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The Best Fall Activities Near Cedar Falls, IA

Are you wondering what the best fall activities near Cedar Falls, IA happen to be? If so, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of people search for "fun fall activities near me", so we decided to curate a list for our Cedar Falls and Independence, IA friends!

Fall things to do in Cedar Rapids, IA

While there are plenty of things to do year-round in the Cedar Valley, there's something special about Fall – the fresh, crisp air, the cooler temperatures, and the excitement of heading into a new season. Before you begin jam-packing your calendar, take a look at our list of local favorites!

What Activities Are There to Do in the Fall?

The options are just as limitless as they are in the summer! Here are some fun ideas:

  • Apple picking and finding locally-made cider
  • Fall festivals
  • Navigating a corn maze
  • Road trips to look at the fall colors (aka leaf-peeping!)
  • Hiking
  • Decorating your home for the season
  • Baking pies
  • Picnics
  • Taking a hayride
  • Carving a pumpkin
  • Visiting a haunted house

Let's take that list above and break down some ideas to visit locally!

Pumpkin Patches near Cedar Falls, Iowa

Hanson’s Hallow

Here you will find pumpkins, squash, gourds, and other items you can use to decorate for fall.

Heartland Farms

Here you can buy pumpkins by the pound. There are literally thousands of pumpkins from which you can choose. And, if you pay an admission fee, you can also participate in some of their Halloween activities.

Kiefer Farms

This is a family-owned farm with lots of pumpkins, mums, squash, straw bales, cornstalks, and gourds you can use to decorate with. They also have a haunted house, hayride, and haunted walk for just $4 per person. You can’t beat that!


Fall Festivals near Cedar Falls + Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Fox Ridge Winery Fall Festival

Come and enjoy some wine on the porch, a hayride, pumpkin launching, face painting, and perhaps some games. They even have live music.

FX Fall Festival

Prairie Lakes Church invites you to come and enjoy fall festivities with your family (for kids through the eighth grade). They will have free activities including bouncy houses, laser tag, knockerball, and there will be food available for purchase.

Fall Family Fun Day

This event will be held in Downtown Cedar Falls at the corner of 4th and Main St. Activities galore include hayrides, seasonal crafts, face painting, pumpkin giveaways, and yes, live music. You don’t want to miss it!

Fall Harvest Festival

This is a free open to the public community event (indoor and outdoor). There will be plenty of games, snacks, fall crafts, and face painting. And for extra fun, you can even come dressed for Halloween.


Local Fall Activities You Won't Want to Miss

Kroul Farms

Here you can enjoy walking through a corn maze, pick up some pumpkins, family activities, watch the farm animals, and they also sell a variety of Indian corn, straw bales, gourds, squash, corn-shucks, and more.

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

The Cedar Valley Arboretum offers produce, flowers, and yes – they also have pumpkins for sale. You can also take a leisurely walk through the arboretum gardens where they festively display scarecrow vignettes throughout and challenge you to see how many of them you can find.

Annual Under the Harvest Moon Event

This event is held at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Here you will, again this year, be able to enjoy a silent auction and happy hour followed by a Moment in Thyme dinner. The Under the Harvest Moon event is open to the public. Come and join the festivities. The Hartman Reserve Nature Center is also a great place to have your senior pictures taken. So keep that in mind as well.

Surprise! Night Out

You are going to love this festive night out in the District. The area merchants have planned some fantastic festivities. So enjoy a stroll through the downtown. Participating merchants include Chocolaterie Stam, Hatchlings and Hens, Lotus & Lou, Main Street Exchange, Miss Wonderful, Stone Feather Road, The Speckled Owl, just to name a few.


What’s Next?

Enjoy the autumn weather, and have fun soaking in the last weeks before "old man Winter" creeps in! If you're decorating your home for the fall and find yourself wishing you had a little more space – or are planning on hosting for the upcoming holidays and realize you need some home improvement projects completed – give our team a call today!  

 

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