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October is a great time to go out and enjoy the crisp, autumn weather with your family before the cold winter months arrive. There are many great places in central PA to enjoy the fall together as a family. One fall favorite for families is going to pumpkin patches and picking out pumpkins to carve and use for decorations. Pumpkin patches can be stands with pumpkins piled high to choose from or farms where you take a hay ride out to a field and pick your own pumpkin. No matter which way you decide to pick your pumpkins, each place will have loads of pumpkins for you and your family to choose from. If you want to make it extra fun for your family, search for the pumpkin patches that offer other fun activities; such as, corn mazes, spook houses, hay rides, crafts and more.
Autumn flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the many fun, fall activities offered in the area! The following is a list of well-known pumpkin patches and fall fun around the Central Pennsylvania area for you and your family to enjoy!
County Barn Market
211 South Donnerville Road
County Barn Market, located in Lancaster, PA, offers a wide variety of activities for your family to enjoy. You can take a wagon ride to their 10-acre pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins, or enjoy getting lost in their 5-acre corn maze. They have an assortment of pumpkins and gourds for you to choose from, as well as giant pumpkins. In addition, they have pig races, a petting zoo, pedal cart track, pony rides, straw tunnels, rubber duck races and mini-wagon rides around the barnyard. They have fresh local produce for sale also, along with home decorations and gifts.
Maize Quest Fun Park
2885 New Park Road
New Park, PA
Maize Quest Fun Park’s mission is to put people in “touch” with their food and they do exactly that by allowing you to enjoy the joys of harvest first hand! Every year they grow more than 10,000 pumpkins for families to choose from. Each year they select a theme for their Corn Maze Adventure; this year’s theme is Amazon Adventure. In addition to the corn maze, they offer over 25 Fun Park activities, a hayride, mazes, pumpkin patches, pedal karts, a cow train and gem mining. To top off this family fun farm, they offer a u-pick apple orchard, with a total of 28-acres of apple trees to pick from.
Paulus Farm Market
1216 South York Street
Not far from Carlisle is Paulus Farm Market. They offer an array of activities for families and their children. They have a u-pick pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hayrides, a corn maze, hay play area, slide and climb area, mini straw maze, family animals and a Fun Fort Greenhouse. The Fun Fort is an enclosed play area designed for small kids to play during both sunny and rainy days. For bigger kids and even adults, they have an outdoor hay play area with a giant slide and climbing bales.
Fields of Adventure
64 Tree Lane
Fields of Adventure is located just south of Carlisle. They offer a wide range of activities that are fun for the whole family. There is a 7-acre corn maze and even a smaller 1-acre corn maze for younger children. Also, they have pumpkin bowling, a zipline, rainbow caterpillar tires, straw bale maze and pyramid, tile maze, corn box and so much more. They even have a stocked catch and release fishing pond and rod rentals.
6621 Bluebird Lane
Barefoot Farms is a small family owned farm in Dover that offers a pick your own pumpkin patch. They offer hayrides for children, as well as a corn box and straw fort. They are well known for their ice cream shop because of their “signature” strawberry sundae that is made with their own fresh strawberry topping. In addition, they offer apple dumplings, apple and pear cider and pumpkin ice cream!
11129 Gehr Road
Bill and Lois Reynolds bought the farm back in 1982 and host an annual fall festival each year where you get to pick your own pumpkins and take a hayride. There is also a corn cannon, straw maze, corn maze, tube slide, mountain slide, a sandbox and farm animals. They have mums, pumpkins, honey, jams and fall decorations for sale. There is always something new and exciting at the farm and you know you’ve arrived when you spot the big orange and black tent.
Risser-Marvel Farm Market
2425 Horseshoe Pike
This farm market is a family owned business, which stretches across 40-acres of land. Each year they enjoy coming up with new themes for their corn maze; this year’s theme is Pirate Adventure. They offer a wide range of fun activities for everyone, from campfires, to hayrides and corn mazes. You can pick your own pumpkin and listen to “pumpkin talk” and get educated about the pumpkins, gourds and squash that they grow on their farm. They have fruits and vegetables for sale, as well as fresh local apple cider.
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