This quaint fruit and vegetable farm invites kids and families to enjoy a quiet fall outing filled with pumpkin picking, photo ops, picnicking, caramel apples, cider sipping, and other seasonal attractions. Prepaid appointments are required, but the payment can later be applied to the purchase of pumpkins and other items. Sensory-friendly appointments are also available. FarmAtHome is open for pumpkin picking on Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October 29, 2023.
Head over to Montpelier Farms for its annual fall festival, which takes place on select days from September 16 through November 5, 2023. The festival includes a variety of activities like corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo, and evening bonfires. When you’re all tapped out of the activities, head to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. You can also forgo the festival and visit just the pumpkin patch for free; you'll only have to pay for the pumpkins you pick. If you do want to go to the festival, pre-purchase tickets online.
Looking for a straightforward, relaxing pumpkin-patch experience? Homestead Farm has just that. Along with a plethora of pumpkins, apples are also currently in season. Admission costs just a few dollars for everyone age 2 and older; after that, just pay for what you pick. The pumpkin patch is open daily from late September through Halloween, and you may just get a glimpse of goats, pigs, and other farm animals.
This farm is truly magical for young kids, with a fairy garden, an enchanted forest, storytimes, a petting zoo, and more. From September 16, 2023 through Halloween, you can pick a child-sized pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, as well as larger and mini pumpkins and gourds from the farm market. October 28 and 29 feature Halloween costume parades, and November 4 and 5 is pumpkin-chucking weekend. Clark's Elioak Farm is open Tuesdays through Sundays in September and early November and daily in October.
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Plump pumpkins and pretty views make Queen Anne Farm a must-visit in the fall.
Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch, where you'll find pumpkins ranging from itty bitty two-ouncers to giant 200-pounders. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo and the adorable Pumpkin House, and don’t forget to browse the country store. If you hate the chore of cleaning out pumpkins for carving, you can purchase pre-cleaned gourds, ready to cut, on October 30 and 31. Queen Anne Farm's pumpkin patch is open daily October through November 7, 2023.
The Gaver Farm Fall Fun Fest takes place every day from September 1, 2023 through Halloween. At the festival, kids can cruise down giant slides, pet and feed barnyard animals, wind their way through the corn maze, hit the playgrounds, and enjoy roughly 60 other attractions. Festival admission also includes a hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. If pumpkins are all you are after, you don't have to pay admission—just take a free hayride to the patch.
Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch is open daily from September 23 through October 31, 2023. Weekday admission is free and includes a large selection of pumpkins and mums, fall shopping, and a petting zoo. On Fridays, guests can also enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, multiple play areas, and (for a fee) a 20-acre corn maze. Jumbo's charges a fee for admission on Saturdays and Sundays to tis fall festival, which features all of the Friday activities and many more.
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Take a peek inside the Pumpkin Hut at Summers Farm.
Families can enjoy over 45 fun activities at the Summers Farm Fall Festival, including wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, corn pits, mini golf, a pumpkin train, and lots more. The farm is also known for its interactive corn maze, which includes 2.5 miles of trails and a hidden scenic bridge. The fall festival is open Wednesdays through Mondays from September 16 through October 30, 2023 and on Halloween.
Visit Shlagel Farms on Saturdays and Sundays between September 30 and October 29, 2023 to take a fun hayride to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own pumpkins. Families can also hold baby chicks and enjoy a petting zoo, corn boxes, a straw maze, and a large sand pile with diggers, all included in the admission fee.
Take a hayride to Rock Hill Orchard's pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October 22, 2023 to pick the perfect pumpkin. Families can also tackle a 15-acre corn maze, pick apples, launch pumpkins from a pumpkin blaster, pet calves, and watch cows being milked with a robotic milker. Be sure to reserve a date and time online prior to visiting.
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Pick your pumpkin right off the vine at Great Country Farms.
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Pig races, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin picking, oh my! Families can head to Great Country Farms any day of the week in October for its Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Kids love the 12-acre play area, the corn maze, and P. Rex, the pumpkin-munching dinosaur. You can also take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins right off the vine. Advance tickets are recommended for weekend visits and can be purchased online. Active-duty military and veterans get free admission on weekdays for up to six family members.
From September 23 through October 29, 2023, Wayside Farm is open Thursdays through Sundays for fall fun including an eight-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin playhouse, a playground, giant slides, a hayride, pig races, and lots more. You can also skip the activities and just visit the pumpkin patch, where you'll find pumpkins in ever color, shape, and size.
The wildly popular Cox Farms Fall Festival is back from September 16 through November 7, 2023. The fun includes the farm's famous 20-minute hayride, tons of slides, a goat village, a tractor museum, and lots more. At the end of it all, you can choose your perfect pumpkin from the makeshift pumpkin patch, which includes pumpkins brought in from other farms.
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The variety of gourds at Wegmeyer Farms are perfect for fall decorating.
Wegmeyer Farms grows a whopping 50 varieties of pumpkins, from traditional Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins to unique heirloom varieties. You can visit the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkins right off the vine, or shop for pre-picked ones. Wegmeyer Farms is open for pumpkin picking Wednesdays through Sundays (plus Monday, October 9) beginning September 24, 2023, and the farm asks that you reserve a time to visit ahead of time online.
For a no-frills pick-your-own pumpkin experience without the crowds or endless activities, head over to this four-generation family farm. In addition to picking pumpkins, families can pick apples and fall greens, and even dig their own peanuts and potatoes. Leashed dogs are allowed on the farm; just not in the pumpkin patch or vegetable gardens.
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This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated annually.