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10 Pumpkin Patches Worth Planning A Trip Around


Hayrides, corn mazes, and farm animals are all part of the pumpkin patch experience. This fall, get in the holiday spirit—and get out to enjoy the cool temps—by planning a trip around one of these 10 pumpkin patches in the U.S.

1. Craven Farm

Where: Snohomish, Washington. cravenfarm.com
When: Sept. 22 through Oct. 31
How much: Free, including parking. Additional cost for activities. A la carte pricing and packages available.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, face painting, toy duck races, harvest market, mini golf, adventure maze and obstacle course (Note: Some activities are only available on the weekends.)
Wow factor: Families enjoy the hayride to Minionville and photo opportunities in storybook scenes recreated with pumpkins. Craven Farm also have an apple slinger for target practice.

2. Great Pumpkin Farm

Where: Clarence, New York. greatpumpkinfarm.com
When: Sept. 15 through Oct. 31
How much: Free on weekdays. Weekends: $8 (ages 3+). Additional cost for special activities.
What you’ll find: Pre-picked pumpkins (Note: There’s not an actual pumpkin patch.), corn maze, petting zoo, face painting, jumping pillows, shooting range, haunted barn, pumpkin slingshots and canon, panning for gems, children’s craft area. (Note: Some activities are only available on the weekends.)
Wow factor: The Great Pumpkin Farm offers special events each weekend. There’s a full schedule of entertainers, from ventriloquists to jugglers to magicians. On some weekends, explorers in the corn maze will be hunted by dinosaurs or zombies. Or come for the zombie train or the pig races. The full schedule of unique themes and events is available on their website.

3. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch

Where: Middletown, Maryland. jumbos.org
When: Sept. 22 through Oct. 31
How much: Free, including hayride. Additional cost for activities.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, mini wagon rides (Note: Some activities are only available Friday through Sunday.)
Wow factor: Jumbo’s also offers a 15-acre corn maze and 6,500 square feet of shopping. Shop for baked goods, carving kits, and fall decorations—including farm-grown mums and more. There is also a craft attic featuring handcrafted items from over 45 local artisans.

4. Lucky Ladd Farms

Where: Eagleville, Tennessee. luckyladdfarms.com
When: Sept. 19 through Oct. 28 (Note: They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.)
How much: $13.99 for adults, $11.99 for seniors or children 2 through 12. Parking is free. Season passes are available. Additional cost for some activities.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, petting zoo, barrell train, slides, rubber duck races, gem mining, corn box, milking cows (Note: Some activities only available Friday through Sunday.)
Wow factor: Lucky Ladd Farms is an Ag-venture Farm Fun Park. There are educational exhibits and activities. There are also trails through the unique Cedar Glade habitat with interpretive signs and interactive educational activities. Depending on season, Lucky Ladd offers pick-your-own gardens, U-cut flower gardens, and livestock sales.

5. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Where: Culver City, California. mrbonespumpkinpatch.com
When: Oct. 5 through 30
How much: Free on weekdays; Friday evening, $10 per adult, $5 per child age 3+; Saturday and Sunday, $15 general admission, all ages 3+. Admission includes “Pumpkin bucks.” Additional costs for parking and activities.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, complementary wagons, live entertainment, straw maze, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, giant slides, and bounce-houses (Note: Some activities are only available Friday through Sunday.)
Wow factor: Tour the Pumpkin Village or the Tipi Village, both included with the cost of admission. Mr. Bones also has a “master carver” on site in late October. For an additional fee, a professional carver creates unique designs by request and turns your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern masterpiece.

6. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

Where: Bismarck, North Dakota. papaspumpkinpatch.com
When: Sept. 9 through Oct. 20
How much: $5 per person ages 3 and up, Thursdays admission is $1. There’s a $5 discount for bringing your own wagon. Additional fees for some activities. Family season passes available.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay bale mazes, horse-drawn hayrides, pony rides, zip lines, pumpkin canon, corn cob sling shot, nature trail, Log Jam, Great Pumpkin’s Chair, Corn Cribs, Papa’sville (wooden play structures), slack lines, and rope tunnel (Note: Some activities only available evenings and weekends.)
Wow factor: Papa’s believes in paying it forward. A portion of their proceeds are donated to local charities. Non-profit organizations also send groups of volunteers to help run the pumpkin patch in exchange for a donation to their organization.   

7. Pumpkin Patch Express

Where: Parrish, Florida. frrm.org/Months/ppe.html
When: Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28
How much: Adults, $18.50 to $32.50; Children ages 1 through 11, $14.50 to $28.50 (Note: Train ticket prices vary by class.). Activities and pumpkins for children included in ticket price. Parking is free.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, hayrides, face painting.
Wow factor: The Pumpkin Patch Express is a seasonal event at the Florida Railroad Museum. Visitors ride a train to the pumpkin patch where they enjoy activities for children, pick pumpkins, then ride the train back to the station. Combining your pumpkin patch visit with a train ride is a unique way to celebrate the season.

8. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Fest

Where: Lockport, Illinois. ourpumpkinfarm.com
When: Sept. 22 through Oct. 31
How much: Weekdays, $11.95; Weekends, $14.95; Children under 3, free. Additional cost for some activities. Discounts available.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, jumping pillow, rides and slides, gem mine, Ghost Town Railroad, baby chick nursery, pumpkin drop and smash, haunted barn, and many more.
Wow factor: There are 31 different activities included with the price of admission at Pumpkin Fest. There is no additional charge for rides or even the corn maze. Families could easily spend all day at the farm enjoying activities without any additional cost.

9. Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Arboretum

Where: Dallas, Texas. dallasarboretum.org
When: Sept. 22 through Oct. 31
How much: General admission, $15 adult, $10 child (ages 2 through 12); $12 seniors (65+). Parking, $9 (online price). Children’s Adventure Garden, add $3 per ticket.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, Pumpkin Village, scavenger hunts.
Wow factor: General admission includes admission to the Dallas Arboretum. Visitors can explore a variety of ornamental gardens in addition to visiting the pumpkin patch. The Children’s Adventure Garden is similar to an outdoor children’s museum, with a wide range of hands-on activities.

10. Walters’ Farm Pumpkin Patch

Where: Burns, Kansas. thewaltersfarm.com
When: Sept. 15 through Oct. 31
How much: Monday through Friday, $10; Saturday through Sunday, $13; Pay-to-play activities offered on weekends only. Activity packages and season passes available.
What you’ll find: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, farm animals, corn bin, pedal boats, play areas, zipline, train, pumpkin cannon, gem mining, duck races, pumpkin scavenger hunt, ninja obstacle course, sunflower field walk.
Wow factor: Walters’ Farm offers plenty of family-friendly fun during the day, but come back after dark to see their spookier side. Bring a flashlight for the corn maze, take a hayride to the haunted cannery, or even ride an ambulance to the asylum.

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