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One of the highlights of the fall season is the opportunity to visit a pumpkin patch, and it’s a whole lot more fun than just picking up a few pumpkins at the supermarket. Not only will you find a much greater variety of all shapes and sizes, but most include all sorts of other activities and attractions. Arizona hosts plenty of them, many complete with old-fashioned hayrides, petting zoos, mazes, food and drink, games and more.
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MacDonald's Ranch, Scottsdale
MacDonald’s Ranch has been a family favorite for many seasons. Open October 4th – 31st in 2019, it’s conveniently located in Scottsdale for North Valley residents, but also worth traveling for. It’s not a tractor that pulls guests out to the pumpkin patch to discover that perfect pumpkin, but a real western hayride, pulled by mules or horses. Kids of all ages enjoy the petty zoo where they can cuddle up to miniature ponies, sheep, goats, pigs, miniature donkeys and more. There’s also a hay maze to get lost in, face painting, gold panning at the gem mine where you can keep what you find, and a variety of games. Join the duck races, let the kids zoom around the dirt track in the pedal cars, play Conk the Cow, Cow Milking, Deluxe Jenga and more. There’s even an Old West town filled with antiques, along with plenty of food and drink offered by Blazin’ Barbeque.
Mortimer Farms, Dewey
Mortimer Farms is open September 27th through October 27th in Dewey, about 90 minutes from Phoenix. It makes a fun day trip with the fall event centered around a 15-acre pumpkin patch and a 15-acre corn maze. The list of activities is practically endless, and you can even enjoy live entertainment too. Just some of what’s on offer include a variety circus and illusion show, pig races, dog races, an obstacle course, gem mining, two zip lines, nine slides, corn hole games and hay ride tours. Get up close to animals like sheep, goats, chickens and Pedro the donkey, and enjoy live entertainment in the evening too. There’s a Friday Night Barn Dance, Dinner at the Barn, Magic at Night, and Fire Dancers as well as a variety of food and drink at the Country Store, the Farm Kitchen and more as well as multiple craft vendors.
Grand Canyon Railway Pumpkin Patch Train
Autumn also brings the chance to take part in a very unique pumpkin patch – or at least the journey to it, that is. In the fall, the Grand Canyon Railway becomes the Pumpkin Patch Train. It departs from Williams Station near the Grand Canyon, taking a detour into the countryside that brings passengers to a hidden pumpkin patch for picking up pumpkins. The station itself offers multiple fall treats to enjoy before the trip, including hot cocoa, several types of pie and caramel apples. As this season is a great time of year to visit the national park, thanks to the often idyllic climate and fall colors, you may want to make a vacation out of it and experience both.
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, Carefree
Carefree, Arizona’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is open from October 18th through October 27th, hosted throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens located downtown. The exhibits change each day, with different carved pumpkins making it fun to visit multiple times. It includes the chance to witness live pumpkin carving by world-famous artist Ray Villafane, as well as whimsical pumpkin characters that keep time with the Carefree Sundial and fun photo-ops with the massive 400-pound carved “King of Carefree” pumpkin. Just a few of the activities for all ages include costume contests, a corn maze, pumpkin pie eating contest, face painting, arts and crafts and all sorts of fall fare, as well as a craft beer garden.
Marana Pumpkin Patch, Tucson
Hosted October 5th through 30th, the Marana Pumpkin Patch in Tucson offers lots for southern Arizona residents and beyond. It features a 50-acre pumpkin patch that practically guarantees the perfect pumpkin for everyone, as well as a wagon ride that brings guests out to the patch. there are tractor train rides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, pig races, unlimited time on the jumping pillow, access to Straw Mountain and the Kids Zone, and more. All that is included in one admission price, but you can enjoy extras too, like shooting a pumpkin out of the cannon, a zip line and pony rides.
Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek
Open October 4th through the 28th, Schnepf Farms’ Pumpkin and Chili Party has been named the very best fall family event in the valley (Phoenix metro area), by Sunset magazine, Phoenix magazine, New Times and countless others. It offers the most activities for the price when it comes to pumpkin patches in this state. You’ll not only to be able to bring home great pumpkins, but you can roast marshmallows, whiz across a zip line, navigate a corn maze, enjoy entertaining shows, ride a roller coaster and other carnival-type amusements, play miniature golf, navigate a corn maze, watch pig races as well as an extreme canine show, BMX show and a spectacular fireworks display, among an endless list of other options. Of course, there is plenty of food and drink too, including chili.
Vertuccio Farms, Mesa
The Vertuccio Farms in Mesa offers the chance to enjoy the country life right in the city. It includes a pumpkin patch as well as a corn maze, miniature golf, mule-pulled wagon rides, a mini-zip line, a barrel train ride, giant tube slide, spider web climb, duck races, pumpkin bowling, animals and more. In addition to pumpkins, you can buy corn stalks and hay bales that can be a fun part of autumn decor. Fair-style foods, fresh-popped kettle corn and pizza will be available to indulge in as well.
Tolmachoff Farms, Glendale
This four-generation family-run farm in the West Valley farm is another fun spot to enjoy in the fall, open October 2nd through November 3rd. It includes a pumpkin patch as well as haunted corn maze, a themed family-friendly corn maze, a mini-corn maze for the little ones ones, a petting zoo, a unique tomato cannon, bounce house and option train rides. Plus there will be plenty of food vendors to fuel all those activities too.