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12 Pumpkin Patches Best for Families to go Picking Fall 2021

the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Now that autumn has arrived, where are the best places to go pumpkin-picking? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated our list of the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

where to go for the best pumpkin picking patches for friends and families this fall 2021

Fall is in full swing, and we are ready to make the most of it.

The best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

When we’re not mulling cider or peeping leaves, we might be in the mood for a fall-tastic, family-friendly activity where we can appreciate the autumnal beauty all aroud us. How does pumpking picking sound?

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Head to any of these twelve farms for amazing produce, wow-worthy attractions, and everyone’s favorite seasonal festivities. And of course, you’ll be able to gather some gorgeous pumpkins – just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

The best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

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1. Butler’s Orchard (Maryland)

You can make a reservation any time of year to pick-your-own at Butler’s outstanding farm, but the fall is when they really shine. As we bid farewell to potatoes and tomatoes, it’s time for the annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival, now in its 41st year.

best places pumpkin picking 2021

The best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

This year’s activities include hayrides, corn mazes, and live music, plus a few special additions for 2021 – a pumpkin cannon, face painting, and pony rides. The festival runs until October 31st, so you have a few weeks to enjoy your annual dose of autumn bliss.

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2. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm (Pennsylvania)

It doesn’t get more much more elaborate than autumn at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. For twenty-five years, they have provided Pennsylvania with first-rate pumpkins, as well as a full roster of unforgettable fall activites. Slide down the hay chute, try your hand at apple-blasting, and then get lost in the five-acre corn maze – Cherry Crest’s claim to fame.

best places pumpkin picking 2021

Voted the #1 Corn Maze in America in 2020, the maze always has an annual theme, and this year’s? Thank you to essential workers. And the fun doesn’t have to end on Halloween – come back on November 6 for the “Pumpkin Madness Festival,” where you’ll have an opportunity to smash, throw, and otherwise destroy any leftover pumpkins. Stick around for fireworks after you’ve expressed your emotions.

3. The Great Pumpkin Farm (New York)

Anyone can have a pumpkin patch, but The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York takes it one step further: they have a pumpkin palace.

best places pumpkin picking 2021

The best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Fulfill all your scariest Halloween dreams by playing zombie paintball, then sit down at the Witches Bar and Café for a slice of legendary pumpkin pie. The rest of their attractions and contests will keep you occupied all through the season, with rides, petting zoos, pillow jumping, and more. Now through October 31st.

4. The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island (Oregon)

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island has been open for more than fifty years, so you know that it must be a pretty special place.

best places pumpkin picking 2021

One of the best places to go pumpkin-picking this fall 2021: The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island. Courtesy Photo.

In addition to their unbeatable array of pumpkins, they of course host daily activities such as hayrides, corn mazes, and visits to their big red barn – where you can pick up a steaming mug of “Pumpkin Perk” coffee. They are open daily, and admission is free.

5. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard (Nebraska)

You could spend the whole season at Vala’s and never run out of new experiences.  Between their challenge course and zip line, their Halloween décor, and their twenty other attractions, there’s more than enough fall fun to last you all season long.

Celebrate Halloween with a special fireworks show, and then come back in November for their pie sale.

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6. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm (Illinois)

Welcome to tractor town. Get ready for family-friendly rides, delicious eats and treats, and plenty of fluffy friends to pet and feed. If you want to feel fully immersed in all things fall – and all things farm – this is the place to be.

And new for 2021 are many attractions, including some fantastic roller coasters and rides, such as the Barrel Blast. If you want a fall that’s adrenaline-filled, book your tickets now.

7. Fleitz Pumpkin Farm (Ohio)

Fleitz’s has come an incredible distance since they first opened as a small farm in 1991.

Now they are an expansive, fully-functional farm, with pre-cut and washed pumpkins ready for you to take home and enjoy. You can also find apples, squash, popcorn and more.

8. Wiard’s (Michigan)

Come for the pick-your-own produce, and stay for the Country Fair: a ticketed event that has every fall-themed attraction you’ve ever dreamed of, including a Haunted Thrill Park, an animal petting farm, old west wagon rides, and an enormous corn maze.

If you need something to kickstart that festive autumn feeling, this will definitely do the trick.

9. Froberg’s Farm (Texas)

Pumpkin patches aren’t only for special occasions. Even if all you’re looking to do is pick up a coffee or pastry, you can stop by Froberg’s bakery and cafe anytime during the year.

But their fall festival of course is the most special time. They have pumpkins available for picking and for photo ops, corn mazes, paintball, gemstone mining, and plenty of fried pies to go around.

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10. Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm (California)

Having planted their first pumpkin in 1973, Bishop’s knows a thing or two about how to run a farm. Catch a hayride out to the fields, and then pick your way through 90 acres of beautiful pumpkins.

Our list of the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Our list of the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Afterwards, you can ride the carousel, get lost in the corn maze, and raise your heart rate with their epic zipline.

11. Orr Family Farm (Oklahoma)

Orr Family Farm is the place to make memories. They have twenty-five different on-site attractions, including a carousel, pedal boats, football, and a giant, climbable mountain of hay. And after you pick your pumpkins, you can head to the cookie barn to pick up a sweet treat.

Wish you didn’t have to leave? You don’t have to! Orr boasts a full camping (or ‘glamping’) experience, so the fun never has to end.

12. Tougas Family Farm (Massachusetts)

Nobody does fall quite like New England, and that’s why you have to head to Tougas.  In their second generation of farmers, Tougas offers their seasonal produce to happy customers throughout the harvest, making them a year-long mainstay in the community.

Our list of the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Our list of the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

Pick an October’s worth of pumpkins, devour a cider donut, and then head to the barnyard to play with their adorable baby goats.

Where are the best places to go pumpkin picking this fall 2021?

That’s our take on the best most beautiful and charming farms, orchards and pumpkin patches for families and friends to go picking this fall 2021.

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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