Our Favorite Local Fall Activities

If you're wearing a sweater and sipping a pumpkin spice latte while reading this, you're in good company.  We've waited patiently all year to pick pumpkins, peep at changing leaves and indulge in cider donuts.  To ensure we get to partake in as many quintessentially "fall" activities we can possibly squeeze in, we rounded up a list of our favorite fall activities to enjoy right here in Colorado Springs.  Happy Fall, friends!

LEAF PEEPING

We are so fortunate to have Pikes Peak in our own backyard; it boasts one of the most scenic highways in the state!  Click here to learn more about the route to the top, accessibility and hours.  Another great way to view changing leaves is just a short and scenic drive away: Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad (open through early fall).  It's a wonderful way to spend a day with the whole family!  

PUMPKIN PICKING & CORN MAZES

There are a growing number of pumpkin patches right here in our community; a rather comprehensive list of which can be found on City Moms Blog.  Green Thumbkin Pumpkin Patch and Long Neck Pumpkin Farm are located in Colorado Springs, or if you have time, Diana's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is rumored to be well worth the drive to Canyon City.  Unfortunately, Venetucci Farms experienced extreme weather in July and lost their pumpkin crop this season, but be sure to check back next year as they're one of our favorites! 

BOO AT THE ZOO

In late October, treat (pun intended!) the whole family to a unique Halloween experience at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  Countless activities are offered for the price of admission, including a haunted fun house, trick-or-treat stations, a "boo carousel" and even a lighted pumpkin patch.  It's a safe and fun option for little ones and parents alike.

EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES & PARADE

More silly than morbid, this fun event in Manitou Springs is held the weekend before Halloween with nearly 70 teams racing their coffin-like vessels through the streets while sporting ghoulishly creative costumes.  Stick around afterwards for a sidewalk sale hosted by local shops.  Read about the legend of Emma Crawford and get all the event details here.

 

OKTOBERFEST

You don't have to travel all the way to Munich to indulge in this classic brew festival; Woodland Park has been hosting one for 19 years.  In addition to traditional German food and drinks, there's live music and plenty of kiddo-appropriate activities.  It's a two-day celebration worth the short drive and beautiful surrounding scenery.  Dates, times and more info is available here.