Pumpkin Patches in Kentucky
Find pumpkin picking near Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green on our list of Kentucky pumpkin patches. Spend an afternoon in September and October explore some farm fun with live animals, hayrides, corn mazes, and of course pumpkins. Many of these farms has all this and some even have live entertainment, games, and great food.
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Benton Farms – Walton, KY. A fourth generation working family farm purchased in 1941 that lets you go pumpkin picking in the patch after a hayride. The farm originated in 1901. There’s also family friendly kids straw, tunnel maze, barnyard animals, and a haunted farm house. This is more of a farm than an agritainment center. Enjoy country cooking, desserts and fudge. Admission is $7 with children three years and younger free. Free parking. U-pick pumpkins are $1-7. Pre-picked pumpkins are $2-8. Open weekends in October. The Haunted Farm House is open every Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7 PM – 11 PM. Their address is 11956 Old Lexington Pike, Walton KY 41094. It is about 8 miles south of Florence, KY.
Neltner’s Farm & Greenhouses – Melbourne, KY. Founded by Joseph Neltner in 1892, six generations have worked this land just south of Cincinnati. Enjoy their farm fall festival and pumpkin picking on weekends in October. There’s also a corn maze, petting zoo and more. Find out what’s happening there this fall on their Facebook page. Weekday admission to the farm shop, pumpkin patch, maze, and petting zoo is free. Weekend admission is $5 for ages 3 and up. Weekends offer live music, wine tasting, demonstrations, crafters, folk art and pottery. There are also seasonal apples, home cooked food and ice cream. Their address is 6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne, KY 41059. It is about 18 miles east of Florence.
Sunrock Farm – Wilder, KY. A 106 acre hands on educational farm serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. It offers a guided farm tour, hayride to pumpkin picking, and visit with the farm animals. Guided tour for families and small groups in October also includes goat milking, egg gathering and (on weekends) free apple cider and cookies in the farm store. Tour costs $8-10 per person. Pumpkins range in price from $1 to $12. Cash only – checks and credit cards are not accepted. About the farm: The original farm was 47 acres, with a farmhouse and barn built in 1848. Thirty three acres was purchased by Frank Traina in 1978. Since then, an additional 73 acres has been added to the farm through adjacent land purchases. The address is 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, KY 41076. It is about 12 miles east of Florence.
Country Pumpkins – Dry Ridge, KY. Pumpkin patch allows you to cut pumpkins off the vine on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday. $8 gets you a pumpkin and hayride to the patch. Get lost in their 4 acre cornfield maze for only $4 or take your child into the children’s maze. Also available: barrel train rides, play area, corn box, straw bale maze, petting zoo, corn hole and face painting (donation). About: The Colson and Pennington families started selling pumpkins here in 2000, on the dairy farm started by the Colson family in 1947. Their address is 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. It is about 21 miles south of Florence.
McGlasson Farms – Hebron, KY. A sixth generation family owned and operated farm located along scenic Route 8. They now operate a roadside farm market supplying fresh produce to local guests and travelers. In the fall, they allow people to pick their own pumpkins in addition to selling pre-picked pumpkins. On weekends at their fall festival, you can hear live music, buy their apple cider and devour a caramel apple. Their address is 5832 River Road, Hebron, KY. It is about 10 miles north of Florence.
The Pumpkin Patch – Independence, KY. A family owned 120 acre dairy farm with buildings dating back to the 1800s. Pick your own pumpkins after the hayride. Visit the petting zoo, hay maze and gift shop as well. $3 admission includes parking. Pumpkins ($1-10) and face painting ($2) are extra. They are open the last weekend in September and every weekend in October. Their address is 12478 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051. It is about 10 miles south of Florence.
Reed Valley Orchard – Paris, KY. This apple orchard has been run by Dana and Trudie Reed since 1998. Pick your own pumpkin from the patch and stop by the first Saturday in October for the annual country festival. This farm has been mentioned in Southern Living, Country Journal Magazine and the book Romantic Kentucky. Note: Their address is 239 Lail Lane, Paris, Ky 40361. It is about 22 miles northeast of Lexington, KY.
Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm – Frankfort, Kentucky. Pick your own pumpkins on weekends from the middle of September to October at this Central Kentucky farm. Their address is 966 Hickman Hill Road, Frankfort KY 40601. It is about 20 miles northwest of Lexington.
Devine’s Corn Maze – Harrodsburg, KY. A corn maze and pumpkin picking patch. Open September 11th through October 31, 2015. Enjoy the three corn mazes, hay maze, hayride, trike track, giant slide and rubber duck races. Halloween weekend turns the maze into a Field of Horror. The address is 623 Talmage-Mayo Road, Harrodsburg KY 40330. It is about 33 miles southwest of Lexington.
Gallrein Farms – Shelbyville, KY. This Shelby County farm offers fresh vegetables, a petting zoo, four acre cornfield maze, and pumpkin picking in October. There’s also hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, music and more fall fun available weekends only. When you are done, shop for fall produce and items for decorating. Food and bakery items available for purchase on weekends. No admission fee to enter the farm or ride the hayrides. Pumpkins are priced per pound. Farm market open on weekdays. Fall season ends November 1. The address is 1029 Vigo Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065. It is about 40 miles west of Lexington.
Thomas Dairy Farm and Market – Cecilia, KY. Thomas Dairy Farm and Market is family owned and we offer Fall Fun for Everyone! They have a Zombie Paintball Hayride, Pick your own Pumpkin Patch and already picked, Corn Maze, Mega Slide, Kids Fun Zone, Petting Zoo, Hayride, and Much Much More. They also offer farm tours in the spring and summer. They open the 3rd Friday in September and close 1st Sunday in November. The hours are Monday – Friday group reservations only. Friday 6-midnight, Saturday 11:00 AM – Midnight, Sunday noon – 6:00 PM For more information check out our facebook page. The address is 4625 Leitchfield Rd, Cecilia, KY. It is about 52 miles south of Louisville.
Hinton’s Orchard – Hodgenville, KY. An eight acre pumpkin patch with 60 varieties of pumpkins to pick from. The corn maze has one mile of trails through the three acre cornfield, find the informational stations to complete the scavenger hunt, and up the challenge during one of the special flashlight nights. There are also hayrides running to the patch, kids play area and live music. Pumpkin pie ice cream, apple dumplings and funnel cakes are available from Hinton’s Kitchen and Adams Family Foods. The address is 8631 Campbellsville Rd., Hodgenville, KY 42748. It is about 64 miles south of Louisville.
Wurth Farms – Paducah, KY. During their October Days celebration, they invite the public to their pumpkin patch on weekends. They have hayrides, petting zoo, straw maze, live music and horseback rides. Balloon animals are made for guests a few hours on Saturday. Inflatables offer kids a place to jump and play. Prices vary by activity. The concession stand offers fall treats such as caramel apples and apple sundaes. Wurth Farms is a family owned farm and greenhouse that was established in 1908 by their grandparents. The address is 1720 South Friendship Road, Paducah, KY 42003. It is located 7 miles south of Paducah.
Cayce’s Pumpkin Patch – Princeton, KY. Opened in 1994 as a wagon load of pumpkins and has since expanded to the farm you can visit today. Ride the hayride to the patch, get lost in the corn maze and engage in other fall fun. Bring your flashlight to try the maze at night. The barn has corn box and soybean box with hidden treasures for kids. There is also a straw maze for small children in the barn. Find items for fall decorating in their store. Classes and church groups are invited to visit the farm for an educational experience. The address is 153 Farmersville Road, Princeton, Kentucky. It is about 49 miles east of Paducah.
Christian Way Farm – Hopkinsville, KY. A third generation family farm started in the early 1920s by Guy Corley. Fall activities including u-pick pumpkins and cornfield maze starting in the middle of September. Fall farm admission is $6 for ages 2+. Mini-golf only is $6-7 or $10 when the mini golf and farm combination admission is purchased. The address is 19590 Linville Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240. It is about 17 miles northeast of Hopkinsville.
Trunnell’s Farm Market – Utica, Kentucky. A 1600 acre working farm owned and operated by fourth generation farmer Kevin Trunnell and his family. Pick a pumpkin, navigate the corn maze, go for a hayride and visit the barnyard animals. Find out what is happening at the farm this fall on Facebook. The address is 9255 U.S. Highway 431, Utica, Kentucky 42376. It is about 10 miles south of Owensboro.
White Oak Pumpkin Patch – West Liberty, KY. Pumpkin picking in Eastern KY. Children will enjoy the farm animals, small corn maze and playground. They are building a recycled tire playground. Free admission and parking. Hayrides to the patch are $2. Pumpkins are priced by size between $1 and $25. The address is 8907 Highway 460 E, West Liberty, KY.
Sally Gap Pumpkin Patch – Williamsburg, KY. Opens in mid-September. Admission is $5.00 per person. Pick your own pumpkins with free pumpkins to children. Horse drawn hayrides, four acre cornfield maze and smaller maze for kids. Learn how to make apple cider and corn meal at one of the daily demonstrations. Farm animal zoo, corn cannon and pumpkin launcher will keep children entertained. The address is 445 Louden Rd., Williamsburg, KY.
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.