Fact: Fall is the greatest season of them all. The food is delicious, the weather is mild and the gourds are everywhere. Here, 15 of the best places around the country to find the perfect pumpkin. (And while you’re there, why not get lost in a corn maze or hop on a hayride, too?)
15 of the Best Pumpkin Patches in the Country
Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia
From mid-September through the first week of November, this colorful pumpkin patch is the place to be in the Washington D.C., area for hayrides, slides, farm animals and tunnels. There’s also a tractor museum, and don’t miss the famous hand-cut fries, kettle corn and barbecue.
The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York
This family favorite’s claim to fame? A spot in the book of Guinness World Records for the first 1,000-pound pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin Farm boasts a five-acre corn maze, costume competitions, pie-eating contests, pig racing and even a zombie paintball train (yes, really). Open from September 15 to October 31.
Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon, New Jersey
Every weekend from mid-September through the first weekend in November, this beautiful farm nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains transforms into the state’s largest pumpkin farm. It also doubles as an amusement park with carnival rides for all ages.
Craven Farm in Snohomish, Washington
The most fun fall-themed activity of all? Watching apple slingers shoot apples up high and across the farm. But the Alice in Pumpkin Land-themed corn maze and human foosball (and the bounty of pumpkins, of course) make this pretty spot worth a visit, too. Open from September 22 until October 31.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, California
For one weekend only (October 13 to 14), the so-called World Pumpkin Capital comes to life with pumpkin carving, pumpkin weigh-offs, pumpkin pies and the world’s largest pumpkin sculpture (five tons, we kid you not). If that’s all a little too many gourds for you, there are also parades, games, live music and crafts to enjoy.
Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch in Dallas, Texas
Every fall the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden transforms into a Pumpkin Village, complete with a hay bale maze and activities like scavenger hunts and trick-or-treating.
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, Maryland
Sure, there are plenty of pumpkins at this friendly patch but the main attraction? Shopping. Explore 3,000 square feet of seasonal crafts, quirky knick-knacks and handmade items from September 22 to October 31.
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, Illinois
Come hungry to this fun-filled farm—you won’t want to miss the hot apple cider doughnuts or award-winning barbecue. Other attractions include the Frog Hopper ride, train rides, the Happy Swing ride and a petting zoo.
Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts
All aboard the crazy train corn maze at this local gem, where hay jumping, pumpkin games, duck races and cow milking are just some of the farm activities visitors can partake in.