While you could buy a ready to go pumpkin from the grocery store, it’s a lot more fun to make the trip to one of the many St. Louis area farms that offer pick-your-own patches. Not only do they present a beautiful backdrop for choosing the perfect pumpkin, but most of these patches have a variety of family friendly activities and entertainment. No matter which side of the river you are on, you can find a great place for fall fun near you.
Patches on the Missouri Side
This beautiful farm in Eureka offers a huge variety of activites. Brookdale’s 17-acre corn maze is the largest in St. Louis. They also feature a pumpking patch, petting zoo, pony rides, corn pit, playground, pumpkin cannon and more. If you are looking for something scarier, they also offer a haunted hay ride and corn maze. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $9 for 12 & up, $6 for ages 4-11, and free for 3 and under.
Centennial Farms is located in scenic Augusta, Missouri. While their apples have all been picked this year, pumpkins are still available. Each year, their farm turns into a “Pumpkin Fantasyland” with full size pumpkin and gourd characters representing farm folks, storybook characters and some of your favorite movie characters. They also have a kids play area with a play fort with slide, climbing wall, grain bin, straw tunnel and many photo opportunities. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
Daniels Farm & Greenhouse
Daniel’s in St. Peters is a great option for those in St. Charles County. They offer a giant straw maze, tube slides, petting zoo, swings, corn boxes, antique farm equipment, and much more. They have pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, mums, and more available for purchase. Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for those over 2.
Dickherber Farms in Dardenne Prairie may not have a pumpkin patch, but if you are looking for a great corn maze or farm animals then it may be the place for you. Their corn maze Is filled with 34 checkpoints to solve a word puzzle and to help you navigate through the paths. They have a large selection of Petting Farm animals including mini donkeys, mini horse, cattle goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, kittens, ducks, and pilgrim geese. Hours are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday -Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8 per person, under 4 is free.
Eagle Fork Farms
Eagle Fork Farms in Moscow Mills is known for their intricate GPS cut corn mazes. This year’s maze theme is sunflowers. In addition to the maze they feature gemstone mining, pumpkins, horse and tractor rides, apple cannon, and a kid’s play area with activities and animals. Hours daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. General admission is free with a fee for each activity of $3-$6.
Hermans Farm Orchard
Hermans Farm in St. Charles features u-pick produce seasonally with apples and pumpkins available in the fall. They also feature an impressive castle playground, hay rides and pedal tractors. Hours are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Admission si $5 for anyone over 2.
Kirkwood Farmers Market
Each fall, Summit Produce at the Kirkwood Farmers Market sets up a Fall Fun Zone and Pumpkin Patch. In addition to pumpkins, there are pedal tractors, a haunted tunnel, straw mountain, slides, trampolines, needle in a haystack game and more. Tickets are now required for 70 minute time slots. Hours 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Admission $5, free for just the pumpkin patch.
Meert Tree Farm
If you are looking for a classic pumpkin patch and corn maze on a budget, check out Meert Tree Farm in Festus. You can take a wagon ride to their patch and wander their corn maze all for free. Hours are Wednesday Through Sunday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Pierce Century Farm
At Pierce Century Farm in Hillsboro you can explore a corn maze, take a hay ride through the apple orchard, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy homemade treats. You can also take aim with a high-powered apple cannon. Hours: Fridays 10am-1pm, Saturdays 10a-6pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm. Admission is $9 for those over 2.
Pin Oaks Farm Pumpkin Patch
Take a scenic drive an hour west of St. Louis to visit Pin Oak Farm in New Haven. Not only can you pick pumpkins right off the vine, but they offer an array of activities as well. There is a 5-acre corn maze, animals to pet, straw bale maze, play area, tub o’corn, and a kiddie corral with bounces houses, pumpkin golf, and more. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10a.m.-5:30 pm, Admission is $5 per person and $7.50 for Kiddie Corral
Pumpkins Galore has been operating in Wright City for over 30 years and now has over 100 acres of pumpkins. Other activities include a corn maze, sand box, grain box, petting zoo, hay ride, build your own scarecrow, hay rides, pony rides, and much more. Admission and most activities are free. Corn maze is $5 for everyone over 4. Hours daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Stuckmeyers Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Stuckmeyers is another budget friendly patch in the south county area. Located in Fenton, the farm features farm animals , hayrides, Fort Spooky play area, and a corn maze. On weekends there are also pony rides, inflatable farm train, inflatable slide, and an inflatable Haunted House. Hours: Monday through Friday – 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free, fees for some activities
Sullivan Farms operates a pumpkin patch in Florissant. They offer a free hayride and a free straw castle maze. They also have the popular fresh baked Pumpkin, Zucchini, and Banana Nut breads again this year. Pony ride area available on the weekends. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. Free admission, other activities may have a fee.
Thies Farm creates a popular Pumkinland attraction each October. Pumpkinland features an impressive straw bale play area with structures, tunnels, and photo ops They have three different locations, one in St. Louis, one in St. Charles, and one in Maryland Heights. General admission includes access to the whole Pumpkinland play area, farm animals, corn maze and wagon ride. Concessions, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and a corn cannon are available on weekends only for an extra charge. Reservations are required this year due to COVID.
Pumpkinland hours are 10am-6pm Wednesday thru Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Children 2 -14 $7.00 , Age 15 and Older $5.00, Infants and Toddlers under 2- Free! Walk-ins are welcome as long as they are not at capacity, but reservations are preferred.
Patches on the Illinois Side
Located in Worden, Boonie’s offers a wide variety of activities. Not only is there a pumpkin patch, but they also have a barrel train, farm animals, corn maze, giant slide, pumpkin cannon, and more. Their location is also pet friendly. Hours are Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9.95 if purchased online in advance or $12.95 on site.
Braeutigam in Belleville is one we visit every year. If you are looking for a more authentic family farm experience, this is the one to visit. While COVID means their kid’s play area is closed this year, they still have tractor rides to the patch for pumpkin and apple picking. Their store and bakery sell amazing cider doughnuts and slushies along with other goodies. You can also purchase food to feed the various farm animals. Hours: Monday through Friday: 8am-6pm, Saturday: 8am-5pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm. Admission and tractor rides are free.
Broom Orchard is located near the charming town of Carlinville, Illinois. With no admission fee to pick pumpkins or apples, this farm provides family fun on a budget. They also have a play area and corn maze. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5. Their Pumpkin Festival is October 10th & 11th with more activities and vendors. Hours weekend will be 9-6.
Country Kids Pumpkin Patch
We first visited Country Kids Patch in Hoyleton, Illinois last year and it immediately became one of our favorites. In addition to the u-pick patch, they have a huge corn maze with scavenger hunt, pig races, bounce ponies, giant hi-ho cherry-o and candyland games, and so much more. They are also one of the few patch locations that has real restrooms in case you have a child like mine that refuses to use a port a potty. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9-5:30, Sunday 10:30 to 5:30. Admission is $6 per person.
DeMange Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
DeMange in St. Jacob offers an array of fall fun for the whole family. Admission includes the corn maze, hay ride, corn pit, and photo spots. They also offer an “after dark” corn maze experience with different themes. Open weekends in October 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for those over 2. After Dark admission is $6 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
As the largest pick-your-own family-owned farm in the country, Eckert’s is well known around the St. Louis area. They have three area locations in Belleville, Grafton, and Millstadt. The Belleville and Grafton locations offer apple and pumpkin picking and a few assorted activities. The Millstadt Farm is the place to be in the fall as their Family Fun Farm opens. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings a variety of activities are available including a petting zoo, hay bale maze, playground, mini golf, and more. After noon on Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays there is also a corn maze, pig races, go carts, and more additional entertainment.
Belleville and Grafton hours: Picking available daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Field access is $2 on Mon-Thurs, $3 on Friday and $5 on weekends. Online reservations are recommended as capacity is limited.
Millstadt Farm: Wednesday & Thursday: 9am – 6pm $2 admission Friday & Saturday: 9am – 10pm. Sunday: 9am – 6pm Admission is $10 on Fridays, and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays. Online reservations are recommended as capacity is limited. They are also open Columbus Day.
Greene Fields Farms
When this sweet family could no longer afford to visit a pumpkin patch as a family, they created their own in Greenfield, Illinois. A whole lot of pumpkins and even more faith is what sustains Greene Field Farms. The patch features a huge variety of pumpkins, farm animals, and super cute photo spots. Some activities are on hold due to COVID, but the family friendly atmosphere and budget friendly free admission continue. Hours: Friday Noon-5:00pm, Saturday 10am-5:00pm, Sunday Noon-5:00pm, Columbus Day 10am-4:00pm. Admission is free.
Heritage Farm in Godfrey has opened their first ever pumpkin patch this year. They have over 45 different varieties of pumpkins plus a kid’s activity zone. Food trucks will be available on certain days and times. Hours: Saturday 10AM – 6PM Sunday 10AM – 6PM Columbus Day 10AM – 5PM Admission to the patch is free. The Kid’s Zone is $5 per child.
Relleke Pumpkin Patch
Relleke in Granite City has been a favorite for families and school groups for many years. While COVID has limited some of their usual rides and activities, you can still find an assortment of fun. During the week you can purchase pumpkins and visit the animals. On weekends you can also try out the corn maze, hay rides, pony rides, bounce houses, paint your own pumpkin, and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Most entertainment only on weekends and Columbus Day. Admission is free but you must purchase tickets for the activities which start at $1 each.
Rinkel Pumpkin Farm is open again this year in Glen Carbon with their adorable pumpkin patch. If you are looking for something a little smaller where you can more easily keep an eye on your kids, this is a great place. They offer a corn maze, hay bale maze, farm animals to feed, tractor playground, fun photo ops, and more. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 for a season pass.
Pumpkin Blossom Hill
Pumpkin Blossom Hill is located just outside The small town of Red Bud. Normally the farm has a fun play are for kids, but with COVID things are a little different this year. You can still find plenty of pumpkins, gourds, and also handcrafted items for sale. They have several cute spots for photo ops as well. For 2020, they added an option to pick your own corn from their field to make your own popcorn. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 12PM-6PM, Wednesday: CLOSED for cleaning & sanitizing, Saturday: 10AM-6PM, Sunday: 10AM-4PM. Admission is always free.
Looking for a less busy family owned pumpkin patch and local produce? Check out Scharf Farm in Millstadt. They offer a pumpkin patch, cornstalks straw bales are stacked, and mums for all your fall decor needs. Kids will enjoy the chickens roaming around the scenic farm. Hours are Mon – Sat 9-6 and Sun 10-5. Admission is free.
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