Fall in the Midwest arrives with crisp air, trees transformed into orange, yellow and red wonders, and the lingering smell of bonfire sticking to your sweater.  It welcomes in  seasonal activities saved only for this special time of year. If you’re doing fall in the Midwest, you’ll want to make these five ideas your official bucket list for celebrating this autumn’s arrival in Kansas City, KS.

1. Appreciate the Agritourism (and have a picture perfect day)

Slip into your favorite fall fashion and finish off an afternoon shopping around Legends Outlets Kansas City with a glass of Chardonel or apple pear wine at Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery. This locally owned vineyard is tucked away just a few minutes from the Village West Area, but will make you feel like you’ve been transported to wine country.

Rowe Ridge Fall

Cider Hill Family Orchard is another big favorite for locals, as each year you can frolic around more than 25 acres that include apple trees, a pumpkin patch, fishing pond, event barn and general store with all the apple flavored goodies. 

Cider Hill

2. Take a scenic drive

With the air feeling fresh and new in the fall, it’s good to get outside and take in the season’s natural ambiance. Every year around this time, the trees around Wyandotte County Lake are on full display with their fiery hues. Whether you’ve got an hour to walk around and feel the leaves crunch beneath your feet, or just a few minutes for a quick, but beautiful, cruise in your car, you won’t want to miss the magic of the lake and its foliage.

Wyandotte County Lake

While you're at the park, make sure to take a moment at the  Korean-Vietnam War Memorial, and make it a start on your own self-guided tour of memorial sites all around Kansas City, KS. 

Vietnam War Memorial

3. Sip on something warm 

Scattered throughout Kansas City, KS you’ll find coffee shops and cafes that are perfect for cozying up with a good book, catching up with a friend or fueling you for an on-the-go fall day. Splitlog Coffee Co. near downtown Kansas City, KS has trendy, minimalist feel and a cup of coffee that packs a punch. The shop has a multi-roaster format, always serving quality coffee from the local Messenger Coffee Co., as well as rotating selections from across the country.

Splitlog Coffee Co.

Third Space Coffee Co. in downtown Bonner Spring’s will make you feel like you stepped into a fall-themed Hallmark movie. The spacious café and hangout features seasonal beverages like the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, as well as soups, sandwiches and decadent pastries.

Third Space window

4. Scare yourself silly

Of course for many, fall means it’s spooky season. Break away from the average haunted house activity and journey to Exiled KC where you and your crew can hike along a dark trail through the haunted woods, dodging creepy thrills from left and right. This one-of-a-kind terror is not for the faint of heart! (Weekends October 2-31, 2020)

Exiled Alexa Fall

5.Get to know the local side of Kansas City, KS 

No sweat! Summer heat is fading away, making outdoor events and exploration that much more enjoyable. Get out and discover the most unique neighborhoods in KCK and KCMO on a social distance friendly urban hike with Urban Hikes Kansas City, stop in for locally grown produce at one of the KCK Farmers Market locations, cheer on the home team Sporting Kansas City, or tour the murals of Kansas City, KS

Urban Hike

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