Stop By McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch this Fall

If you’re planning on being in Branson sometime during the next two weeks and you have young kids, make a family trip to the McKenna Family Farm Pumpkin Patch for some wholesome fall fun in the Ozarks.

The McKenna family has been offering a family friendly pumpkin patch to residents of visitors of the Ozarks for nine years now and the fun just keep growing year after year. The newest addition to the pumpkin patch this year is a huge bounce pillow and it’s been a big hit with kids and parents alike.

When I stopped by the farm earlier this week, the play area was absolutely filled with kids playing on the the new bounce pillow, the pumpkin bounce house, the pony swings and the slides. The play area also features a big bale hay maze, a tricycle race track, corn boxes, baby farm animals, a two-acre maze, rubber ducky water races and bouncy horse races.

There’s also a little shop near the pumpkin patch where you can pick up picture perfect gourds and pumpkins for the carving or to decorate your home as well as baked goods and other fall treats.

Enjoy a curvy, scenic drive through the beautiful Ozark hills of Branson on your way to the family farm. Once you arrive, hop on a hay ride through the spook-tacular woods, let the kids get their faces painted and spend some much needed playtime on the huge new bounce pillow before heading home to carve your perfect pumpkins, plucked right from the McKenna Pumpkin Patch.

The McKenna Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is the perfect fall activity for a cool autumn day. It’s located at 3265 State Hwy. F, Branson and is open until Sunday, November 2. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.bransonshows.com.

Fall Fun for the Whole Family at Silver Dollar City

This week I went to Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival and had a blast!

The park was decked out in bright and colorful autumn decor with gourds, pumpkins and a larger than life cornucopia basket at the entrance of the park. Craftsmen were lined up throughout the park displaying handcrafted goods like glassblown collectibles and home decor, original artwork, painted gourds and more.

Silver Dollar City is so festive during the fall season and a day filled with roller coasters is about the best thing you can ask for. The rides are as fun as ever during the fall, with Outlaw Run being a personal favorite of mine.

Of course, no visit to Silver Dollar City is complete without a warm, hearty skillet meal and a bowl of strawberries and cream. If you haven’t tried either one, you are seriously missing out.

Also featured at the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival is the popular Western Barn Dance, a cowboy poet and chuckwagon demonstrations, wild mustangs, boatloads of talented western and bluegrass musicians and this year is the final year for the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show so don’ t miss out!

Sadly, I was too busy riding the roller coasters all day to check out any of the shows but I’m planning on going back before October 25 when the fall festival ends.

Get your tickets to Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival here.

 

 

Check Out These Corn Mazes in the Ozarks This Fall

Looking for a fun way to spend a cool autumn day in the Ozarks? Plan a day trip to one of these great corn mazes in the Ozarks!

Campbell’s Maze Daze & Pumpkin Patch

117 Carob Rd., Clever, Mo417-743-2208

Sept. 20 – Nov. 2

Fridays: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturdays: noon-11 p.m.
Sundays: noon-7 p.m.
Haunted Hours: Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 3
 

Select the perfect pumpkin for carving or painting, hop on a hayride, explore the four-acre corn maze or join in a scavenger hunt. Let the kids enjoy the play area just for them featuring a purple dragon bounce house, tiny tots  bounce house, the tractor choo-choo train, swings and a fort. Live entertainment fills each weekend with varying acts each time and you can even try your hand at karaoke Friday and Saturday nights during haunted hours. For a thrilling experience, try to make your way to the end of the eight-acre haunted corn maze, open Fridays and Saturdays in October. The fun is endless at Campbell’s Maze Daze & Pumpkin Patch with additional activities including pony rides, face painting, a bonfire and picnic area, fresh mums and fall decorations everywhere.

Verona Corn Maize

23298  Lawrence 1150, Verona, Mo | 417-498-6191

Sept. 20 – Nov. 1

Wednesdays: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturdays: noon- 10 p.m.
Haunted Hours (Field of Screams): Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning September 26
 

Pet the cute farm animals, shoot the corn cannon, play in the corn box or ride the corn train. An afternoon at the Verona Corn Maize is a fun-packed adventure with hayrides, pumpkin launching and campfires galore and of course, you can’t forget about the haunted corn maze, Field of Screams, filled with chilling creatures and mysterious creatures. While you’re there, try the new interactive glow in the dark Zombie Harvest paintball ride and do your part to defeat the zombie infestation.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 

3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield, Mo | 417-837-5949

September 21 – October 26

Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sundays: noon- 6 p.m.
Haunted Hours (Fall Fest): Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
 

Take a stroll through the pumpkin patch where you’ll find homegrown pumpkins and gourds for the picking, shoot the corn cannon, climb on top of the huge hay bales in the kids area or pick up some deliciously sweet kettle corn. Friday and Saturday nights are especially scary with hay rides that will pick you up and take you to the haunted trail, a 1/4 mile loop through the woods where you’re bound to come across some ghoulish figures. Additional activities also include inflatables for the kids, demonstrations, a cow train, corn and hay maze and so much more.

McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch

3265 State Highway F, Branson, Mo | 417-593-3159

September 20 – November 2

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
 

This family farm pumpkin patch is sure to please, with a spooky hayride through the Spook-tacular woods, face painting, a patch of homegrown pumpkins for the pickin’ and a play area for kids featuring a huge pillow bounce. Spend some time getting lost in the two-acre corn maze, cheer on the racers at the tricycle race track or snack on huge homemade cookies and other goodies. McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch is the perfect picnic/party spot for this fall so stop by for fall fun.

Fieth Family Farm

1663 E. 490th Rd., Bolivar, Mo417-326-6758

September 20 – November 1

Tuesday-Thursday: RSVP only 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: noon-8 p.m.
 

Spend a day on the farm with the family enjoying all the exciting activities of autumn. Try the always popular barrel train ride through the woods, or navigate the twisting and winding hay maze or corn maze. All new activities this year include face painting, professionally painted pumpkins and gourds available for purchase and a professional photographer, Carla Young. She will be on hand to capture memories for you or you can request a special photo to be taken of you and your family.

Gunter Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze

1148 State Hwy. WW, Conway, Mo | 417-533-8009

September 27 – October 31

Saturdays: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sundays: noon-9 p.m.
 

This family owned dairy farm and pumpkin patch offers lots of fun attractions for the whole family. The popular Punkinator is back this year and shoots pumpkins up to 300 yards so definitely give that a try! Spend your day playing barn games, exploring the hay and corn mazes or visiting the snack shack for some tasty fall treats. Try your hand at the giant sling shot while you’re here and make sure to visit Moo Mamas pregnancy center for some amazing farm animal interaction.

Pete’s Pumpkin Patch

18385 South US Highway 63, Rolla, Mo | 573-724-7383

September 27 – October 26

Saturdays: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Fridays, October 17 & 24: noon-5 p.m.
 

Pete’s Pumpkin Patch is introducing two new attractions this year: Pete’s Totally Tubular Tire Patch and Sheriff Pete’s Jail House which is the first structure of Pumpkin Town. Come out and check out the pumpkin patch, corn pit, farm animals, barrel cars and bounce house. Take a ride on the hay wagon ride or enjoy a special movie night, live music and pumpkin pie wine and ale for purchase on special evenings. Create memories that will last a lifetime at this unique pumpkin patch.

Exter Corn Maze

State Hwy MM, Exeter, Mo 417-846-3959

September 20 – November 2

Fridays: 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Haunted Hours begin September 20
Fridays & Saturdays: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
 

Exter Corn Maze has it all with the haunted barn, pumpkin patch, barnyard, zombie paintball and an eerie haunted corn maze. Visit on special dates and you get to experience the Craft Fair with a pumpkin carving contest (Sept. 27), 5K Pumpkin Run (Sept. 20), daycare day (Sept. 26) and the Youth Harvest a special event just for youth groups including a zipline, corn cannons, pumpkin jump, hayride, haunted maze and so much more. A day spent at this corn maze is sure to be a fun one!

 

Book Your Fall Getaway at The Cabins at Grand Mountain

Autumn is the perfect time of the year to snuggle up in front of the fireplace, hike through the cool air of the Ozark mountains or enjoy a rustic, cabin getaway in Branson, Missouri.

The Cabins at Grand Mountain provide guests with just that and so much more! Rent a rustic and cozy log cabin in a calm, serene location that’s just minutes from many of  Branson’s shows and attractions including the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, Ride the Ducks, King’s Castle Theatre, Branson’s Wild World and so much more. You’ll also be minutes from great dining options and shopping like Mel’s Hard Luck Diner at the Grand Village Shops.

Your relaxing fall getaway at the Cabins at Grand Mountain is a reasonably priced venture with much to offer, from spacious accommodations to a convenient central location in Branson.

Wake up with a hot cup of coffee and sit out on your private screened-in deck, shoot some hoops with the kids at the onsite basketball court, warm up by the fireplace or come back to the cabin after a long day and soak in the hot soothing water that fills your jetted tub.

You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home including a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living room area, washer and dryer, furnished linens, iron and ironing board, a queen size sofa sleeper and cable TV.

A stay at the Cabins at Grand Mountain leaves nothing to be desired so book your fall getaway now and enjoy the delightful simplicity of a fall getaway in Branson!

For more information or to book your stay, click here.

Dare to try a Haunted Trail Ride?

Climb aboard an authentic chuckwagon filled with hay bales and get bundled up as the chilly night air sets the tone for a frightening hay ride through the forest.

Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch offer family friendly hay rides that are both chilling and exciting — without all the blood and guts.

You’ll make your way down the dimly lit paths as the rickety wheels of the chuckwagon spin you further and further into an ominous area of the property where unannounced ghouls and mysterious beings are sure to spot you before you spot them. Keep your ears open for the eerie creaks and howls that interrupt the constant crackle of dead leaves beneath the weight of the chuckwagon and hold on tight for the thrilling ride of your life.

Afterward, you can warm up with a hot cup of hot chocolate and relocate to the nearest brightly lit area to recover from all the creepiness.

Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch is located in Eureka Springs, AR, just an hour’s drive from Branson, so after you’ve spent the day sightseeing in town, head to Bear Mountain Stables for a haunted trail ride, appropriate for the whole family.

For tickets or more information, click here.

 

Happy First Day of Fall!

Butternut Squash SoupFall is officially here and there’s a lot to celebrate here in the Ozarks. Harvest festivals, colorful foliage, cooler weather, pumpkin patches delicious seasonal foods and so much more.

To help you celebrate the start of autumn, I found a great and easy fall recipe on www.tasteofhome.com for Creamy Butternut Squash Soup.

Enjoy and happy fall from Branson Shows!

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add squash and potato. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add water, bouillon, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

2. Cool slightly. Cover and process soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to the pan and stir in milk. Heat well. Yield is 2 servings.

Celebrate Fall With the Branson Hills Plaza Harvest Festival

If you haven’t had your fill of harvest festivals, here’s one more at The Shoppes at Branson Hills & Branson Hills Plaza on Saturday, October 4 from noon-3 p.mface painting

Pick up some free pumpkins for the kids to decorate and carve, browse the seasonal crafts or play harvest games and win fun prizes.

Children will love the bouncy house and  and they are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. They’ll be rewarded with free candy!

Of course, if you get hungry, pick up a delicious seasonal pastry and a warm cup of apple cider.

This Harvest Festival has it all, so don’t miss out! It will take place at The Shoppes at Branson Hills & Branson Hills Plaza near the Home Depot.