Alright, confession time: before this visit to Anderson Farms, I had never been to a corn maze, or a pumpkin patch, or the like. I know, I know. I’ve been a terrible lover of fall up until this point in my life. But now, I have seen the light. Anderson Farms is a short drive from where I live in Denver, CO…approximately 40 minutes from downtown. So my boyfriend and I decided to make a trip up and have some fall-themed fun, and we had a blast! The weather could have been better; it was windy and cold (which we weren’t expecting because the city was calm and warm). But outside of that, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
And now that I’m an expert on all things fall, having officially made my first foray into these types of activities, I thought I would share some of the must do activities at Anderson Farms. And yes, there are quite a few more that didn’t even make this list! Check out their website for the full menu of options 🙂
And while this post is specific to activities offered at Anderson Farms, I would venture a guess that these activities are available somewhere near you, no matter where you live. So get out there and enjoy before the cold of winter settles in. Fall is just the best!
1. Get lost in the corn maze
The corn maze was probably what I was most excited for, knowing very little about the full offerings before arriving. The maze is set up with a number of check points (18, if memory serves me) that you are tasked with finding. At each checkpoint, there is a sign with a hole punch to mark on your map that you made it. I will admit the weather put a damper on this activity for us, as we were hoping the corn rows would help block some of the chilly wind, but that was not the case. So we definitely cut this one short, but were able to explore a bit and find six of the checkpoints before moving on.
2. Watch the goats battle royale for rock formation dominance
Aren’t animals just the best?? These little guys were frolicking around being goats and all, but the really fun part to watch was how they rough housed. Whether that was challenging one another to a head butting contest, or playing a goat version of “king of the hill” on the rock formations, I was laughing the whole time. The goats appear to be well taken care of. In fact, some are looking a little on the chubby side, and I suspect it’s from being over fed by the patrons. But that doesn’t bother me, because a chubby animal is even cuter in my book.
3. Pick the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch (try saying that five times fast)
Their pumpkin patch is massive! Again, coming from the girl who has no point of reference, but for real, hundreds of thousands of pumpkins to choose from. It’s a bit off the beaten path from the main area of the farm, so they load you all up into wagons and cart you out to the patches. Once there, you’re given 15 minutes to look around and pick your perfect pumpkin. I was going for size and a particular shape, which I was amazed at how quickly I found one that fit the bill. I’m talking like two minutes quick! I was also impressed with the variety offered. Obviously a variety of shapes and sizes, because that’s just how vegetables grow, but they also had a variety of colors (classic orange, green, white) and gourds.
4. Help save the world from zombies
Another first for me! I had never paintball’ed before. I have been shot by a paintball when I wasn’t participating, but that’s a story for another day. Their “course” is small, but includes lots of targets for aiming at. They also have some targets rigged up that when hit will cause a reaction elsewhere in the course, like a zombie popping out of a window, or a coffin, etc. which upped the difficulty level a bit for us big kids.
Bonus: Anderson Farms has another zombie paintball course that is available at night (we were there during the day). On this course, participants are driven through on paintball gun rigged wagons while hunting zombies in the corn fields.
5. See if you have what it takes to escape the room
I was skeptical of trying their “3 minute” escape room. I have been to two other escape rooms prior, and have managed to escape none of them within the hour allotted. But we decided to give their version a try, and I’m proud to say I finally escaped! For those counting at home, it now looks like this:
Escape Rooms – 2
Kara – 1
And not only did we escape the room, but the staff member assigned to our room informed us we had the fastest escape time of the day at 2 minutes 9 seconds. Now, he could have just been saying that, but I am choosing to believe him. Naturally I couldn’t take pictures inside the room, but we opted for the “scary” version…which meant creepy af clowns. My five-year-old self was terrified, but my thirty-something-year-old self managed just fine.
6. Get a funnel cake
For real. If there’s a person in this world who passes up a funnel cake when the opportunity presents itself, I don’t think I want to know that person. Our biggest obstacle was picking the toppings. I’m a classic powdered sugar type, my bf is a fruit type (which they didn’t have). So we wound up going 50/50…half powdered sugar, and half Oreo.
What is YOUR favorite fall activity, whether with friends or as a date? Let me know!
Happy traveling 🙂