With pumpkin picking season, stunning foliage and a full calendar of festivals just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of the best local pumpkin patches and pumpkin farms across the country—plus a handful of awesome, off-the-farm festivals where you can still scout out the perfect jack-o-lantern.
Even better? We’ve paired more rural pumpkin patches and harvest celebrations with home bases in nearby destinations like Boston, Boulder, Sacramento and Philadelphia, so you can take advantage of all the fall fun while also enjoying an exciting getaway close to landmark attractions and events.
When you book a TripAdvisor vacation rental with an outdoor patio and big backyard, you’ll have plenty of room for all the pumpkin-carving chaos that’s bound to ensue—plus an oven to turn those castaway seeds into a toasty treat. As for finding the Great Pumpkin? We’ll leave that up to you.
Siegel’s kicks off its pumpkin picking celebration in mid-September with more than 25 attractions including slides, train rides, a petting zoo and a giant corn maze celebrating the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Hop on a hayride out to the pumpkin field to find the perfect carving canvas for your annual jack-o-lantern.
For the past decade, Pumpkin Village—a one-acre exhibit featuring more than 90,000 artfully arranged pumpkins, gourds and squashes—has been the star of the Dallas Arboretum’s annual fall celebration. Other highlights include the hay bale maze and Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, where you can scope out the perfect pumpkin to take home.
Where to Stay: Whether you’re picturing a chic studio loft or a charming family home with a fenced-in backyard, you’ll find just the right accommodations for your fall getaway in Dallas. Book a trip between September 30th and October 23rd, and you’ll be in town for the season’s most exciting event: the State Fair of Texas. Don’t leave without trying the deep-fried Jell-O.
From mid-September through the beginning of November, Linvilla Orchards is dotted with colorful, larger-than-life fall decorations and more than 100 tons of pumpkins. Thanks to additional activities like face painting and apple-picking, you can turn your pumpkin hunt into a fun afternoon for the whole family. The annual Costume Parade held on the last Sunday of October is always a memorable event.
Where to Stay: Book a loft, townhouse or historic home in Philadelphia, just 20 miles from Linvilla Orchards, and you’ll also be close to family-friendly attractions like the Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum.
Forest hayrides. Live music. Wine, beer, hard cider and dessert wine tasting. Becker Farms’ annual Pumpkin Fiesta (every Saturday and Sunday from mid-September to the end of October) has a whole lot more than just pumpkins.
Where to Stay: For some of the best foliage in the US—not to mention one of the country’s top natural attractions—pack your bags for Niagara Falls, just 30 miles from Gasport. If you decide to cross the border, then head to the top of the Skylon Tower for a panoramic view of acres of national forest and colorful trees.
Every September, thousands of visitors flock to Maize Valley for the farm’s epic, eight-acre corn maze, but that’s not the only attraction this family-owned business has to offer. Watch a cannon launch pumpkins skyward, hop on the farm wagon for a ride to the ultimate local pumpkin patch or visit the bakery to pick up some sweet fall treats.
Where to Stay: ‘Tis the season for eerie encounters, and Cleveland has an array of sinister attractions for ghost hunters (from real-life supernatural hot spots to commercial haunted houses). Not one for thrills and chills? Visit Lake View Cemetery, a 285-acre Cleveland landmark known for its historical significance, to admire the local foliage. No matter where you stay in the Rock and Roll Capital, you’ll be less than an hour from Maize Valley—an easy day trip.
Whether you’re planning to carve a masterpiece on the back porch of your vacation rental or use the home’s full kitchen to make a few pies, you’ll find hundreds of pumpkins in every shape and size at Beech Hill Farm. Don’t leave without trying one of the delicious seasonal ice cream flavors; we’re partial to the apple crisp and maple walnut.
Where to Stay: If you love to hike, you’ll be smitten with the scenery (and 4,000-foot peaks!) in White Mountain National Forest. Laconia, located 40 miles from Beech Hill Farm, makes the perfect home base for both pumpkin picking and trekking backwoods trails.
Originally designed to promote horticultural education, this annual event has become a beloved local tradition that culminates in a ten-day celebration with as many as 15,000 attendees. In addition to pumpkin picking, a downtown display of decorated pumpkins and a parade, the festivities also include the Pumpkin Boat Regatta. As competitors paddle hollowed-out pumpkins across the harbor, spectators cheer from the shore and from inside the local theater (the popular event gets its own live stream).
Where to Stay: Perhaps the most famous stop on Maine’s Pumpkin Trail, Damariscotta is known for its downtown, a quaint spot dotted with restaurants, fun local shops and the first Renys Department Store.
The population of Pumpkintown Village has risen steadily from 2 to 70 since its founding in 1990. Today, you’ll find the “Pumpkinhead” townspeople arranged around an old-fashioned, small-town set featuring a church, post office and saloon; to see the residents of Pumpkintown Forest, you’ll want to catch the attraction’s mile-long hayride. Don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin (and maybe some local pumpkin butter!) at the Harvest Shop.
Where to Stay: Rent a houseboat or historic home in Providence, located just 70 miles away in neighboring Rhode Island. History buffs will love Benefit Street, a mile-long stretch from Brown University to the Providence River known for its grand architecture and vibrant fall colors.
Enjoy the pumpkin patch, corn maze, hop-on hayrides and sweet treats like candy apples and cider every weekend in September and October at Smolak Farms. Got little ones in tow? Consider buying tickets to the Children’s Festival Area, which features activities like a mini hay bale maze, face painting and wagon rides.
Where to Stay: Thirty miles away in Boston, fall signals a packed schedule of fun seasonal events and festivals from the Columbus Day Parade to Oktoberfest celebrations. To catch a glimpse of the changing leaves, wander through the Boston Common or along the Charles River Esplanade.
Celebrate the start of sweater weather at Shady Brook’s PumpkinFest, a lively, month-long October event with inflatables, a corn maze and wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. After you’ve picked the perfect pumpkin, we recommend stopping by the Farm Market to admire all the homegrown produce and to-die-for baked goods.
Where to Stay: Philadelphia is just a 30-minute drive from Shady Brook Farm, and with haunted attractions like Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and family-friendly events like the Midtown Village Fall Festival, you’ll run out of time before you run out of fun fall things to do.
On Saturday, October 22nd, the Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition & Expo returns (along with a silent auction organized by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce). In town for Halloween weekend? Catch the All Things Pumpkin Tour, featuring sleigh rides and delicious pumpkin-flavored treats.
Where to Stay: Hop the border into Maine and cozy up in a Portland vacation rental, just 70 miles from the festivities in Jackson. Why Portland, you ask? For foodies and beer lovers, this getaway destination can’t be beat. From the city’s award-winning restaurants and brewery tours to specialty food shops and annual events like Portland Beer Week, you’re in for a treat—and your taste buds will thank you.
Now in its 19th year, this exciting annual festival is known for its themed weekend celebrations (featuring country music, antique tractors or decorated pumpkins, for example) and an epic, acres-large pumpkin patch. Weekend admission includes a wagon ride, entrance to the corn maze and lots of live entertainment.
Where to Stay: Pick up some pumpkin carving accessories at Underwood Family Farms and head back to your Malibu rental (30 miles away) to show off your carving skills. Whether you book a mountain retreat or a modern beach house, the region’s high peaks and rolling ocean waves are a total upgrade from the view at your office.
X marks the spot? Not at Cool Patch Pumpkins. To find this famous local pumpkin patch and roadside attraction, keep an eye out for Dixon’s quirky “Milk Farm” sign along I-80. Once you’ve arrived, head straight for the 40-acre corn maze—and don’t forget some snacks, because you might be in there for a while. In fact, the 60-acre maze created in 2014 took home the Guinness World Record for largest temporary corn crop maze. Leave plenty of time for the giant pumpkin patch, which boasts tens of thousands of pumpkins in 50 different varieties (including Goose Bumps, Flying Saucer, Goblin Egg and Cannonball).
Where to Stay: Known for its picture-perfect fall weather and foliage, Sacramento is a breezy 25-mile drive from Cool Patch. Book a walking history tour through Old Sacramento or take a dinner cruise along the Sacramento River to capture some postcard-worthy shots of California’s capital.
Home to the state’s longest-running corn maze and local pumpkin patch, Anderson Farms boasts 30 acres and 70 varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Farm admission includes access to the 30-acre maze, plus activities like barnyard pedal carts and pumpkin launches; teens will appreciate after-dark events like Terror in the Corn and Zombie Paintball Hunt.
Where to Stay: Rent a charming family home or mountain lodge 15 miles from the farm in Boulder, where the fall foliage is legendary and popular hiking trails trace through some of the loveliest scenery in the state.
From mid-October through the end of the month, Lakes Regional Park plays host to Wheel Fun Rentals’ pop-up pumpkin patch. The seasonal celebration (which features games, inflatables and food) even offers tractor-pulled hay rides around the park—so you can pretend you’re in farm country, even if the coast is just a few miles away.
Where to Stay: If you’re bemoaning the end of warmer weather, rent a luxe Fort Myers condo within walking distance of the water and enjoy the best of both worlds: lazy beach days and balmy temperatures combined with the excitement of local fall festivals and harvest celebrations.
More than three decades after its first Fall Harvest Festival, Craven Farms is celebrating the season with a 15-acre “Alice in Pumpkinland” corn maze and a Minion-themed hayride. Visit the barnyard animals and go pumpkin picking in the farm’s 20-acre patch before capping off the afternoon with cider donuts at the Mouseville Mercantile Gift Shop.
Where to Stay: Thirty miles from Craven Farm in Seattle, fall marks the start of a season packed with events like Trucktoberfest (featuring an array of local food trucks) and Piketoberfest (a beer, charcuterie and harvest celebration). Save money for all the festivities by booking a vintage cottage, modern townhouse or waterfront rental in the city instead of a pricey hotel.
Cherry Crest’s Harvest Fest kicks off at the end of September with an interactive corn maze, pumpkin fields and a special crop of popcorn and wraps up in early November with the Pumpkin Madness Festival (featuring pumpkin shot put, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin smashing).
Where to Stay: Stay less than an hour and a half from the farm in Philadelphia to take an advantage of quirky events like the annual Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill and the inaugural Philly Free Streets Day at the end of September, when miles of city streets will be accessible only to pedestrians and bikers.