To me, Fall is the exhalation after the long-held breath that is Summer. It is the rest after the activity and fun and heat that is June and July and August. It is a time when we transition from our far-ranging, outdoor activities like waterskiing and camping, to tamer, still-fun-but-closer-to-home pursuits like geocaching and video games.
There is one activity in particular that we have enjoyed so much every Fall that it has become a tradition at our house: visiting Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest. If you’re looking for great ways to enjoy the Fall season in Utah with family, this is it.
While corn mazes are fairly common this type of year, Cornbelly’s is unique for the amount and type of activities that accompany it, as well as perhaps the venue at which it is located, a place called Thanksgiving Point. Thanksgiving Point is an attraction just south of the Salt Lake valley in Utah consisting of a large botanical garden, a smaller children’s garden, a dinosaur museum, shops, restaurants, art galleries, yoga, an 18-hole golf course, a movie theatre, a petting zoo, and (in 2014) a children’s museum. There is no lack of things to do at Thanksgiving Point if one ran out of them at Cornbelly’s, but the likelihood of that happening is very low.
Indeed, Cornbelly’s 40+ attractions can take at least a full day to explore, depending on the number and ages of the members of your family or the people with whom you visit the site. There is something for almost every age. In addition to the large corn maze, there are a couple of smaller ones designed for smaller kids. There is also a haunted monster, a shooting gallery, pumpkin ball, trike racing, pig racing, potato and corn cannons, paintball, bounce houses, jumping pillows, long burlap slides on which you can actually get air, gem “mining,” a climbing wall, a “Cornbelly Mountain,” a cow train, a pumpkin princess playland, kiddie corral tire swings and tetherballs, hayrides, pedal karts, duck races, beanbag tosses, a barnyard basketball zone, face painters, campfires, a mechanical bull, a giant rat maze, etc., etc.
Of course, there are also the necessary concessions, which include things like barbecue pork sandwiches, hot chocolate, corn on the cob, cheeseburgers, cotton candy, caramel apples, and scones. Very typical, and very yummy, Fall food. The price of admission into Cornbelly’s ranges from $8.95 to $34.95, depending on how much you want to do and often you want to go; the price of food is, of course, extra.
It is best to arrive early (i.e., before 11 a.m.), especially on the weekends, as the lines can get long. When we went recently, we visited the neighboring Farm Country, Thanksgiving Point’s large petting zoo, just across the street, when things got a little crowded. There, we were able to participate in more Fall activities as part of their “Barnyard Boo” party, and find a geocache on property! My kids were exhausted but ecstatic by the end of the day. Yours will be too.