No matter which pumpkin patch you choose to visit this fall, you’re sure to find the perfect future jack-o’-lantern and embrace the beauty of autumn. Grab your pumpkin spice latte, put on your coziest sweater and carve out some time to visit the following pumpkin patches in Iowa.
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Through Oct. 31: Pumpkinville & Corn Maze
Pumpkinville & Corn Maze is a haven for corn maze enthusiasts. With intricate designs that change each year, you’ll enjoy getting lost in the challenging fields. Additionally, the farm offers pumpkin picking and a range of family-friendly activities like straw train rides, hayrack rides, football, sack races and more. Pumpkinsville features a variety of u-pick large pumpkins, small pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks to choose from. The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Entry to the farm is free and includes all activities. There is a fee for the large maze ($8) and the small maze ($1). Pumpkin prices depend on size but vary between $1 to $30.
For more information: pumpkinvillecornmaze.com.
Through Oct. 31: Howell’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch
Nestled in Cumming, just 10 miles south of Des Moines, Howell’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch is a charming autumn destination for families. Their pumpkin patch offers a wide selection of pumpkins, gourds and fall decorations, including beautiful mums, Indian corn stalks and dried florals. When guests aren’t searching for the perfect pumpkin, they can enjoy meeting the farm animals, a wagon ride, a corn maze, haystack climbing, pumpkin cannons and an assortment of treats from its gift shop. Howell’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $18 per person 2 and up; $12 for seniors and $15 for active military.
For more information: howellsgreenhouseandpumpkinpatch.com.
Sept. 16 to Oct. 31, Select Days Colony Acres Family Farm
Offering a country experience in the city, Colony Acres Family Farm is located in Pleasant Hill. The farm welcomes visitors to its pumpkin patch and farm stand Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This family-owned farm offers pumpkins, squash and family-friendly fun. New this season is an assortment of eats, including fresh apple cider doughnuts and other sweets, personal pizzas and beer from the beverage shed.
Cost: Weekday admission costs $10 per person and weekend admission costs $12 per person.
For more information: colonyacres.farm.
Sept. 22 to Oct. 29, Weekends: Bloomsbury Farm
Located in Atkins, Bloomsbury Farm is a must-visit destination for fall enthusiasts. This family-owned farm offers a plethora of activities, from picking your own pumpkins to conquering the 10-acre corn maze. The pumpkin patch boasts a wide variety of gourds, ensuring you’ll find the perfect one for your future jack-o’-lantern or fall decor. Don’t forget to indulge in a few fall drinks and enjoy over 30-plus attractions. The fall extravaganza will take place every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $21.95 per person at the gate for ages 3 and up.
For more information: bloomsburyfarm.com.
Sept. 24 to Oct. 29: Harvestville Farm
Celebrate autumn’s arrival at Harvestville Farm in Donnellson. One of the best pumpkin patches in Iowa, Harvestville Farm is your one-stop shop for all things fall. From a 35-acre pumpkin patch with plenty of photo opportunities to a country store filled with artisanal products, you’ll find yourself immersed in the seasonal spirit. (Don’t miss the famous apple cider doughnuts!) Guests can also enjoy a 12-acre corn maze, wagon rides and other family-friendly fun, including duck races, pumpkin bowling, rides, games and more. The site is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $13 per person ages 2 and up or $35 for season passes.
For more information: harvestvillefarm.com.
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, Weekends: Pinter’s Gardens & Pumpkins
Open every weekend in October, Pinter’s Gardens & Pumpkins is one of the most popular pumpkin patches in Iowa. The farm is known for its picturesque setting and seasonal charms. Beyond picking pumpkins, you can explore the delightful apple orchard, escape the corn maze, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and savor homemade treats at their bakery. Other activities are also available, including a ride to the pumpkin patch, pedal go-kart races, black light mini golf, duck races, pumpkin bowling and much more for the whole family. The argi-tainment destination is open Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person ages 3 and up; $12 for seniors.
For more information: pintersgardensandpumpkins.com.
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, Weekends: Scarecrow Farm
If you are on the hunt for one of the best pumpkin patches in Iowa, look no further than Scarecrow Farm in Lawton. With over 30 acres of fun to explore, from visiting the pumpkin patch, sunflower fields, 5-acre corn maze and more fun farm attractions, guests are in for a treat. Speaking of, make sure to visit the market for fresh apple cider doughnuts, sweet and salty kettle corn and other seasonal goods. Guests can visit Friday, from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $14.95 per person.
For more information: scarecrowfarm.com.
Oct. 6 to Oct. 29, Weekends: Uncle Bill’s Farm
Voted as one of the “16 Best Pumpkin Farms in America” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Uncle Bill’s Farm in Grinnell promises an authentic farm experience for visitors of all ages. The farm boasts an assortment of patches, housing a colorful array of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Be sure to grab a few treats from the general store before making your way home, or enjoy a hayrack ride, meander the corn maze or play in the corn pool. This pumpkin patch in Iowa is open Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $14 per person ages 3 and up.
For more information: unclebillsfarm.com.
Oct. 7 to Oct. 21, Select Days: Pumpkin Express
All aboard the Pumpkin Express in Boone! One of the most unique pumpkin patches in Iowa, the picking experience combines the nostalgia of a vintage train ride with the excitement of choosing the perfect pumpkin. With beautiful scenic views along the way, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate the season with your loved ones. The experience is hosted by Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, taking place on Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. The train will depart at 10 a.m. and take pumpkin hunters on a journey to its pumpkin patch.
Cost: $22 per person.
For more information: bsvrr.com.