Don’t Miss These 12 Great Pumpkin Patches In Nebraska This Fall

As soon as that first cold snap blows through Nebraska, it’s time to start looking for some fun activities for the family. The classic – and always fun – choice is piling everyone into the car and heading to a pumpkin patch in Nebraska. Some patches only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but many of them add some extra special activities to make your visit unforgettable. Visit these Nebraska pumpkin patches this fall for a super-fun day.

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What’s your favorite pumpkin patch to visit in the fall? Let us know in the comments. Once you’ve picked out the perfect pumpkin, gas up the car and keep the autumn adventures going with this road trip to see the best fall foliage in Nebraska.

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Fall in Nebraska

August 29, 2022

What are the best fall day trips in Nebraska?

There’s nothing like seeing fall in Nebraska; it’s simply stunning! A fall foliage road trip in Nebraska is one of the most popular ways to do a little leaf peeping in the Cornhusker State, especially Nebraska State Parks. If you’d like to experience the spooky side of fall in Nebraska, a day trip to one of Nebraska’s ghost towns is right up your alley. One of the spookiest and most mysterious of these towns is Minersville, a once-thriving coal town but today all that remains is a cemetery, except no one can seem to find it… Intrigued? Us, too.

Can I go apple picking in Nebraska?

You sure can! Apple picking is a favorite fall activity in Nebraska, and three of the most popular apple orchards in Nebraska are Kimmel Orchards, Arbor Day Farm, and Superbee Orchard. We mentioned Arbor Day Farm in the article above, and they’re a great option for both pumpkin patches and apple picking. Kimmel Orchard has been a Nebraska favorite for nearly a century, and once you pick your own apples you can visit the Apple Barn Market, where you can browse through hundreds of homemade goods like pickles, honey, apple butter, and more. Don’t forget to swing by the restaurant that’s on the farm where you can take home some of the best apple doughnuts you’ve ever tasted. Last but not least, Superbee Orchard is a family-owned farm that’s free to enter, you just pay for the apples you pick yourself. Grab a gallon of apple cider while you’re there, it’s the perfect beverage to quench your thirst after an afternoon of picking apples.

Which hiking trails in Nebraska are best in the fall?

One of the best ways to see Nebraska in the fall is to lace up your boots and hit the trails. Peak fall foliage in Nebraska typically comes around towards the end of October, so if you want to see the colors at their peak, that’s the week you want to get outside. There are plenty of amazing hiking trails in Nebraska, but one of our favorite fall hikes is the Smith Falls Trail in Smith Falls State Park. The short and sweet trail is just over a mile long and takes you through some beautiful natural landscape in Nebraska, and at the end of the trail, you’ll come to Smith Fall, a 65-foot waterfall that’s the tallest waterfall in Nebraska. This cascade is beautiful year-round, but truly a one-of-a-kind sight to see in the fall.