There are still plenty of things you can do with the family this year while staying safe and practicing good social distancing. While times have changed, people still want to get out and have fun and if we can all stay safe, then there’s no reason not to! Now that the weather is starting to cool, it is the perfect time to participate in fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Let’s look at a few happening in and around Meridian, Idaho, shall we?

Linder Farms. Pumpkin Patch And Corn Maze

Always a good time, Linder Farms is opening this year on September 18th through October 31st. They have a modified list of attractions this year due to COVID19, but most of their main attractions are still active. Check out their website for more details and tickets. You can still enjoy their great family friendly activities like hay rides, the petting zoo, giant slide, hay bale maze, and the old west shooting gallery. Tickets start at $6 per adult. Kids under 3 are free!


The Berry Ranch. Pick Your Own Pumpkins And Berries

If you like spending time at Linder Farms, then you’ll love The Berry Ranch! Located on the corner of Hwy 20-26 (Chinden) and Franklin out of Nampa, The Berry Ranch is a great place to take the family this year. You can (literally) enjoy the fruits of your labor by taking a guided “pick your own berries” tour which allows you to gather fresh berries so you can take them home and make all sorts of concoctions like jams or pies. 


For the fall, you can even pick pumpkins straight out of the patch. The best deal is the “Family Pick Your Own Pumpkin With Hayride” event which can be done Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Each person gets to explore the pumpkin patch and pick a fresh pumpkin to take home. You also get a hayride in a real horse drawn wagon! Don’t forget to stop off at the gift shop. Pricing starts at about $10 per person. More details on their website here.  


Idaho Botanical Garden

Another great place to spend time outside with your family surrounded by beautiful plants and land features, the Idaho Botanical Garden is gearing up for an action packed fall. Check out their annual Fall Harvest Festival which will be held on every Saturday in October. During the festival you can check out the Scarecrow Stroll, the Hay Maze, pumpkin patch, local food trucks, and autumn themed beverages from Lost Grove brewing. Each weekend will feature an event like live music, a movie night, spooky stories from Storyfort, concluding with a costume parade on Halloween night! More information and tickets available here. 


Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is open again and is taking visitors! They have completely revamped their layout and tour style in order to be within the CDC guidelines for COVID19. While some things may have changed, it is still a great place to explore and have fun with the family. Check out more details and ticket info here on their website.