Summer has officially ended, but you can still enjoy the outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to break out the sweaters, grab a group of friends or family and venture to Jefferson City for an unforgettable time.
Whether cozying up for a hayride, carving pumpkins, admiring fall foliage, or looking for a festival to attend, Missouri’s capital has something for everyone.
Go for an invigorating bike ride or walk along the Katy Trail. The nation’s largest rails-to-trails project provides the perfect backdrop for families and people of all ages to explore the scenic majesty of Missouri’s river bluffs, golden fields and quaint farmlands. You’ll enjoy the colorful fall foliage while taking in excellent views of the Missouri River’s scenic tree-lined bluffs.
Wake-up bright and early to breathtaking scenery watching the sunrise over Binder Lake located in the city’s largest park. Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and let the peaceful tranquility of the early morning calm wash over you. Visitors will enjoy the peaceful surroundings while taking in the splendor of Missouri’s natural habitats coming alive with color.
Craving more time in the great outdoors? Check out Runge Nature Center where visitors can explore more than two miles of hiking trails along with a 60-foot fire tower offering climbers astonishing panoramic views of the area’s dramatic rolling landscape.
Fall wouldn’t be complete without visiting a pumpkin patch. Fischer Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch offers 40 plus acres of festivities. Bundle up for a hayride, get lost in the giant corn box, pet farm animals and choose from fresh produce including pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Stroll through their famous corn maze featuring a new design each season!
The 6th Annual Missouri American Water Race to the Dome on Oct. 17 offers visitors the chance to enjoy gorgeous river views while cheering on participants. This charity canoe/kayak race allows the perfect opportunity for novice paddlers to gain experience while enjoying the beauty of the Missouri River.
With Halloween near, get in the spirit by attending Thursday Night Live’s ZombieNightLive on Oct. 29. This event includes live entertainment and the family friendly atmosphere one would expect from Thursday Night Live but with a spooktacular twist…visitors are encouraged to dress in zombie attire! Throw on your finest shredded apparel, cake on some terrifying makeup, practice your best zombie stagger and join us in downtown for this FREE live entertainment.
For additional information on all the exciting things to see and do in Jefferson City call 800-769-4183 or go to VisitJeffersonCity.com to start planning your trip.
By Jordan Rowles, Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau.