Best fall activities in Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of Gilcrease Orchard.

As the fall season quickly approaches, many students are left wondering what the dry, desert-like climate of Las Vegas has to offer. Las Vegas is known for the summer activities consisting of pool and lake days, sunny brunches in outside restaurant patios and endless barbecues. What most students and Las Vegas visitors tend to overlook are the fall activities that can be enjoyed throughout the valley this upcoming season. With the weather beginning to cool down, here are some fun and unexpected activities to enjoy this fall season.

One of the most underrated and hidden gems the city has to offer this fall is the Gilcrease Orchard. Yes, you read that right. Las Vegas has it’s very own orchard that has been around for over 90 years thanks to Elda and Leonard Gilcrease. Located at 7800 N. Tenaya Way, Gilcrease Orchard is already open for the season. 

Their hours of operations are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. They offer apple picking as well as pumpkin picking for the upcoming season. The pumpkin patch opens Sept. 25 and runs until Oct. 31. On top of fruit picking, the orchard also offers weekly-rotating ready-made food and drinks for purchase. These items include but are not limited to peaches, sunflowers, pints and gallons of apple cider, pear cider, donuts, kettle corn, butternut squash and more. 

An added bonus is the option to book an after-hour photo shoot at the orchard. For social media marketing students and all around social media influencers, this is the perfect opportunity to create content. Make sure to head over to their website to schedule a shoot or to find more information on the orchard itself. 

Next up on our list of fall activities include the wonderful pumpkin patches emerging throughout the city. The most well known pumpkin patch to surface in Las Vegas is the Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch, not to be confused with or associated with the iconic Disney movie of the same name, “Halloweentown.” 

The Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch is most well-known due to the fact that they have three locations throughout the city. They offer carnival rides and food as well as the opportunity to host events such as birthday parties and company events. Make sure to check out their website for pricing. 

The first of their pumpkin patches is the Boca Park location set to open Oct. 1. Their second location set to open Oct. 7 is the Silverado pumpkin patch and their third being the southwest location opening Oct. 14. Hours of operations for all three pumpkin patches are Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

To keep the spirit of Halloween going, there is always the wonderful Moapa Valley Cornmaze, also known as the Lewis Family Ranch. The corn maze itself is located about 50 miles outside of Las Vegas, yet it is completely worth the trip. Family-owned and operated, this corn maze has been around for eight years as of this fall. 

Set to open Sept. 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and select days throughout October. The corn maze offers various activities to enjoy this fall season. Among those activities are the day maze, pumpkin patch, haunted maze, zombie paintball, haunted hayride, shriek shack and to keep their country roots going, they even hold pig races on select days. They offer a variety of food and treats for sale including apple pie fries, caramel apples, hotdogs and hamburgers. Make sure to keep up with their schedule by visiting their website

Not ready to mingle with society and possible crowds this fall season? No need to feel left out as there are still COVID-19 friendly fall activities to enjoy. Most students expressed that their activity of choice is at-home movie marathons. 

“Decorating my house and watching horror movies while baking Halloween cookies is safe and quite possibly the most comfortable of all the activities available this fall,” criminal justice major Tony Shutt said.

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