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.
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
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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
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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! On the car ride to the pumpkin patch, see how many people know these weird ways the world changes in the fall.
Nebraska: Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch in Blair
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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!
New Hampshire: McKenzie’s Farm in Milton
Unlike many u-pick farms, McKenzie’s Farm is pet-friendly! And on a clear day, you’ll enjoy sweeping views all the way to Mount Washington. After this classic fall activity, follow up with something out of the ordinary—no-carve pumpkin decorating.
New Jersey: Alstede Farms in Chester
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“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!