As we approach what I would argue is the best season of the year, many Colorado transplants lament that our little stretch of the Front Range doesn’t quite hold a candle to the all-encompassing immersion into fall colors of their native Northeast or perhaps the Pacific Northwest. However, if you know where to look, there are plenty of opportunities to get in on fun fall activities around town, from apple picking to pumpkin patching, corn maze meandering, and more.
Here are just a few autumn activity hot spots in Boulder (and just beyond!) to get your local fall fix in this year.
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard
On Highway 66 just east of Lyons, Ya Ya Farm & Orchard is a tucked away fall oasis home to over 1,000 fruit trees, Percheron Draft Horses, and fragrant, delicious fall hospitality. With a farm stand open from August through November chock full of autumn delicacies like homemade apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple butter, honey, and more, Ya Ya provides a perfect opportunity to get immersed in a fall orchard experience. Ya Ya offers U-Pick It fruit activities (due to a late freeze this year reservations for 2017 were extremely limited and have already sold out), and they also host an AppleFest and a Hard Cider Workshop in October. You don’t need reservations to visit, so stop on by and enjoy!
During the fall, Cottonwood Farm just east of Boulder turns into a festive, family friendly pumpkin patch and farm stand selling pumpkins and fall produce, including winter squash. With a corn maze, a straw bale maze, wagon rides, and much more, opportunities are abound to gather festive fall decorations for your home and pick up everything you need for a warm and cozy autumn meal. The farm will be open for fall fun from September 23rd – October 31st.
Erie’s Anderson Farms opens for their annual Fall Festival on September 20th and runs through October 31st. Aside from their pumpkin patch (pumpkins are priced by size) and ample opportunities for fun fall shopping, the farm boasts a massive kid-friendly corn maze with three “scenarios” to choose from, as well as more adult, horror-themed activity options for as we get closer to Halloween. Extra activities to partake in include gourd launching, face painting, pony rides, and much more.
How do you enjoy your autumn in Boulder? Let us know!