Photo by Carissa Rogers
When the leaves change colors and the weather gets crisp, it’s time once again to visit your favorite pumpkin patch. The best pumpkin patches not only offer a wide variety of pumpkins and a lot of acreage, they’re also home to fun fall activities.
Located in Burlington, Kentucky, Kinman Farms is a family operation that’s been around since 1946. The 150 acre farm hosts a yearly fall festival, which features their large pumpkin patch and hosts a ton of fun activities. Live music, face painting, hay rides, and bonfires liven up the weekend. They also boast a 5 acre corn maze and lots of games like volleyball, tetherball, and corn hole. It’s open Friday through Sunday from late September to the end of October.
Cool Patch Pumpkins
Dixon, California’s Cool Patch Pumpkins has a pumpkin patch with over 50 types of pumpkin, and tens of thousands of pumpkins available. With basically every type of pumpkin you could want, Cool Patch has what you need for the perfect jack-o-lantern and a great pumpkin pie. Cool Patch Pumpkins is more famous, however, for their corn maze. The 40-acre monstrosity (open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) has won a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, and every year they make it more twisty and confusing than the last. They also have a scarecrow contest and a smaller maze for the kids. They open in late September and close in November.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Visit Bismarck, North Dakota for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, which opens mid-September and closes the week before Halloween. It’s open every day from 12-7, and once you’ve paid the $4 admission, you’ll find lots of free activities. They have a corn maze and a hay bale maze, an obstacle course, and a nature trail. You can also pay a little extra to get a pony ride, a zip-line ride, or a horse-drawn hay ride. They display their pumpkins in the center of everything and update the haul each week, so you’re sure to find a fresh pumpkin or two.
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
From late September to the 1st of November, Siegel’s has one of the country’s best pumpkin patch festivals, and if fun fall activities are a must on your personal best places to live list, look no further than here. Lockport, Illinois residents and guests get to enjoy a climbing wall, lots of activities for kids, a petting zoo, a moonwalk bouncy-castle, a 30-foot slide, and a 15-acre corn maze with 5 miles of pathways. The way to the pumpkin field is by hay ride, where you can pick the perfect pumpkin for your fall decorations. They also have a zombie paintball ride, where you hop onto an army vehicle and shoot zombies with mounted paintball guns.
Make a day of your pumpkin patch visit. Don’t just go for the pumpkins! Once you’ve picked out your future jack-o-lantern, take a run through the corn maze, grab some homemade farm food, and enjoy a hay ride. Fall’s best activities are at these locations.