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.
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
courtesy Evans Orchard and Cider Mill
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. Fall foliage is almost as picture worthy as apple sweets, so 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
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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
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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. Campfires and pumpkin patches are just two of the many reasons why fall is our favorite season!