Our Fall-Tastic Visit to The Pumpkin Ranch

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We had the best fall-tastic day at The Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset, Iowa last weekend.  It was one of those days I didn’t want to end.  There’s nothing better than spending time as a family adventuring and having fun together.  We all were sad to leave at the end of the day.

The Pumpkin Ranch is about an hour’s drive from our house so we loaded up and headed out so we could get there right when it opened at 10 am.  The weather was on the chilly side so we dressed in layers but with all the activities we stayed nice and warm.

When we arrived,  we pulled the van up to an admission booth so when we parked, there was no need to wait in line to get in which was awesome.  My kids took a good look at the map and we headed straight for the zip line, something my kids were really looking forward to!  We took a stroller for Quincy which was perfect and all of the attractions were nearby so our kids could just run from one thing to the next!

We owe a debt of gratitude to the two zipline attendants because Solon and Vera went on the zip line no less than 100 times that day.  There was even a little kid zip line with a baby swing attached so our little kids could get in on the action too.  Quincy and Lucy enjoyed a few zip line races of their own.

Of course, we had to stop by the jumping pillow.  Have you been on one yet?  Lucy could bounce for hours and Quincy laughs so hard when he’s bouncing.  The first 20 minutes of every hour is reserved for kids under 42 inches tall and the remainder is open to all those over 42 inches.  Solon was able to go with Quincy to help him stay on his feet!

After, the jumping pillow.  We stopped by the slide for a few turns before heading over to the corn pool.  Is there anything more midwest than playing in a big pool of corn?  The kids had a blast playing with a shovel, bucket and some tractors for a while before Solon finally convinced them to check out his favorite attraction of the day – the farm ninja course.

This area is every kid’s dream who watches America Ninja Warrior.  There were a bunch of different farm-style obstacles and all 3 of the bigger kids tested it out.  Solon did the course several times over!  I even did a few of the obstacles, why not?

We stopped by a little toddler area full of little plastic houses, a smaller slide, tire swing, and other equipment and all 4 of the kids had a blast pretending to have a farmers market.

Before long it was lunchtime and we were all hungry so we stopped by the concession stand and my kids chose walking tacos, no surprise there!  If you aren’t familiar with what that is, check out this post.  The good news about the Pumpkin Ranch is that you can bring your own food along if you would like.  They have picnic tables so you can set up a picnic and enjoy it.

After lunch, it was time to ride the hayrack ride and go pick our prized pumpkins. Every kid looked far and wide and found their pumpkins all over the patch.  We ended up with 5 beautiful pumpkins because Scott found one more he thought we needed ;).  They are perfect carving pumpkins, Lucy has already decided she wants an angry faced pumpkin this year.

After weighing our pumpkins and loading them into the car, the kids each picked a few more of their favorite things to repeat before our littlest guy nearly fell asleep on a repeat ride on the hayrack ride.

We ran out of time to do the corn maze, we will just have to go back!  We stopped by the gift shop before hopping in the car and heading home.  Before we even got on to the Interstate, Lucy and Quincy were out.  Solon and Vera keep asking when we will go back.

I want to go back too.  It was just one of those awesome fun fall days that I look forward to all year long where Scott and I can be big kids at heart too and play right along with our kids.  Such sweet special memories and a new annual fall tradition.

Have you been to The Pumpkin Ranch yet?

The Pumpkin Ranch is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.  You can check out their website here.  They are open this Friday-Sunday.  On Saturday, they have a vendor fair and some superheroes visiting and on Sunday, there’s free horse rides from 1-5 pm.  Get all the detail here.  Don’t miss out on some good old-fashioned fall family fun!  Trust me you will have a blast and make great memories.  Vera and Solon say to ride the zip line for them ;)!

Check out these other fall-inspired posts before you go –

Simple Apple Nachos Recipe

Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

Boo Your Neighbors Halloween Activity

Fall Fashion Essentials

Fall Bucket List

Pumpkin Parable

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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