If you’re like me, then the last thing you think of when you think about Florida is fall or pumpkin patches. The tropical state boasts hundreds of orange groves and is home to some of the country’s most incredible beaches. It’s also warm nearly year-round, which might make celebrating the fall season feel a bit different (to say the least).
However, believe it or not, Floridians still enjoy the fall season like anyone else in the US. They sip pumpkin spiced lattes and celebrate Halloween, and while they might not bundle up like the rest of us, they love to visit pumpkin patches in Florida during October with their families. If you’re a Sunshine State resident, then you’re already well aware of this.
Whether you want to pick a pumpkin to have as a Halloween or Thanksgiving decoration, or you want to enjoy some of the other traditional pumpkin patch activities (hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider, etc.) visiting a pumpkin patch is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.
Keep reading to discover the 10 best pumpkin patches in Florida
1. The Pickin’ Patch
Located in Marion County The Pickin’ Patch is an unusual opportunity in Florida as they grow their pumpkins on the farm.
For those who live in Florida you understand that this is a rarity. This Dunnellon farm also offers pick-your-own flowers, and traditional fall activities like hayrides and corn mazes. The Pickin’ Patch is a do not miss!
2. Green Meadows Farm
This year-round petting zoo features over 300 various farm animals for people of all ages to enjoy. As fall nears it turns into a traditional autumn paradise.
This happens in October and both the petting farm and the pumpkin patch are open all month long. At Green Meadows Farm you can experience all of the expected fall family fun like hay rides, a haunted house, and the pumpkin patch.
The cost of admission is on the pricey side but includes your pumpkin, a farm tour, and access to the entire farm and activities.
3. Hunsader Farms
Every October, Hunsander farms (located between Tampa and Sarasota) throws a huge pumpkin festival that takes place each weekend throughout the month. The rest of the year the farm operates as a large produce market and farmstand.
The pumpkin festival includes over 20 events so there is something to do for everyone in the family. You can enjoy the 75 craft booths, zip lines, live music, or pony rides (and much more).
4. Hydro Harvest Farms
As the name suggests Hydro Harvest Farms in Hillsborough County is a hydroponic farm year-round that offers a pumpkin patch in October. They take it seriously with seasonal and spooky decor. This hydroponic farm also grows and sells things like tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and lettuces. Admission to the farm is free.
5. Holland Farms
Holland Farms is a family-owned and operated peanut farm in the Florida panhandle. They offer free boiled peanuts to munch on as you wander the festive pumpkin patch.
Purchasing a wristband includes the cost of your pumpkin and activities. Enjoy the playground, corn maze, hay rides, and more classic fall family fun. A wristband to be able to enter the farm is $10, and it is open every day until November 5th,
6. Cowart Ranch and Farms
Located in Flagler County the Cowart Ranch and Farms puts on a large fall festival every weekend in October. They provide activities like bonfires, pony rides, bounce houses, and more.
7. Pumpkin Towne
Pumpkin Towne is made up of several small outposts in various locations: Wellington, Jupiter, and Jensen Beach. They take the fall theme to the extreme and are open all October.
Pumpkin Towne has a variety of family friendly activities in addition to the pumpkin patch. You can purchase anything you might need for seasonal decorating and pumpkin carving.
8. Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market
Delray Beach, Florida
Year-round Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is a staple for its fresh produce offerings. It is located in South Florida and in October it turns into one of the most festive fall pumpkin patches in Florida.
Each weekend they host a fall festival with similar activities to the others like hayrides, corn mazes, and pony rides. This can’t miss spot on an 80 acre working farm is a great spot for lunch with its farm-fresh ice cream and award-winning BBQ.
9. Painted Oaks Academy
Painted Oaks Academy usually runs as an equestrian farm until fall when it turns into a festive outpost. Here you can find a great variety of pumpkins (including some of the biggest in the country). Take some extra time and enjoy a hayride with the family.
10. Fruitville Grove
Last but not least on this list of pumpkin patches in Florida is Fruitville Grove, another year-round farmstand that is family-run but really changes form in October. Each weekend they host a large pumpkin festival in addition to the pumpkin patch.
With a variety of family activities like live music and pumpkin painting don’t miss this festive fall farm. Each Saturday they host a costume contest that kids love. Admission and parking are free, each activity has a cost associated with it though.
Find the Best Pumpkin Patches in Florida!
We hope you enjoyed this list of some of the best pumpkin patches in Florida. As you can see, Florida isn’t only great for sunny beaches and oranges; the Sunshine State has plenty of pumpkin patches and family-owned farms throughout the state to help you celebrate the Fall season.
Always remember to research the pumpkin patch’s website or give them a call to double-check their opening hours.
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