This is your guide to the best pumpkin patch in Dallas-Fort Worth. 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. If you’re concerned about health precautions due to COVID-19, we’ve also compiled each farms’ updated COVID protocols. Now it’s up to you to choose, carve and bake an orange masterpiece (or three).
Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey ; 940/343-5155
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 8 daily 10am– 7pm
The basics: Celebrating their Fifth Annual Pumpkin Festival, the Aubrey Pumpkin Patch features fun for the whole family. Barrel train rides, hay mazes, and pumpkin pickin’ are just a few of their attractions. Bring your camera and snap pictures of the whole family in front of their hand-painted backdrops or opt for the goofy picture in their “your-face-here” pumpkin cutouts!
Cost: $9 admission for ages 2 and older
Safety: Table areas and activities are spread out for social distancing. Masks are not required but encouraged in spaces where you cannot socially distance.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter; 972/382-4995
When: Sept. 26—Nov. 25; 8am−8pm daily; stores and café are open from 8am–6pm everyday.
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: $10 per person (includes Farm Train on Saturday and Sunday); free for children 2 and under.
Safety: As of September 14, COVID guidelines have not been posted. Check back for an update!
Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Monday–Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday noon–6pm by reservation on their website.
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. There is no on-site restroom, so be sure to go beforehand. No outside food or drink; there is a concession stand.
Cost: $9 per person; ages 2 and under are free.
Safety: Admittance into the farm is only by reservation this year to allow for social distancing. Visiting times are not limited due to staggered entrance times. Masks are requested. Bonus, you can see on their website how many people have signed up to attend each day.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
Where: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine; 817/991-1052
When: Daily beginning Oct. 2; 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. Concessions are available. Make sure you bring cash; they do not accept credit/debit cards.
Cost: Adults and kids ages 12 and over $5, kids ages 4–11 $3, ages 3 and younger are free. Admission to the Corn Maze is $5, cash only.
Safety: As of September 14, Hall’s has announced there will be limited capacity and health precautions, but those have not been specified as of Sept. 16. Check back for an update!
Lola’s Local Market
Where: 1771 Kever Main, Melissa; 214/404-8353
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Open Tuesdays—Thursdays (closed Mondays) 3–7pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–7pm, Sunday 10am–5pm; Open Tuesday–Friday for pumpkin shopping and Lola’s shop. Pumpkin activities are weekends only.
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; $5 parking; activities range from $1–$5
Safety: Masks are not required. All activities are outdoors.
Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
Where: 1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne (5 miles south of Burleson; look for the half-buried ranch wagon); 817/295-6772
When: Sept. 25–Nov. 1; Wednesday and Tuesday 10am–2pm, Friday evenings 5pm–9pm, Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–6pm
The basics: Mainstay Farm is hopping in October with sheep races, hayrides, train rides, the Flying Fox ride, face painting, a maze, a tree house, duck races, pumpkin ice cream and all kinds of fall decor for purchase. This year, Mainstay’s newest attraction is the Pumpkin House–perfect for pictures to spruce up your fall family photos! 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). Free mini pumpkins are available for your littles (subject to availability, weekdays only).
Cost: $18.95 with online purchase; $21.95 at the gate for ages 3 and older. Free for children 2 and younger; season passes available online
Safety: Mainstay does not require guests to wear masks due to their acreage. They are asking all guests to socially distance while on the farm, and masks are strongly encouraged when indoors or places where distancing is not feasible. All common areas comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines and are sanitized regularly.
Pumpkin Patch in The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market
Where: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas; 214/664-9110
When: Sept. 12—Oct. 31; Daily from 10am–6pm.
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
Safety: Masks are required for all individuals entering the Dallas Farmers Market. Additional hand washing and sanitizing stations will be provided. Also, they have increased the cleaning frequency of all common areas.
Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian; 972/358-6703
When: Oct. 3–Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am–6pm and Sundays 1–6pm
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!
Safety: Shadow Creek asks that you wear a mask when you are within 6 feet of other guests and to stay 10 feet away from other guests when you are not wearing a mask. Common areas, animal areas and surfaces will be regularly sanitized. High-touch items will be cleaned or sanitized after every use.
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
Where: 9845 McCree Road, Dallas; 214/348-1345
When: Oct. 1–31; Sunday 11:30am–7pm, Monday–Thursday 1pm–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; pumpkins for purchase
Safety: St. James is limiting the capacity of their patch, encouraging all visitors to wear a mask and socially distance.
Storybook Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney; 972/369-0874
When: Sept. 26–Nov. 1; Thursday–Sunday from 10am until sundown (approximately 7pm)
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: $15 per child over age 2, and $5 per adult. Children’s admission includes access to all activities and one small pumpkin while supplies last. Kids ages 2 and younger are free, but do not include horse or pony rides. Pumpkins are available for purchase.
Safety: Face masks required for ages 2 and up and are available for purchase. Social distancing is enforced. Temperature check stations are set up upon entry. Only outdoor activities provided.
The Art of the Pumpkin
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
When: Sept. 19–Nov. 1; 4 hour reservations from 9am–1pm daily
The basics: Enter The Art of the Pumpkin during this year’s fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring 150,000 fall blooming plants.The one-acre Pumpkin Village, containing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, will have your kids exploring for the entire duration of your reservation. The festival includes Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more!
Cost: Included with general admission: $17 adults, $12 for kids 2−12, free for kids 2 and younger. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online or by calling 214/515-6615. Pumpkins are available for purchase.
Safety: Masks are required for all indoor spaces and recommended to wear when coming within 6 feet of other guests while in the garden.
Where: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton; 903/567-2255
When: Open weekends from Sept. 19–Nov. 8. Join Yesterland for spooky-filled attractions during Fright Farm in October Friday and Saturday nights from 6–10pm (from dark till close)
The basics: Rides (including a ferris wheel), corn mazes, plenty of photo ops (like their Texas Flag Wall), 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. Opening weekend (Sept. 19–20) is First Responder Weekend, honoring military, law enforcement, firefighter and EMT men and women. Bring your ID for free admission!
Cost: General admission passes at the gate begin at $24.95 and include unlimited park rides, the corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm attractions. Discounted tickets are available online at $16.95
Safety: Guests are not required to wear masks due to the farm’s acreage but are recommended indoors and places where it is not feasible. Social distancing is also encouraged whenever possible. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available for all guests.
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Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.