We're in the full swing of fall now: In many parts of the U.S.A., the colorful leaves are on the trees and covering the sidewalks. Hot apple cider abounds this time of year and so do pumpkins — and pumpkin-spice lattes. Obviously, now's also the time to make an autumn outing to a pumpkin patch. And these tricked-out locations around the country offer so much more than just casual Instagram photo opps.
1. Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch, Maryland
With a 15-acre corn maze, a bountiful pumpkin patch for picking your own, and plenty of family-friendly fall activities, Jumbo’s is an autumn staple in Maryland. The 3,000-square-foot shopping area provides guests with everything from Halloween decorations to carving kits. Hayrides are free, and visitors can also enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and wagon rides, among other offerings.
2. Pumpkinville, New York
Pumpkinville in Great Valley, New York is a go-to spot for folks in the Tri-State region. You can watch apple cider being made and then drink some for yourself, go for a hayride, explore a corn maze, say hi to cute farm animals, and, of course, wander around the five-acre patch to find the perfect pumpkin.
3. Sauvie Island, Oregon
Could there be a more scenic setting for a pumpkin patch and fall activities than Sauvie Island in Oregon? Just outside of Portland, this isn’t the world’s biggest pumpkin patch, but it sure is a special one. You can pick your own pumpkins, explore "The Maize,” and enjoy a hay ride. The view is spectacular — foggy at times, mystic, and complete with its own little beach.
4. Pumpkin Hollow, Arkansas
Fall fun isn’t just for the more northern parts of the U.S.A.: Take Pumpkin Hollow in Arkansas, for example. Not only can you pick your own pumpkins here, but you can also partake in the zip line on the grounds and give yourself a good seasonal spook with the "Horror in the Hollow" Halloween experience.
5. Walter's Farm, Kansas
Walter’s Farm in Kansas puts on its own special event called Pumpkinfest each fall. Picking pumpkins here is a given, but you’ll also want to check out the corn maze, the PumpGun Cannon (yep, this shoots pumpkins through the air), the Human Gerbil Wheel, the Jumping Pillows, pedal boats, and even some spookier activities, like Graveyard Golf, and Farm Scene Investigation (F.S.I.).
6. Anderson Farms, Colorado
Anderson Farms in Colorado has got to be one of the most comprehensive fall activity sites in the country and is an absolutely wonderful place to pick pumpkins this time of year. It includes Colorado’s longest-running corn maze, a hay ride, pumpkin launching, Barnyard pedal karts, mine cars, a barrel train, farm animals, a rainbow maze, farm lights, and plenty of other attractions.
7. Mapleside Farms, Ohio
If you’re looking for a picturesque and quaint pumpkin-picking experience in Ohio, look no further than Mapleside Farms, where the fall festivals are top notch. The "Believeland" corn maze stretches over seven acres. The "Super Slide" is 311 feet long. And that’s just the beginning: Themed costume party events are a hit with children and grown-ups alike and the Spooky Fest, which goes down Halloween weekend, might just be the season’s highlight.
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