Pumpkin Patches in Alabama
Find pumpkin picking near Decatur, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile on our list of Alabama pumpkin patches.
Huntsville and Northern Alabama
The Belue Place – Lexington, AL
A pumpkin patch, hayride, petting zoo and more farm fun on the site of an early 1800s farm. Circle the property with the hayride to the patch. Paint your pumpkin after you pick it, if you wish. Pre-picked pumpkins also available. Kids can do a cannonball in Hubert’s Hayloft, go synchronized swimming in Corbette’s corncrib, pet the animals in Zander’s Zoo, climb Ted’s Tire Mountain or play in the sand. Open on weekends in October. Located 30 minutes northeast of Florence.
Location: 700 CR 513, Lexington, Alabama 35648
Mcgee Farm – Florence, AL
Pick your own pumpkin off the vine from their Florence pumpkin patch. Take a tractor drawn wagon ride to the patch, visit with the farm animals and enjoy delicious home baked goods from McGee’s kitchen. Admission is free. Wagon ride is $3 per person. Small pumpkins are 3 for $1. Large pumpkins are $.30 a pound. Fall mums and other fall decorations also available.
Location: 8221 County Rd. 7, Florence, AL 35633
Tate Farms – Meridianville, AL
This North Alabama pumpkin farm located northeast of Huntsville is run by Homer Tate and his family. A variety of crops are grown on the 5,000 acres of land. The pumpkin patch has grown to 60 acres of pumpkins and gourds since its start in 1996. You can pick your pumpkin right off the vine if you wish! There’s also a playground, petting animals, jumping pillow, hay maze and more. $10 general admission. Additional charge for pumpkins, face painting and gourd gun. Open weekdays from 2-6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM from late September through Halloween.
Location: 8414a Moores Mill Rd., Meridianville, AL
Gullion Farms – Somerville, AL
A working farm southeast of Decatur with pumpkin patch, hay maze and petting zoo. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, cow milking, hay slide, hay jump, and pony rides. Owned by Steve and Tammy Gullion. It is open to the public on Saturdays in October from 10 AM until 4 PM. Admission is $10 per person and children under school age are free.
Birmingham Pumpkin Patches
Great Pumpkin Patch – Hayden, AL
Enjoy a hay filled covered wagon ride to the pumpkin picking. Petting zoo, pony rides, hay pyramid and inflatable park also available. Stop in the Big Red Barn or shop in the Country Store. Open daily from late September until Halloween. For the adventurous, there is also a Bungy Jump! Admission is free but there is a charge for activities.
Location: 350 County Hwy. 45, Hayden, AL 35079
Bennet Farms – Heflin, AL
Fresh off the vine pumpkins, hayrides, working syrup mill and animal petting farm at this fourth generation farm. Corn crib, hay bale maze, tire crawl, pipe swing and pipe slide for kids. Located off I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. Try their country cooking and shop the arts and crafts from local vendors in the country store. Adult admission is $5. Kids admission is $10. Children under 1 year of age are free. Pumpkins are not included in the admission price.
Location: 1073 County Road 13, Heflin, AL 36264
4D Farm – Cullman, AL
Take a hayride to the patch, visit the farm animals, navigate the corn maze and enjoy other fall activities. Eighty foot slide, pig races, cow train, sand pit, duck races, two story play barn and jumping pillow. The farm was purchased in December 2004 and started as a poultry farm before branching into agritourism. Admission is $10. Seniors are $7. Kids under 2 are free. Pumpkins, pony rides, corn cannon, and pumpkin slingshots are not included in the price of admission. Open to the public for fall fun starting in late September on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Located between Decatur and Birmingham.
Location: 7182 County Road 703, Cullman, Alabama 35055
Pumpkin Patch Express – Heart of Dixie – Calera, AL
Ride the Pumpkin Patch Express this autumn to pick your pumpkin from the patch, take a hayride and other kid-friendly activities. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Event lasts approximately 90 minutes. Pumpkins are extra. Open on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Located south of Birmingham along I-65.
Location: 1919 9th Street, Calera, AL 35040
Faye Whittemore Farms – Jasper, AL
A family farm with pumpkin patch, petting zoo, build your own scarecrow, pirate ship playground, face painting, hay maze and other activities for kids. Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Admission is $10 per person, with pumpkins an additional $.30 per pound. Horse rides with horse rental, 35 miles of trails and special events like the Labor Day and Halloween rides. Located northwest of Birmingham.
Location: 1335 Forrester Road, Jasper, AL 35504
Tuscaloosa Barnyard – Tuscaloosa, AL
Hay rides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, playground, fishing pond, boat rides, pony rides.
Amelia’s Pumpkin Patch at Mathews Manor – Springville, AL
Patch, hay ride, pumpkin painting, face painting, moon bounce, disc golf, games and scavenger hunt. Open Thursday through Saturday for the last two weekends in October. $15 admission for kids includes pumpkin. Adult admission is $5 (with kids admission) but does not include pumpkin. Under 2 are free. Located northeast of Birmingham between Birmingham and Gadsden.
Old Baker Farm – Harpersville, AL
Cost is $10 per person. Kids under 2 are free. Admission includes pumpkin and all events except food, horseback rides, arts and crafts. Open Sept 27th through October 31st, 2014 for the harvest festival. Weekdays 3pm to Dark, Saturday 9am to Dark, Sunday 1pm to Dark. Last weekend in October is the Cotton Pickin’ Celebration. Western Cowboy Day October 11-12. The Old Baker Farm was established in 1899 and is managed by a fourth generation family member Jerry Baker and wife, Pam.
Norris Farm – Hokes Bluff, AL
Auburn and Montgomery Pumpkin Patches
Paradise Pumpkin Patch – Eufaula, AL
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm playground, petting zoo, cow train, corn cannon, pig races, corn box and cotton picking. Opens for fall in late September and is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Located south of Columbus and southeast of Union Springs.
Location: 1 Hawkins Road, Eufaula, AL
Dream Field Farms – Fitzpatrick, AL
Central Alabama pumpkin picking and fall festival on weekends in October that opens September 28, 2013. Covered wagon ride, 5 acre corn maze, fishing, boating, inflatable village, human goat tower, minestone sluice, and petting zoo with farm animals. Located southeast of Montgomery and west of Union Springs.
Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch – Clanton, AL
Acres of fresh off the vine pumpkins. There’s also covered wagon hay rides, face painting, pony rides, bungee trampoline and helicopter rides (weekends). Kids will enjoy the inflatable park, hay pyramid, hay maze, Twactor Twain and Jimmy the Pig mascot. Sheep Shearing and Kiowa Indian Presentations. Cost is priced per activity with a hay ride and pumpkin at $7. Located a 30 minute drive from downtown Birmingham off I-65.
Location: 1901 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, AL 35045
Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation – Marion, AL
Cancelled in 2013. Check with them for 2014! This is one of Alabama’s last plantations with structures dating back more than century. Enjoy a hayride, tour the 28 historic farm buildings and visit the pumpkin patch. Farm equipment museum, gristmill demonstration and blacksmith shop. Admission is $10 per person with a discount for kids. Located south of Tuscaloosa, southwest of Birmingham and west of Montgomery.
Location: 27360 Hwy 14, Marion, AL 36756
Aplin Farms – Dothan, AL
A fourth generation vegetable farm since 1952. U-pick pumpkins, corn maze, wagon ride and petting zoo are just some of the activities available at Aplin Farms. Open daily in October. Located in Geneva County between Slocomb and Dothan.
Location: 2729 Geneva Co. Rd. 49N Dothan, AL
Barber Berry Farm – Millbrook, AL
Pumpkin patch opens the second weekend in October and is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission for ages 3 and older is only $3, which includes hayride. Field pumpkins are $4. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available. Located northwest of Montgomery near Wetumpka and Prattville.
The Oaks L.L.C. – LaFayette, AL
Take a wagon ride and pick your pumpkin from the patch Friday to Sunday in October. Inflatable park, train rides and country store also available. Note: Cash or check only! Located northeast of Auburn.
Location: 18151 Veterans Memorial Parkway, LaFayette, AL
Backyard Orchards – Pittsview, AL
Fall festival on the last weekend in September and throughout October. Pick their own pumpkin from the real patch, enjoy a wagon ride, or pick cotton from the field. Play on their tractor tires and in a corn trough. They also have a 2 acre corn maze. Located north of Eufaula, southwest of Fort Benning South and Columbus.
Magnolia Corn Maze – Summerdale, AL
A corn maze for the past five years. Pumpkin patch, hayride, pig races, play area, hay jump, cow train, corn cannons, Hop-along Rodeo, duck races, and petting zoo. Field of Terror and Zombie Paintball open near Halloween. General Admission tickets available for between $10 and $20 per person, plus tax. It is located near Fairhope across Mobile Bay from Mobile.
Pumpkins were first grown in the New World. They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today. How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.
The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.
Did you know that October 26th each year is National Pumpkin Day?
Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins
Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe. Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds. Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more. The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America. Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible. It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit. Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October. Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.
Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”
The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus. It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival. This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015. The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats. There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides. Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests. This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903.