With the trees covered in fiery hues and the air just crisp enough to need a light jacket, fall is arguably the most beautiful time to visit Kansas City, KS. What makes the city stand out this season is the array of fall activities that are inexpensive enough to include the whole family. So pack up your kiddos, grab your sweaters and lattes, and get ready to create some affordable fall memories that will last a lifetime.
Cider Hill Family Orchard
With more than 1300 apple trees to pick from, five fishing ponds and plenty of space to run and play,Cider Hill Family Orchard has become a fall tradition for many families in Kansas City, KS. New this year includes fresh barrel smoked barbecue for purchase every weekend, $3 rides on the Cider Hill Express children’s train, and a small cider press for families to press their picked apples into fresh cider! Of course Cider Hill will also be bringing back favorites like caramel apples and cider donuts! Guests are welcome to pack a picnic and take family photos around the scenic property as well.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Every fall in Bonner Springs, KS is a chance to watch jousting knights, bow down to a king and queen, or even try your first turkey leg. The Kansas CityRenaissance Festival is the most exciting fall event in Kansas City, and every weekend brings something knew! The festival is made up of seven themed weekends including: Ales & Tails, Wine, Chocolate and Romance, Witches and Wizards – just to name a few! With affordable admission for adults (pssst...find a coupon here), and children 5 and under being free, you can bring the whole family out for a day of music, dancing, and even more Old English fun. The 2016 season of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival runs weekends September 3rd – October 17th, including Labor Day and Columbus Day.
At Cabela’s in Kansas City, KS, you can do much more than shop for your next outdoor trip, although you can find just about anything your adventurous heart desires in the 180, 00 sq-ft retail showroom. Here families can learn even more about the great outdoors and the creatures that inhabit them. Kids will love exploring the giant fresh water fish aquarium, the African diorama, and the Cabela’s Mule Deer Museum – all for free! Older kids and adults will love engaging in the shooting gallery and indoor archery test area. A day of shopping and fun can be topped finished off with a tasty wild game sandwich or a sweet treat from Cabela’s Fudge & Nut Shop.
National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame
The National Agricultural Hall of Fame prides itself on being the only museum chartered by congress to honor America’s farmers. Kids can tour and learn all about the history of agriculture and the significance it has on our lives, all through fascinating artifacts and hands-on exhibits. Walk around Farm Town USA and explore the garden, learn how to hand-wash clothes, and stop in the one-room school house, blacksmith shop, and general store. Ag Hall of Fame holds many family-friendly events each year where families can explore the grounds and take a mini-train ride, including the International Lineman’s Rodeo on Saturday, October 15th.
Don't forget to check out these family friendly events in Kansas City, KS this fall:
9/24 Grinter Place Car Show
10/14-16 2016 NASCAR Race Weekend
10/15 Halloween History Howl
10/26-30 American Royal World Series of Barbecue
10/23 Family Timber Challenge