Nebraska has amazing fall weather! We are so fortunate here in Omaha to have so many fun places to explore the outdoors on these beautiful days and nights! We love to enjoy the fall season by visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Here at OMB we have lots of ideas to keep you and your kids busy this fall season! Don’t miss a few of our fall favorite recipes too!
Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch– Bellevue
Dates: Sept 16th – thru October 31st, Monday-Thursday (9am to 8 pm) (daytime Pumpkin Patch), Fridays (9am to 6:30) (daytime Pumpkin Patch) 6:30-12pm (Nighttime Ranch of Terror, see pricing and calendar on the Ranch of Terror page), Saturday and Sundays (10am to 6:30pm) (daytime Pumpkin Patch) Saturday (6:30-12pm) and Sunday (6:30-10pm) (Nighttime Ranch of Terror)
Cost: Admission is $10 per person on weekends (kids 2 and under free) and $7 per person on weekdays (kids 2 and under are free. RANCH OF TERROR-Haunted Hayrack / Haunted House Walk-$13.00 each per person, Combo Pass – both activities above,$22.00 per person
Description: General admission includes all activities; hayrack ride to the pumpkin patch, kids play area, pirates cave, barnyard petting zoo, wild west town, jungle grass maze, daytime walk through the Ranch of Terror House and Pirate Cave.
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard– Council Bluffs
Cost: WRISTBAND PRICING SATURDAY/SUNDAY (Weekend Pricing during the FALL), Children under the age of 3 are admitted FREE, Junior Bundle: Includes: Tractor Rides, Bale Maze, Playground $5, Regular Bundle: Includes: Tractor Ride, Bale Maze, Corn Maze and Playground $10, CORN MAZE: $7 Per person, TRACTOR: $3 Per Person
Description: Picking fruit and pumpkins are the obvious fun things to do but don’t miss out on the other fun attractions for the kids! This year the pumpkin patch and tractor pulled rides are expanding.
Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Trail– Council Bluffs
Dates: Sept. 23rd-Oct. 31, 2017, 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
Cost: $6.00, 2 and under free
Description: Several acres of scary ripe Pumpkins to choose from, just catch a hayrack ride to the fields to select the perfect one. Many fun family activities to chose from.
Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch– Blair
Dates: Open from September 9 – October 31 (Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, Sundays 10am-7pm)
Cost: Monday-Thursday-$10, Friday, Saturday & Sunday-$13
Description: Lots of fun family friendly options at this pumpkin patch! Corn maze for the young and old, rolling racers, slides, rides, jumping pillows, and more! Don’t forget to get some yummy fall food at Emmy’s barn.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch– Gretna
Dates: September 15-October 31 (Daily Hours: 9am to 9pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday and 9am to 10pm Friday & Saturday)
Cost: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays-$18.95 per person + tax, September Weekend Discount-$14.25 per person + tax, Mondays – Thursdays, Discount Admission $11.50 per person + tax, Ages 2 and under: free. Unlimited fun with a season pass- $42.99 per person + tax
Description: With over 50 attractions and activities at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch there is something for all ages! You will find the classic hayrack ride, jumping pillows, tractor pedal rides for different ages, pig races and so much more! The kettle popcorn and pumpkin pie are a few of our favorites!
Welch’s Pumpkin Patch– Council Bluffs
Hours: Weekday Hours-4PM-7PM, Weekend Hours-9AM-7PM
Description: A smaller family owned pumpkin patch is a great place to visit this fall. The little kids will love the train set up, pumpkin tic tac toe, and pirate ship. Plus a lot of fun pumpkins for carving and/or displaying.
Dates: September 23 – October 31, 2017, Monday-Friday: 9 am-7 pm and Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-5 pm
Cost: Monday-Friday-$6 Admission 2 & under Free and Saturday & Sunday-$7 Admission 2 & under Free
Description: Lots of kid friendly activities at this pumpkin patch! They have pumpkin painting, hula hoop toss, dress up barn, hay bale climbing, 3-legged races, and more! Throughout the month of October, they offer family fun, birthday parties, and school field trips.
- Our writer Neidy has a great family tradition to share with you today!
Jamie is sharing a family favorite recipe Pork and Pumpkin Stew!
- TIP for Pork and Pumpkin Stew: Pumpkin can be difficult to peel and cut so you can easily substitute butternut squash or another winter squash and it tastes just as great!!!!
Apple picking is a fall activity that must not be missed. We are lucky to have many options within driving distance of the Omaha Metro Area. Join me in finding your families favorite apple picking spot. Our favorite applesauce recipe is below!
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard– Council Bluffs
Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5
Description: Go apple picking in the beautiful apple orchard. There are many varieties to choose from and the staff are very helpful in telling you about each type! Don’t miss out on many different events this fall that can be found on their website.
Trees, Shrubs & More– Bellevue
Description: Enjoy a beautiful afternoon picking apples at this orchard! They have 3,000 dwarf apple trees that make picking easy! Schedule an orchard tour with your school or club this fall!
Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard– Nebraska City
Dates/Cost: March 1-December 23. Open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. U PICK Admission:Adults (13 & older): $5, Kids (4–12): $3, Kids (3 & under): Free, Seniors (62 & older): $3, Military (active or retired): $3
Description: U-pick, hayrack rides, and fall events. Don’t miss the Pollinator Playground! Add the Happy Orchard app to add a little curriculum to your adventure.
Arbor Day Farm– Nebraska City
Dates/Cost: Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5. All Access Day Pass Adult (13 and older) $15, Kids (3-12) $11, Ages 2 and under are free. For other costs, please visit website
Description: Lots of adventure here; Tree adventure, discovery rides, shopping, plus other seasonal activities. This National Historic Landmark—and the birthplace of Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday—is packed with fun and adventure for the whole family.
- 8 apples (cut up)- peeled or unpeeled
- Juice from 1 lemon squeezed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3/4-1 cup water
Bring to boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until apples are soft. Let cool, take out cinnamon stick, and puree in the blender!
Now that you have the apples, What is your favorite apple recipe?
- Karly is sharing a family favorite for fall! Apple Cobbler with Streusel!!