‘Tis the season for pumpkin-everything, from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin candles to pumpkin bread, etc, etc. There’s no better time than now to visit the pumpkin patch to help get into the festive spirit, so we’ve rounded up some of the top places around America to pick your own pumpkins. Bring along your friends and family for an all-around autumnal experience!
1. The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence, New York
Open seven days a week, rain or shine, from September 17th through October 31st, The Great Pumpkin Farm has tons of festivities to partake in. Participate in special events every weekend such as the Oinktoberfest, the World Pumpkin Weigh Off, Pumpkin Olympics, or the Pumpkin Drop. This year features a new corn maze, two “Jumbo Jumping Pillows,” and a new Zombie Train.
2. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Middleton, Maryland
There are 30 acres at Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch to pick your own pumpkins! It also features a 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and wagon rides. In addition, Jumbo’s has an enormous 3,000 sq. ft. store with tons of handmade items for all your fall shopping needs.
3. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch – Bismarck, North Dakota
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch rightfully calls itself outdoor family fun. Per their website, Papa’s hauls in over 300,000 pounds of pumpkins a year. Along with pumpkins, they have several varieties of squash and gourds for a festive fall display. As for the activities, they have a log gym, a nature trail, wooden play structures, a giant corn crib, bale mazes, a corn maze, a pumpkin trebuchet, and a pumpkin cannon!
4. Walters’ Pumpkin Patch – Burns, Kansas
Walters’ Pumpkin Patch in the Wichita, Kansas area has attractions for children and adults. During the day, bring the whole family and check out their 30 acre pumpkin patch and feast on grilled sweet corn and Walters’ Famous Pumpkin Chili. For teens and adults, come back after the sun sets for a haunted nighttime excursion at the Haunted Cannery.
5. Craven Farm – Snohomish, Washington
For a non-scary night excursion, check out the Craven Farm based in Washington. They stay open late on Fridays in October for their Night Owl Corn Maze that is perfect for all ages! The corn maze has 15-acres of paths and 20 acres of pumpkin patch to work up the appetite for a fresh cider donut from the Espresso Shop or a hearty Chili-in-a-bag from the Snack Shop. Search through over 30 varieties of pumpkins to carve your perfect jack-o-lantern!
6. Uncle Bill’s Farm – Grinnell, Iowa
Uncle Bill’s Farm has been a local attraction for over 25 years. With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, this farm is perfect to visit under any weather condition. It features 10 acres of pumpkins, a train depot, a corn pool, giant corn maze, giant jumping pillows, and a farm animal haven. Children can feed goats and chickens and even experience “milking” the life-sized fiberglass Maizie the cow.
7. Yahoo Farm – Jasper, Georgia
Yahoo Farm has plenty to offer for people of all ages–a pumpkin hunt, a cosmic corn maze, a hayride (and a haunted hayride), an animal farm, and even a butterfly and flower garden. A new eatery now serves up delicious pumpkin cupcakes and apple pies along with hearty BBQ sandwiches to satiate your appetite.
8. Cox Farms – Centreville, Virginia
Located in northern Virginia, Cox Farms is brimming with all kinds of family-friendly activities and entertainment. A music stage hosts local musicians nearly every day so you can enjoy live music while spending the day at the farm. Children can learn about all kinds of animals and participate in farm chores. There are also plenty of fun mazes, tunnels, trails, and slides to keep the whole family busy.
9. Nash Ranch – Redding, California
Nash Ranch is currently celebrating its 26th year as Shasta County’s original pumpkin patch. Because it is a real working farm, in addition to the pumpkins, there are also sheep, alfalfa, oats, and barley. For fall festivities, the ranch has a haunted house, a petting zoo, straw maze, train rides, and more!
10. Assiter Punkin’ Ranch – Floydada, Texas
Located in Floydada, Texas, the “pumpkin capital of the USA,” Assiter Punkin’ Ranch has a number of harvest events to celebrate its namesake. “Punkin Days” every October include activities such as pumpkin carving and painting, pumpkin rolling, a pie-making recipe contest, seed-spitting, and more.
11. Cool Patch Pumpkins – Dixon, California
Cool Patch Pumpkins is home to the world record corn maze at a whopping 63 acres. The maze offers two different path options–one intermediate and one advanced–so that everyone can comfortably have fun getting lost in the maze. In addition to the maze, the farm has a fun zone for kids, complete with a mini maze, corn bath, trikes, hay castle, and more. A concession stand offers meals for lunch or dinner, while a coffee cart serves up hot and cold drinks and tasty treats such as pumpkin pie, kettle corn, and cookies.
12. Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm – Waukegan, Illinois
Though not as large as the previous one, the corn maze at Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm changes every year and is still plenty big to get lost in. If corn mazes aren’t up your alley, this farm also has a hayride and animal farm. The gift shop carries plenty of festive fall decorations and everything you’d need for pumpkin carving!