Pumpkin Patches in Nevada
Find farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides near Las Vegas or Reno on our list of pumpkin patches in Nevada. Many have corn mazes, hayrides, scary haunts, farm animals, wedding venues, and hayrides. These farms provide some of the best outdoor fall entertainment in the state. Enjoy some fall fun.
Nevada Farms For Fall Fun 2015
Gilcrease Orchard – Las Vegas, Nevada. A sixty acre farm with pick your own fruits and vegetables that includes u-pick pumpkins. Enjoy a glass of their famous apple cider as well! Learn more about the farm on Facebook or Twitter. The location is at 7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131. It is about 15 miles north of Las Vegas.
McKee Ranch – Las Vegas, NV. There is always something going on at this ranch. Lots of horses, parties, and events. The pumpkin patch is open every day in October including their free hayride. The address is 8982 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV. It is about 12 miles south of Las Vegas.
Moapa Valley Corn Maze – Moapa, NV. They have a great corn maze and haunted corn maze at night. In October they also have pick your own pumpkins, decorating contests, and more fun for kids. The address is 1500 Lewis Ranch Rd., Moapa, NV. It is about 51 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Lattin Farms – Fallon, Nevada. The Lattin family has been farming since the 1860s. Pick your own pumpkins from the patch as well as lots of organic produce (in season). Enjoy the hayrides, corn maze, scarecrow factory, pumpkin tower, and cow train. Their fall festival runs from the last weekend in September through October. Learn more on Facebook and Twitter. The address is 1955 McLean Rd, Fallon, NV 89406. It is about 60 miles east of Reno.
Ferrari Farms – Reno, NV. Enjoy their pumpkin patch and corn maze this fall. The address is 4701 Mill Street, Reno, NV 89502. It is just 4 miles from downtown Reno.
Corley Ranch – Gardnerville, Nevada. A pumpkin patch and 3 acre corn maze near Carson City and Reno. Other activities include hay wagon rides, straw maze, farm animals, pig races and other entertainment. It runs the last weekend in September and throughout October. The address is 859 Highway 395 South, Gardnerville, Nevada. It is about 51 miles south of Reno.
Andelin Family Farm – Spanish Springs, Nevada. Cameron and Natalie Andelin started managing their family farm in 2009. They started the pumpkin patch to give kids a fun fall attraction. It opens in late September and runs Tuesday through Saturday. You can also buy pumpkins from the market if you wish. Other activities include the one acre children’s corn maze, pedal cart track and play area. Learn more on their Facebook page. The address is 8100 Pyramid Hwy Spanish Springs, NV. It is about 10 miles northeast of Reno.
Toll House Pumpkins – Reno, Nevada. Offers include pre-picked pumpkins laid out in a patch. Fall fun features include train rides, pony rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo. The address is 12185 S. Virginia Street, Reno NV. It is about 10 miles south of Reno.
Lazy P Adventure Farms – Winnemucca, NV. They have a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sponsor field trips, have a haunt attraction (Farmer’s Harvest-Barn of Terror), and host parties. They are open weekends in October. The address is Grass Valley Road, Winnemucca, Nevada. It is about 165 miles northeast of Reno.
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.