It is that time of year! Cooler temperatures. Changing colors. Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes, hayrack rides, and Fall Festivals have become a favorite Fall tradition for many local families. There are so many to choose from in the Omaha and surrounding areas with something for everyone. As always, it is a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.
If you know of any locations not on this list, or available discounts or coupons, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list. Enjoy!
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Where: 2611 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 (Directions)
Contact: (402) 873-8717, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Open daily.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Admission: Adults $6.50, Children aged 3–12 $4.50, Children 2 and under FREE (includes a tree seedling to plant at home and your choice of a tree identification guide or children’s activity guide) Buy Tickets Online here.
Highlights: Includes 260 beautiful acres to enjoy. Here you can climb a treehouse 50 feet high, hike miles of scenic nature trails, pick apples at apple orchards, walk through corn maze, enjoy the Discovery Ride, or stay at the Lied Lodge.
Special Events: September 15-16: Applejack Festival in Nebraska City
Where: 11001 South 48th Street, Bellevue, NE 68133 (just off of S. 48th Street between Cornhusker & HWY 370 – Directions)
Contact: 402-331-5500, email@example.com
When: September 23rd for daytime hours, September 28th for evening hours, through October 31st
Hours: Mondays- closed except Columbus Day 10 a.m – 8 p.m., Tues-Thursday- 10am till 8pm, Fri- Saturday- 10am till 6pm (daytime) 6pm-11pm (nighttime), Sundays- 10am till 6pm (daytime) 6pm-10pm (nighttime)
Admission: Daytime admission is $6/person weekday, $8/person weekend with kids 2 and under free. This includes everything the farm has to offer plus a hayrack ride. Check website for evening packages.
Highlights: Old West ghost town, tree house, Ranch of Terror Haunted House, pumpkin picking, Pirate Caves, train ride, corn maze, pirates swing, and Pirate Ship. The kids will enjoy How the West Was fun play area featuring a fun barn, slides, zip lines, climbing nets and swings. See answers to your Frequently Asked Questions here.
New this year: Visitors can enjoy a new Carnevil Area (full of games and halloween fun).
Where: 911-108th Street, Avoca, Nebraska 68307 (35 miles south of Omaha, Directions)
Contact: (402) 267-4104, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sept. 15 – Oct. 28, 2012
Hours: Fridays 1-6 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Admission: $4.75/person (includes tax). Ages 2 & under FREE.
Highlights: Enjoy family fun at this pumpkin patch and educational farm with activities including Hayrides, Nature Trails, Farm Animals, Corn Box, Play Areas, and Swings in a beautiful seasonal setting.
Special Events: Sept. 22 – Military Family Day. FREE admission to military personnel and their immediate family when presenting a valid military ID, plus Doggy Day (10/6), Ag Day (10/13), Goblin’s Egg Hunt (10/27), and Halloween Party (10/28).
Where: 9677 County Road 3, Fontanelle, NE 68044 (Directions)
Contact: General Hotline: (402) 478-4294, Phone: (402) 478-4296, email@example.com
When: Sunday September 16, 2012 - Sunday November 4, 2012
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays: 1 pm to 7 pm
Admission: Children ages 3-11 $4.00, Adults ages 12+ $6.00, Cash or Check Only
Discounts / Coupons: Coupon available by completing this form.
Highlights: Farm animals, campfires, sandbox, hayride, trikes, and jumping pillow.
Special Events: Movie nights, Haunted maze, and Toys for Tots
Where: 19475 225th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa (Directions)
Contact: 712-256-7053, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10AM-6PM, Friday – Saturday: 10AM-8PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM. CLOSED MONDAYS
Admission: Wristbands are $4 for children and $2 for adults. Wristbands are required for access to the kids activities at Ditmars Orchard.
Highlights: From their website, “Experience good old-fashioned outdoor fun at the Orchard. Of course, coming to pick fruit and pumpkins is always a favorite activity, but we also offer several fun attractions that will entertain “kids” of all ages.” Highlights include a 5-acre Corn Maze, Mini Maze, Prarie Ponies, Tractor rides (available on weekends only), corn box, and playground. Check out a review here from a local family!
Special Events: September 7-9: Fields of Flight Hot Air Balloon Festival; September 22-23: Midwest Winds Kite Fliers
Where: 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, NE 68005
Contact: (402) 597-4920
When: Saturday, October 6, 10AM – 4PM; Sunday, October 7, 11AM – 4PM
Admission: $5 includes hay rack ride and Gifford Farm programs. All proceeds go towards Gifford Farm Missouri River Flood fund.
Highlights: Enjoy a day of old fashioned fun on the farm! Friendly farm animals, games, raffle prizes, pony rides, hay rack ride, food and much more! Come and play in our brand new Outdoor Nature Classroom, too!
Where: 5995 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410 (Directions)
Contact: (402) 873-5293, email@example.com
When: Now through November 15, 2012
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00
Highlights: U-pick or pre-picked apples. Applejack Festival, September 14-16th.
Where: 2024 Ashland Road, Ceresco, NE (about 45 miles west of Omaha, Directions)
Hours: Fall Hours (Sept 4-end of Oct) Tues- Sat – 10 am-6 pm, Sundays – Noon-6pm
Admission: Orchard Entry Fee – $4/person; $15/family (Under 2 yrs free). Cash or check only.
Highlights: Pick your own fruit, butterfly garden, discovery trail, corn maze, gourd cave, straw tower, tire mountain, bear tunnel, tractor trike track, corn tepee, climbing fort, tire swing, and wagon rides.
Where: 21534 Chestnut Rd, Council Bluffs Ia 51503 (Directions)
Contact: (712)366-1505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Wednesday through Thursday – 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday – 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday – 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday – noon to 7:00 pm
Admission: Admission $5.00 per person, age 2 and under free
Highlights: Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch, Haunted House & Barn, Hay Rack Rides, Play Areas for the Kids, plus more.
Sadly, Pooley’s will not be open for the 2012 season.
Where: 16531 S 38th St, Roca, NE 68430 (South of Lincoln, Directions)
Contact: (402) 421-2255, email@example.com
When: Open daily Sept. 22nd – Oct. 31st
Hours: 9am – 7pm
Admission: Weekday: $6.50/person (Kids Under 18 months FREE Mon-Fri), Weekend: $9.00/person (Kids Under 2 FREE on Weekends)
Highlights: Farm Animals, 2 Trike Trails, Life-size Candyland Game, Bunnyville, Hayrack Ride to the Pumpkin Patch, Roca Berry Express Trackless Trains, Howling Hill 40 ft. Fun Slide, Corn Maze, Jumping Pillows, Racing slide, Prairie Dog Show, and Puzzle Mazes.
New this year: Apple House, New Roca 500, New Western Theme Trike Trail, Duck Races
Where: 3935 Hwy 133, Blair, NE 68008 (Directions)
Contact: 402-426-2295, Skinnybones7@aol.com
When: Friday, September 14 – October 31, 2012
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am-3pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am-10pm; Sunday: 10am-7pm
Admission: General Pack $7, Bones Pack $13, Monster Pack $18. Special pricing after dark. See details here.
Highlights: Corn Maze, Hayrack Ride, Mad Cow Ride, Eerie Trail, Petting Zoo, and Bounce Castle.
Where: 12102 South 180th Street, Gretna, NE 68028 (South of Highway 370 on 180th Street – Directions)
Contact: (402) 332-4200, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Friday, September 21st through Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Hours: Open 9am to 9pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Open 9am to 10pm every Friday, & Saturday.
Admission: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays – $9.99/person. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays – $13.29/person. Ages 2 and under are FREE to enter Vala’s. Purchase tickets online here. Season Passes are also available for $29.00/person.
Discounts / Coupons: Pinpoint Rewards (an awesome free discount and rewards program in Omaha) has been running special Vala’s promotions all season. Follow Pinpoint Rewards on Facebook for details.
SUPERPASS: You may also purchase tickets to Vala’s at any No Frills Supermarket or Bag ‘N Save in the greater Omaha area. These “SUPERPASSES” are $13.29 each and contain a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin and a “Vala Buck” for $1.00. Total value of the SUPERPASS is $16.79! For a listing of store locations, go to www.nofrillssupermarkets.com.
Check Vala’s Event Calendar for Military Appreciation Days, Girl Scout Days, and other special discounts.
Highlights: One of the best Pumpkin Patches in the country is right here in Gretna! This family business is a favorite fall tradition. Enjoy 49 attractions and 3 live shows daily, including Pig Races, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Cannon Show, Hayrack Rides, Barnyard Adventure Ride, Peddle Cars, Pumpkin Mine, Storybook Barn, 3-Acre Corn Maze, Applewood Play Area, Spook Shed, and the popular Great Pumpkin Jump. Plan to spend an entire day here, and try to arrive early. Great fun for the entire family!
Where: 6707 Wenninghoff Road, Omaha, NE 68122 (Corner of Wenninghoff Road and Sorensen Parkway – Directions)
Contact: 402-571-2057, email@example.com
When: Last weekend in September – October 31st
Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-7 pm; Monday-Friday: 9 am-7 pm. *Hayrides do not run during school hours unless field trips are scheduled.
Admission: $6 per person includes ALL activities plus a hayride, petting zoo, corn maze & playground
Highlights: From their website, “At Wenninghoff’s, the fall season is not about wicked witches, blood thirsty bats, or spooky goblins. It’s about the simple things in life like the fall harvest and having good old-fashioned, “playin’-in-the-dirt” kind of fun.” This is a great place for younger kids and their families. Some of the activities include a Dress Up Barn, Hula Hoop Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Hay Bale Climbing, Animals, Combine Slide, Tractors, and a fun Corn Maze.
If you know of any locations not on this list, or available discounts or coupons, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.
What are your favorite activities to do at the pumpkin patch?