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.
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
A pumpkin patch with its very own taproom! ‘Nuff said. But let us tell you a little more: With a midway full of games, multiple stages for live bands, craft beers, and hard ciders (oh, and farm animals for the kiddos), this spot was voted the liveliest orchard in New York. Picking pumpkins is just one of the fall activities you should try this season.
North Carolina: DJ’s Berry Patch in Raleigh
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
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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
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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: Bella Organic in Portland
Less than an hour outside of Portland, this pumpkin patch has a bonus section for wine and cider drinkers. The $19 unlimited activity bracelet gets you access to the hay maze, corn maze, and hay rides to the pumpkin patch. The maze design for 2019 is inspired by the US National Women’s Soccer Team’s FIFA World Cup win. Be sure to stop by the concession stand for caramel corn before you go.
Pennsylvania: Linvilla Orchards in Media
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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.
Rhode Island: Morris Farm in Warwick
This charming, 43-acre working farm has been in the Morris family for three generations. In addition to the requisite pumpkins, Morris Farm grows herbs, flowers, vegetables, and has been called one of the most scenic fall fun spots in New England by the Boston Globe.
South Carolina: Denver Downs Farm in Anderson
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?