Fall may not officially begin until September 22, but the kids have returned to school and Halloween decorations are starting to show up in our favorite stores. As we anxiously await the cool fall weather, here are some ideas to help kick off fall in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County!

Saddle Up at Shady Lane Ranch

Explore the Loess Hills on horseback or on a scenic hayrack ride at Shady Lane Ranch! Saddle up and enjoy hourly guided rides with your friends or family out on the trails. To make a reservation, call 712-323-1932. Hayrack rides are perfect for larger groups and you can even enjoy a private campfire afterward!

Small-Town Farm Fun at Pumpkin Hill Farms 

*Opens September 19, 2020

Take a short 30-minute drive to Neola and you will find so many fun activities at Pumpkin Hill Farms! They have a Hay Castle, jungle gyms, bouncy house, and even a Barncade (an arcade in the barn!). You can also meet the adorable alpacas, mini goats, donkeys, ponies, ducks, and chickens that roam the farm.  

Experience Fall at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard!

Did you know that a group of adorable Pygmy goats now live at Ditmars Orchard?! Come and feed and pet these energetic creatures for a fun fall activity! You can purchase a bag of feed for $1. Visit their website for more goat instructions. More activities at Ditmar’s include apple picking, making your way through the corn maze, tractor rides, and more!

Find the Perfect Pumpkin at Welch's Pumpkin Patch

*Opens September 12, 2020

Welch’s Pumpkin Patch is a small, family-owned patch with true “Ma and Pa” vibes! They sell a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds and have plenty of space for families to spread out and enjoy the weather. As an added bonus, there is no admission to get into the patch. Just bring cash or check to purchase pumpkins.

There are so many fun fall activities in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County that we couldn’t fit them all in one blog! We will be sharing more fun ideas throughout the entire season so stay tuned.

Be sure to tag UNleashCB in all of your festive fall photos on social media! We can’t wait to see how much fun you’re having.


This post was originally published on September 8, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.