Top Pumpkin Picking Near Hartford
The farm fields are brimming with bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be picked and painted, carved, or baked into scrumptious desserts. Pumpkin picking is one of the most beloved fall activities and there is no shortage of patches in the greater Hartford area. Head out on a crisp fall day and find just the right pumpkin to decorate with your child. Don't forget to roast and enjoy the seeds!
Karabin Farms — Southington
Walk passed cattle barns, Christmas trees, and maple groves to visit the pumpkin patch re-opening in mid-September. There's plenty of farm amusement for the family and the farm is pet friendly, so bring along your leashed dog. Kids will love visiting the barnyard friends and delicious homemade apple cider donuts (available Saturdays and Sundays). Pick up pasteurized cream line milk in glass bottles. 2021 update: After some major reconstruction this summer, the barnyard opening is delayed, but the farm plans to reopen it.
Foster Farm — South Windsor
This destination is a can’t miss for a family fall day trip, with two full-sized corn mazes that cover 4 miles of trails opening September 18, hayrides, and more. A favorite for the kids is the farm play yard where they can jump and hide in haystacks, climb on the wooden train, enjoy the sandbox, ride the pedal cart track, and explore the wooden pirate ship. For a flat fee, families can fill a wheelbarrow with a bounty of pumpkins and gourds.
Belltown Hill Orchards — South Glastonbury
Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes can be picked from the patch at this fourth generation orchard. After you pick and pay for your pumpkins, hit the concession stand for a fresh apple fritter or browse the farm market for homemade goods and produce.
Riverview Farms — South Glastonbury
Riverview Farms is offering hayrides, a 2-acre corn maze, and other attractions. 2021 update: There will be no pumpkin bounce house again this year, but there's plenty of fresh cider and ice cream.
There's a plethora of pumpkins—and decorative gourds—at Scott's. Photo courtesy of Scott's Orchard & Nursery
Scott’s Orchard and Nursery — Glastonbury
Pick your favorite pumpkin and funky specialty pumpkins at Scott's Orchard & Nursery where homegrown crops, more than 40 colors of Scott's Monster Mums, coneflowers, sedum, corn stalks, scarecrows, apple cider donuts and cider, and more fill table after table. Take the kids apple picking, pear picking, and for peaches and nectarines, while they last. While you are there, get gardening advice from the experts at Scott's.
Johnny’s Roadside Market Garden — Enfield
A top pumpkin farm north of Hartford, Johnny's also offers hayrides, a Pumpkin Patch Playground, a retail “fall décor” barn, picnic tables, refreshments, and a corn maze.
Pumpkins are available in the market this year at Brown's. Photo courtesy of Brown's Harvest
Brown’s Harvest — Windsor
Pumpkins are available for purchase, but Brown's also offers pumpkin painting, face painting, a corn maze opening September 18, hayrides beginning September 25, and fall decorations. Explore the antique fire truck, play area, and snack on apple cider donuts.
Pickin' Patch — Avon
The Pickin' Patch's fields were hit hard by summer flooding, but the store is open with pumpkins, mums, corn, apples, and pies.
Rose’s Berry Farm — South Glastonbury
The main farm is open for u-pick apples on Saturdays and Sundays. Pumpkins are available at 1200 Hebron Avenue location.
Originally published October 8, 2012
Updated September 12, 2021