It’s cool and crisp outside. The sun is rising a little later and setting a little earlier. The Crockpot has found its way to the countertop. This means one thing – fall is here! With fall comes some really great outdoor activities to do with the kiddos. A necessity of the season is getting a pumpkin. Whether you choose to decorate it, use it for home decor, eat it, or all of the above, this is your Smarty Guide to the are Pumpkin Patches.
Hall Family Farm
Family owned and operated for decades on end, this family farm in the Ballantyne area is dry of strawberries from their summer crop and is ready for your family to pick the perfect pumpkin. Beyond the fields of orange, there are other activities to participate in, including a corn make, musical hay ride. Admission to the farm is free, pumpkins and activities extra.
Hours through November 8:
10713 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC 28277
For more than a century, this family farm has been a hub of the great pumpkin. There are plenty of pumpkins for the picking with 10 acres to choose from. Other family activities include hayrides every hour, hay mountain, farm animals and pony rides on the weekends. Admission to the farm is free, pumpkins and activities extra.
Hours in October:
Open seven days a week: 9am until dark
3900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
This Mooresville gem has tractor-drawn pumpkin patch hayrides to help you choose the pumpkin that will come home with you. Beyond the pumpkins, their farm market offers a good harvest of fall favorites including apples and cider, gourds, greens, mums and more. Hayride tickets are $10 for ages 2+, free under 23 months; however, they can’t take a pumpkin home). Furthermore, on select nights in October, the 130 acre farm is turned into Scarrigan Farms – a haunted trail that makes you scream. Note that Sacrrigan Farms is not for the wee ones, so get a babysitter and come on out! Tickets are $20 per scaredy cat.
Saturdays and Sundays in October: 9am-4pm
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy
Mooresville, NC 28115
The Hunter Farm
This one-stop farm includes a pumpkin patch and hayrides, but also a great petting barn that the kids are sure to enjoy. They do offer night hayrides and bonfires, but only by reservation. Adults are $9.50, kids $8.00 and grandparents and kids under 2 are free.
13624 Providence Road
Weddington, NC 28104
Touting 20 acres of pumpkins, this farm now offeris wagon rides to and from the pumpkin fields which is going to be a fun treat for your little ones. There is more than just pumpkins to gaze your eyes on – they have five pens of Heritage turkeys and the iconic 10-foot Hostein Cow that is a must stop selfie-opportunity. There are large slides for the kids to fly down and even an apple cannon to shoot. Admission is $5.50 for 2+.
Afternoons and weekends
12150 McManus Road
Midland, NC 28017
Hidden in Mount Ulla this farm offers 40 acres of pumpkins to tour. Beyond picking up your new pumpkin, there are puppet shows, hayrides, corn maize dashes and even a portrait day on October 25, plus many more family activities including a tomato slingshot and pony rides to name a few. Weekend admission is $9 (ages 2-54), $8 for 55+. The pumpkin patch express is $4.
Hours through November 2:
Fun on the farm Saturdays: 10am-6pm
Fun on the farm Sundays: 12:30-6pm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mount Ulla, NC 28215
Red Wolf Farm
A little bit of a hike outside of Charlotte, this classic farm has a pumpkin patch open to the public on weekends, as well as hayrides, farm animals, giant tubs of corn to swim in, trails, obstacle course and so much more. There are no reservations required to visit and admission is $8 for ages 1+. Admission includes all activities except horse rides, super slide ride and pumpkin purchase, those are ala cart.
Hours for October 4-26:
4137 Providence Mill Road.
Maiden, NC 28650
This 133 acre family owned and operated farm can be found in Catawba County. Although a little drive, it’s full of fun including pumpkin picking, wagon rides, farm animals and a nine acre corn maze. Admission is $5 for ages 5+, free for under the age of 5, with a paying adult, pumpkins are extra.
Hours in October:
Saturdays and Sundays: 2pm-9pm.
2675 St. James Church Road
Newton, NC 28658