It’s that gourd-geous (get it?) time of year again when we wave goodbye to triple-digit days, welcome those brisk breezes of fall and carve out some time for a trip to the pumpkin patch. Whether you’re looking to get lost in a corn maze, pose before a bright orange backdrop or find your future jack-o'-lantern, here are 15 pumpkin patches in Texas prime for pumpkin picking and harvesting fall-themed memories with the family.
Barton Hill Farms, Bastrop
Grab a pumpkin latte and hit the road to Barton Hill Farms. This fall festival is always high on our annual autumn bucket list — and there’s a good reason why. Sure, you can find prize-winning pumpkins, but there’s plenty more fall fun to be found at this Bastrop stop located along the banks of the Colorado River. Run through the corn maze, bounce on a giant jumping pillow, pedal around the trike track, take a train ride, feed furry farm animals, get your face painted or sip a cold lemonade or beer while listening to live music.
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Hours and pricing: Weekends through Nov. 4. Tickets are $15.95 at gate, $12.95 online and free for children 2 and under. The weekends-only festival also will be open this Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, Elgin
You’ll find more than rows of trees at this nearby farm. In October, Elgin Christmas Tree Farm blooms with fall fun in the form of mazes, pumpkin decorating, train rides, hayrides, farm animals and more. Capture photos of your cuties picking their favorite pumpkins in the patch any day this month, or come out during the Pumpkin Festivals on the second and third weekends of October.
Hours and pricing: Daily through Oct. 31. Admission is $8 for ages 2 and older.
Evergreen Farms, Elgin
‘Tis the season for picking pumpkins at Evergreen Farms. Come out for the family-friendly Pumpkin Hunt, which includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields to find mini pumpkins hidden in the trees, and stay for more fun like pumpkin decorating, pumpkin races, train rides, face painting, authentic pumper fire truck rides, mazes and more.
Hours and pricing: Open weekends in October. Admission and parking are free, but activities are $2.50 to $5.
Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls
This time of year, this beloved berry farm bursts with fall fun. Head to Sweet Berry Farm to participate in everything from hayrides and weekend horse rides to flower picking and pumpkin painting. You’ll also find plenty of pumpkins for purchase — check out the website for money-saving weekend deals, and don’t forget your camera.
Hours and pricing: Now through Nov. 4. Free admission, but all activities are individually priced.
Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch, Pipe Creek
For an affordable autumn experience, head to Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch. Sandwiched between Bandera and Boerne, the reasonable admission includes a hayride, haystack, scarecrow dressing, visits with farm animals, playing in the sandbox, pumpkin painting and fall photo-ops. For a little extra, delight the kids with a ride on the barrel train, duck races and face painting. While there, purchase sausage wraps, hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting at the snack bar or grab fall-themed goodies at the farmers market.
Hours and pricing: Open weekends in October. Admission is $6 per person and free for ages 2 and younger.
Devine Acres Farm, Devine
Fill up on fall fun from the BobALong Barrel Train ride and scenic hayrides to gem mining and tin bucket golf at Devine Acres Farm’s Fall CountryFest. Fall-themed fun flows freely here, and admission comes with live entertainment and more than 40 activities. Whether you’re petting friendly farm animals, fishing for perch, stuffing a scarecrow or piling a heap of pumpkins into your trunk, you’re sure to find loads of family fun down on this farm southwest of San Antonio.
Hours and pricing: Open weekends in October. Admission is $12 for ages 3 to 64, $10 for seniors over 65 and military and free for 2 and younger.
South Texas Maize, Hondo
Just a short country drive from San Antonio, you’ll find Texas-size fun including the famous South Texas Maize at Graff 7A Ranch. Road trip to Hondo to pick out pumpkins, run through a 7-acre maze and enjoy everything from hayrides and a cow train to a kiddie corral and pig races, all included with the price of admission. More fall fun is available for additional fees, and campfire sites can be reserved at night.
Hours and pricing: Now through Nov. 25. Admission is $17.50 for ages 3-64, $10 for seniors and free for ages 2 and younger.
Dewberry Farm, Brookshire
Just west of Katy in bustling Houston’s backyard, you’ll find more than you can possibly "dew" in a day at Dewberry Farm’s Fall Festival. Now in its 17th year, you’ll find favorites like the corn maze and pumpkin patch in addition to new ones that make this destination well worth the trip. Get lost in a corn maze, take a ride on the mile-long DewVille Express, whirl around on a carousel and poke through the sprawling field of pumpkins until you find the perfect one to carve into a jack-o'-lantern or puree for a pie.
Hours and pricing: Weekends through Nov. 11. Admission is $29.95 for ages 3 and older, $26.95 for military and $15 for seniors.
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch, Medina
Get your fill of old-fashioned fall fun at Love Creek Orchards’ Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch. Affordable admission gives guests access to hayrides, pumpkin painting, farm animals, apple orchard tours, scarecrow building, playing in the hay bale maze, storytelling, singalongs and more. It even tastes like fall out here just northwest of San Antonio — bite into a tree-ripened apple, sip sweet cider from an old-fashioned cider press or fill up on more than 50 items made with apples at the Apple Store Bakery & Patio Café.
Hours and pricing: Open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 3 and older (active military is half-price) and free for ages 2 and younger.
Blessington Farms, Wallis
In addition to posing in patches and picking out pumpkins, animal encounters, hayrides, barrel train rides, pony hops, pedal cars, steer roping, fossil digs and even camels are just some of the fun on offer at Blessington Farms west of Houston. Come for the fresh country air and tons of activities, all of which are all included with admission except camel feedings, bird feedings and gem mining ($3 each).
Hours and pricing: Open weekends through Nov. 10. Admission is $20, free for kids younger than 2.
Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas
The annual Autumn at the Arboretum is well worth the drive to Dallas. The internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village features more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, and this year’s display is themed "Adventures in Neverland" with imaginative scenes like the Lost Boys hideout and a pirate ship sailing atop a sea of gourds. Don’t miss Family Fun Weekend (Oct. 27-28), the annual Halloween blowout featuring trick-or-treating throughout the garden, live music, face painting, a petting zoo and live appearances and photo ops with "Adventures in Neverland" characters.
Hours and pricing: Now through Nov. 21, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 2-12.
TSRR Pumpkin Patch Express, Rusk
There isn’t a cooler way to get to a pumpkin patch than by rail. Climb aboard Texas State Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express, which departs from Rusk Depot at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A short 30-minute chug gets you to the pumpkin patch, where you spend the 90-minute layover enjoying hayrides, spooky tunes, hopping in the bounce house, picking out future jack-o'-lanterns and trick-or-treating. Little passengers are encouraged to wear their costume to this patch near Nacogdoches.
Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday now through Oct. 29. Prices range from $15 to $20 per ticket.
Yesterland Farm, Canton
Squash this fall festival off your list. At Yesterland Farm, you’ll find more Texas-size fun than you can handle. This carnival-like destination is not only the best place to pick pumpkins from patches scattered around the farm, but you can dig into fare served from the Hog Wild Grill and enjoy more than 30 activities ranging from apple cannons and zombie paintball to a 3-acre corn maze and fireworks. This old-fashioned family farm between Tyler and Dallas gets spooky at night when it transforms into Fright Farm with activities like a creepy corn maze and a hair-raising hayride.
Hours and pricing: Open weekends through Nov. 11. Prices and packages vary.
Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Walk through a corn maze, go on a hayride, ride the barrel train, jump on a giant bounce pad, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin at this Temple farm. There are also games like archery and duck races, and you can shoot corn cannons and play horseshoes. You can also get snacks in the snack barn and general store and make pumpkin sand art.
Hours and pricing: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4. Free, but pay for each activity and pumpkins, or get a $10 wristband for everything.
Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, Bertram
Fill up on fall fun at the Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, where you will find much more than worms for sale. At the biggest little pumpkin patch in Texas, you can pick out itty bitty and gigantic pumpkins and every size in between while enjoying hayrides, pumpkin painting, feeding the farm animals, Friday morning story times in this Burnet County pumpkin patch followed by crafts, and more.
Hours and pricing: Open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. Admission is free, but pay for activities.