It’s that time of year where I’ll admit I’m a bit, basic. I love pumpkin beers and donning elbow-patched cardigans. I love PSL and have ‘grammed my fair share of sunset photos as the leaves change colors. Another thing I’m guilty of? Spending the day at the pumpkin patch. Sure, I take my nephews or a big group of friends, but let’s be honest, I’d go by myself if I didn’t feel so awkward. If you’re a little braver than me, venture to one of these patches solo before the temperatures get too cold. Or take your friends, it’s easier to navigate the pumpkin patches with two-brains anyway.
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Vala’s is a personal favorite of mine, and one that I’ve visited many times – from a young tot on a fieldtrip to a big kid pretending adulthood wasn’t happening to me. Vala’s is located in Gretna, Nebraska, and opened daily during the fall season (Sept. 18 – Oct. 31). Attractions include train rides, bouncing pillows (that’s where you can find me), pig races, corn mazes and so much more. Eat a couple caramel apples and ride that sugar high for a full-day of fall fun.
Located in Redding, California, Nash Ranch has been home to Shasta County’s original pumpkin patch since 1991. Some quaint attractions to get excited for include a 15-acre pumpkin patch, the Dreams of Darkness haunted house, a corn maze and an antique tractor show. Get out of the city for the day and get back to your country roots.
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Known for its beautiful wedding venue, Craven Farms, in Snohomish, Washington is also a fun place for those not tying the knot. Open from Sept. 26 – Oct. 31, Craven Farm’s boasts a 20-acre pumpkin patch, 3-D adventure center, hay rides (weekends only) farm animals and make-your-own-scarecrow station. Brain not included, you’ll need to go to Oz for that.
Located in Piggott, Arkansas, Pumpkin Hollow is the largest commercial gourd grower in the mid-south area. Say that 10x fast. Pumpkin Hollow specializes in wholesome family fun with a dash of educational activities. Attractions include Friendly Forest, duck races, corn mazes and new this year – County Bumpkin Playground. Keep calm and gourd on.
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If you’re into growing the biggest pumpkin possible, then you’ll fall in love with The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York. Each year the farm does the world pumpkin weigh-off (Oct. 4 this year) where the winner gets $10,000. Maybe money grows on vines? If smaller pumpkins are more your scene, the farm has attractions for you as well, including amusement rides, magic show, donuts and cider and the ever-popular corn maze. The best part? Weekdays are free.