Although the official start date of fall is a few weeks away, the best of the season has already begun. And while autumn is synonymous with scarves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, there are plenty more things to keep you entertained during the leaf-changing season.
Skip the Starbucks #PSL and sample some of the local splendor.
Grab a creative cappuccino at Reverie Coffee Roasters. Or, if you don’t feel like fall is fall without a little pumpkin spice, try Reverie’s pumpkin spice latte made with real pumpkin.
2611 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS
Expresso To Go Go uses coffee beans locally roasted by The Spice Merchant. With a reverse osmosis water filtration system and beans ground just before creating your delectable drink, Expresso has their caffeinated creations down to a science!
102 E 1st N., Wichita, KS
Mix coffee and caring at Mead’s Corner, a coffeehouse that encourages faith, community, and service. Grab a delicious cup of joe and enjoy it guilt-free, as Mead’s does their best to recycle as much as possible, provide fair wages and great working conditions, and give back to the community they have grown with.
430 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS
Before the trees end up bare amidst piles of leaves, their fruits will be ripe for the picking this autumn! Visit a local orchard or farm and stock up on fruits and veggies.
Meadowlark Farm boast pumpkins, ready-to-pick or already picked vegetables, peaches, and apples galore!
11249 S.W. 160th, Rose Hill, KS
Load up on apples for bobbing, cider, and pies at Steffen Orchard. The reviews are in and once you pluck your first apple, you’re guaranteed to want to come back!
1345 W. 90th N., Conway Springs, KS
Enjoy a lovely afternoon or evening sipping some fermented fruit at a wine tasting or touring some Kansas vineyards.
Sweet and Dry and Red, Oh My! Grace Hill Winery and Vineyard houses a wine for everyone and events to draw crowds. And although the volunteer grape harvest dates are booked up, you can still pop in for a tour of the vineyard!
6310 S. Grace Hill Rd., Whitewater, KS
Wyldewood Cellars offers the chance to sample and purchase wines created from the combination of new science and traditional techniques. With three Kansas locations, there are plenty of places to find you perfect blend.
951 E. 119th, Peck, KS
You can’t say “fall” without thinking of pumpkins! Take a trip to the pumpkin patch and grab some pumpkins to decorate for fall or carve for Halloween!
Zip line, explore a corn maze, and enjoy hayrack rides at Walter’s Pumpkin Patch. With new attractions every season, you’ll never grow tired of this family outing.
10001 N.W. Hwy. 77, Burns, KS
Applejack Pumpkin Patch also gives you a chance to enjoy zip lines and corn mazes, while also offering a market full of local artisans and vendors.
Make your reservations today at Cox Farms, a family owned and operated location decorated with pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Stop by the Country Store to pick up some farm-made dressings, jams, and more after exploring the corn maze!
6059 S. Seneca, Wichita, KS
If your favorite part of fall is Halloween, embrace the horrors of a haunted house!
Do you want more than a man-made haunted house? The Udall Forest of Fear is a real haunted forest. Well worth the drive from Wichita, this forest has documented supernatural events sure to scare your socks off!
7446 51st, Udall, KS
Stand on the grounds of the Field of Screams, location of the infamous vigilante murders. Forest, trenches, tunnels, and more will have you shaking with terror before you head home.
4055 N. Tyler Rd., Maize, KS
An open-air hay wagon ride sounds like a peaceful fall evening, right? Not so fast. The Haunted Cannery offers this ride, but it is anything but peaceful as you take a trip through the cornfields and make your way through an abandoned 4-story grain elevator where the horrors of the night are sure to hide.
US-77, El Dorado, KS
Wicked Woods and Wicked Island have been combined to ensure a night of terror. The new Wicked Island will have you shaking in your boots as you try to escape!
3022 S. Mclean Blvd., Wichita KS
Take in the beauty and colors of fall during a stroll through the park or a portrait of autumn.
Autumn & Art is an opportunity to enjoy artists from the area and entertainment from live music to art demonstrations. Presented by Fidelity Bank, Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair will keep you entertained with a night of exposure to creativity and culture.
2000 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS
And of course, there is no mention of fall without mentioning FOOTBALL! Grab a seat at a local bar or eatery and enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of everyone’s favorite sport!
Grab a pie or sandwich at Ziggy’s Pizza and settle into the full bar designed as if it was meant for enjoying a game with friends!
3700 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS
Grab a drink at the Fieldhouse sports bar. TVs will bring you in for the game, trivia, music, and great vibes will keep you there until close!
3825 E. 17th N., Wichita, KS
Now that you’ve got an idea of what you can still enjoy before the snow starts covering the area, slip on your light boots and fall flannel and go out to enjoy the best of the season!