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Fun Things to Do in Boulder County in Autumn

Monday, August 30, 2021

 Since we just moved here in fall 2020, we have been enjoying finding all the fun things to do around here with our family of 6.  I of course have been on the hunt for those amazing spots to add to my photography locations for family photos and more.  But in general, we have already enjoyed many fun adventures here in Boulder County and nearby areas.


1. Pick your Own Sunflowers!

This activity goes until the end of August for most farms.  We loved Anderson Farms located in Eerie, Colorado.  We will be making this our new end of summer tradition.  It is a whole experience with the activities near the front, then you take a wagon ride back to the field and there is so much to explore with over 50 varieties of sunflowers.  I loved how tall the sunflowers were in many parts for such a grand effect. Tickets must be reserved in advance and they go fast!

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2. A Trip to the Farmers Market

Boulder County puts on some of the best farmers market.  Located at the Boulder County Fair Grounds, this market is from 8am-1pm.  What gets you in the mood for fall that all the pumpkin spice, some freshly made chili, roasted squash, and more.  These local farmers only bring the best.  And what's more is there is also music, crafts for kids and all over entertainment soaking in the environment.  If you want to avoid the crowd, they also offer curbside pick-up.  The market goes until November 20th.


3. Family walks with the fall color

Take a walk around the lake with the family in tow as you soak in the view of the mountains and color. For something leisurely and accessible, we enjoyed Golden Ponds Park where these beautiful waterfalls are. Naturally, the kids had fun exploring and collecting little nature treasures.

Check out a fun family session I did at this location.


4. Pumpkin Patches

We have found a few that we love for fall pumpkin picking!  Whether you want to pick your pumpkin right off the vine or have it conveniently ready near the car here is what we love.

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Patch

Opening starting Sept 10th, this patch is great for families with small kids.  During the weekend there are little carnival rides in addition to the patch, photo stops, a mini corn maze, llamas and other fun animals to pet, and a shop with local treats like honey.  Free parking, just pay per attraction and for your pumpkins!  We went on a weeknight which I recommend if you would like a lowkey environment for the kids or less crowded for pictures!


Wagons to haul pumpkins and giant tubs to wash them before your head home are available. 

Anderson Farms

Opening Sept 22nd for pumpkins.  This farm offers both the experience of wagon rides to the pumpkin field and closer to the car options for picking out pumpkins.  Then of course there are corn mazes, a tractor train ride, slides, and even a giant cinderella pumpkin carriage.  I just might have to convince one of my daughters to dress up a Cinderella for a mini photoshoot for fun. 

The Bee Hugger Farm

This locally owned donation-based farm is open 7 days a week and is perfect for a fun low-key experience with the little ones.  I love how many cool props, like old VW cars, bikes, rocking horses, vintage chairs, and retro stuff they have at this location that are so fun for pictures.  I recently went for sunflower picking but will be back for sure soon senior portraits and more.  Grab some yummy local honey here as well!  They have ponies for petting, peacocks that roam the farm.  Arrange to take a pony ride, host a birthday party, and more.

I think this is the perfect mommy playdate outing with the littles.


5. Get Crafty

Crackpots, located in downtown Longmont has paint your own ceramics craft shop to make for the perfect girls' night out.  There are such fun ceramic pumpkins, mugs, and more to paint.  As things get chillier, I just love getting my craft on.  If you want to host a craft night at home, they also offer to paint your own kits that can be taken back after to be fired in the kiln. 


6. Boutique shopping

Whether it is finding that new perfect outfit for your fall family photos, or getting in the mood for fall with updating some decor, here are some favorite spots I have found that I love. 

Handmade Primitive Country Decor

I have found many a unique gift from local artisans at this quaint shop located in downtown Longmont. Last trip was the most adorable snowman mini mugs for the kids with little hats to keep your cocoa warm.  Then of course there are things like homemade soaps, candles, baby clothes, and such cute fall decor like the little cloth pumpkins I  bought last year. 

Vintage Market Days

We enjoyed this boutique fair in the summer as a girl's day out at Boulder County Fair Grounds.  They do another one in November in Greely if you are up for the trip!  I highly recommend it. Antiques, decorations, clothes, great food, music, and more. 

Flower Wild

This locally owned boutique has a fun colorful assortment of boho vibe attire perfect for those country vibe family photos.

Front Range Mercantile 

For the full antiquing experience with a bit of boutique vendors mixed in, check out this antique mall!  I of course love to shop here for fun prop finds for my setups for mini sessions, cake smashes, and more. 










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