Fall Outdoor Fun Must Dos In Kansas City

Apple pie, corn mazes, and pumpkins . . . fall does not get anymore complete than this.

Carolyn's Pumpkin Patch

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It’s been almost 30 years since Carolyn and Buddy Raasch opened up their 80-acre family farm (just south of Liberty) to the public. Their initial goal was to teach children about agriculture, but they slowly grew that theme to include a fall farm event, Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, that encompasses everything from traditional pumpkin-pleasing activities to train rides and pig races. There’s also bushels of food to eat. The pumpkin doughnuts are their best sellers, so be prepared to wait in line. carolynscountrycousins.com

Liberty Corn Maze

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Liberty Corn Maze

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Lost in the Corn

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you enter the Liberty Corn Maze, because chances are you’re going to get lost. This maze is so intricate, we’re sure even navigation experts have been stumped. The maze makers use GPS to cut the corn with pinpoint accuracy that include enough twists and turns to make you dizzy. This year there are four mazes that each highlight something to love about Kansas City. So, be prepared to get totally disorientated in a fountain, plate of barbecue, jazz band and train mazes. No worries, though, about never finding your way out. There are “corn helpers” to assist in navigating you to the exit. For the younger maze masters, there’s a “Lil’ Sprouts” area where the degree of difficulty drops significantly. libertycornmaze.wixsite.com/liberty-corn-maze

Wagon Wheel Orchard

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Be Johnny Appleseed

If you want to create your own mini apple experience at home, head to the Wagon Wheel Orchard in Gardner, Kansas. Here you can multi-task and buy your own apple trees while savoring freshly picked fruit. wagonwheelorchard.com


Johnson Farms

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Johnson Farms

photo courtesy by johsnon farms 


Johnson Farms

photo courtesy by johnson farms 



Johnson Farms in Belton lets you grab one of their wheelbarrows and journey off into their 40 acres of pumpkins to find your perfect selection of fall gourds. When you’re done with your harvesting, there’s a corn maze to get lost in, a “pumpkin pooper” where you can shoot pumpkins across a lake (Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds!), train rides, farm animals to pet and a silo play yard. Pro tip: don’t miss the apple cider slushies at the Barnyard Grill. johnsonfarms.net

Schweitzer's Orchad

photo courtesy by schweizer's orchards


Schweitzer's Orchard

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Apple Road Trip

It’s worth the drive to St. Joseph to experience Schweitzer's Orchard. At this 86-acre orchard, you can pick your own apples and pumpkins, and when you’re done, it’s time to treat yourself to a cherry slush or a warm apple cider. There’s also a marketplace filled with jams, jellies, salsas and relishes fresh from the orchard. schweizerorchards.com