The best part of fall? Pumpkin everything—especially the actual gourds themselves. At the best pumpkin patches around the country, you can generally expect great photo ops, hot cider, and hay bales. The spots we’ve hand-picked for you below offer something a bit more special.
Best pumpkin patches by state
Best pumpkin patches by state
Alabama: Old Baker Farm in Harpersville
This is fall fun with a side of history: The Old Baker Farm was homesteaded more than 200 years ago and has been worked by the Baker family for a century! In addition to regular daily pumpkin-patch fun in October, the farm hosts a huge annual “Cotton Pickin’ Celebration” weekend. It’s a living history and arts and crafts festival with a Civil War reenactment, live bluegrass and gospel music, and a Native American dance performance. Once you get your pumpkin home, try one of these 20 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.
Alaska: Reindeer Farm in Palmer
Alaska’s low fall temperatures and early frosts don’t make for great squash-growing, so “pumpkin culture” isn’t quite as big a deal up north as it is in the lower 49. That said, if you’re near the Mat-Su Valley, bundle up and take a trip out to the Reindeer Farm to pick up some pumpkins, meet the caribou (reindeer), and play harvest games like rubber ducky races and potato launching. (Check out Alaska Parent for more family-friend fall events around the state.
The hand-cut, 20-acre corn maze at Peebles Farm—the state’s largest pumpkin patch—is one of the main draws. But there’s so much more to this place, like the 20-minute ride horse-and-wagon ride through the sunflower field and pumpkin patch and a petting area with piglets, llamas, and goats. (Bonus: The maze goes creepy for some haunted fun on Friday and Saturday nights.)
California: Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, Wheatland
We have two words for you: Pig races. After catching a NASPIG race held on the “Porko Arena” track don’t miss the animatronic singing chicken show. Just 45 minutes north of Sacramento, Bishop’s is the best pumpkin patch destination for down-home, silly fall fun.
Live closer to Los Angeles than the capital? The best pumpkin patch in SoCal is arguably Mr. Bones Pumkpin Patch in Culver City. Some of the interactive exhibits—like a pumpkin village of houses completed covered in gourds—were designed by the owner’s father, who’s best known for building Universal Studio’s “Back to the Future the Ride.” (Oh, and it wouldn’t be L.A. without celebrity sightings, valet parking, and a VIP lounge now, would it?)
Colorado: Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver
For several nights in October, Glow at the Gardens lights up the night with spooky displays of glowing pumpkins and intricately carved squash sculptures. For a more traditional pumpkin-patch experience, also hit the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms in Littleton for hayrides, pumpkins, and a famous corn maze.
Connecticut: Lyman Orchards in Middlefield
The orchard has been around longer than the United States of America—277 years!—and is still owned and operated by descendants of the original Lyman family pioneers. Pick your own sugar pumpkin or carving pumpkin, then grab a water bottle to stay hydrated while you solve the corn maze with two miles of twisting pathways. The orchard hosts several other special events during the fall, including a kids’ road race, a farm-to-table dinner at the historic homestead, and a Paint the Pumpkin Pink decorating party to support the Middlesex Comprehensive Breast Center.
Delaware: Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming
During Fall Fest Saturdays at the orchard you’ll find live music, tons of games for the kids, and of course plenty of pumpkins. A nice little perk: Every visitor gets a free mini pumpkin. A bigger perk: A store jam-packed with local honey, pies, fresh apple cider, apple butter, local honey, and apple cider doughnuts.
Florida: The Pickin’ Patch in Dunnellon
The hot, wet climate in Florida isn’t great for gourd-growing, but two farmers took a chance half a decade ago and hit pay dirt. The Pickin’ Patch has hayrides, a kids’ hay maze, a fort with slides, and live bluegrass on the weekends. But the best part may just be the price: $5 admission covers everything but the pumpkins!
Georgia: Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville
About 90 minutes north of Atlanta, Burt’s Farm boasts a hayride that’s really something special: a two-mile ride through the pumpkin patch and sunflower fields, with a view of Amicalola Falls. Burt’s is also famous for its farm store, stocked with Indian corn, squashes of all kinds, baked goods (pumpkin rolls anyone?) and even body wash and lotions made with extracts from butternut squashes and pumpkins grown on the farm. Learn how to pick the perfect pumpkin.
Hawaii: Kula Country Farms on Maui
This family-run patch on the island of Maui includes simple autumn pleasures that aren’t easy to come by in a tropical island paradise. Thanks to its 3,000-foot elevation, temperatures at the farm are crisper than you might expect—10 to 15 degrees cooler than the beaches. Enjoy a bouncy house, farm games, a corn maze, and pumpkin carving. Also: shave ice!
Idaho: The Farmstead in Meridian
The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival offers more than 40 varieties of gourds, pumpkins, and Indian corn. But the main attraction is the giant 18-acre corn maze with a different design every year. 2017’s was a complicated Pac Man scene, the year before featured Jimmy Fallon’s funny mug. Also key: The mini-maze—a smaller, less complicated version meant for kiddos. You’ll enjoy lunch here too with pulled pork and smoked turkey legs, and mini doughnuts for dessert.
Illinois: Sonny Acres in West Chicago
When you think of fall you may not think of camels, but at this adorable pumpkin patch 40 miles west of Wrigley Field, you can ride one. In addition to camels, you and the kids can also take a ride on a pony, a tractor-pulled hay wagon, and in a spinning tunnel called the Dizzy Zone. For bigger kids (10 and up), there’s also a truly creepy Haunted Barn…and a less-scary Spook Shed for little ones. For more scary fun, check out this list of spookiest American towns.
Indiana: Waterman’s Family Farm in Indianapolis
Waterman’s has two locations—a large one in Indy and a smaller spot in Greenwood. The big farm usually has a grab bag of crazy stuff lined up for its annual fall festival, including a pumpkin-eating “dinosaur,” camel rides, a straw mountain, an exotic-animal meet-and-greet (really!), and lots of live music. Ring-tailed lemurs and hot cider. What more could you possibly ask for?
Iowa: Harvestville Farm
Harvestville Farm is located in Donnellson, Iowa. In September and October, the farm has over 40 acres of pumpkins, squash and gourds, and two large play areas perfect for families. They also have a 10-acre corn maze, wagon rides, and other special fall events. If you can’t make it in the fall you’ll still want to visit in November because the farm turns into a winter wonderland with fresh cut trees and wreaths available until the Christmas holiday.
Kansas: The Walters’ Farm in Burns
This jam-packed patch is a kid’s dream. It has six—count them, six—separate “lands” each filled with its own collection of fall fun. The Crow’s Nest area is home to two tree houses, a culvert swing, and mini-golf while the Woodlands has a two-story playhouse, school bus, and pirate ship. The best part? Almost all of the patch’s activities are included in the reasonable $10 weekday/$13 weekend admission.
Kentucky: Evans Orchard in Georgetown
Like the idea of celebrating fall in a setting that feels more like a well-manicured park than a muddy ol’ farm? You’ll love Evans Orchard and Cider Mill. It’s just an hour’s drive from both Louisville and Cincinnati and 20 minutes from Lexington. Pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins and end the day on a delicious note with fried pie and ice cream or apple dumplings at Sweet Apple Cafe & Bakery on site. Don’t miss these 38 stunning photos of fall across America.
Louisiana: Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Hammond
There’s plenty to do at this sweet pumpkin patch, including a merry-go-round, jumping pad, and even a zip line. But it hasn’t lost its small-town sweetness, and you can’t beat the price: $7 for kids, free for adults. (Affordable birthday parties, too, at $100 for up to 10 kids.) Says one very happy Baton Rouge mom: “Price has stayed at $7 per child with no charge for adults over the last few years and includes a pumpkin to pick out per kid and face painting… We even discovered a nature trail this year and got to roll down the hill till our girls were wiped out and ready for home. Can’t wait to return next year and do the strawberry patch in the spring!”
Maine: Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant
Listen to live folk music while you enjoy a horse-drawn farm tour pulled along by twin horses Fred and Fran. Don’t forget your flashlight! At sundown, the corn maze becomes a family-friendly adventure, with treats and lighted stations where you can take sweet breaks.
Maryland: Gaver Farm in Mount Airy
The Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival is an hour’s drive from both Baltimore and Washington, DC and boasts more than 50 attractions including duck races, a silo chute, duck-feeding, free fudge tasting, mini mazes, and playgrounds. If you have a big group, pitch in to reserve one of the fire pits by the pond. Sites cost $100 and include everything you need for campfire fun: picnic tables, benches, and firewood. Just bring fixin’s for the s’mores. Here are some more reasons why fall is our favorite season!
Massachusetts: Fletcher Farm in Southampton
Voted the best pumpkin patch in Massachusetts by MassLive readers, Fletcher Farm is a DIYer’s dream: You get to walk the rows and rows of pumpkins to find your perfect picks, then clip them yourself. (No prepicked, sanitized experience here!) City slickers will also like Westward Orchards near Boston, a tiny orchard with u-pick apples and pumpkins, fresh cider donuts, and live bluegrass on Sundays.
Michigan: Three Cedars Farm in Northville
There’s so much to love at Three Cedars Farm from the classic (a big, red barn and pair of grain silos) to the slapstick (a talking outhouse)! And follow the amazing smells to the donut hut, where fresh donuts are made daily from a secret family recipe. Wash them down with a hot cider or apple slushy.
Minnesota: Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming
Just 40 minutes outside of Minneapolis is this beloved pumpkin patch with 25 acres of pumpkins, a giant slide, petting zoo, authentic Native American tee pees, giant checkers, and a pumpkin-eating dragon named Farfel. Fun! Don’t miss these fun and spooky pumpkin stencils for when it’s carving time.
Mississippi: Mitchell Farms in Collins
An hour outside of Jackson, Mitchell Farms sits on 1,500 acres nestled in the woods. Try to visit on the first Saturday of October for the Peanut Festival when crafters, artisans, and food vendors set up camp on the property. “Each booth has something great to offer,” says one local reviewer. “This past year Morgan’s on Main attended and sold Fried Green Tomatoes with Crawfish Sauce—ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! The Pumpkin Patch features a tour of the farm led by Mrs. Nelda Mitchell, herself. Her life story speaks for itself, so you just have to take a ride and learn about how she went from a school teacher to a full-time farmer’s wife.”
Missouri: Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty
This spot 20 minutes outside Kansas City boasts a sparkling new full-size carousel and an adorable railroad where a bright-red 1863 replica engine sweeps visitors under a tunnel and over half a mile of hand-laid track. Animals abound, too, with pig races(!), and pet-able bunnies and goats.
Montana: Sweet Pickin’s Pumpkin Patch in Kalispell
Fall fun doesn’t get much more charming and whimsical than this family-run patch in Northwest Montana. In addition to the requisite gourds and squashes, Sweet Pickin’s has plenty of low-key fun for the younger set with a pedal-cart track, tricycle maze, and climbing “spider web” of rope. Don’t miss their famous house-made kettle corn! Find out the weird ways the world changes in the fall.
Nebraska: Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch in Blair
This family-run spot has everything you could possibly want in an activity-packed, family-friendly pumpkin patch: Tower slides, Nerf gun “war zone,” petting zoo, a corn pool to wade and “splash” in, and even reservable bonfire areas.
Nevada: McKee Ranch Foundation in Las Vegas
All the donations earned at the McKee Ranch Foundation’s Pumpkin Patch—long a favorite destination among locals—go toward helping keep the ranch free during the rest of the year. A suggested $20-per-family donation not only gets you admission to the patch, but also a pumpkin, and a bunch of carrots to feed the pigs, horses, and donkeys!
“It’s the biggest pumpkin game in town,” says New Jersey resident Ellen, a mom of three. “Fun for the whole family with pumpkin patches for picking, wagon rides, a corn maze, farm animals to feed and the most amazing cider.” This first-generation family farm sustainably grows hundreds of varieties of produce, so you know your family is getting quality pumpkins. Plus, it’s reachable from miles around, even for city slickers who don’t drive; the farm operates a free shuttle from NJ Transit. Don’t miss the “Harvest Moon Hayrides” on Friday and Saturday nights!
New Mexico: McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty
An hour outside of Santa Fe, you’ll find McCall’s Pumpkin Patch. The spot—with its petting zoo, princess castle, giant fort, and paintball range—has become a tradition for many New Mexico families, including Michael P.: “We have been going to McCall’s pumpkin patch for over eight years. We have three boys and they look forward to it. We love this place we always get our pumpkins on the way out. If [you’re] looking for a great fall tradition to start with your family this is it.” This is what people used to carve before there were pumpkins.
New York: Barton Orchards Farm and Bakery in Poughquag
Picked by Southern Living magazine as the best pumpkin patch in the state, DJ’s is a working farm that offers gourds, Indian corn, hay bales, sweet potatoes, mums, and apples in the fall. Swing back ’round for Christmas trees come winter, and strawberries in the spring!
North Dakota: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck
This one’s famous not just in North Dakota, but across the nation, thanks to the Travel Channel naming it one of the Top 10 Pumpkin Patches in the country. Not only is it charming, with gorgeous grounds tailor-made for family photos, there are tons of activities for the adventurous, including zip lines, tire forts, pedal carts and pumpkin cannons. A full day at a pumpkin patch can get pricey, but Papa’s proprietors work hard to keep things affordable. On Dollar Day Thursdays, the usual $5 admission drops to a buck, and toddlers 2 and under are always free. (Plus, if you bring your own wagon to carry the pumpkins, you get in free, too!)
Ohio: The Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville
This pumpkin event is much more than just a patch. It’s a four-day festival packed with pies and pastries, pageants (Miss Pumpkin and Little Miss Pumpkin), carnival rides, a giant pumpkin weigh-in, and parades. Truly can’t-miss fall fun.
Oklahoma: Annabelle’s Fun Farm in Welch
Yes, there are carnival games, pumpkin bowling, paintball shooting, and gemstone mining at Annabelle’s Fun Farm, but the real draw here is the adorable architecture of the play area and of the midway. The cartoony, inviting red barn is happy enough to make you want to move in.
Oregon: Lakeview Farms in North Plains
Less than an hour outside of Portland, this unique pumpkin patch has its own small lake. The $5 admission gets you a seat on a ferry that takes visitors across the pond to the pumpkin field and a mini-train ride back. Look out for the hand-built “shark” that pops up when a ferry floats too close, and the water-squirting dragons, too! Be sure to stop by the concession stand for caramel-smothered apple slices before you go.
Pennsylvania: Linvilla Orchards in Media
Amazing fall fun awaits you just 30 minutes outside of Philly at Linvilla Orchards. “With the hayrides and warm cider you can make a whole day of it. I’ve been going since preschool!” says ex-Philadelphian Laura, who still dreams of her days at the orchard. Visit Pumpkinland, ride the Playland Express steam locomotive around a 1-acre track, enjoy a 20-minute Autumn Moon Hayride once the sun goes down, ending at a communal campfire with cider and marshmallow roasting.
If the rainbow-colored pumpkins—that go by names like Full Moon, Hooligan, Lumina and World of Color—aren’t enough to draw you to Denver Downs, how about some bonfires, haunted attractions, a rope swing in a hay barn, and singing jack o lanterns?
South Dakota: Lil’ Harvester’s Pumpkin Patch in Rapid City
This sweet farm setting has all a family needs for an afternoon of fun: Plenty of hay bales to climb on, a corn maze to run through, ponies to ride, and plenty of pumpkins to pick. Perfect. Don’t miss the spooky reason why we carve pumpkins.
Tennessee: Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville
Lucky Ladd attracts visitors from miles and miles around, including Nashville music stars like Carrie Underwood. One of the draws is the enormous petting farm—Tennessee’s largest—the perfect location for a selfie with goats or llamas. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Princess and Corn Maze King kids’ Pageant in late October! Check out these 18 frugal fall activities for families on a budget.
Texas: Mainstay Farm in Cleburne
There are only so many hours in an autumn afternoon, so you’ll have to pick and choose your favorite activities at Mainstay Farm: sheep races, train rides, a Flying Fox ride, a tree house, pumpkin ice cream and more! Thrill seekers get in line for the Texas Tubin’ Hill, a 150-foot Texas-themed inner tube slide.
Utah: American West Heritage Center in Wellsville
The Fall Harvest Festival is a beloved local tradition held just one weekend in October. Help press apples for fresh cider, learn to make candles in Old West style and try your aim at the gourd land and BB shooting-range. Halloween lovers should be sure to catch the Haunted Hollow: “The Haunted Hollow was the best-haunted attraction I have EVER been to!!!” says one happy reviewer. “I … couldn’t believe how suspenseful [it was]. I told my friend it’s like the difference between a gory slasher flick and a Hitchcock movie. Instead of jumping out and getting screamed at, everything is very subtle and the suspense builds beautifully.” (And go back to the Heritage Center in the spring for Baby Animal days!)
Vermont: Parker Family Farm in Williston
People go to Parker Farm as much for the small-batch fudge (made with Vermont maple syrup) as they do for the beautiful varieties of special pumpkins. Be sure to try the Pumpkin Spice Fudge, made with the farm’s own pumpkins and traditional pie spices. Don’t miss these savory pumpkin recipes.
Virginia: Chesterfield Berry Farm in Moseley
This farm is popular all year long. But in pumpkin season you can easily spend a full day here with hayrides, a spooky (but not too scary) haunted barn, farm animals, corn mazes, and hourly pig races!
Washington: Craven Farm in Snohomish
You may think that once you’ve been in one corn maze, you’ve been in them all, but this 15-acre maze with its Alice in Pumpkinland theme has a dose of extra magic. A few other truly unique experiences: A hayride to Minionville, Human Foosball (exactly what it sounds like!), and miniature golf.
West Virginia: Gritt’s Farm in Buffalo
Each and every year this 300-acre spot in the hills draws folks from all over the state. Like Emily, who brings her kids every year and has some excellent pro tips: “Make sure you bring cash—you can pay your admission with a card, but the extra activities are cash only. I would recommend getting there at opening time to get a good parking spot and to beat the crowded time—by afternoon it gets packed.”
Wisconsin: Bear Den Zoo and Petting Farm in Waterford
Now for something a little different: After taking a scenic hayride through the woods to the u-pick pumpkin field, get to know the resident lynx, ring-tailed lemur, alpacas, gray wolves, black bear and a red fox and learn about animal conservation and preservation.