Once the leaves start turning orange, the US goes full-on pumpkin crazy. We paint and decorate our front yards with them. We even carve them into creepy Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween to spruce up our porch. We sip on pumpkin smoothies and coffees and turn them into pies. In other words, we spend most of the fall season obsessing over pumpkins.
As part of the season, we start looking for the very best pumpkin patches. Some of us only go as far as the nearest supermarket, but true pumpkin enthusiasts will go the extra mile and search for the best pumpkins in town. And what better place to look for one than at a pumpkin patch near you?
Here are some of the best pumpkin patches across the country where you’re guaranteed to meet your future Jack-O-Lantern. Plus, you can enjoy some extra farm fun activities like running through the best corn mazes and slingshotting pumpkins.
Be sure to check directly with each pumpkin farm before you visit as some activities may be limited or canceled in 2020 and some farms will require advance reservations.
The Great Pumpkin Farm, Clarence, New York
When you hear “The Great Pumpkin,” your inner Charlie Brown starts jumping for joy, and it should. The Great Pumpkin Farm actually landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the first 1,000-pound pumpkin! The farm is open from September 19 until November 1, from 10 am till dusk.
This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the farm’s scarecrow-making, pumpkin slingshots, mummy wrapping, or pumpkin pie eating competition in addition to picking out the best pumpkins. Don’t forget to sip on a ghoulish Halloween drink at the Witches Brew Bar & Café.
Craven Farm, Snohomish, Washington
For those looking for pumpkin patches in Seattle, Craven Farm is a must-see. This farm is one of the original pumpkin patches for the Snohomish Valley agriculture region and has become a family tradition for many. It also has one of the largest pumpkin patches in the US!
They have a huge 15-acre corn maze titled ‘Alice in Pumpkinland’. If you’re in a hurry you can take the shorter Bunny Trail, but for the full experience, follow the Wild Hare Loop through all 15-acres while searching for Alice character photo ops and the hidden three secret rooms. On Fridays and Saturdays in October you can even tackle the maze in the dark!
After your corn maze adventure, enjoy some of the other activities like human foosball, apple slinging, and making your own scarecrow. Lastly, head into their 20-acre pumpkin patch to choose your perfect gourd from their 50 varieties on-site. Check with Craven Farm for their fall festival dates and hours.
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest, Homer Glen, Illinois
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest offers families the chance to ride their own personal tractor around Tractor Town or ride the Party Barn, which takes partying to a whole new level. When you’re done with that, swing on the Happy Swing ride and then slide on the 90’ Mega Fun Slide.
Don’t forget to visit the Gemstone and Arrowhead Mining Sluice where you can see how mining was done long ago and take home your own mining collection bag. And of course, take a moment to remember why you came here for… the pumpkins! They’ve got everything from classic orange ones to white pumpkins. There’s pretty much a little something for everyone.
They’re scheduled to open on September 18 until November 2, but as usual, make sure to check the site to get the latest updates.
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Illinois
At the Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, you get to climb a tire mountain or take a selfie on the eight-foot wooden rocking chair. There are over 30 unlimited attractions like the Lexi’s Jumbo Jumpin’ Pillows for a one-of-a-kind bouncing experience. The kids will absolutely love the petting zoo and baby chick nursery.
And be sure to check out the 12-acre corn maze before going on a hayride to the pumpkin field to pick your future Jack-O-Lantern right off the vine. The giant maze this year has a theme of “Peace on Earth.” They’re open from September 26 to October 31, 2020, so you still have plenty of time to plan a trip.
The Great Pumpkin Patch, Hayden, Alabama
They weren’t kidding when they added the word “Great” in The Great Pumpkin Patch! This newly renovated farm offers wagon rides, a petting zoo, inflatable slides, a hay pyramid, and bungee jumping. Plus, they’re home to the best Halloween Festival in the southeast. Whoever said life wasn’t a hayride has clearly never been here before.
They’re open from September 26 to November 15, 2020, so consider making this one of your fall bucket list activities.
Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark California
Underwood Family Farms will feature their giant 40+ acre pumpkin patch this year, however, their traditional fall festival will be on hold until 2021. You can still safely explore their gigantic pumpkin patch, go on a wagon ride, or pick your own fruits and vegetables.
There are also tons of photo opportunities, animal viewing, giant spiders, and a hay pyramid. Underwood Family Farms strongly suggest booking your tickets online as walk-in admissions will be limited. The farm will be open from Saturday, October 1 till Saturday, October 31, 2020.
And if you’re enjoying fall in California, don’t miss visiting Disneyland at Halloween Time!
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns, West Palm Beach, Florida; La Jolla & Hollywood, California
With Halloween costumes and lots of games and activities, Mr. Jack O’Lanterns is the pumpkin farm to visit if you live in the city. You won’t just leave here with the pumpkin of your dreams, but you and your family will get to enjoy some fun games, too.
You’ll play Tic Tac Toe Pumpkin Style, Tumbling Tombstones, Pumpkin Bowling, and there’s even a pumpkin decorating station that includes feathers, paint, glitter, and everything you need to let your creativity fly.
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns also has three city locations, one in West Palm Beach, Florida, and two in California at Hollywood and La Jolla. Some activities are unique to a specific destination.
Lemos Farm, Moon Bay, California
For families in California, Lemos Farm is a fall tradition. The farm turns into a Halloween Palooza, with activities like hayrides, a barn slide, and their Haunted House. Families can choose to venture through the scary or not-scary side of the Haunted House, so it’s perfect for kids of all ages.
And let’s not forget about picking out the perfect pumpkin, which you can do while enjoying a favorite pumpkin treat like pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, or even pumpkin ice cream! And if you’re ready to reach for the wild side, how about trying a goat yoga class at Lemos Farm! You will need to book entry tickets in advance for Lemos Farm for 2020.
Check out these other fun fall activities around San Francisco.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville, Georgia
At Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, you’ll get to prove how good your aim is as you shoot ears of corn from the corn cannon. You can also climb a tire mountain or go on a towering goat walk where you’ll get to spot friendly goats that love showing off their impressive climbing skills.
And the family fun doesn’t stop there! Explore their epic 15-acre corn maze — it’s a Captain Hook Peter Pan theme this year. You can trek through the haunted trail, hitch a ride on a wagon, or jump on a jumping pad. Be sure to check their website for their 2020 hours before heading out.
And check out these other great pumpkin patches in Georgia!
Arrowhead Orchard, Paris, Ohio
Arrowhead Orchard has group and family campfires, sunflower walks, corn maze, unlimited hayrides, and other fun kid activities like Fort Delicious, Hamster Run, Tire Climb, Train Cart Ride, and a Small Grass Maze.
And of course, after you’re done picking out your pumpkin, you can also pick out your own sunflower bouquet or your own apples, too. They’re open from September 4 till October 26, 2020.
Clark Farms, Wakefield, Rhode Island
While Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the US, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some big fall fun to offer. Clark Farms in Wakefield is ready to welcome guests for some daytime and nighttime fall fun.
During the day, enjoy some classic fall fun activities like hayrides, a corn cannon, a petting zoo, and even a mining mountain! You can also wander through their corn maze during the day, this year’s theme is a tribute to First Responders.
But just wait until nighttime for a real treat! Under the huge autumn moon, with just a flashlight for your guide, you can try to wind your way through the maze. And if you’re visiting on a Saturday night in October, end your night by a campfire sipping on hot cider or hot chocolate and snacking on free s’mores.
Check out these other fun pumpkin farms in Rhode Island.
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest, Eustis, Florida
Don’t let the name fool you. Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest includes all sorts of fun activities for the whole family like their Magical Maze that has 13 scary monster pictures hidden throughout for you to search and find. If you want to be up close and personal with the animal kingdom, you can visit the farm animal zoo or ride a real horse or a pony.
They’re also planning their 2020 “A Lot of Pumpkins” pumpkin patch featuring a collection of fresh-picked pumpkins ready for you to stock up on. Check their site for dates and hours, including special event weekends.
The Maize, Portland, Oregon
If you love animals and big red barns, you’ll want to head to The Maize in Portland, Oregon. Of course, they have a giant maze, too, as you’d expect from their name. This year’s theme is “Better Together.”
But The Maize also offers some classic fall fun activities like their big red animal barn, hayrides, a giant hay pyramid for climbing, and of course a giant pumpkin patch where over a million pounds of pumpkins are grown each year!
The Peter Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma, California
Picking out a pumpkin for Halloween is hard but delightful work. Fortunately, The Peter Pumpkin Patch is part of the Petaluma Creamery Farm in northern California, and they have plenty of delicious refreshments to power you up. And be sure to try their homemade pumpkin ice cream, a staple that is sinfully good.
You’ll also get to tour the farm, experience a cheese tasting, milk a few cows, dig for potatoes, and go on a fun hay maze. Unfortunately, they are closed for 2020, but you can always start planning for next year.
Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Canon City, Colorado
Experience the epic Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and corn maze in Colorado which is different every year but is always called the same—The Great Pumpkin Maze. There are also three-legged races and face painting for the kiddos to reap plenty of fall festival fun. Unfortunately, they’re closed for 2020, but they plan to open again in the fall of 2021.
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