If you’re visiting the Ozarks this autumn, you’re in a prime location for a variety of fun fall activities that are perfect for the whole family. One of the best ways to spend a cool, fall day is to head out to a corn maze or pumpkin patch. There’s always something fun to do for everyone and it will get you in the mood to celebrate the brief but enjoyable season and transition into winter.
Here are a few great locations and attractions near Branson to check out if you’re planning on being in town towards the end of September or throughout October.
Campbell’s Maze Daze
Just a short drive north of Branson, you can make your way through the four acre corn maze, take a hay ride through the golden, red and brown foliage or scour the bountiful pumpkin patch for the best looking one. Spend the chilly, fall evening bundled up next to a crackling fire and feast on fireside snacks like s’mores, hot dogs or hamburgers. Campbell’s Maze Daze also features free pumpkin painting with the purchase of any pumpkin, a scavenger hunt, kids play area, face painting, pony rides, karaoke, fall décor and live entertainment on the weekends. An eight acre haunted corn maze also provides spooky entertainment for older kids, teens and young adults. The maze is open September 20- November 2. For hours click here. Click here for a map and directions to this maze, just a short drive north of Branson.
McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch at McKenna Family Farm
McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch is open September 20- November 2 and features an expansive list of fun activities for the whole family. Find your way through the big, bale hay maze or the two acre corn maze, pet the adorable baby farm animals, hop on a scary hay ride through the spook-tacular woods or purchase fresh squash, gords and pumpkins, baked goodies and fall décor. The kids will love jumping in the pumpkin bounce house, the new and improved tricycle race track, rubber ducky water races and so much more. This pumpkin patch is an exciting day venture filled with autumn fun and is located 10 minutes north of Branson at 3265 State Hwy. F, Branson. For hours, click here.
From September 19- November 2 you can catch a hay ride through the farm, as they are constantly running throughout the day every 15 to 30 minutes. Spend a delightful fall afternoon browsing the beautiful mums, pumpkins of all sizes, dried corn husks and fresh squash. Fall portraits by professional photographer Kendra White will be available in addition to other fun activities for the whole family. The Pickin’ Patch Farm is at 22813 Hwy. ZZ, Marionville, about an hour northwest of Branson. For more information and hours, click here.
Fall Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
Just a short drive north of Branson in Springfield is Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, where a free fun family adventure awaits you. September 20-October 26 on the farm will feature a hodgepodge of entertaining activities like kid-friendly inflatables, games, a corn cannon, a cow train ride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, craft demonstrations and so much more. A creepy haunted trail will open Saturdays and Sundays starting October 3 through October 25 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., where you’ll walk a daring 1/4 of a mile through the dark and eerie woods that are filled with frightening characters. The farm park is located at 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield. For hours and more information, click here.
Fall is the perfect time to experience the brilliant colored leaves of the Ozarks, the warm smells of harvest celebrations and the crunchy sounds of leaf-strewn corn mazes and pumpkin patches. So make your travel plans now and welcome the pumpkin spice lattes and flannel shirts of autumn with an eventful trip to the Ozarks.