Pumpkin Patches in Wisconsin
Find pumpkins near Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay or Eau Claire on our list of Wisconsin pumpkin patches. Many of these locations also feature corn mazes, hay rides, concessions, and kid’s activities. Most pumpkin patches open in the middle of September and operate through October. Also do not miss the Grafton Pumpkin Festival or the Thorp Pumpkin Fest in 2015.
2015 Pumpkin Patches
Ferguson’s Morningside Orchards – Eau Claire, Galesville, Wisconsin & Lake City, Wisconsin. Pick your own apples (more than 20 varieties) and pumpkins at the Eau Claire and Galesville locations. Farm animals, cornfield maze, wagon rides and slightly scary haunted house for kids at both locations. Goat walk and trike track at the Eau Claire location. Galesville has pedal tractors and hay bale pyramid. Lake City is their country store where you can purchase their pumpkins and apples. The orchard opens in late August 2015. The address is 6470 Balsam Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
Mommsen’s Farm Market – Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Family farm in Northwest Wisconsin offering fresh produce and fun for more than 35 years. A pumpkin patch with massive 30 foot tall pumpkin tower, pumpkin artillery (weekends), two corn mazes, hayrides (weekends) and pick your own apples (weekends). Petting farm and activity center with goat treehouse and straw bale maze. Farm is open daily from early September through Halloween. Do Everything Admission is $12 with alternative per activity pricing available. Special event weekends include pumpkin chucking and Robert the Magician. The farm is located at 1696 County Hwy. SS, Rice Lake, WI 54868. It is approximately 54 miles north of Eau Claire.
Glenna Farms – Amery, Wisconsin. Maple syrup farm with pick your own pumpkins, hay rides and apple cider on weekends starting in late September. Glenna Farms started in 1985 when an 80 acre maple syrup farm was purchased by Rick and Kristine Glennon. Don’t forget to pick up some maple syrup in the country store while you are there! Located at 1333 120th St., Amery, WI 54001. The farm is approximately 83 miles northwest of Eau Claire.
Mulberry Lane Farm – Sherwood, Wisconsin. A petting farm offering a real country farm experience. Six acres of pick your own pumpkins and hay rides available in the fall. Pony rides also available. The petting farm is open from May through October with Milk a Cow, Kiss a Pig, and Catch a Chicken type fun. Mulberry Lane Farm was purchased by the Keyes family in 2005 after becoming friends with the Schwabenlander family, who ran the farm for more than 100 years. The farm is located a few miles from Green Bay and is easily accessible from the other nearby communities. General admission is $12 per person with children under 24 months free. Farm is open daily starting in mid-September when pumpkin picking starts up. The farm is located at W3190 County Road B, Hilbert, WI 54129. It is approximately 28 miles from Green Bay and 15 miles from Appleton.
Polly’s Pumpkin Patch – Chilton, Wisconsin. Located in northeast Wisconsin with 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds. Polly’s was opened in 2003 when Gary Juckem and Polly Rolland purchased the farm started by his great grandparents. Country market offers fresh produce and local products. Cornfield maze is located in Eastern Fox Valley a short drive from Appleton and Green Bay. Barnyard animals include goats, cows and sheep. Also enjoy the corn cannon, Hillbilly Downs horse racing and family fun center with pumpkin bowling, mini mazes, duck races and more. The farm is located at N4367 Highway 57, Chilton, WI 53014. It is approximately 35 miles south of Green Bay.
The Little Farmer Orchard and Farm Market – Malone, Wisconsin. A 20 acre pumpkin patch on Lake Winnebago near Fond du Lac with 20 varieties of pumpkins. U-pick pumpkins, hay rides (weekends), pre-picked pumpkins, corn maze, barnyard animals, and apple orchard. The apple orchard was started in 1890. It runs from Mid-September through October. The farm is located at N9438 Hwy. 151, Malone, WI 53049. It is approximately 51 miles south of Green Bay or 10 miles north of Fond du Lac.
Berry Land – Abrams, Wisconsin. Pick your own pumpkins from the field or buy a pre-picked pumpkin. Other fun activities available include face painting, pumpkin painting, munchkin maze, corn box and duck races. Hayrides every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tractor pulled haunted hayrides for young families and kids of all ages. The farm is located at 5810 Heimke Lane, Abrams, WI. It is approximately 19 miles north of Green Bay.
Cavanaugh Carriages – Neenah, Wisconsin. Pick your own pumpkin field, hayrides, and farm animals at this 140 acre family farm run by Rodger and Jan Cavanaugh. Admission is $7 per person, including pumpkin, with children 1 year of age and under are free. Haunted hayrides starting in mid-October on Friday and Saturday nights for $5-10 per person. Enjoy the campfire before your ride. Hot Chocolate and caramel apples are also available. The farm is located at 3910 W. Fairview Road, Neenah, WI 54956. It is approximately 41 miles southwest of Green Bay.
Sunny Acres Farm – Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Sunny Acres Farm is open Sept 1 – Oct 31. Pick your own pumpkin, farm stand, gifts, farm animals, bounce house, mini golf, and train ride. The farm is located at 4759 City Hwy. GG, Oshkosh, WI. It is approximately 20 miles southwest of Appleton.
Lapacek’s Orchard – Poynette, Wisconsin. An apple orchard north of Madison that also has pick your own pumpkins. Frank and Diane purchased the land to start their apple orchard in 1979. Fun at the Orchard includes play equipment, sunflower field, photo scavenger hunt, caramel apples and Saturday morning apple cider donuts. The farm is located at N1959 Kroncke Road, Poynette, WI 53955. Lapacek’s Orchard is approximately 23 miles north of Madison.
Waldvogel’s Farm – Juneau, Wisconsin. A patch for pumpkin picking one hour from Milwaukee. It features hayrides, two corn mazes, a farm train, mine shaft slide, mini golf and other farm activities. A total of 16 fall pumpkin farm attractions available for an admission price of $7-8. No charge for children 2 and under who are not on a group tour. The farm is run by Phil and Debbie Waldvogel, who started growing corn and soybeans at the farm in 1977. Open daily starting in late September and throughout October. The farm is located at N7416 County Road I, Juneau, WI. 53039. It is approximately 31 miles southwest of Fond du Lac.
Treinen Farm – Lodi, Wisconsin. A 14 acre pumpkin patch with 15 varieties of pumpkins. They also have hayrides (weekend) and a 15 acre corn maze. Do it all package is $13.75-15.75, and $7 for ages 1 to 5. Purchased separately, pumpkin adventure and maze adventure are $7-9 per person. Zombie night at the corn maze is $10. Farm Admission and/or Hayride is $4-6. Additional fees for gem stone mining, pumpkin slingshot, Jacob’s Ladder and Bounce House. This third generation family farm was purchased by Alan Treinen’s grandfather in the early 1920s. the farm is located at W12420 State Road 60, Lodi, WI 53555. It is approximately 20 miles north of Madison.
Anderson’s Pleasant Patch Pumpkins – Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Open weekends in October and the last weekend in September. Wagon rides, haunted house and hiking trail offered at no additional cost. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. The farm is run by Ken and Paula Anderson with their children and their families. The patch is located at 2313 Koshkonong Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527. It is approximately 16 miles east of Madison.
The Apple Berry Farm – Cross Plains, Wisconsin. They are a small family owned apple orchard west of Madison started in 1975. In addition to their apple orchard, they have a pumpkin patch, hayrides and apple cider. Farm is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Labor Day through Halloween. Don’t miss their fresh pressed apple cider and cider brats this fall! The farm is located at 8079 Maurer Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528. It is approximately 13 miles west of Madison.
Hinchley’s Dairy Farm – Cambridge, Wisconsin. Fall activities at this working dairy farm include four acres of pumpkin picking as well as hayride, corn maze, farm animals and dairy farm tours. Admission is $10 for kids which includes a free pumpkin. Maze and hayride is $15 for adults. Flashlight fun at the maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Duane and Tina and their four kids bought this family farm from his father in 2000. The farm is located at 2844 Hwy 73, Cambridge, WI 53526. It is located approximately 20 miles east of Madison.
Mayr Family Farm – DeForest, Wisconsin. Admission is $5 per person with children 4 and under free. Includes farm animals, straw maze, kids games, bouncy house, pedal tractors and duck pond. Pick your own pumpkins, seven acre corn maze and haunted maze cost extra. Pumpkin picking and horse drawn wagon rides available on Saturday and Sunday starting in late September for $6-8 including farm admission. Wagon rides without pumpkin are $3. The wagon is pulled by their team of Percheron Draft horses. Haunted cornfield available on Friday and Saturday evenings starting in mid-October for $12. You may bring a flashlight, but it isn’t recommended as it makes you an easy target! They also do a local benefit weekend for a charity of choice of every fall. The farm is approximately 14 miles north of Madison at 3680 Egre Rd., DeForest, WI.
Schuster Farm – Deerfield, Wisconsin. Three dozen varieties of pumpkins and gourds as well as a corn maze. Admission is $3-6 on weekdays and $5-8.50 on weekends. Barnyard activities include pig races, tire maze, corn pit, , slides, and other fun. Additional cost to special weekend farm attractions like the barrel train ride, pumpkin cannon, corn cannon and jumping pillow cost additional after usage of your three activity tickets. Search for rocks and gems at Christian’s Mining Company for $3-5. Haunted forest ($15) and flashlight maze ($6 – bring your flashlight!) after dark on Fridays and Saturdays in October. The farm, on a farmstead settled in the early 1900s is run by Don and Theresa who purchased it in 1990. Open daily from late September through Halloween. The farm is located 16 miles east of Madison at 1326 US Highway 12, Deerfield, WI.
Sutter’s Ridge – Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. A family run orchard 20 minutes southwest of Madison that includes U-pick pumpkins, wagon rides and three acre cornfield maze. Apple picking of twenty varieties of apples ripening from the first week in September to the last week in October. Available farm activities include the petting barn, hay bale pile, pedal tractors, sandbox, mini maze and haystack to climb. The maze costs $3 while the play area and wagon ride cost $2. Cash or check only – they don’t take debit or credit cards. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy hand-dipped caramel apples starting in mid-September. The orchard is located 20 miles southwest of Madison at 2074 Sutter Drive, Mount Horeb, MI.
Skelly’s Farm Market – Janesville, Wisconsin. They grow 20 acres of pumpkins. There is also a 15 acre cornfield with two mazes ($6), night maze, wagon rides ($3), playground and farm fun. Take three shots on the pumpkin slingshot for $1. Younger children will enjoy riding tricycles on the Pumpkin Speedway. Fall themed games like pumpkin cornhole and pumpkin checkers are available. Decorate a scarecrow on the weekends. No admission fee, though some activities do have a cost. Open 7 days a week with some activities available only on weekends or on a limited basis on weekdays (like wagon rides). It is located 40 miles south of Madison at 2713 Hayner Road, Janesville, Wisconsin.
Apple Holler – Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Pick pumpkins or pick your own apples in their 75 acre orchard. There is also a farm park with corn maze, slides, bounce house, pony rides, pedal cart rides, gemstone mining and more. Farm animals feature goat walk and Haflinger horses. Country store offers gifts, crafts and more. Special event in September is the Apple Pickin’ Family Festival and October is the month for Apple Pickin’ and Scarecrow Festival. The farm was established in 1988, it has been owned and operated by the Flannery family for more than 25 years. Farm park admission without apple picking is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. If you pay for apple picking, you get free wagon ride and farm park admission. Some activities require activity tickets that can be purchased for an additional cost. Apple Holler is very popular with over 12,813 Facebook likes. The farm is located 27 miles south of Milwaukee at 5006 South Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
Bear Den Zoo – Waterford, Wisconsin. A family owned and operated petting farm with exotic wildlife as well as traditional farm animals for more than 25 years. Admission fee is $8-10. In October, they also have pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, bounce houses and pony rides (weekends). Haunted Woods on Friday and Saturday nights in October offers some scary fun for $14 per person. No credit or debit cards. Bear Den is located 29 miles southwest of Milwaukee at 6831 Big Bend Road, Waterford, WI 53185.
Spieker’s Pumpkin Farm – Random Lake, Wisconsin. Pick your own pumpkins open from late September through October. Free admission. Corn maze ($4 per person), wagon rides and concessions on weekends. There is also a straw maze and petting barn. A family owned farm for more than 100 years, it was a dairy farm and then a hog farm before it became a pumpkin farm. The farm is located at N1181 Hwy. 57, Random Lake, WI 53075. It is approximately 39 miles north of Milwaukee.
Besse’s Taste of Country Farm Market – Colgate, Wisconsin. Admission to Pumpkin fest is $9.95 per person (seniors are $6 and children 2 and under are free). Hayride to patch is $6 per person or $3 with admission. Pumpkin blaster available for $1 shot. Pony rides for kids under age of 10 and 110 pounds for $5 or $3 with admission. Unlimited activities on weekend with admission include maze through their corn, pedal carts, jumping pillow, obstacle course and giant slides. The U-Pick starts with strawberries in mid June and continues until October 31st. Limited activities on weekdays available for $3-6 in October. One of the first farms in Wisconsin to have a cornfield maze. It has interactive games like Who-Dun-It and Mazeopoly. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the large maze and 15-20 minutes to complete the kid’s version. Maze available daily from late September through October 31. Basse’s has more than 5,509 Facebook likes. The farm is located at 3190 County Road Q, Colgate, WI 53017. It is approximately 24 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch – Trevor, Wisconsin. They feature a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, haunted maze, Hee Haw Karnival games, face painting, train rides, and more fun. The patch is located at 24121 Wilmot Road, Trevor, WI 53179 or approximately 29 miles southwest of Racine.
Swans Pumpkin Farm – Franksville, Wisconsin. A Racine County pumpkin farm celebrating their 36th season. Also has petting zoo, tractor drawn hayrides, pony rides, and pedal karts. Barrel train rides available for children on weekends. Tractor drawn hayrides available daily, with fire and marshmallow roasting following the evening ride. Swans is approximately 20 miles south of Milwaukee at 5930 County Highway H, Franksville, WI 53126. It is only 10 miles from Racine.
Thompson’s Strawberry Farm – Bristol, Wisconsin. A great place to pick your own strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins. The farm is located at 14000 75th Street, Bristol, WI 53104. It is approximately 20 miles south of Racine.
Vesperman Farms – Lancaster, Wisconsin. Pumpkin patch and corn maze at this fifth generation family farm operating for more than 100 years. Visitors can also enjoy the pumpkin air cannon, pumpkin catapult and farm animals. Open on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 with children five and under free. The farm is located at 8149 Stage Road, Lancaster, WI 53813. It is approximately 86 miles west of Madison.
Wilke’s Dairy Farms – Wausau, WI. Located on the huge Wilke’s Dairy Farms are Haunted Weekends, the corn maze, and 7 acres of pumpkins. The haunted house, haunted maze, and haunted hayride open in October. Tickets are $8 for each attractions or all for $20. The corn maze and pumpkin patch both open on September 15th. Wilke’s has lots of food and other entertainment. A fun place for the whole family. The farm is located at T8417 County Road W, Wausau, WI 54403.
Willow Springs Garden – Wausau, Wisconsin. A harvest festival in autumn at this farm with pumpkin picking patch, corn maze, petting zoo and horse rides. Visit the Old Town Hall of Maine, which was moved to the property. Haunted maze available, recommended for kids over 10 years of age. Flashlights are not allowed in the haunted maze. Willow Springs is located at 5480 Hillcrest Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. It is located about 103 miles west of Green Bay.
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.