You know it’s fall when there’s a chill in the air, Mother Nature paints the trees and there’s a pumpkin patch on every corner. Fall is one of the best times of the year, especially in Utah. The dog days of sweltering summer are over, but you’re not ready to be cooped up for winter yet. Fall brings comfortable days, cool nights and fun fall activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Take a drive.
One of the best things about Utah in the fall is the changing of the leaves. There are few other places in the country you can enjoy such a magnificent show of color by Mother Nature. Some of the best drives in the state are Big Cottonwood canyon, Logan canyon, or the Alpine loop. Make it even better by rolling down the windows, packing a snack and enjoying the view to the fullest.
Head to Cornbelly’s.
Voted one of the top 10 corn mazes in the country, this is a must-see fall activity. Cornbelly’s is located at Thanksgiving Point, and includes dozens of activities for all ages from fun fall adventures to hauntingly insane point.
Wander Gardner Village.
This is a free activity that is fun for everyone. Gardner Village is a darling shopping center near Sandy. In the fall, it gets taken over by funny Halloween witches around every corner. The village sets up a scavenger hunt making it fun for the kids to find all the witches. After you’re done, do a little shopping or stop in the bakery or candy store for a treat.
Explore The Leonardo Museum.
This hidden gem of Salt Lake City is a hands-on museum with lots to do and see. In the fall, The Leonardo opens a spooky science exhibit with an added element of Halloween fun.
Go to the farm.
There are several family farms and ranch activities available throughout the state. If you’re looking for a hayride, tractor pull, pumpkin patch, or corn pit, here are a few places to find near you:
- Cross E Ranch – If you’re near Salt Lake, the Cross E. Ranch is a fun festival running through October 30th.
- Evans Family Farm – In Lehi, the Evans Family Farm has big slides, a small maze, animals, a patch, and lots more.
- Jaker’s – This pumpkin patch is in Springville and offers a great value for the entire family at just $2/person.
- Hee Haw Farms – A big attraction for kid’s field trips in Pleasant Grove, there are tons of activities for younger kids. They also have a petting zoo, hayrides and even farmyard paintball.
- Petersen Family Farms – This patch is one of the state fave’s because most of the activities are FREE. Unique pumpkins and a fun evening without a huge price tag is definitely a win win.
Hit up a fall festival.
There are several festivals around the state that have plenty to offer for the whole family. Here are a few favorites:
- Oktoberfest hosted by Red Rock Brewing: This is a three-day long event in Salt Lake with games, food trucks, booths, and brews.
- Snowbird’s Oktoberfest: Voted one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests in the county by Men’s Journal Magazine, it spans from August to October. Every Saturday and Sunday featuring traditional German food, beer and activities
- Dia de los Muertos at Thanksgiving Point: is a traditional Latin American celebration. Beautiful art, live mariachi bands and traditional dances creates a wonderful blend of culture and art and a one-of-a-kind experience.
- Day of the Dead celebration in West Valley: Typically held at the Utah Cultural Celebration center, it is filled with traditional Mexican dance and music, food, booths and more.