Now that summer is officially coming to a close, it’s time to welcome in a new season filled with changing leaves, pumpkin flavors and beautiful, crisp weather. Provo is the third largest city in Utah, situated in the Utah Valley just over 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. In many cities, but especially in Provo, this season is a special time filled with lots of fall activities you won’t want to miss. Check out the list below for everything you’ll want to see and do.
Venture Through a Corn Maze
During the fall season, corn isn’t merely a sweet treat to be eaten as a side dish or displayed as a seasonal decoration. In Provo, and throughout Utah, winding your way through a corn maze is an exciting and challenging fall activity that visitors and locals alike look forward to all year. Incredibly designed mazes or paths are cut through large fields of corn, allowing guests to venture along them guided by either instinct or a map. Bring your group of friends or family and see who can make it out first!
Embark on a Halloween CruiseStep aboard a large riverboat, and sail along the incredibly scenic Provo River for an entertaining Halloween Cruise. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the shore as you chug along. You’ll be passing more than 100 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and their glowing spooky reflections on the water. Listen to your captain as he bids you ahoy and shares Halloween classics like The Headless Horseman as you chug along.
Attend a Utah Fall FestivalFall is one of the most celebrated seasons in Utah, and that means plenty of festivals and activities to ring in this crisp, beautiful time of the year. Throughout the state, there are a plethora of festivals and events you’ll want to attend, so be sure to plan accordingly. The Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival, Oktoberfest, and Harvest Festivals are just a few of these can’t-miss events you’ll only find during the fall.
Pick Your Favorite at the Pumpkin PatchDid you know that there are more than 20 different varieties of pumpkins? Whether you’re looking for a pumpkin to decorate, carve or cook, pumpkin picking is a fun fall activity for all ages. Head to the pumpkin patch and hop on a hayride or explore the rows of golden-orange pumpkins just waiting to be brought home. There’s nothing better than a delicious pumpkin pie or toasted pumpkin seeds to be shared with your house guests. Most have mini pumpkins as well for your little ones, which are the perfect size for fall arts and crafts projects.
Hop on the Bicycling Ghost Tour
Grab your family or a group of friends and hop on one of Provo’s Pedal Ghost Tours. These tours are led by professional tour guides who are all Utah natives and experts in storytelling and the paranormal. Jump on a bike and take a guided tour stopping at various haunted and historic spots throughout the city. Typically, the tours will have 12 riders max, so keep this in mind if planning on attending a tour with a group. Choose from the Cemetery and City Edition or River Trail Edition, each marked by different spooky spots and corresponding stories.
Get Your Game Face On at Good Move CaféAs fall begins to cool things down, the perfect place to warm up is Good Move Café. Open late night for after-dinner entertainment, Good Move Café is a Provo favorite. This café has lots of options for delicious food and old-fashioned sodas like Cowboy Cream Soda, Outlaw Orange Cream, High Mountain Huckleberry and Cherokee Cherry Vanilla. The best part about Good Move Café isn’t even the cuisine, however, it’s all the good moves you’re going to make while playing one of their 900-plus games. From traditional board games like Speed and Risk to lengthy competitions like Settlers of Catan, Taboo, and Reverse Charades, Good Move Café is the best place to spend a cool fall evening with friends and family.
Go Take a Hike
Layer up and head outside for an incredible hike this fall. As the leaves begin to change colors, the foliage on the trails is absolutely breathtaking. Whether you’re looking to take an easier hike or a more strenuous one, there are plenty of options in Provo and the surrounding area. For easily conquerable trails, try out Devils Kitchen or one of the Falls like Battle Creek or Timpanogos Falls. For a middle-of-the-road hike, head to the Y Trail on Y Mountain, known for its steep incline and incredible views from the top. Provo Peak is a very difficult and lightly traveled trail, only recommended for the very experienced.
Expand Your Knowledge at the Museums
As the weather begins to cool off, there’s no shortage of museums to be explored. Some of the must-sees are the BYU Museums of Paleontology, Art, Planetarium, Life Science Museum and Museum of Peoples and Cultures. On a brisk day, your family will love learning and exploring one of these spectacular museums filled with interesting exhibits and artifacts.
Catch a Performance at The Velour Live Music GalleryIf you’re looking for some fall entertainment, you’ll want to stop by Velour for the incredible live music of all genres. Named as one of the best-kept secrets in Utah, this Provo venue has featured artists like Imagine Dragons, Sara Bareilles, Neon Trees, Local Natives, and many more. The fall season brings a number of performances, so be sure to check out their calendar so you don’t miss out.
Cheer on the CougarsOne of fall’s most popular pastimes is none other than football. In Provo, there is no shortage of thrilling games with BYU's Cougars. Head to the more than 60,000-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium and experience the electrifying Cougar energy first-hand.
Fall is one of the most beautiful and exciting seasons of the year. In Provo, there are a wide variety of incredible fall activities you won’t want to miss. Be sure to plan accordingly so you can take full advantage of the season and all this area has to offer.