It's that time of year again, y'all!
Cool fronts are dropping the scorching summer temperatures down into the 80-degrees range, the leaves are turning the traditional Texas autumnal color of brown and you start thinking of taking the kiddos to a pumpkin patch!
Well, look no further. No matter where you live in Texas, we've got a pumpkin patch for you to check out. These 10 Texas pumpkin patches go above and beyond your standard church parking lot patch and include train rides, corn mazes, live music and a general carnival-like atmosphere.
10. The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch at Love Creek Orchards
Not far outside of San Antonio in Medina, Texas is a lovely little apple farm known as Love Creek Orchards. Every year in October they host the Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch, a family event that features hay rides, a hay bale maze, a petting zoo and you and your family can even tour the apple orchard! Admission is $6 and they're open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in October.
9. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
Located east of Austin via Highway 290, the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm hosts a pumpkin patch every year during October. Starting on Oct. 6, the farm is open every day. Admission is $7 for anyone over two years old, but you can earn free admission for one child if you sign up for their newsletter. The farm boasts hayrides, games, mazes, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting and a pumpkin patch for photo ops.
8. Blessington Farms
Located about 20 minutes outside of Katy, Blessington Farms is a Houston favorite. Admission is $18.48, but includes almost all activities. There are tons of things to do, including mazes, hay rides, a train, inflatable jumping pillows and more!
7. Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, (plus Saturday, Sept. 30 this year) the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch features rubber duck racing and marshmallow toasting, among the other attractions like hayrides and kiddie trains. Admission is $6, ages two and under free. Be sure to stop by the farmer's market to stock up on autumn decor before you leave!
6. The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
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Located north of Dallas, in Gunter, the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm is hosted at Preston Trail Farms. This year it's already started and will continue until Nov. 22. Along with a pumpkin patch, kiddos can romp around hay bales, take a train ride and see over 50 different farm animals. Admission is $8 for everyone over the age of two.
5. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at the Double Oak Ranch is a huge family friendly pumpkin extravaganza. Admission is free, but parking is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is open for the entire month of October, from 9 AM to 7 PM, daily. Activities include bounce houses, a hay bale maze, hayrides and more.
4. Devine Acres Farm
Southwest of San Antonio, on I-35, sits a little slice of heaven. Open weekends from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29, Devine Acres has over 30 activities from which to choose. The $12 admission gets you a hayride, three different mazes, farm animals and more.
3. Sweet Berry Farm
This Marble Falls farm may be famous for its strawberries, but in the fall, it becomes a harvest festival. Visitors to the farm enjoy pumpkin painting, train rides and hay mazes, as well as fun family activities like "stuff your own scarecrow". Admission is free but activities are a la carte, but don't worry, they offer coupons. The festival is operating every day except Wednesdays through Nov. 5.
2. Assiter Punkin' Ranch
You can find all kinds of pumpkins for your little pumpkins to enjoy at the Assiter Punkin' Ranch in Floydada. Aside from pumpkins, they have a petting zoo with mini horses and mini donkeys, and admission is free.
1. Barton Hill Farms
With a huge jumping pillow, several trains and an enormous corn maze, it's no wonder people flock to Barton Hill Farms in the fall! Located on FM 969, between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms general admission is $13 and includes several family fun activities! You can visit Barton Hill Farms on Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 5.