Even though fall rolls around at the same time every year, there’s always something that feels special about the sights, smells, and tastes of the season. One of the most enduring fall traditions in the U.S. is going to a pumpkin patch to choose your very own pumpkin to decorate or carve and partaking in all the fun fall activities that go along with it.
Pumpkins grow in many different places across America, which means that pumpkin patches are accessible from lots of major cities from coast to coast. Pumpkin patches are fun for families with kids, but they also make for a great outing as adults looking to get outside and celebrate too. Lots of pumpkin patches offer more than just pumpkins too. At these farms, you can learn about how pumpkins are grown, hop on a hayride, tour a spooky barn, taste pumpkin-flavored goodies, and find your way through a corn maze.
So to help you celebrate the fall season, here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the U.S.!
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The Great Pumpkin Patch – Arthur, Illinois
The tiny town of Arthur, Illinois is known for a few big things: the Amish community, the Cheese Festival, the 4th of July Fireworks display, and the Great Pumpkin Patch. Head just outside of this East-Central Illinois town to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds from over 30 countries that are all grown here. You can also visit the resident animals that live here, including, chickens, rabbits, an alpaca, and a llama. This pumpkin patch has been going strong for nearly 30 years and is open between mid-September and Halloween. Not only can you pick your own pumpkin, but you can also go through mazes, hop on wagon rides, shop for seeds, and visit the onsite museum. Weekend prices for adults are $8 and on weekdays for $5.
Roba Family Farm – Dalton, Pennsylvania
This Northeastern Pennsylvania farm is open to the public between mid-September and Halloween. Top attractions here include the pumpkin patch corn maze, the farm animal center, the hillbilly pig races, and the singing chickens. Kids love the fall activities here, which range from a hay fort to the Jumpin’ Pillow and the Kiddie Kattle Train. Yet pumpkins are a big part of the festivities too, of course. There are pumpkin cannons and Pink Pumpkin Weekend in October. General admission to this pumpkin patch and farm is $14.95 per person Friday through Sunday and $9.95 per person Monday through Thursday. After Halloween is over, you can head back to Roba Family Farms to pick out your perfect Christmas tree starting on the day after Thanksgiving.
Roloff Farms – Hillsboro, Oregon
The Roloff family is best known for its role on the TLC show, Little People, Big World. But they also run a farm that has one of the best pumpkin patches in the country. You only need to drive about 30 miles west of Portland to visit the farm in Helvetia, and the pumpkin patch is open to the public every October. The Roloffs are known for their delicious pumpkin salsas. You can visit between 10 am and 6 pm between October 1 and October 30 to pick your own pumpkin, browse the gift barn, take a wagon tour, ride a pony, and get your face painted. The Adventure Area has a corn stalk maze, petting zoo, putt putt golf, and much more.
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch – Middletown, Maryland
Open between late September and Halloween, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch spans 30 acres of Pick Your Own Pumpkins space, a 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, and face painting. There’s a concession stand for food and 6,500-square-feet of shopping area with fall handicrafts. Dog owners should know that no pets are allowed at the farm, but admission is free for everyone. This pumpkin patch has been around since 1994, and pumpkins you pick cost $0.49 per pound.
The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence, New York
This pumpkin patch offers the largest family event in the region and is a fun fall festival to celebrate the harvest. Festival weekends are hosted between mid-September through Halloween. It’s free to visit the farm on weekdays, and admission fees of $7 per person only apply during the last six weekends of the season. Top attractions here include the Cackling Hen Revue Show, petting zoo, face painting, caricatures, pie eating contest, and kid craft area. There are also hayrides, a corn maze, and jumbo pillows every weekend. Depending on which weekend you visit, you could join in the fun at a BBQ cook-off, watch the World Pumpkin Weigh Off, or compete in a costume contest.
Uncle Bill’s Farm – Grinnell, Iowa
Iowa is a big farming state, and Uncle Bill’s Farm is one of the best pumpkin farms in the Midwest. It’s open from mid-September to just before Halloween and has been helping families make memories for over 20 years. Besides pumpkins, visitors can look forward to the train, goals, wheel barrow course, shopping in the green house, and corn maze. The farm’s hours are from 10-6 Monday through Saturday and 11-6 on Sunday. Weekday admission is $7 and weekend admission is $10 for ages three and up.
Walter’s Pumpkin Patch – Burns, Kansas
This is the best pumpkin patch in the Wichita area and has a great corn maze, pond, and jumping pillows too. It opens up in mid-September from 10-7 Monday through Saturday and from 1-7 on Sunday. This is also a favorite venue for rustic weddings in the fall.
Craven Farm – Snohomish, Washington
This pumpkin farm opens up in late September and is open from 9:30 am to dusk through Halloween. You can reserve space for weddings and other special events here, and the corn maze is a fan favorite. It’s been in business for over 34 years, and there’s no admission fee to enter the farm. There’s a 3D adventure for young farm visitors, a hay ride on weekends, a pumpkin/apple slinger, and a harvest market to browse and shop.
Assister Punkin’ Ranch – Floydada, Texas
Floydada is an important town in Texas to know if you love pumpkins, and the Assister Punkin’ Ranch is the place to be this fall. There are actually farm fresh pumpkins at three pumpkin patches here, which make up 50 acres of production and 30 varieties of pumpkins. This is a great place to find “unusual” pumpkins that look different than the typical orange and round varieties. Pumpkin’ Days is an exciting festival that takes place in Floydada on the second weekend in October every year.
Yahoo Farm – Jasper, Georgia
This pumpkin destination is all about the food, and you’ll find plenty of it in the forms of pumpkin cupcakes, apple pies, and barbecue. This family farm is just over an hour from downtown Atlanta and right off the freeway. There’s also a corn maze, animal feeding, and pony riding here. Some of the fun attractions here are fossil and gem grubbing, hayrides, a corn cannon, pumpkin hunt, and cuddly animals to watch. Haunted hayrides are offered from 7-10 pm in October, and flashlights are included. Admission and parking for this pumpkin patch are free, and you’ll only pay for the other activities.
Cox Farms – Centreville, Virginia
This pumpkin farm opens to the public in mid-September, and there are lots of events scheduled on both weekdays and weekends. Attractions include slides, tunnels, hayrides, farm animals, swings, and local food. There’s lots of great food to be sampled when you come here, such as the famous kettle corn, cut fries, and barbecue. The festival market stays open past Halloween and through the first week in November.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch – Bismarck, North Dakota
This is an affordable and family friendly pumpkin patch in North Dakota that has lots more to do than just pick out pumpkins. It usually hauls in more than 300,000 pounds of pumpkins during the season, but you’ll also find gourds, squash, straw bales, and sunflowers to complete your fall decorating display. But what people really love about this pumpkin patch are all the free activities. There’s a giant corn crib, bale mazes, a pumpkin cannon, a log gym, a nature trail, and more. It’s open from mid-September to late October from noon to 7 pm daily and costs just $4 per person over two years old. Activities like the zip lines, wagon rides, and corn cob sling shots cost a bit extra.