Currently, the information on this site should only be used as future travel inspiration. Also, this post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you book or purchase through these links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.Fall is upon us here in the United States! While for some it arrives earlier than others, we all love to celebrate in October by going pumpkin picking at local pumpkin patches, right? Hayrides, corn mazes, and fun festivals await. Whether you’re longing to take a road trip or looking for a new local patch to visit in your area, there is a pumpkin patch to suit everyone. Together with other travel writers, we are presenting some of the best pumpkin patches in the USA!
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I highly recommend checking your chosen patch’s hours of operation during your planning process. Events run differently from year to year and you don’t want to get caught in the unfortunate position of arriving to a closed patch or one opening on a different day or time.
Now, on to the best pumpkin patches!
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm-Midlothian, Texas
Located only 30 minutes south of both Dallas and Fort Worth, the Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm in Midlothian, Texas literally has everything. Ten acres of everything to be exact. As we all know, Texas does it bigger, right? Shadow Creek is no exception and is one of many reasons it’s considered one of the best pumpkin patches in the USA.
There is a giant pumpkin jump pad, corn maze, an endless selection of pumpkins, and even vintage tractors! Pumpkin tic-tac-toe? Absolutely. Pumpkin bowling? Got you covered. Enjoy all-inclusive daily admission bracelets giving you unlimited access to all the fun you can handle for the entire day.
Parking is free, restrooms are on-site, and you can even bring your own food for picnics! Keep it family-friendly though-no alcohol allowed. Also, no pets allowed either. However, having fun, making memories, and pumpkin picking are all highly encouraged!
Tupelo Buffalo Park Pumpkin Patch-Tupelo, Mississippi
By Jennifer Campbell from Just Chasing Rabbits
Photo by Jennifer Campbell
Tupelo, Mississippi is famous for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley and where Elvis got his first guitar. However, did you know it’s also home to a herd of buffalo? Indeed, the Tupelo Buffalo Park is home to buffalo, zebras, ostriches, “Joe” the camel, and other creatures of all types. It’s definitely a strange experience to drive down the highway and see a herd of buffalo next to an airport!
During the fall, the animals are joined at the 175-acre park by a patch of pumpkins and lots of seasonal activities for families to enjoy. As a separately priced event, admission to the park isn’t required to enjoy the pumpkin patch.
Perfect for pumpkin picking, have some fall fun with activities geared toward kids and families. At the Tupelo Buffalo Park Pumpkin Patch, these activities include scarecrow building (one large scarecrow per family), a petting zoo, flying down a zipline, face painting, hayrides on a trailer pulled behind a tractor, winding through the corn maze, and more!
Orr Family Farm – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
By Melissa Smuzynski from Parenthood and Passports
Photo by Melissa Smuzynski
Each fall, Orr Family Farm in South Oklahoma City is transformed into a festive autumn attraction where the huge pumpkin patch is just a small part of the experience. The family-owned farm offers 25 different fall activities for all ages. At its picturesque pumpkin patch, you can not only take great fall photos of your family, but you can also take a pumpkin home. There are hayrides, train rides, pony rides, a carousel, and a variety of other activities to keep families entertained for a full day.
Older kids will enjoy the fall corn maze, the 4-acre sunflower field, Zombie paintball, and the Farm After Dark events each weekend where the entire experience is illuminated with LED lights. Younger children will love the petting zoo, playground, and giant jumping pillows.
A visit to Orr Family Farm is definitely one of the best things to do in Oklahoma City with kids. However, if you’re visiting during fall, you’re in for an extra special treat as this pumpkin patch and fall experience makes for a memorable day for the entire family!
Cool Patch Pumpkins-Dixon, California
By Therese Iknoian from HI Travel Tales
More than 50 types of pumpkins, gourds, and squash fill the sprawling fields at the rural Cool Patch Pumpkins, not to mention hayrides, pedal cars, plus food and drink. But what really makes it a regional hotspot just west of Sacramento, California, is its corn maze – allegedly the world’s largest at 63 acres per the Guinness Book of World Records. Owner Matt Cooley and his family started simply selling pumpkins at the side of the road 19 years ago and, well, one thing led to another.
Every year, owners carve a different design into the huge maze, with 2020 honoring first responders and firefighters, along with the patch’s own Cool Patch logo. The corn maze is so big that every year there are people who can’t find their way out. “Please,” owners advise, “do not call 911.”
The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island-Portland, Oregon
By Elaine from Show Them The Globe
Photo by Elaine
Having produced pumpkins for over 52 years, a visit to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island has become a Fall tradition in Portland. Each year over 2 million pounds of pumpkins are produced here and a visit to the patch is a great day out for the entire family and one of the best things to do in Portland with kids.
This pumpkin patch is huge and daily hayrides take visitors through the fields to explore the farm’s pumpkins. There is a lot to do aside from the pumpkin patch. The indoor market is packed with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from the farm and the animal barn, open June-October, is popular with kids. A huge Corn Maze, known as The Maize, adds to the fun and adventure!
Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs, Michigan
By Carol Vasel from Is This Even A Road
Photos by Carol Vasel
Pond Hill Farm is located along scenic Route 119 near the tunnel of trees in Harbor Springs, Michigan. For over 20 years, this pumpkin farm has offered up more than just pumpkins and huge slingshot squash rockets. There is fun to be had for all ages!
Miles of trails stretch through the property, including vineyards and a gnome trail. There is a brewery/winery with a tasting room on-site and a farm-fresh seasonal cafe. Homemade goods, vegetables, and the Farm’s own beer, wine, and cider are sold at the market.
Hayrides are offered all summer and throughout the fall. Meet Speckles the sheep and other furry friends at the livestock barn. They also have a playground, sandbox, and a climbing wall for the kids.
Pond Hill Farm is open year-round for winter sledding and snowshoeing and an Easter egg hunt in the spring. It’s a great way to spend a day!
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm-Long Island, New York
By Tori Curran from Tori Leigh
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm in Aquebogue, Long Island, is one of the best pumpkin patches in the USA. Unlike many other pumpkin patches on Long Island, Stakey’s is still developer free and dedicated to authentic farming practices. At Stakey’s, visitors can roam the 26-acre field and pick pumpkins straight from the vine!
Their third-generation farmer grows garden flowers, fresh corn, hay bales, and other crops as well. These can be found in Stakey’s food stands on the property and are available to take home. Make sure you bring your appetite!
Other exciting attractions at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm include a corn maze, hayrides, a flower house, and a unique country store with autumn decor featuring Stakey’s swag. Children’s attractions including bounce houses and face painting are plentiful making Stakey’s ideal for families in search of a fun pumpkin picking outing.
Scarecrow Farm-Lawton, Iowa
By Lindsay Hindman from Siouxland Families Blog
Photo by Lindsay Hindman
Scarecrow Farm in Lawton, Iowa shines as the quintessential Midwest pumpkin patch, striking just the right balance between a working farm and a harvest-themed attraction. Located near Sioux City, Scarecrow Farm is a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, and corn maze full of fall fun and flavor.
Around the patch, you’ll find snacks like freshly made donuts and caramel apples alongside cozy fall drinks. In the visitor’s barn, you can choose from a huge selection of jams, jellies, fresh produce, and other homemade and locally-sourced goods.
Scarecrow Farm will certainly keep you busy. There are tons of options to entertain both kids and adults including a bounce pillow, corn pit, giant trikes, tube slides, and a huge wooden pirate ship play structure!
On weekends, you’ll frequently find live music for all to enjoy. Also, hayrack rides take guests out to the fields to see where the magic really happens on this family-owned farm!
Pumpkin Patch Festival-Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
By Paulina Rubia from Paulina On The Road
One of the best ways to fall into autumn with family is celebrating at the legendary Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. This exciting event is said to be one of the best pumpkin patches in the USA because it brings the perfect embodiment of the cheerful autumn spirit.
Visitors can enjoy eye-gazing performances, a silent auction, face paintings, carnival rides for kids, and much more. This annual two-day event is usually held the second week of October. Since the festival takes place in the month of Halloween, visitors can expect fun Halloween themed activities. And, the best part? Admission is free with no reservations required!
The live music stands out making this a unique, fun-filled festival. It is one of the best fall getaways in Wisconsin and since Egg Harbor is located in scenic Door County, the festival is a great reason to visit the area, famous for its fall colors.
Are you ready to go pumpkin picking yet? I definitely am. Visiting pumpkin patches is one of my favorite fall activities and I can’t wait to get out in the crisp fall air and enjoy them. It’s absolutely pumpkin picking time!
Orr Family Farm photo by Melissa Smuzynski
Have you been to any of these pumpkin patches? If so, which one and what was your favorite aspect of it? Do you have a pumpkin patch to add to the list? What makes it one of the best pumpkin picking patches? I’m always looking for new discoveries!
‘Til next time…