Fall is here, and there is no better way to celebrate and enjoy the season than to visit local pumpkin patches and orchards! Lucky for you, there are numerous options in the Council Bluffs area that are sure to give you all the fall feels regardless if you’re with the whole family, your significant other, best friends, or riding solo! Browse our local options below.

After a long day at the patch, unwind with a relaxing stay in a Council Bluffs hotel. In fact, several hotel properties are offering a special discounted rate for all you fall lovers! Click on our hotel packages to browse and book today.

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard

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Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 per person for unlimited access to all activities. You can also purchase a family season pass for $80 or an individual season pass for $30. Visit their website for more information.

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard has everything you need for the perfect fall day! With 10 acres of pumpkins to peruse, you can choose from several pumpkin types along with mini gourds and white squash. Guests can take a hayrack ride to the pumpkins or walk/drive up to the patch. Other activities include apple picking, a petting zoo with goats, kids activities like bumper balls, barrel cart rides, bounce houses, and a corn and pallet maze! Delicious handmade food and drinks are available from their store and café. 

Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

Season: Saturday, September 25 - October 31
Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 10 p.m.
Cost: $6 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. 

Pioneer Trail Orchard is a family-owned patch that is ideal for families and groups with young kids! Enjoy a hayrack ride out to the patch, a kid-friendly corn maze, a play area with a jungle gym, an area to dig for dino bones, and other haunted surprises! Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at Apple Jack’s at the Patch before you go.

As an added bonus, Pioneer Trail Orchard has teamed up with Madness Haunted House this year to give you all the scares you need! Please note that the Madness Haunted House is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for those under the age of 13. Please visit our Festive Fall Events & Attractions blog for more information about the haunted house.

Welch's Pumpkin Patch

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Season: Opening Saturday, September 11
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Cost: Free

Welch’s is a small, family-owned pumpkin patch with the “Ma and Pa” feel that we all love! They have a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds available to purchase. (Cash or check only at this time) The kiddos are welcome to run around the spacious patch and enjoy the numerous free activities around the patch.

Pumpkin Hill Farms

Season: Saturday, September 18 - October 31
Hours: Satuday - Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Cost: 
12 and up $8
Children 3 – 11 $6
Children under 2: Free
Seniors & Military: $6
Law Enforcement with ID: Free

The county’s newest pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Hill guests can enjoy a bounce house, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and animals like mini goats, mini donkeys, and ducks. You won't run out of things to do here! Food and drinks are also available.

3 Bee Farms

Season: Opening Tuesday, September 7
Hours: 
Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays in September: 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursdays in October: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday -Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for ages 3 and up

Search for the perfect pumpkin or pick the best-looking apples at 3 Bee Farms! Enjoy numerous family-fun activities with admission, including hayrides, corn maze, meeting the barnyard animals, playgrounds, and plenty of perfect family photo backdrops. 

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch (Papillion, NE)

Season: September 18 - October 31
Pumpkin Patch Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pumpkin Patch Cost: Daytime Weekday Admission: $7, Daytime Weekend Admission; $10
Ranch of Terror Cost: $13 per person (includes Haunted House and Haunted Caves) Find more information on activities, pricing, and admission by visiting their website.  

This family operation has been around for more than 30 years has over 20 acres of pumpkins and other fall crops! Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, access to a kids play area, a barnyard petting zoo, and so much more. Teenagers and adults that love all things scary will love the Ranch of Terror!

Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard (Gretna, NE)

Season: Friday, September 14 - October 31
Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.,
Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:
$15.95 Monday – Thursday
$29.95 Friday – Sunday
or $67.95 per person for a season pass
Tickets/Admission: Purchase online or in person. Please note that the entire farm is cashless and only accepts card or mobile payment.

Vala’s is the largest patch in the metro area and features hayrack rides to the pumpkin field and apple orchard, a variety of outdoor mazes, tons of areas for the kids to play, and tons of delicious food and beverage options.

The Fun Doesn't Stop There!

There are so many other festive fall activities, events, and attractions to visit in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County! Uncover a special day in Council Bluffs by browsing our Festive Fall Events & Attraction Guide our Outdoor Fall Activities blog, and find out about our delicious dining options in our UNleash Your Appetite blog!

For a complete list of attractions, click here!

For a complete list of places to eat, click here!

Don’t forget to book your hotel stay with one of our properties, offering a special discounted rate by clicking here!

This post was originally published on September 7, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.
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