Believe it or not, fall and all those yummy holiday treats are right around the corner. So, take your family pumpkin-picking to find the best gourd for your next baking project. While you’re at it, grab a few pumpkins for carving, too. We’ve done the easy part and rounded up the area’s premier patches, all brimming with fall activities (like hayrides and corn mazes), plus plenty of photo ops. Now it’s up to you to choose, carve and bake an orange masterpiece (or three).
Where: 1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645
When: Sept. 29–Oct. 31; Monday–Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday noon–6pm
The basics: Visit this charming family farm for old-fashioned fun with a petting zoo, hayride, hay maze and—of course—an endless picturesque backdrop of pumpkins. Let the kids pet and feed a longhorn, goat and sheep before boarding the farm train to tour the 13-acre, pine-filled property. Bonus: Your little pumpkin can have his or her next birthday party at the farm (during weekdays).
Cost: $8 per person; free for kids 1 and younger; pumpkins for purchase
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter; 972/382-4995
When: Sept. 15—Nov. 21; 8am−8pm daily (store opens at 6am)
The basics: Pet and learn about more than 50 farm animals on this educational tour and pumpkin patch. Plus, there’s a hay maze, hayride and roping pen. On weekends, be sure to ride the brand-new train. And mark your calendars for September 8 from 10am–3pm, as the farm is hosting Touch a Truck, where the farm will have their hayrides, petting farm and barrel train running at no cost, except the admission fee of five dollars per person. All proceeds will benefit the Gunter Parks Foundation.
Cost: $8 per person Monday–Friday; $10 Saturday and Sunday; free for children younger than 2
Where: 3521 Main St., Frisco; 972/335-2882
When: Sept. 29−Oct. 31; Monday−Friday 1–7pm, Saturday−Sunday 9am–7pm
The basics: Bring the family to this not-so-average pumpkin patch for hayrides, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, games, a hay maze and face painting. Don’t miss the best autumn attraction for littles: catapult pumpkin launching. Check their website for details on events like Market With a Mission on Oct. 20 from 9am–4pm, the Carter Blood Drive on Sept. 30 and Blessing of Animals on Oct. 7. Run by Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, this pumpkin patch benefits outreach efforts to help people in need.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Where: 261 Country Club Road, Allen; 214/544-8050
When: Oct. 1–31; daily 9am to sundown
The basics: Stock up on giant pumpkins at this kid-friendly patch. The iconic red barn at Creekwood UMC sets the perfect backdrop for your fall family photo. Creekwood’s Fall Carnival in October will have crafts, games, face painting and more—don’t forget your costumes.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase (all proceeds will benefit the Creekwood Youth Mission Programming.
Where: 3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney; 972/369-0874
When: Sept. 29–Oct. 31; Sunday−Friday 10am to sundown, Saturday 9am to sundown
The basics: Your littles can ride ponies, navigate a hay maze, jump in bounce houses, meet furry friends at a petting zoo and tour a historic western town by wagon all with a scenic autumn backdrop. Plus, every kid gets a free mini pumpkin with admission while supplies last.
Cost: Access to the patch is free; admission to other activities is $15 per child over 2 years and $5 per adult. Pumpkins for purchase.
Where: 3101 Coit Road, Plano; 972/596-4303
When: Sept. 23−October 31; daily 9am−7pm
The basics: Up to two tons of pumpkins will be dropped off at Christ UMC in preparation for this pumpkin patch fundraiser. Round up your little pumpkins and the camera for lots of photo opportunities. Stop by the Fall Festival on Oct. 21 for additional activities and vendors.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
When: Sept. 22–Nov.21; 9am−5pm every day except Wednesday and 9am−8pm Wednesday
The basics: Enter Adventures in Neverland during this year’s fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring 150,000 fall blooming plants, including 4,500 chrysanthemums. The one-acre Pumpkin Village, containing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, will have your kids exploring for hours. Make sure to bring your camera, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Adventure Garden too (for an extra cost), celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
Cost: Included with general admission: $15 adults, $10 kids 2−12, free for kids 2 and younger. Pumpkins are available for purchase at the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch inside The Adventures in Neverland.
Where: 3646 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas; 972/306-2899
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 11am–3pm
The basics: Ruibal’s annual autumn extravaganza returns with face painting, balloon animals, fresh roasted corn and more. Ditch the picnic and snack on provisions from food vendors all decorated with autumn hues. And as always, Ruibal’s will have an extensive selection of pumpkins, gourds and fall plants perfect for your front porch. Bring the camera for lots of picture-perfect backdrops. The pumpkin patch displays at all four locations will be open from Sept. 22–Oct.31.
Cost: Free; pumpkins and concessions for purchase
Where: 9845 McCree Road, Dallas; 214/348-1345
When: Oct. 1–31; Sunday–Thursday 1–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm
The basics: Round up the family—even Fido—and head to St. James’ annual pumpkin patch to stock up on supplies for your autumn hearth. Bring the camera to snap a festive family photo or silly face-in-the-hole pictures. Purchase a variety of mini, baking and oversized pumpkins and gourds with proceeds benefiting St. James’ youth group programs. Ask about private parties and events, in addition to school groups and tours.
Cost: Free admission; pumpkins for purchase
Where: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214/664-9110
When: Sept. 10—Oct. 31; 7 days a week from 9am–7pm.
The basics: Do double duty with grocery shopping and fall photo ops at the Dallas Farmers Market’s patch. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase. Don’t leave without getting a festive balloon from the on-site balloon artist. Visit during any weekend through Dec. 31 to take advantage of Holiday Hall, featuring local craft and gift vendors.
Cost: Free; pumpkins for purchase
Where: 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound; 817/430-4536
When: October 1–31; 9am–7pm daily
The basics: The original Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch has it all: two mazes (for small ones and big kids), bounce houses, cartoon cutouts, a pumpkin train, hayrides, train rides and playground equipment. Oh, and pumpkins. Bring food for picnicking any time or buy from local vendors—like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs—on weekends. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cost: $5 parking weekdays, $10 parking weekends, $1 walk-ins; free activities and rides
Where: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine; 817/991-1052
When: Daily beginning Sept.28; Monday–Thursday 3–8pm, Friday 3–10pm, Saturday 10am–10pm, Sunday 1–8pm
The basics: Come to a working farm and pick your pumpkins off the vine, or snag a pre-picked one from one of the vignettes around the farm. For a little extra, hop on a tractor-pulled hayride on the weekends or test your wits in a two-acre corn maze. Kids will also love visiting the farm animals. Bring food and drinks if you like; some concessions are available.
Cost: Free admission; corn maze $5; hayrides $3–$5
Where: 910 S. Collins, Arlington; 817/277-2634
When: Oct. 1–31; 11am–8pm daily
The basics: Every year, FCC Arlington and Rush Creek Christian Church of Arlington partner to bring thousands of pumpkins to the FCC property. Come by to walk through the pumpkin displays, take family photos, participate in yard games, read an autumn story to your kids and enjoy a few lawn games. More than 5,000 gourds and pumpkins will be available.
Cost: Free admission; pumpkins for purchase
Where: 1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne (5 miles south of Burleson; look for the half-buried ranch wagon); 817/295-6772
When: Sept. 29–Nov.4; Saturday 10am–5:30pm, Sunday 12:30–5:30pm
The basics: Mainstay Farm is hopping in October with sheep racing, hayrides, train rides, Flying Fox ride, face painting, a maze, a tree house, duck races, pumpkin ice cream and all kinds of fall decor for purchase. And that’s just the beginning—check the website for more daily attractions and concessions. Be sure to try the new Texas Tubin’ Hill, a 150-foot Texas-themed inner tube slide. Special events include the Pumpkin Smash (use your imagination).
Cost: $13.95 for pre season tickets (going on sale online Sept.1) and $19.95 at the gate for ages 3 and older. Free for children 2 and younger; season passes available
Where: 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado; 817/477-3060
When: Weekends Sept.29 –Nov. 11, 10am–5pm (the gates close at 4pm).; Columbus Day 10am–3pm; weekdays by reservation only
The basics: Pay admission to Country Critters Farm and walk away with one pie-size pumpkin per child, but bring spare change for jack-o-lantern pumpkins to take home and carve. While you’re dreaming of pie, your kids will be going gaga over the bounce houses, playground, petting zoo, pony ride, train ride, hayride, maze, duck races, games and storytelling sessions (whew!).
Cost: $10 for adults, $12 for kids, free for age 2 and younger
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian; 972/358-6703
When: Sept. 29–Nov.4; Saturdays 10am–8pm and Sundays 1–8pm.
The basics: Check out this family-owned farm in Ellis County—with many attractions, including a corn maze, hayride, petting zoo and more, your family will be in for a full day of fun. Stop by the Pumpkin Shack to purchase the pumpkin, gourd or corn husk of your choice.
Cost: $10 for a unlimited fall fun bracelet (entry fee), including entry into all activities. Kids under four years are free. Cash only!
Where: 1771 Kever Main, Melissa; 214/ 404-8353
When: Opens the weekend of September 28 through the first week of November; Open Tuesdays—Sundays (closed Mondays)
The basics: Activities on the weekend include pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin painting and more. Peruse through the huge selection of pumpkins (including exotic pumpkins) and fresh goodies available at the market. Food trucks and vendors will be on site during the weekend.
Cost: No entry fee; Activities range from $1-$5
Where: 101 E. Highland Street, Southlake; 817/488-8433
When: Oct. 1–Nov.1 on Sunday–Thursday 1pm–dusk and Friday–Saturday 10am–dusk.
The basics: Aside from the plethora of pumpkins to choose from, the patch has hayrides and games on the weekend to keep the kiddos entertained.
Cost: No entry fee
Where: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton; 903/567-2255
When: Sept. 29–Nov. 11. Join Yesterland for spooky-filled attractions during Fright Farm on October Friday and Saturday nights from 6–10pm.
The basics: Rides (including a ferris wheel), corn mazes, plenty of photo ops, rock wall climbing, farm zoo, live entertainment, and oh, a pumpkin patch, plus so much more. Plan to spend a whole day discovering and playing at Yesterland farm.
Cost: General admission passes begin at $21.95 and include unlimited park rides, the corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm attractions. Discounted tickets are available online.
Where: 305 W. FM 1382, Suite 590, Cedar Hill; 972/637-6300
When: Oct. 27 from 1–3pm.
The basics: Pick pumpkins from the Hillside Village patch and decorate them just in time to adorn your front porch for Halloween. Plus, face painting, balloon art and games.