Last year I created a post titled "Ten Fall Activities to do with Kids" which you can find HERE. This year I thought I would do something a little different and create a list of activities specific to Denver. Before having kids I never thought to much about going to pumpkin patches or finding things to do in the fall because I just did them BUT after having kids I realized that creating traditions and memories in the Fall and other seasons was important and to do it well I needed to be intentional. SO for all you Denver area Mamas here is a list of five fall activities you can do with kids!
1. Apple picking! I have taken Jessamyn apple picking twice now (see last years attempt HERE) but this year we decided to do it a little differently and I found the most beautiful farm just north of Denver. Ya Ya farm & Orchard is located in Longmont Colorado and is absolutely beautiful! We took Jessamyn this year and had the loveliest time. Not only can you pick apples but there are horses you can feed carrots, a tractor ride around the orchard, farm animals basically everywhere, AND a U pick flower and vegetable area. One thing I should mention is that if you actually want to pick apples you have to schedule pretty far out in advance but even without apple picking the farm is super lovely and Jessamyn had a great time. There is even the cutest farm store with apple related products including apple cider donuts that were delicious! It also makes a great photo spot if you are into that sort of thing and yeah basically we will be going back next year for sure!
2. Pumpkin festival and Corn Maze at the Botanic Gardens! I am specifying this one because I have another pumpkin patch to share but wanted to include the Botanic Gardens because it is pretty awesome! This is one set weekend usually early October... I believe their corn maze is open more days than just the pumpkin festival but we only went during that one weekend. it is pretty awesome you can take a hay ride out to the patch, there are activities, animals, and food trucks out. Basically it is everything you would expect from a Denver area festival AND pumpkins which pretty much makes it the best. One thing I should mention is you have to pay to get in and everything else costs as well... It is really awesome but definitely worth bringing a few dollars to make sure you can participate in the activities and it is at the Chatfield location not the one over by Josephine and York.
3. Anderson Farms! This was my first year going but I have been hearing about this farm forever!!! it is located again north of Denver and isn't hard to miss as there is a giant pumpkin that seriously you will see before you even see the farm. There is a fee to get in.. kids under a certain age are free and it is cheaper on week days than weekends. it was pretty much everything I thought it would be and more. You can take a tractor out to the pumpkin patch, wander through the giant corn maze that is seriously impressive, pet animals at the petting zoo, and do about a million other activities. We went for a few hours but honestly could have spent all day wandering around. They also have a nursing room which I thought was pretty awesome considering Ophelia is only two months and it was nice to have the privacy and option to nurse in peace.
4. Driving to watch the Leaves Changing! This one is an activity I have always done... always. I had struggled to find a good place to drive near Denver but this year we hit the jackpot! The Peak-to-Peak byway runs roughly between Black Hawk and Estes Park and is seriously stunning. We stopped and got coffee and pastries first and then drove the highway stopping at various pull offs to take in the view and watch the aspens change. I am sure there are other places... some better but this one isn't too far outside of Denver and was a gorgeous drive that was really reasonable to do with a two year old. There were a lot of little towns along the way that we didn't stop in but you could totally stop and wander including I believe one or two ghost towns that I want to explore.
5. Trick or Treat at Union Station! If you haven't been down to Union Station you are missing out but if you haven't been down to trick or treat... well really I mean why not? This activity is for both kids and adults and is super cute. They have a costume parade and drink specials and basically it is just a fun activity to do for the whole family. Plus any excuse to wear a costume and eat candy right?
Okay! So those are my top five activities to do in Denver in the fall with a two year old! If you have any questions or suggestions of your own fall activities I would love to hear them PLEASE comment below!