Top 10 U.S. Pumpkin Patches

Get ready for the time-honored fall tradition of picking pumpkins. Here are our favorite spots across the country.
By: Erin Gifford

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Photo By: Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

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Photo By: Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Photo By: Pumpkin Hollow

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Photo By: Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch

The Great Pumpkin Farm, Clarence, N.Y.

Come for the pumpkin picking, but stay for the scarecrow-making, pumpkin slingshots, mummy wrapping, and of course, the Cackling-Hen Revue. Every weekend in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Farm there’s something new, whether it's a pumpkin pie eating competition or music and barbecue at Oinktoberfest. The hot pumpkin and apple cider donuts are a favorite on the weekends.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Illinois

Take a hayride out to the pumpkin field to pick your perfect pumpkin right off the vine. Located one hour from Chicago, plan to spend the entire day at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm to explore the 15-acre corn maze, climb the tire mountain, ring the bell at the top of the climbing wall and take selfies on the eight-foot wooden rocking chair. Little ones will love the baby chick nursery and the petting zoo.

Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, Dallas

At Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash come together to create Pumpkin Village. Kids will love the hay bale maze and scavenger hunts, as well as Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage. Located inside the Dallas Arboretum, take time to identify different pumpkin varieties as part of the Great Pumpkin Search.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna, Nebraska

One look at the farm map for Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and you may think you’re at an amusement park rather than a pumpkin farm. There are 50+ attractions, including Graveyard Golf and Stalk Cars, as well as multiple live shows, like the Pigtucky Derby Pig Races. You won’t leave hungry either. From hand-dipped corn dogs to caramel apples to s’mores over a campfire, you’re covered at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, Arkansas

This family-owned farm is one of the leading growers of pumpkins, so you won’t be disappointed by the pumpkins you can pick and take home at Pumpkin Hollow. You’ll also find Arkansas’s first cornfield maze, as well as a double zip line, pedal tractors and a kids’ barn where children can grind corn and learn about local crops. Don’t leave without sampling the pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll from the Weenie Wag’n.

Craven Farm, Snohomish, Washington

You’ll find more than 30 varieties of pumpkins across the 20-acre pumpkin patch at Craven Farm, so regardless of your “pumpkin personality,” you’re bound to find a perfect match. Explore the 15-acre corn maze, then sport a pair of 3-D glasses for the Pumpkin Adventure. On weekends, take a hay ride, sling pumpkins to hit targets and enjoy storybook scenes re-created with painted pumpkins.

Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, California

Pick your pumpkins, ride around on pedal cars and take a corn bath before getting lost in the world’s largest corn maze (as certified by Guinness World Records) at Cool Patch Pumpkins. At 60 acres, you may want to bring a snack before entering the corn maze. Fortunately, you’ll find made-to-order sandwiches and pumpkin pie, even lemonade and pumpkin spice lattes, to tide you over until you exit the maze.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck, N.D.

Whether you’re content simply picking pumpkins or you want to spend a few hours climbing a pile of tires and shooting a pumpkin cannon, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is the place to be. There are lots of free activities at the pumpkin patch, like a hay bale maze, and many more activities for a small fee, like horse-drawn hayrides, zip lines and corn cob sling shots. Take selfies with the kids in the 15-foot Great Pumpkin’s Chair.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, California

Known as the “World Pumpkin Capital,” Half Moon Bay boasts multiple pick-your-own pumpkin patches, as well as the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, which takes place in mid-October. Keep your eyes open for a five-ton pumpkin sculpture, a parade, a pie eating contest and a pumpkin fun run along Coastside Trail. As a bonus, kids will love the inflatables just down the road at 4-C’s Pumpkin Patch.

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown, Maryland

At Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, you’ll find a 30-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a 15-acre corn maze, hay rides, a petting zoo and a huge playground. Kids will also love face painting and pony rides on the weekends. There’s almost too much to do at Jumbo’s so plan on at least a half-day to explore this working family farm and take a look at the arts and crafts created by dozens of local artisans.