up fast.
Blackburn Boarding House for Witches Ghouls and Monsters hosts a free haunted house October 29-31. It is a great venue and hosts various events throughout the year that are full of mystery and fun. It also hosts private parties and other events like group murder mystery diners. Give this quirky place a try! You won’t be disappointed. Visit them at 317 S 200 W St #1 in Springville, or call 208-819-7131 or check out wizardinginthewildwest.com/events for more information on this unique entertainment spot.
During the fall from September to November there is a special experience available to you in Nephi. The Whitmore Mansion hosts a special haunted house experience for those brave enough to try it. The mansion offers a candlelit tour for those who like paranormal and history, but don’t want an actual human to do the scaring. No promises about the resident ghosts getting up to mischief of course. For those who love the paranormal, history and getting the snot scared out of them, there’s the Haunted tour. Regardless of what you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a haunting experience you won’t soon forget. This is located at 110 South Main Street Nephi. Book with them online at lostinntime.com/haunted-tours.html or give them a call at 385-201-9073 for more information.
— Combined articles by Alex Sousa and Ariel Higgs