It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, the weather (hopefully) is cooling down, and the scent of pumpkin spice is in the air. Time to hit the best pumpkin patches in the US to find the perfect jack o’lantern or maybe a few mini pumpkins for the little ones and celebrate with a traditional autumn festival.
Pumpkins grow in many different places throughout United States, which means that pumpkin patches are accessible from lots of major cities from coast to coast. So to help you celebrate the fall season, here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the U.S.!
10. The Great Pumpkin Patch – Arthur, Illinois
The small town of Arthur, Illinois is recognized for a few big things: the Amish community, the Cheese Festival, the Fourth of July Fireworks show, and the Great Pumpkin Patch. Just head out of this East Central Illinois area to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and fruits from over 30 countries that are all grown here. You can also visit the resident animals that live here, ranging from chickens, rabbits to even llama and alpaca.
9. Roba Family Farm – Dalton, Pennsylvania
This Pennsylvania farm is open to the general public from mid September til late October. Top attractions here include the pumpkin patch corn labyrinth, the farm animal center, the hillbilly pig races, and the singing chickens. Children love the fall activities here, which include the Hay Fort, the Jumpin’ Pillow, and the Kiddie Kattle Train. Yet pumpkins are the main part of the festivities. There is cool Apple and Pumpkin cannons and Pink Pumpkin Weekend in October.
8. Roloff Farms – Hillsboro, Oregon
The Roloff family is most recognized for its role on the TLC show, Little People, Big World. But they run a farm that has one of the most amazing pumpkin patches in the nation as well. You only need to drive about 30 miles west of Portland to visit the farm in Helvetia. The pumpkin patch is open to the general public each October. The Roloffs are also recognized for their delicious pumpkin salsas.
7. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Middletown, Maryland
Open between late September and the end of October, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch spans 30 acres of Pick Your Own Pumpkins space, a 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, and face art painting. There’s a kiosk for food and over 6,500 sq ft of shopping area with fall handicrafts. No pets are allowed at the farm, but entry is free for everyone. This pumpkin patch has been operating since 1994, and you can pick pumpkins just for $0.49 per pound.
6. The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence, New York
This pumpkin patch delivers the largest family event in the region and is a super fun fall festival to celebrate the harvest. Festivals are hosted between mid September through the end of October on the weekends. Top attractions here include the Cackling Hen Revue Show, petting zoo, face art painting, caricatures, pie eating competition, and kid craft area. There are also hayrides, a corn maze, and a jumping pillow every weekend.
5. Uncle Bill’s Farm – Grinnell, Iowa
Iowa is a huge farming state, and Uncle Bill’s Farm is, no doubt, one of the best pumpkin farms in the Midwest. It is normally open from mid September to just right before Halloween and has been helping many families make memories for over 20 years. Besides pumpkins, visitors can look forward to the wheel barrow course, train, goals and even shopping in the green house.
4. Walter’s Pumpkin Patch – Wichita, Kansas
This is one of the best pumpkin patch in the Wichita area and has a great corn maze, pond, and jumping pillows too. It usually open its doors in mid September. This is also a favorite venue for rustic weddings in the fall.
3. Craven Farm – Snohomish, Washington
Craven Farm opens up in September and is open from morning to dusk through Halloween. You can reserve space for weddings and other special events, and the corn maze is a local favorite. It’s been in business for over 34 years, and there’s no entry fee to enter the farm. There is even a 3D adventure for the youngsters, a hay ride on weekends, and a harvest market to browse around and shop.
2. Assiter Punkin’ Ranch – Floydada, Texas
Floydada is an great community in Texas known for loving pumpkins, and the Assiter Punkin’ Ranch is the place to be this fall. There is actually farm full of fresh pumpkins at three pumpkin patches here, which make over fifty acres of production and 30 varieties of pumpkins. This is an amazing place to find “rare” pumpkins that look different than the typical orange and round varieties.
1. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch – Bismarck, North Dakota
This is an affordable and family oriented pumpkin patch in North Dakota that offers lots more to do than just to go around and pick out pumpkins. It normally hauls in more than 300,000 lbs of pumpkins during the season, but you’ll also come across gourds, squash, straw bales, and sunflowers to make completion of your fall decorating display. But what visitors really like about this pumpkin patch are all the different things to do. Free of charge. There’s a giant corn crib, bale labyrinths, a cool pumpkin cannon, a log gym, a nature trail, and more.
Pumpkin patches are super fun for families with children, but they also make for a great trip as adults looking to get out and also be part of the celebration. Lots of pumpkin patches deliver more than just pumpkins. At these farms, you can also learn in detail about how pumpkins are grown, hop on a hayride, tour a scary barn, try pumpkin-flavored goods, and find your way through the corn labyrinth.