As children go back to school and the weather begins to cool down, the lush green of Kansas slowly changes to vibrant autumn hues – we start thinking about the different activities that add to the delight of the season. From farms and ranches, to pumpkin patches and cider mills, to orchards and corn mazes, agritourism helps us bask in the beauty of fall. Below is a diverse list of 10 must-see places for farm & ranch experiences in Kansas!
1. Peterson Farm Tour - Assaria
The Peterson Farm Tour became a reality after the Peterson Farm Bros’ YouTube Channel went viral. Life on a farm is the concept behind entertaining and educational videos – informing people about farming and agriculture. Private tours include a guided tour of the 5th generation farm, beautiful Kansas scenery, farm animals, bales to play on, and other farm activities. The tour is concluded with a live performance from the Peterson Farm Bros themselves.
2. Flying W Ranch - Cedar Point
Visitors experience an authentic cowboy lifestyle at Flying W Ranch. Homesteaded in the 1890s, see a one-of-a-kind barn built at the turn of the century. A real cowboy adventure is complete with horseback riding, cattle drives, wagon rides, prairie burns, wildflower walks, star gazing, fishing and hiking in the Flint Hills. This 7,000-acre cattle ranch offers grand vistas, relaxation, and memorable experiences for all its guests.
3. Hillside Honey Apiary - Easton
Get an up close look at the life – and work – of a beekeeper and the honeybee. A family and veteran owned bee farm, Hillside Honey Apiary, gives guests of all ages the opportunity to don a beekeeper’s suit and educates guests about the importance of bees. They offer local raw unfiltered honey, infused and creamed honey, and a host of personal care products made from honey.
4. Hoot Owl Hill - Paola
At Hoot Owl Hill, hill time is a state of mind. The glamping farm – camping with amenities and comforts not usually used when camping – is a bed and breakfast retreat. Coffee and a freshly-prepped breakfast are served on the wraparound porch overlooking the scenic vista, serenaded by the sounds of country life. The farm has a variety of farm animals, along with multiple vegetable, fruit and flower gardens for guest enjoyment. Hoot Owl Hill is perfect for folks in search of a mellow space.
5. Walter's Pumpkin Patch - Burns
There is so much more than pumpkins at Walter’s Pumpkin Patch near Wichita. The fun starts with a 30-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch. September through October, the entire family can fall into fun at Walter’s. Romp up Boo Mountain, ramble around on the hayrack ride, paddle on the pond, and more. There are plenty of seasonal eats and treats, with enough space for weddings, reunions or corporate gatherings.
6. Louisburg Cider Mill - Louisburg
There is no better way to kick off fall – Louisburg Cider Mill has grown to become one of Kansas’ premier attractions and a draw throughout the Midwest. Famous for their cider, cider products and Lost Trail sodas, visitors can watch as the apples are pressed, cider is bottled and the donuts are made. The 80-acre farm is more than place to stop – it’s an adventure.
7. HorseThief Reservoir - Jetmore
Prepare to face the walking dead at HorseThief Reservoir. As the undead lurk in surrounding fields, visitors board a zombie-eliminator trailer and ready themselves for Wild West Zombie Paintball. Each trailer is equipped with 10 paintball guns to save HorseThief from the zombie scourge. Just outside of Jetmore, Zombie Paintball is open every Friday and Saturday through the month of October from sundown to 11:30 p.m. HorseThief offers RV hookups and camping – for those spooked from zombie hunting, the lake is not too far from town.
8. Meadowlark Farm Orchard and Hard Cidery - Rose Hill
A 30-minute drive from the center of Wichita, Meadowlark Farm Orchard and Hard Cidery is a pick-your-own peach and apple orchard. Fill up a bucket or a tote with ripe peaches in the summer and apples in the autumn. Open year-round, Meadowlark makes hard apple cider on the farm and sells the hard cider, jams, salsa and other seasonal goodies at several farmers markets in the Wichita area.
9. Shiloh Vineyard & Winery - WaKeeney
Shiloh Vineyard and Winery is a small family-owned winery located southwest of WaKeeney. A beautiful and unique destination available for a variety of occasions, experience the hospitality at Shiloh Vineyard with a stroll through the farmyard and vineyard, or delight in the selections in the tasting room. Shiloh Vineyard has quite the collection of dry whites, dry reds, semi-sweet whites, fruit wines, or dessert wines.
10. Ringneck Ranch - Tipton
Homesteaded in 1872 and welcoming travelers since 1983, Ringneck Ranch offers a variety of hunt packages. Nestled in the Carr Creek Valley in the Blue Hills, they offer many family-oriented outdoor activities; five-stand sporting clays and crazy quail targets; guides, dogs, on-site accommodations, country-gourmet meals, game processing and more; hunts for pheasant, chukar, prairie chicken, quail, dove and turkey.