It's that time of year again, y'all. Jack-o-lanterns, gourds, hot cider, campfires, all the fall fun!
Cool fronts will soon be dropping scorching temperatures down into the 80-degrees range, the leaves are turning the traditional Texas autumnal color of brown and you can finally 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, face painting, and a general fall festival-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 hayrides, a hay bale maze, a petting zoo, and you and your family can even tour the apple orchard! Admission is $7 for guests over the age of 3 and they're open in 2021 every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Oct. 9 through Halloween.
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. Admission is $10 for anyone over age 2. The farm boasts hayrides, duck races, 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 with their season starting September 4 and running through November 21. Admission is $24 but includes almost all activities. There are tons of things to do, including mazes, hayrides, a train, inflatable jumping pillows and more. Definitely consider this great pumpkin farm this season.
7. Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 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 opens Sept. 18 and will continue until Nov. 24. Along with a pumpkin patch, kiddos can romp around hay bales, take a train ride and see over 50 different farm animals. Admission is $10 for everyone over the age of 2.
5. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at the Double Oak Ranch is a huge family-friendly perfect pumpkin extravaganza. Admission is free, but parking is $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is generally open for the entire month of October. Activities include bounce houses, a hay bale maze, hayrides, and more.
Due to CDC guidelines, attendance in 2021 is by reservation only.
4. Devine Acres Farm
Southwest of San Antonio, on I-35, sits a little slice of heaven. Open weekends for special events throughout October, Devine Acres promises season-appropriate outdoor activities, farm animal and pumpkins.
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 a giant maze in the shape of Texas, as well as fun family activities like "stuff your own scarecrow". The family farm offers free admission and is operating Sept. 18 through Nov. 7.
2. Assiter Punkin' Ranch
You can find all kinds of pumpkins for your little pumpkins to enjoy on the second Saturday in October (Oct. 9, 2021) at the Assiter Punkin' Ranch in Floydada. Aside from pumpkins, they have a petting zoo with mini horses and mini donkeys.
1. Barton Hill Farms
With a huge jumping pillow, several trains and an enormous 3.5-acre corn maze, it's no wonder people flock to Barton Hill Farms in the fall. Located between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms' general admission is $21.95. Just make sure to buy your tickets online in advance because the farm has gone cashless.
You can visit Barton Hill Farms on Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 25 until Nov. 7.
This story previously ran on Sept. 12, 2020.