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Take a wild hayride. Sip apple cider. And get lost in a sea of pumpkins. The season calls for outdoor fun at a pumpkin patch. We’ve rounded up the best places to get a taste of autumn. Read on for a few pumpkin patches in the memory-making business.
New York City: Queens County Farm
October is pumpkin month at Queens County Farm. On weekdays, the pumpkins are sold in the gift shop. On the weekends, however, families are invited to wander through the farm’s fields and have their pick of size and color. There is no admission fee to enter the pumpkin patch, but it does cost $5 per person to enter the farm grounds on October 30th for the Children’s Fall Festival. This is the day for your little ones to wear costumes, enjoy pony rides, pig races, hear live music and show off their dance skills.
Get there: Queens County Farm is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Queens.
Chicago: Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
Famous for its 15-acre corn maze, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm invites kids to get lost in the fun all week long. Siegel’s is a fifth generation working farm featuring a petting zoo and a baby chick nursery. There’s even a Ghost Town Railroad running across the fields from 10am to 6pm daily. This way, parents have a splendid way to get lost, too.
Get there: Stop by Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm at 17250 Weber Road in Lockport.
Los Angeles: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Since it’s start in 1989, Mr. Bones has brought the farm spirit to the urban landscape of Los Angeles. And though Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has changed its location over the past few years, it hasn’t changed the long tradition of face painting, super slides, and straw mazes. While there’s still a fee to enter the Fall Farmland in Culver City, the small change goes towards the pumpkin purchase you’re bound to make. Check their calendar to see when their master carver is available to create a special masterpiece.
Get there: Visit Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at 10100 Jefferson Bulevard in Culver City.
San Francisco: Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
San Francisco’s first patch Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch opened in 1979 and has been growing ever since (pun intended). You come here to meet your neighbors, discover the most vibrant colors and compare pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. There’s also a unique and seemingly limitless collection of gourds and corn stalks in the peripheral corners of the patch. Many locals say that the most unique pumpkins are to be found here, and throughout the month of October Clancy offers the rare experience of a hayride down (and up) the streets of San Francisco.
Get there: Head over to Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch at 1620 7th Avenue in San Francisco.
Miami: Pumpkin Patch at Little Farm
What goes better with pumpkins than pony rides. At The Little Farm in Miami, there is a free pony ride with each pumpkin purchased. In addition, little ones can check out the petting farm and get supplies to make their own scarecrow. This pumpkin patch is open daily through Halloween, from 3pm-7pm Monday through Friday and 10am-7pm on weekends.
Get there: Drop by this pumpkin patch located at 13401 S.W. 224 Street in Goulds.
Dallas: Pumpkin Village
The Dallas Arboretum take their Pumpkin Village seriously with over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash artfully collected in the celebration. The festival includes a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. Pick up your pumpkins and enjoy a picnic outside in the gardens during the warm fall weather.
Get there: Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas.
Seattle: Craven Farm
Family owned Craven Farm has quite the pumpkin patch as well as a 15-acre “Alice in Pumpkinland” corn maze. If you’re looking for a chance to get creative, check out the Craven Farm Pumpkin Glow on October 30th. Carving tools and free pumpkins are provided. After showing your carving skills, pumpkins are then lit for a story time lead by the Harvest Witch.
Get there: Craven Farm is located at 13817 Shorts School Road in Snohomish.
Boston: Boston Hill Farm
Set in the idyllic setting of North Andover, Boston Hill Farm offers Instagram-worthy sights of autumn leaves and giant pumpkins. Open daily from 9am to 6pm, stop by for your pick of gourds and locally made ice cream. Enjoy local cones of Richardson’s Ice Cream and the array of holiday wreaths available for purchase.
Get there: Make a beeline to Boston Hill Farm, at Route 114 in North Andover.
Washington DC: Larriland Farms
Come harvest time, Larriland Farms’ hayrides gather speed. During the week each ride is destined for the pumpkin field, though you’re encouraged to enjoy the woods adorned with ghosts and goblins along the way. Weekday hayrides require reservations. The weekend, on the other hand, is open to everyone. On Saturdays and Sundays you’ll see the maze constructed from 1,000 bales of straw, a seasonal feature of Larriland that is as impressive as it sounds.
Get there: Don’t wait to go to Larriland Farms at 2415 Woodbine Road in Woodbine, Maryland.
Philadelphia: Linvilla Orchards
Pick from piles of pumpkins, carry as many baskets of apples as you can fit in your car and then turn back to relax and roast marshmallows on a crackling fire. Linvilla Orchards squeezes a whole lot of fun into the season. Enjoy pony rides, cornfield mazes and games like pumpkin ring toss all on the scenic fields and orchards of beautiful Pennsylvania.
Get there: Visit Linvilla Orchards at 137 West Knowlton Road in Media.