The Best Pumpkin Patch in Every State
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.
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.)
Arizona: MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale
Face-painting. Barbecue. Panning for gold. Sunset hayrides. No wonder the Annual Pumpkin Festival at MacDonald’s Ranch is a favorite with North Valley families! The property is also an active horse ranch and offers family-friendly trail riding all year long—including full-moon night rides through the desert. Craving something a little artsier? Check out the Town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree, AZ, featuring insanely detailed, whimsical pumpkin art carved by artisan Ray Villafane. If you prefer apples to pumpkins, check out best place to go apple picking in each state while you’re at it.
Arkansas: Peebles Farm in Augusta
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. Before you save the date for your farm adventure, learn how to pick the perfect pumpkin.