Forecast: Gorgeous fall weekends ahead to hit one of these Twin Cities-area pumpkin patches before Halloween! And even if you’re not in the market for a jack-o-lantern, these patches are crammed full of fall fun from corn mazes and farm animals to hayrides and train rides. Check out the list below. Did we miss any? Thank you to our sponsor Wheel Fun Rentals for their support of this article!
Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches – 2 Twin Cities locations
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park – 6335 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN
Hours: Open weekends starting 9/24/16.
Admission: Pumpkin patch wristbands come in 2 options – $5-$10/pp
What’s picking: Pumpkins, plain and simple.
Other activities: You have the option of choosing two different wristbands to partake in pumpkin patch activities such as mini golf, inflatables, hayride and more.
Location: Como Lake – 1360 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul
Hours: Open weekends starting 9/24/16.
Admission: Pumpkin patch wristbands are $5/ages 3 & under, $9/ages 4-17, and $5/adults
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins!
Other activities: Admission to the patch includes a hayride, games, use of inflatables and photo booth.
NORTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6:30pm, weekends 10am – 6:30pm, 9/24-10/31/16.
Admission/Discounts: General admission is $8.99 plus tax/pp over 2 yrs. of age. Admission is discounted to $6.99/pp Monday – Wednesday and on the following days. Find a $1 off/pp coupon here for use during the day. The fee covers the majority of attractions offered at the farm; there are a few nominal exceptions.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick-your-own. The setting is especially beautiful when the fall colors are at peak!
Other activities: Included in admission to Pinehaven Farm are a bundle of fun fall activities: playground equipment, mazes, all-terrain trikes, a petting farm, wagon rides and special events on select weekends. Treats are available for purchase daily, full concessions for sale on weekends only. Read about our visit to Pinehaven Farm here.
Location: 128 Bunker Blvd., Ham Lake, MN
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday 3pm – sunset, Friday 12pm – sunset, and weekends 10am – sunset, 9/24-10/31/16.
Admission: $5 per car on weekends & MEA includes pumpkin games and the petting farm, additional activities extra. Cash only, no checks or credit cards accepted at the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and other produce available for purchase.
Other activities: Paid activities include inflatables, hayrides, pony rides (weekends only) and a dump truck hill to play on. Concessions are also available weekends.
Location: 2575 Andover Blvd., Andover, MN
Hours: Weekdays 3 – 7pm, weekends 10am – 6pm. 2016 opening date will be late September.
Admission: $3/pp includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and squash
Other activities: Hayrides run at 4, 5 & 6pm on weekdays and run continuously from 10:30am until close on weekends. Exploring the farm and its many inhabitants is a highlight — llamas, alpacas, goats, pot-bellied pigs and more. A lovely picnic shelter is available whether you bring your own food or purchase concessions at the farm.
Location: 6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN
Hours: Open daily, 9am-dusk starting 9/24 thru Halloween, 2016
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins from the field, $4 apiece. Pre-picked pumpkins start at $6.
Other activities: Hour-long, educational hayrides are available by reservation, $8/pp includes a pumpkin and Indian corn. Kids can spend time in the giant corn box or in the play area; concessions and face painting are offered on fall weekends.
Location: 8174 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm starting 9/17/16-10/31/16.
Admission: Free weekend & MEA break hayrides to the pumpkin patch. The animal barnyard is also free daily. There is a separate admission charge for Waldoch’s giant corn maze: $10/ages 3+, under 3 free. Fee includes maze, pedal carts for all ages, sand and corn boxes, a hay jumping bin, an obstacle course, and more.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins and other fall produce.
Location: 17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am-6pm
Admission: Free; extra fee for weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($3/pp).
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins weekends only starting 9/25-October. PYO apples available on select weekends.
Other activities: New in 2016, the orchard hosts 12 Days of Halloween,10/20-31 with special activities.
Location: 15281 Panola Dr, Lindstrom MN
Hours: Open daily, 10am-dusk starting 9/24 thru Halloween, 2016
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkin and carry it out, $3.99 any size.
Other activities: Families can explore the corn maze, and there’s a hay bale maze for the youngest.
EAST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm, pumpkins available starting 9/26/16.
Admission: $4/pp ages 5+, $3/pp under age 4. Includes hay rides when available, use of play equipment and petting farm.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own, call (651) 436-8385 to check the status of apple picking.
Other activities: Afton’s 15-acre corn maze ($9/ages 11+, $7/ages 2-10) is open Fri-Sun starting 9/17/16. The maze is divided into three progressively challenging phases. 3 additional mazes are included in admission. We haven’t tried the corn maze, but my kids love the tire hill and the play structure.
Location: 11211 N. 60th St., Lake Elmo, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 9am – 7pm, weekends 9am – 6pm. Activities are up and running Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm starting mid-September.
Admission: Free, with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, though you don’t choose them from the field.
Other activities: Play in a giant corn pit outfitted with buckets, slides and toys ($3), make your way through the corn maze ($4), enjoy the fall scenery on a hay ride ($4.50), pan for gems and lots more. Thanks to one of our readers for bringing Country Sun Farm to our attention!
WEST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 9100 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN
Hours: Daily, 11am-6:30pm
What’s picking: The perfect pumpkin, along with fresh fall produce.
Other activities: A giant pumpkin bouncer and a not-so-scary haunted house for the kids.
SOUTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 5716 W. 280th St., New Prague, MN
Hours: Open during daylight hours 9/21 through 10/31.
What’s picking: Pumpkins of every shape and size (pre-picked) most priced at $2-$6.
Other activities: Play free pumpkin bowling and other games, call 612-227-0033 to schedule a family hayride, and take note of Barten’s two Family Fun Saturdays (10/1 & 10/8, 2016) where pony rides, caricature drawings and hayrides are free.
Location: 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm
What’s picking: Free hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field.
Other activities: Enjoy the working farm and free face painting on October weekends.
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee, MN
Hours: Fridays 1- 8pm, Saturdays 10am – 8pm (last ticket sold at 6:30), Sundays 10am – 6pm (last ticket sold at 4:30).
Admission/Discount: $15/pp ages 4+ or $14 online or with this coupon. Includes admission to Sever’s giant themed corn maze, the corn pit, play equipment, jumping pillows, an exotic petting zoo, live shows and quite a bit more.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins at Sever’s Fall Festival.
Other activities: Sever’s Corn Maze is well-known for its extensive menu of activities. In addition to what’s included in admission, these diversions require an extra fee – giant slide ($2), pony and camel rides ($5), pumpkin cannons ($5), face painting, sand art, hay rides ($1), an arcade, and concessions.