We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Center Grove Orchard
Center Grove Orchard has tons of fall fun available including hayrides around the farm, of course. They also offer train rides for kids, a hay maze, an epic corn maze, and much more. A farmyard pass will get you access to all of their activities. Weekend passes are $12.95, and weekday passes are $9.95. Address: 32835 610th Ave., Cambridge, IA.
Harvestville offers lovely scenic horse-drawn wagon rides through their pumpkin fields and around the farm. The wagon rides run each Saturday and Sunday from 11am to dark through October 30th. Rides are $4.00/person. Address: 1977 IA-2, Donnellson, IA.
3. Bloomsbury Farm
Bloomsbury Farm is a great place to take the family to take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin, and spend some time outdoors doing fun things like zip lining, a corn maze, and even shooting a pumpkin cannon. Address: 3260 69th St., Atkins, IA.
Pumpkinville in Mitchellville offers scenic hayrack rides around the farm. They also offer plenty of other activities, like pumpkins, a corn maze and a petting zoo. Address: 618 Center Ave. S, Mitchellville, IA.
5. Geisler Farms
Geisler Farms has all kinds of fall activities, including a corn maze, fun zone and hayrides. You can purchase tickets to the fun zone + hayride for $5.00 per person. Throw in the corn maze, and it’s $8.00. Address: 5251 NE 94th Ave., Bondurant, IA.
6. Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Shuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze offers wagon rides for a very affordable $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids. Ages five and under ride free. In addition to wagon rides, there’s a corn maze to explore, as well as a pumpkin patch. Address: 7541 Schueller Heights Rd., Dubuque, IA.
7. Hoefling’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Hoefling’s offers plenty of fun fall activities, with hayrides, a corn maze, and even pumpkin bowling. Address: 5303 D Ave., Marcus, IA.
8. Colony Pumpkin Patch
Colony Pumpkin Patch is a beautiful place to visit in the fall where you can buy pumpkins, wander through the corn maze and take a scenic hayride. Address: 2780 Front St. NE, North Liberty, IA.
9. Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Ushers Ferry Historic Village offers private bonfire and hayrack rides for small groups. You’ll go for a hayrack ride and then get cozy around the bonfire to roast marshmallows. The hayrack ride, marshmallows and bonfire are included in the package price, and you’re also welcome to bring other food to roast, like hot dogs. On October 26th, they’re hosting a Harvest Hayrack night that’s great for families with small children. Call to make group reservations and for more specifics on pricing at 319-286-5699. Address: 5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
10. Shady Lane Ranch, Council Bluffs
Shady Lane Ranch specializes scenic hayrack rides for private groups of 20 or more. The ride will take you through their sprawling 360 acre ranch. Once the hayride is over, you’ll be dropped off for a private campfire where you can hang out with family and friends, cook food and enjoy being outdoors. Call for pricing and booking at 712-323-1932. Address: 17744 Shady Lane, Council Bluffs, IA.