Kids, pumpkins and that crisp fall air: what could be better? It’s that time of year…Pumpkin season! Throw in a hayride, some apple cider, and you’ve got yourself the perfect autumn experience. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes, all within a short drive of Des Moines.
Pumpkin Patch Season: Mid-September through the end of October
Know Before You Go
Call ahead to:
- verify picking dates as it varies from farm to farm.
- verify entry fees.
- verify what facilities, aka restrooms, are available on-site.
- verify which methods of payment they accept. Many farms only accept cash or check.
- verify exactly how to get there from wherever you are. (Unless, you think a day lost in Timbuktu is a fun adventure.)
- Remember comfortable shoes (you will be walking in fields) and wear sun screen.
- Bring your water bottle and pack a picnic if the farm allows.
- Take along hand sanitizer, especially if there will be a petting zoo.
- And, don’t forget your camera.
Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes Near Des Moines
618 Center Avenue S • Mitchellville • (515) 710-2843
Allsup’s Pumpkinville and Corn Maze features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and fun fall activities. The Mini Maze costs $1 per person and the Big Maze is $7 per person for anyone over 6 years old; Ages 3-6 are $1 and Ages 0-3 FREE. Groups Rates and Field Trips are also available. Pumpkinville is open September 16th through October 31st, 2017; 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
26156 530th Avenue • Ames • (515) 292-1936
Black’s Heritage Farm once again has several entertaining activities planned for this fall. In addition to their pumpkin patch, families can enjoy a trolley ride or kiddos can go on a pony ride and even get a little education in at their Farm History Learning Center. The fall festivities commence on September 23rd and run through October 31st, 2017 when they’re open daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Watch their Facebook Page for updates.
Highway 17 • Madrid • (515) 795-3065
Frey’s Pumpkin Patch will open for the season on September 16, 2017. Find perfectly plump, fresh from the vine pumpkins in a real farm setting at Frey’s Pumpkin Patch. In addition to pumpkins they also have apples, Indian corn, popcorn, and gourds of all shapes and sizes. They are located 1-1/2 Miles South of Madrid on Highway 17 and they are open Monday through Friday 3:30 to 5:30 pm and weekends 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Be sure to visit their Facebook page for updates.
5251 NE 94th Avenue • Bondurant • (515) 964-2640
Another farm that’s a down-home good time. Geisler Farms in Bondurant is open now through October 29th, 2017; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. At this farm they harvest pumpkins from their 10-acre field and move them to their patch for you to choose. You can also saunter through their corn maze. There’s no cost to visit the Pumpkin Patch. The Fun Zone is $5 per person and Maze admission is $8.00.
2721 Hwy 34 • Osceola, IA • (641) 342-4039
You don’t pick pumpkins from the patch here, you get them at the Barn where there’s plenty to pick from, along with everything else you need to decorate the house. For the kids there’s a corn maze, they can play in the corn bin or with the barnyard critters and more. Fall hours are September through October; Wednesdays to Saturdays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Harvest Barn is CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays.
3145 Howell Court • Cumming • (515) 981-0863
Howell’s Pumpkin Patch in Cumming is open September 10th through October 31st, 2017 and at this farm you can pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. Take a wagon ride around this 800 acre farm, visit the goats, cows and chickens, and race through their corn maze. They are open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily and admission (24 Months an older) is $10.00 per person.
US-6 • Atlantic • (712) 254-0045
McCurdy’s bursts with pumpkins in the fall! In addition to picking your own gourd, they also have a 2-acre corn maze, hayrides, play area, corn pool, and all kinds of activities for the kids. They are open Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm from September 23rd through October 29th, 2017.
2768 US-65 • Carlisle • (515) 689-8349
Kids will love getting “lost” amid the towering stalks of corn in 21 acres of the two corn mazes at North River Corn Maze. They’ll also love the giant jumping pillow and other fun fall activities. Pumpkins aren’t “pickable” here, but you can pick one out, along with gourds and mums to bring home. They’re open for the season September 30th to October 29th, 2017; Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00pm.
2491 HWY 14 • Chariton • (641) 344-1344
In business for 37 years, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch works hard to put on a great event every fall. They grow over 145 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from miniature to giant pumpkins. If all that wasn’t enough, they also host an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season. Their Annual Pumpkin Festival will be October 7th and 8th, 2017. They are open daily September 29th through October 29th, 2017 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
2425 Hiatt Apple Road • Winterset • (515) 490-9281
With pony rides and a giant corn maze this convenient pumpkin picking spot is a great one to bring your little tykes for a festive fall outing. General admission to The Pumpkin Ranch is $9.00 per person on Saturdays and Sundays and $7.00 per person on Fridays. Children under two are FREE. They open for the season on September 22nd, 2017 and their hours are Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
8863 Jewell Drive • Earlham • (515) 834-2712
Find homegrown pumpkins and gourds at TimberPine Nursery and Greenhouse in Earlham. TimberPine hosts PumpkinFest a fun family activity, which includes a Family Fun Zone and Hay rides. Admission is $3 per person. Children two and younger are FREE. Pumpkinfest starts on September 30th and will run until October 29th. It’s held on Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm.
4012 NE 62nd Avenue • Ankeny • (515) 423-2109
With over 20 acres of pumpkins and over 20 years in the industry the Williamson family is certain you will find the perfect pumpkin for your families fall activities. Not only will you find the perfect pumpkin, you will also find a pumpkin cannon, petting zoo, hayrides, haymaze, obstacle course and more when they open for the season on September 30th, 2017.
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Find more fall fun, like festivals and apple orchards on our Fall Fun Guide.