Celebrate the Start of Fall by Visiting One (or Several) of America’s Best Pumpkin Patches

by Lauren Boisvert
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If you live in Florida, like me, you know that fall does not exist and it’s basically summer 11 months out of the year. So, safe to say, the fall obsession doesn’t exactly get nurtured in the ways that I’d like. We don’t really have pumpkin patches here, so to have that experience I’ve got to take a little trip. Good thing we all have a list of the best pumpkin patches in America to choose from.

Best Pumpkin Patches in the U.S.

In no particular order, there are a few exceptional pumpkin patches if you’re looking for those perfect fall vibes. Ashland Berry Farm in Beaverdam, Virginia boasts 30 acres of pumpkins during the fall, as well as a Terror on the Farm experience. The main attraction is the All You Can Carry Pumpkin Challenge; carry as many as you can, take three steps, and those gourds are yours for $25. Sounds like a sweet deal. Make sure to bring your strongest friend with the longest arms.

The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences Hobbit House Pumpkin Patch in Richmond, Rhode Island is not something I was expecting from the littlest state that could; it’s definitely on my list of future fall excursions, though. There’s nothing that says “fall is here” more than a Hobbit house with a yard full of pumpkins. While you can’t go inside the Hobbit house, it’s available for rent as a cool photo spot for $200 per group of 4 for 45 minutes.

Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs, Michigan offers pumpkin weekends from Sept. 25 to Oct. 24. They feature pumpkin bowling and smashing, hayrides, apple baseball, food, drinks from the farm’s winery or brewery, and good times.

Additionally, if you’ve ever thought about living in a pumpkin house, Cheekwood Harvest in Nashville, Tennessee is for you. The estate’s fall season includes two 11-foot pumpkin houses. There’s also live music, food, a beer garden, as well as themed scarecrows.

More Corn Mazes Than We Know What To Do With

Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Grand Junction, Colorado has been around for over 25 years. They offer 45 different varieties of pumpkins, as well as corns mazes custom designed and cut by the Studt family. For a Halloween event, the farm offers PumpkinFest on Oct. 30. There’s trick or treating, a carving contest, a treasure hunt, and something called the pumpkin smashing pit.

Next up, Exploration Acres in Lafayette, Indiana. Exploration Acres holds the record for Indiana’s largest corn maze and pumpkin patch and is open from Sept. 17 to Oct. 30. The farm has been around since the 1920s, and in 2008, Exploration Acres was opened to the public as it is now: with a 15-acre corn maze and activities for the entire family.

Another corn maze extravaganza, the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze in Petaluma, California has been open for 29 years, since 1993. The pumpkin patch and corn maze are right off of Highway 101 in Petaluma, so motorists constantly slow traffic to monitor the growth of the 4-acre maze during the off-season. On the first day of November, the corn is cut and turned into silage to feed cows. There are also farm animals and baked goods sold by 4-H Club members.

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