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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.

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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. Now that you have a pumpkin in hand, learn the spooky reason why we carve pumpkins in the first place.

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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! Keep the kids in the Halloween spirit all month long with these 18 frugal fall activities for families on a budget.

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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.

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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!)

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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, or try making one of these savory pumpkin recipes.

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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!

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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.

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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."

Thanksgiving Pumpkin SceneMatt Benoit/Shutterstock

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.

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Wyoming: Green Acres Corn Maze in Casper

Let your little ones get their hands dirty while mining for gems! There's lots of other down-home fun at this pumpkin patch, including a petting farm, apple cannons, and a corn pit. You can feel extra good about solving the corn maze since each year Green Acres donates the proceeds to a different charity. Before setting foot in any pumpkin patch, learn what you need to know before you go pumpkin picking this fall.

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