This time of year, when the weather starts to turn cold and the days get longer, the pumpkin patch can offer a respite from the oncoming winter doldrums. There, you can pick a perfect pumpkin for carving, hang out with some cute animals, and fill your trunk with seasonal produce to turn into a fall feast once you get home.
While every suburban neighborhood probably has a nearby pumpkin patch, there are definitely some across the United States that are worth a trek. Here is a list of America’s most enjoyable pumpkin patches that offer tons of fall fun for the whole family.
14. Roloff Farms – Helvetia, Oregon
There aren’t very many pumpkin patches that can claim to be owned and operated by reality TV stars, but if you make it out to Roloff Farms in Helvetia, Oregon, you may see them filming for their TLC reality show Little People, Big World.
Roloff Farms is owned and operated by Matt and Amy Roloff, two little people whose farm and family are the stars of Little People, Big World. Their pumpkin season runs for the month of October, and the most popular attractions on the farm are the fantastical play structures that Matt built for his now-grown children.
13. Roba Family Farm – Jermyn, Pennsylvania
The Roba Family Farm opens for pumpkin season in mid-September, and the fun lasts until Halloween. They have tons of different activities, from a huge pumpkin patch where you can pick yourself the perfect specimen, to campfire pits that you can rent for special events.
You can also attend a show put on by The Marvelous Mutts, cheer on your favorite sow at the pig races, or fire a pumpkin cannon. They have tons of different options for food, including apple cider slushies, homemade kettle corn, and piping-hot apple cider donuts.
Admission to the farm is $15.95 per person.
12. Cox Farms – Centreville, Virginia
If you live in a city, you don’t need to miss out on the pumpkin patch fun, there are some amazing farms that offer seasonal entertainment that are only a few miles from urban life. Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia is only an hour drive from downtown Washington, DC and gives city slickers the chance to explore the best that the countryside has to offer.
Their farm is full of fun activities like corn mazes, pick-your-own pumpkin patches, and hiking trails. Tickets range from $6-20 depending on the day of the week.