The best part of fall? Pumpkin everything—especially the actual gourds themselves.
At the best pumpkin patches around the USA, you can generally expect great photo ops, hot cider, and hay bales. The spots we’ve hand-picked for you below offer something a bit more special ?⠀
California: Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, Wheatland⠀
We have two words for you: Pig races. After catching a NASPIG race held on the “Porko Arena” tracks don’t miss the animation singing chicken show. Just 45 minutes north of Sacramento, Bishop’s is the best pumpkin patch destination for down-home, silly fall fun.⠀
Arizona: MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale⠀
Face-painting, barbecue, panning for gold, sunset hayrides - no wonder the Annual Pumpkin Festival at MacDonald’s Ranch is a favorite with North Valley families!⠀
Texas: Mainstay Farm in Cleburne⠀
There are only so many hours in an autumn afternoon, so you’ll have to pick and choose your favorite activities at Mainstay Farm: sheep races, train rides, a Flying Fox ride, a tree house, pumpkin ice cream and more! Thrill seekers get in line for the Texas Tubin’ Hill, a 150-foot Texas-themed inner tube slide.
Washington: Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm, Snohomish⠀
Bob takes the traditional pumpkin patch a step further in this forested corner of Washington: think apple cannons to fire, 200-pound pumpkins to Insta, and rides on both ponies and John Deere trikes (we think, you like it).⠀
Vermont: Parker Family Farm in Williston⠀
People go to Parker Farm as much for the small-batch fudge (made with Vermont maple syrup) as they do for the beautiful varieties of special pumpkins. Be sure to try the Pumpkin Spice Fudge, made with the farm’s own pumpkins and traditional pie spices. Don’t miss these savory pumpkin recipes.⠀
Illinois: Sonny Acres in West Chicago⠀
When you think of fall you may not think of camels, but at this adorable pumpkin patch 40 miles west of Wrigley Field, you can ride one. In addition to camels, you and the kids can also take a ride on a pony, a tractor-pulled hay wagon, and in a spinning tunnel called the Dizzy Zone.⠀
Virginia: Chesterfield Berry Farm in Moseley⠀
This farm is popular all year long. But in pumpkin season you can easily spend a full day here with hayrides, a spooky (but not too scary) haunted barn, farm animals, corn mazes, and hourly pig races!
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