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12 Philadelphia-Area Farms Where You’ll Find a Pumpkin Patch and Tons of Fall Fun

Gather your fall-loving friends and hit the pumpkin patch.


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Can’t make it out of town? Sprouts Farmer’s Market has made a mini pumpkin patch right outside its new Broad Street store. Photograph by Caroline Cunningham.

There’s no denying that pumpkin is the flavor of the season, no matter the form — be it a PSL, pie or even a smoothie — we can’t get enough of the gourd-y goodness. Perhaps you’re looking for some fall decor, or a natural way to score pumpkin puree for the season, hitting up a local pumpkin patch is a tried and true way to celebrate fall.

Related: 9 Gorgeous Apple Orchards Within an Hour Drive of Philly

Whether you’re in it for the fall-themed Instagram content or the season’s harvest, we’ve rounded up a list outlining the best local farms to visit for their gorgeous (and bountiful!) pumpkin patches this season. Take advantage of this season’s harvest by donning some flannel and a pair of boots for an afternoon spent pumpkin picking at one of these spots all within an hour of Center City.

Where to Find a Pumpkin Patch Near Philadelphia

Active Acres Farm

Open dates: October 6 through 28, open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (881 Highland Road, Newtown)

So you’re really into pumpkins? Good. Because that’s the only produce this farm offers. Fifteen bucks will get you a hayride to the patch and the biggest pumpkin you can get your hands on. Admission — which is free for children three years and under — also includes access to the corn maze, rope maze, moon bounce, and playground. At night, choose between three spooky attractions. Find tickets here.

Highland Orchards

 

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Open dates: Now through the end of October. Picking is available everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special activities run on the weekends.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester)

If weekends are your preferred picking time, this might be your farm of choice. You can pick throughout the week, but the weekends offer free shuttle rides, hayrides, and food. Pumpkins will be ripe for the picking all month long in October.

Linvilla Orchards

 

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Open dates: Produce-picking is 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. seven days a week. Pumpkinland is open daily now through November 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (137 West Knowlton Road, Media)

Think of Linvilla as the Disney World of local farms (with crowds to match). But there’s good reason: There’s a lot for kids at this Delco farm, like a Playland with a playground, ride-on train, pony rides, and more. During the farm’s annual Pumpkinland festival, you’ll find live music and entertainment, face painting, hay-bale mazes, hayrides, a jack-o-lantern exhibit, and more. It’s worth noting that pumpkins are available for purchase only, not for picking.

The Market at DelVal

 

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Open dates: Pumpkin-picking is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, now through the end of October.
Drive from Philly:  1 hour (2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown)

PYO pumpkins, hop on a wagon ride through DelVal animal farm, and get lost in a giant corn maze (and more) for how much? A full day of fun on this farm is quite the bargain at $10 per person. Each weekend offers a different theme and activities so learn more and pick your favorite here.

 

Milky Way Farm

Open dates: September 29 through October 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Drive from Philly: 50 minutes (521 East Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs)

This 103-acre family farm in Chester Springs includes an eight-acre pumpkin patch that can yield as many as 25,000 pumpkins in a good year. Hayrides to the patch are free on weekends, and pumpkins are priced by weight. Bonus: There’s a creamery on site, and yes, pumpkin flavored ice cream is available.

Shady Brook Farm

 

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Open dates: September 15 through the end of October; the schedule varies so check it out here before you head to the farm.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley)

FallFest, PumpkinFest, and HorrorFest: Shady Brook Farm has lots of fests to offer. Admission to Fallfest and PumpkinFest is $10 on weekdays and $17 on weekends (including Friday night), and gets you a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, entry to the corn maze, live entertainment, a farm-animal petting area and more. HorrorFest tickets start at $22, and go up depending on how many attractions you want to check out. Pumpkin picking is an additional cost and your pickings will be priced by weight.

Styer Orchard

 

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Open dates: Now though early November. Hours are subject to change, so call 215-702-9633 to check opening hours before making the drive.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (97 Styers Lane, Langhorne)

Wander through the Styer pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins of all colors, varieties, and sizes (yes, including those white and green ones you’ve seen all over Instagram). Also, if you’re not the most artsy, you can scoop a pre-painted pumpkin for a festive addition to your fall decor. 

Merrymead Farm

 

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Open dates: Every Saturday and Sunday starting October 6, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (2222 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale)

In addition to pumpkin picking, this local farm is home to an astounding five-acre corn maze. Talk about a maze craze! Guests have the option to enter during the day or at night for moonlight fun. Pumpkins, gourds and squash can also be found here to make your home look extra festive. 

Springdale Farm Market

Open dates: Starting September 22 through October 30, hayrides run on weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 25 minutes (1638 South Springdale Road, Cherry Hill)

Hop on a hayride and enjoy the view as you ride to the pumpkin patch. Guests even have the option to do a campfire hayride that takes you to a private campsite with picnic tables and lanterns.

Duffields Farm & Market

 

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Open dates: Pumpkin picking starts September 15 though October 31, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell)

Pumpkin picking and a hayride all in one visit? You get that, and more, at Duffields which also puts on a Family Fun Night, complete with a s’mores pit, corn maze and fun dance party!

Winding Brook Farm

 

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Open dates: Starts October 5 though the end of the month, Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays vary.
Drive from Philly: 55 minutes (3014 Bristol Road, Warrington)

Whether you’re a fan of being scared or not, you’ll have a great time at Winding Brook Farm. Depending on the mood, guests can take a hayride or walk to the pumpkin patch. Combo tickets are available for the hayride, corn maze, and hay maze as well. If you’re up for a scare, try their haunted hayride, hay maze, or Walk of Horror.

Varner Farm

 

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Open dates: Now through the end of October, weekdays 12:30 p.m. to 5pm. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In November, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (746 South Trappe Road, Collegeville)

Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch at this local farm. Pick your own pumpkins, then grab a warm cup of apple cider. Other forms of fall fun include a corn maze, harvest land, pumpkin and face painting, and scarecrow making.

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