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Fall in Des Moines

Find apple orchards, fall foliage along hundreds of miles of trails, pumpkin patches and hayrides in Greater Des Moines! Spend a Saturday morning browsing the Downtown Farmers’ Market and the afternoon sipping a local fall-inspired beer before sampling seasonal dishes from top notch chefs. Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Geisler Farms and Center Grove Orchard not only have stellar squash, but visitors can enjoy corn mazes, U-pick apples and food vendors featuring the flavors of fall.

Experience the colors of fall at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden or walk the Iowa Arboretum. Billing itself as a “Library of Living Plants,” you’ll stroll through hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a tranquil, 40-acre scenic fall setting. Other great options across Greater Des Moines include the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, with 29 sculptures spread across 4.4 acres, and Jester Park. Be sure visit the new Jester Park Nature Center featuring interactive woodland, wetland and prairie exhibits, habitat wall, naturalist nook and more.

Festival seekers have no shortage of options with events including Oktoberfest, the World Food and Music Festival, Night Eyes, Iowa Latino Heritage Festival and more. Whether you are looking for apple pie, pumpkin beer or an orchard adventure, there’s no shortage of fall things to do in Des Moines!


Join us on weekends during September and October. Navigate your way through the 10-acre corn maze and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Enjoy 23 activities including the big slide, jump pad, swings, rubber duck races, pedal karts, trikes, the corn bin and corn hole toss game. Test your strength at the new tug a tractor activity. Groups of 10 or more may reserve space at one of three firepits. Restrooms and food are inside the Red Shed.


Growing Family Fun at Geisler Farms
5251 NE 94th Avenue 
Bondurant, IA 50035 


Weekends: September 1 - October 28
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Corn Maze, Fun Zone & Wagon Ride $8.00
Fun Zone & Wagon Ride $6.00
Pumpkin Patch Free

Children ages 2 and younger admitted free.

2018 Geisler Farms CouponClick to download.

Fall Attractions


Hear from locals about where to eat, drink, and spend your time while visiting Des Moines in the fall. These are just a few of our recommendations! Read these suggested fall blogs and then check out an entire list of blogs here.