And in the blink of an eye, October has arrived. But, where did the whole summer go? It felt like April last week, right? I’ve asked myself those same questions more than once, trust me. But even though I didn’t get to enjoy the beach as much as I would’ve liked this year, a small part of me is jumping up and down with unbridled joy. Why? Well, because fall is finally upon us. And even though it comes around at the same time every year, there’s still something magical about it.
‘Tis the time to curl up by the fireplace with a book, or light some fall scented candles and enjoy a good old fashioned seasonal movie—this one’s for you, Nightmare Before Christmas fans. Unpack all of those cozy knitwear sweaters, stock up on apple cider, and take a walk in the park to admire the red, orange, and yellow foliage. But the best part? Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice cookie mix, coffee creamer, pancakes, tea, ice cream, and even cereal. The variations are endless, but let us not forget the most important element, the gourds themselves. Because there is no fall without a trip to a pumpkin patch. And finding those perfect, bright orange pumpkins is always a thrill.
All across America, you can find numerous vibrant patches from coast to coast, and they make for the perfect weekend activity. These patches even offer more than just your traditional picking. There you’ll find spooky barns, corn mazes, pumpkin-flavored treats, and even hayrides. If you’re not very fond of pumpkins, go for the eye candy, because the scenery alone is worth it. Just don’t forget to check out the necessary reservations and safety guidelines for this year before venturing out!
Sit back, enjoy your hot pumpkin spice latte, and check out the best places to go pumpkin picking around the U.S. You’ll be walking away with the best pumpkin in the patch.
Pumpkin Picking in the Southeast
Known as the state’s largest pumpkin patch, Peebles Farm has a hand-cut, 20-acre corn maze that will surely amaze you. And the best part is, they change the layout every year. Make the best out of your weekend and venture into their sunflower field, pick out a pumpkin, and try not to get too scared when night falls while you’re wandering the maze.
Host to an eventful pumpkin patch, the Old Baker Farm was homesteaded over 200 years ago and the Baker family has been working in it for a century. In October, the farm organizes their Civil War reenactment, full of live history and arts, and Native American dance performance.
This family farm has been operating since 1919, and is known to organize an annual Fall Fest and Cider Fest. This year, due to health and safety guidelines, some of their usual attractions aren’t available. But fear not. You’ll still be able to enjoy a 6-acre corn maze, apple picking, as well as the u-pick pumpkin patch. And if you happen to get hungry, stop by their Country store where you’ll find fresh local produce and sweet treats like apple cider donuts and kettle corn.
Pumpkin Picking in the Northeast
Vibrant orchards and patches with a touch of wine on the side. What more could you ask? This family-owned farm is waiting for you with their pick-your-own pumpkin patch, apple orchards and, you’ve guessed it, winery. Making the most of their local produce, Echo Hill Orchards turns a variety of their apples and cranberries into wine.
This is the type of farm that will take your breath away. Voted as one of the top ten corn mazes in America, you’ll discover activities for both kids and adults alike. From wagon rides, butter making demonstrations, educational animal shows, and the famous pumpkin patch. During the fall months you’ll be able to pick your own pumpkin and, after Halloween is over, get creative in destroying it at the Pumpkin Madness Festival!
When you think of a fall wonderland, what do you imagine? Rows and rows of pumpkins on a beautiful patch? That’s what you’ll find in Harvest Moon Farm Orchard. At only an hour’s drive away from midtown Manhattan, you can visit it from mid-September until the end of October to hunt for the best gourds. Just don’t forget to make your reservation ahead of time.
Pumpkin Picking in the Midwest
For over 32 years, this pumpkin farm has been a popular family-owned seasonal attraction. In addition to their large pumpkin patch, this year they’ve opened their own apple orchard and cider mill, featuring cider tastings for the grownups.
Have you ever thought that there’s a whole world of pumpkins out there? In Leeds Farm, you’ll come across white pumpkins, blue pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and even the Fairytale Pumpkin. But don’t expect it to turn into a carriage at the stroke of midnight. If you crave more than just gourds, there’s hayrides, mountain slides, pedal carts, and much more!
With a thoroughly primed pumpkin patch just ready for picking, Louisburg Cider Mill is the proud owner of a 10-acre corn maze. One of their greatest traditions is choosing a new theme every year for their maze, and 2020 is no different. This year’s theme is the Beetle Juice, inspired by a little boy’s imagination. Go for the pumpkins and stay for their mount sunflower slide, huge corn crib, and orchard trail.
Pumpkin Picking in the West
Just short of a 45-minute drive north of Sacramento, Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm should be your go-to patch for a day full of fall fun. Try not to get lost in their sunflower labyrinth or corn maze. Learn about Farmer Bill’s ancient tractor collection and watch apple pressing and peeling on the Cider mill. And in the end, make sure you take home the best-looking pumpkin with you.
When you step in Stu Miller’s park you’ll feel like you’ve just entered a carnival. Take a walk down their pumpkin patch, enjoy their mechanical rides, inflatable slides, and obstacle courses. You’ll find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, surrounded by scarecrows and corn stocks.
This year marks the 13th edition of Ellis Harvest corn maze, and trust me, you’ll never find the same labyrinth design each year. If you stay until late, you’ll get to enjoy their moonlight maze version. Try to scare your friends while you’re in it. If you’re looking for one or two pumpkins to carve at home, or perhaps a ton of them to decorate your front porch, Dan, the Pumpkin Dude, will give you a hand.