With the fall season underway, now is the perfect time to venture outdoors and enjoy the many splendors of Utah. Lucky for you, this year there will be no shortage of fun and festive fall activities. From apple picking and pumpkin patches to wagon rides and beautiful hiking trails flooded with autumn colors, the fall season in Utah has something to offer everyone.
Not sure how to kick off the fall season? We’ve created a list of “must-do” activities so you can fully embrace the season of change.
Attend One of Utah’s Spooktacular Halloween Events
Fall and Halloween go hand and hand. That’s why Utah is getting into the spirit with these hauntingly fun fall activities:
- Hee Haw Farms: From now until October 31, Hee Haw Farms will be hosting all sorts of attractions, including a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting farm, pony rides, haunted hayrides, a corn maze and more! Check out their hours and additional events here.
- Cruise with Pirates in Provo: Now until the end of October, experience the thrills of Halloween in a whole new way by climbing aboard a haunted pirate ship for a riverboat ride on the lower Provo River. Guests will see over 100+ jack-o-lanterns reflecting off the water all the while listening to scary stories from the captain and battling pirates as they attempt to take over the boat. If you’re lucky, a few pirates might even hand out some Halloween treats. All brave souls should click here for more details.
- American West Heritage Center: Join the American West Heritage Center as they kick off the fall season with cider-pressing, pumpkin carving, train rides, horse rides, a haunted house and much more! Click here for a complete schedule.
- Frightmares: As it’s name suggests, Frightmares has been serving up 20 years of terror with over seven haunted attractions, Halloween-themed entertainment and all of your favorite foods, rides and games. Voted Utah’s number one destination for family-friendly Halloween fun, you don’t want to miss out on the festivities going on now until October 31.
- Sleep Hollow’s Haunted Wagon Rides: Try something different this year by taking your kiddos up to Heber Valley for a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods of Sleepy Hollow, which are rumored to be haunted by the Headless Horseman himself! Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Get a Taste of Fall
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to give up fresh and delicious produce. Get a taste of fall by visiting a local Farmers’ Market in your area. The Downtown Farmers’ Market in Salt Lake City offers fresh produce and poultry from over 80 local farmers, plus the best local artisans and beverages every Saturday and Tuesday until October 24. The Park City Farmers’ Market is another popular spot ripe with this season’s freshest fruits and vegetables open every Wednesday from 12 pm to 6 pm.
Get Active and Enjoy the Beautiful Outdoors
What better way to embrace the crisp weather and the changing foliage than by venturing outdoors? Much to our autumnal delight, Utah offers thousands of miles of great hiking trails suitable for all ages and levels. The hike up to Lake Blanche in Salt Lake City is a fall favorite due to its picture perfect views of the canyon, serene lake reflecting Sundial Peak and vibrant landscape. Bell Canyons Falls is another popular hike with its beautiful reservoir, meadows and trees dripping in fall hues. Bonus point? There’s also a waterfall for those who make it to the top. If you want to work for your leaf-viewing pleasure, consider hiking up Stewart Falls. With fantastic fall colors in full force, hikers are literally surrounded by a world of color as they move through the meadows, trees and over creeks. Spring Hollow in Logan (featured photo) is another popular destination.
Go Apple Picking
Fall isn’t complete without some good old-fashioned apple picking. In addition to being a great way to get your little ones hooked on eating more fruit, apple picking is also a great bonding experience for the whole family. Head on over to Farnsworth Farms Cider Mill in Sandy to pick some fresh apples right off the trees, among other produce. While you’re there, be sure to grab a fresh jug of apple cider. Green Acres is another great spot to grab wholesome locally grown apples straight from the tree. Their Draper location is now open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, weather permitting, with Macintosh, Macoun, Fuji and Empire apples now being harvested.
How are you kicking off the fall season? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below.