Iowa Pumpkin Patches

Find pumpkin patches near Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Sioux City on our list of Iowa pumpkin patches. Enjoy a day on the farm with your friends and family, take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve up. Indulge in the rest of the fall fun offered by your local farmer and end the day with a photograph to remember it forever.
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Support your local farm this October and pick your own pumpkins at one of these pumpkin patches.

Iowa Farms

3 Bee Farms - Griswold, IA
Over 80 years old this orchard features more than 1300 apples trees. It has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, live animals, and playground. Fall festival events start with Honey on September 8th and continue weekly with Johnny Appleseed, Autumn, and up through a Pumpkin event in October.  Their address is 14922 535th Street, Griswold, IA 51535.

Bass Family Farms - Mt Vernon, IA
The farm opens their pumpkin patch on weekends beginning late September through October 31st.

Bloomsbury Farm - Atkins, IA
They start their fall festival event on September 15th.  They are open every day.  A popular place last year with their festival themed corn maze. They start the fun after Labor Day and includes a wonderful pumpkin patch, activities, weekend events, wine tastings, and more. They also host a separate haunted attraction called Scream Acres Maze. Their address is 3260 69th Street, Atkins, IA. It is about 16 miles west of Cedar Rapids.

Buffalo Pumpkin Patch - Buffalo, IA
Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin patch, Halloween decorations, pony rides, and concessions. Open 7 days a week starting around September 8th. Their address is 1500 Front Street, Buffalo, IA. It is about 11 miles west of Davenport.

Center Grove Orchard - Cambridge, IA
The orchard features pumpkins, apples, hayrides, farm animals, and a corn maze. They are open daily in the fall with live music entertainment on weekends. Their address is 32835 610th Ave., Cambridge, Iowa. It is about 26 miles north of Des Moines.

Ditmars Orchard - Council Bluffs, IA
They keep expanding their pumpkin patch and improving their popular corn maze. They are open daily during the fall. Apple events available in September.  On weekends they frequently have special fall events.  Their fall festival weekend is October.  Their address is 19475 225th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. It is just 8 miles east of Council Bluffs.

Genoa Bluffs Pumpkin Patch - Marengo, IA
Join their Pumpkin Fest on weekends every fall. They feature pumpkins and a corn maze.  Check their web page for details.

Harvest Barn - Osceola, IA
A fun place with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, barnyard, mini golf, duck races, wagon rides on weekends and so much more. It opens Wednesday through Sundays starting around September 1st and lasting through October. Their address is 2721 US Hwy 34, Osceola, Iowa 50213. It is about 55 miles south of Des Moines.

Harvestville Farm - Donnellson, IA
No fee to visit this farm.  Open every day beginning September 1st.  Visit their working farm just one mile east of Donnellson, Iowa, where they feature over 175 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamentals at our roadside open air market. Their mission is to provide a fun, safe, educationally based rural fall festival experience for families by offering unique hands-on agricultural related activities, food, and an outdoor market featuring our homegrown pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamentals. Some of their attractions include: a 10 acre professionally designed corn maze, horse drawn wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, bonfires, educational field trips-tours open to schools, youth groups, boy-girls scouts, and any other group or party interested. Their address is 1977 Highway #2, Donnellson, IA 52625. It is about 75 miles south of Iowa City.

Hawk Valley Garden - Spencer, IA
Thousands of pumpkins, fall decorations, and farm goods available at this unique farm market. It opens the first weekend in September. They are open every day except Mondays. Their address is 2670 Highway 18, Spencer, Iowa. It is about 6 miles east of Spencer.

Heartland Farms - Waterloo, IA
Opening on September 21st.  Thousands of pumpkins as they really decorate for Halloween. Enjoy their family friendly Scarecrow’s Haunted Barn, Haunted Cornfield, punkin playland, giant jumping pillow, and more kids activities. They are open for fun from the last weekend in September through October 31st. They are open every day of the week except Monday. They also operate a separate haunted attraction at this location called The Heart of Darkness at night with separate admission and hours. The farms location is at 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, IA 50703. It is about 14 miles east of Cedar Falls, IA or 49 miles west of Cedar Rapids.

Howell’s Pumpkin Patch - Cumming, IA
The farm is known for pumpkins and their corn maze. Take an antique tractor ride out to the fields.  They also have a gift shop, homemade ice cream, greenhouse, and kids activities including barn yard, live animals, hay stacks, and more.  Open every day after September 8th.  Their address is 3145 Howell Court, Cumming, Iowa 50061. It is about 10 miles southwest of Des Moines.

Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins - Decorah, IA
They open around September 22nd this fall for their corn maze and pumpkin patch activities. They feature a bakery, gift shop, garden center, and fall events. Their address is 2475 State Hwy 9, Decorah, IA. It is about 100 miles northwest of Dubuque.

Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch - Council Bluffs, IA
They open late September for daily fall activities through October. Featured are their pumpkin patch, haunted house, apples, orchard store, and fun shop. Their address is 21534 Chestnut Rd., Council Bluffs, IA.

Pride of the Wapsi - Long Grove, IA
Opening this fall on September 29th.  A pumpkin patch and corn maze with lots of fun kids activities this fall. Their address is 14600 305th Street, Long Grove, IA 52756. It is about 18 miles north of Davenport.

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz - Monticello, IA
Opens this fall on September 29th.  The farm features pumpkins, a market place, corn maze, live animals, and kids activities from the last weekend in September through October. Their address is 16359 170th Ave., Monticello, IA 52310. It is about 31 miles east of Cedar Rapids.

PumpkinLand - Orange City, IA
Pumpkinland is less than an hour from Sioux City and Sioux Falls, Iowa. Truly a family farm since 1911. Features include a petting zoo, children’s free corn maze, adult corn maze, pumpkin patch, retail store, school field trips and on Saturday’s special events every weekend. Pumpkinland is open September 1st – October 31st. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to navigate the approximately one mile of trails through the cornfield. The fall festival has pre-picked and u-pick pumpkins. Their address is 4123 Jackson Ave‎, Orange City, IA 51041. It is about 44 miles northeast of Sioux City.

Pumpkinville & Corn Maze in Mitchellville - Mitchellville, IA
They have a 20 acre big corn maze that runs from every day from August through October 31st. Of course Pumpkinville has lots of pumpkins of all sizes. Pumpkin patch opens September 16th.  Also features are a straw trains, hayrack ride, and games. Their address is 618 Center Ave. S, Mitchellville, IA 50169. It is about 18 miles east of Des Moines.

Scarecrow Farm - Lawton, IA
Pick your own pumpkin, walk the corn maze, enjoy apples, and honey this fall. They open September 15th. Their address is 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, IA. It is about 8 miles east of Sioux City.

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch - Dubuque, IA
Enjoy lots of fun starting September 22nd on Saturday and Sunday this fall.  Open for 18 years they feature a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and wagon rides. Their address is 7541 Schueller Heights Road, Dubuque, IA 52003. It is about 7 miles south of Dubuque.

Solsma’s Pumpkin Patch - Sanborn, IA
Open every day from Labor Day through Halloween.  Now celebrating 15 years in business they feature pumpkins, a corn maze, and country store. Their address is 6190 320th St., Sanborn, IA. It is about 23 miles west of Spencer.

The Community Orchard - Fort Dodge, IA
Another fun orchard that opens for fall in August with their Apple Fest. They are open every day all fall. They feature a pick your own pumpkin patch, a corn maze, apple cider, wagon rides, and Orchard Café. The Community Orchard is popular with over 7,522 Facebook likes. Their address is 2237 160th Street, Fort Dodge, IA. It is about 100 miles north of Des Moines.

The Pumpkin Ranch - Winterset, IA
The fun has begins on September 21st.  A family owned honey and pumpkin farm. They feature zip lines, horseback rides, face painting, and kids games. They also feature Iowa’s Mega Corn Maze. It is 10 acres and miles of paths. There are 12 different check stations. They usually are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the last weekend in September through late October. Their address is 2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset, IA 50273. It is about 39 miles southwest of Des Moines.

U-pick Pumpkins & More - Osage, IA
Open weekends with their horse drawn wagon rides, pumpkins, and road side stand. Their address is 2335 Highway 218, Osage, IA 50461.

Uncle Bill’s Farm - Grinnell, IA
This farm used to be called Carroll’s but it was purchased three years ago by Bill Owen and the name changed to Uncle Bill’s Farm. Same family values-just a different name. They officially open Pumpkin Season on September 17th and October with both their pumpkin patch and corn maze. Admission on weekdays is $8 per person. Weekends admission is $11. Children under the age of three are admitted free. Week day school tours available by reservation. Parking is always free. Admission includes access to the playground, Big Orange Jumping pillow, picnic area, corn pit, trike ride area, pumpkin patch, gift shop, fast food restaurant, weekend magic and puppet shows in the Big Barn loft, weekend amusement rides (cow train, electric train, jump house), hourly wagon rides to the field (weather conditions permitting-prior to 5 pm each day.) They’ve added real bathrooms (instead of porta-johns), a greenhouse for year round plant sales, a swamp themed kettle corn kitchen, and a farm themed children’s book shop. Folks can take a wagon ride to the field to pick their own pumpkins or pick one from the green house at .49 cents a pound. We also have decorative gourds, mini pumpkin, corn shocks and fall mums for sale. The address is 244 400th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50112. It is about 52 miles east of Des Moines.

Will’s Family Orchard - Adel, IA
A fun orchard with organic apples, u-pick pumpkins, an Apple & Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin picking starts around September 22nd. They have hay wagon rides, a corn maze, gift shop, great foods, and a barnyard full of goats and chickens. The festivals run the last weekend in September and the first two weekends in October. Their activities continue every weekend in October. Their address is 33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel, IA 50003. It is about 29 miles west of Des Moines.

Wilson’s Orchard - Iowa City, IA
Wilson’s Orchard offers fun for the whole family. Whether it be picking apples or pumpkins, eating homemade baked goods, or just walking through the orchard. Set on 88 acres of a beautiful valley, Wilson’s grows 120 varieties of apples as well as other fruit and pumpkins in season. Apples and pumpkins are available to pick or pre-picked. In addition to fresh fruit, They make our their fresh pressed apple cider and homemade baked goods- apple turnovers, apple cider donuts, apple cider, and much more! The orchard shines especially bright on fall weekends. Every weekend features special fun for families, from tractor rides to kids games and contests. Bring the whole family for good wholesome fun! Wilson’s is open August 1 – October 31. Hours are 10 am – 7 pm in August and September and 10 am – 6 pm in October. Their address is 4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. It is about 6 miles northeast of Iowa City.

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We have provided a link to the website for these pumpkin patches. Please use it to confirm the hours open, location, cost and attractions available at your local Iowa pumpkin patch. Some pumpkin patches are open limited hours. We don’t want anyone showing up to find that the farm is closed!

As we conducted our nationwide search for fall fun, we compiled a list of activities that are found at farms with pumpkin patches. Your local Iowa pumpkin patch may have some or all of the following attractions:

Farm Animal Petting Zoo, Hayrides, Wagon Rides, Train rides, Pony Rides, Face painting, Live Entertainment, Pick Your Own Apples / Apple Orchards, Playgrounds, Cow Train, Pumpkin Cannon, Corn Cannon, Concession Stands, Corn Mazes, Straw Mazes, Rubber Duck Races, Mining, Slides, Mechanical Bulls, Rope Mazes, Pig races, Make scarecrows, Pumpkin painting, Pedal carts, haunted attractions, Zip line, Corn Box, Campfires / Bonfires

For more information about the activities available at your local pumpkin patch, please visit their website. If you would like to help us compile a list of which farms have which activities, we would be thrilled to have your help.

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If you have fun at one of these pumpkin patches and don’t want the fun to end, see our list of pumpkin festivals. And after you have found your pumpkin, be sure to check out our pumpkin carving guide and pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin History

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.

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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.

Field of pumpkin on Iowa farm in October.
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