Geisler Farms – Bondurant, Iowa


Geisler Farms is a fun pumpkin patch with lots of fun activities in their barnyard. You pay one admission price for the “fun zone” which includes a giant slide, jump pad, swings, rubber duck races, mazes, pedal carts, hamster roll, corn bin, and bags. Pumpkins are available for purchase and can be bought without paying admission, but are not in a traditional patch. They are picked and then placed in a grass field for choosing.

Receive $1.00 off your corn maze admission by sharing one canned or packaged nonperishable food item. The limit is one food item per paid corn maze admission; food will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Emergency Food Pantry.

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Howell’s Pumpkin Patch- Cumming, Iowa


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Howell’s Pumpkin Patch is down in Cumming; they charge one admission price and then have a few additional activities for an extra charge (pony rides and corn cannon are extra on top of admission; corn maze, jumping pad, pedal go karts, observation deck, human hamster wheel, rubber duck races, corn pit, large slides, pedal tractors are all free).

There is food on site, as well as a full gift shop with holiday decor. Two other things to note are that their wagon rides are wheelchair accessible and they send you a $5 coupon if you sign up for their newsletter online (in the lefthand sidebar).

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Annett Nature Center – Indianola, Iowa

Annett Nature Center indianola, iowaAnnett Nature Center is next to Lake Ahquabi State Park; the three floor nature center is a popular field trip destination, with interactive displays and a small collection of live animals. Outside there is a wildlife viewing blind, trails, a butterfly garden, and observation deck. Please call ahead if you plan on going inside the nature center (as opposed to just hiking outside) because hours may vary depending on the staff.

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