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We’re all aware that we get a later fall than normal here in Alabama. When the temperature finally drops below 80° around the end of October, it means one thing and one thing only: “fall” is finally here for us! While the leaves may be taking their time to turn, and while we may have to wait another month before properly donning a sweater, our state’s pumpkin patches are overflowing with autumnal offerings to help us connect to the spirit of the season. Here are 10 pumpkin patches, organized by region, to check out this month!
The Great Pumpkin Patch (Hayden)
For a full day of fall fun, there’s no better place to visit than the Great Pumpkin Patch. In addition to riding a covered, hay-filled wagon to a massive patch where you pick your own pumpkin, the farm also features inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides, bungee jumping, and a hay pyramid for kids. Adults can stop into the Old Country Store to shop from a selection of locally made wares, including fall decorative items and crafts. After an action-packed afternoon, pick up a bite to eat at the Pumpkin Patch Kitchen.
Hours: Until Nov. 7 / Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Free to enter; $5-15 for activities
4D Family Farm (Cullman)
Owned by the Daniel family, who has four kids of their own, 4D is the ultimate October destination. Akin to a mini amusement park or fair, the farm offers a barnyard kiddie coaster, duck races, gem mining, a jumping pillow, play barn, tubing slide, cow train, corn maze, zip line, giant sandpit, tire mountain, a mechanical bull, and hay jump. Visitors can also watch pig races and play farm games in addition to picking a pumpkin to take home.
Hours: Until Nov. 6 // Wed. & Thurs. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Weekday pass $12.95-$14.95; weekend pass $16.95-$19.95 (includes most activities)
McGee Farm (Florence)
For an authentic pumpkin picking experience, McGee Farm is your spot. Minus many of the bells and whistles that pumpkin patches are known for today, get back to the basics and enjoy the simplicity of picking a perfect pumpkin from the farm’s “Real Pumpkin Patch.” That means that instead of choosing a pumpkin from an artificial “field,” you’ll have the opportunity to pull your pumpkin directly off the vine and take it home. A tractor-drawn wagon ride adds to the experience. The Kitchen at McGee Farm puts the cherry on top of the down-home experience with homemade chicken and dressing, greens, cornbread, mac and cheese, chicken salad, stew, pumpkin pie, and more.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Mon. – Fri. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Pumpkin patch ride $3.25; Jumping Pillow $3.25; Patch & Pillow $6.50; Pumpkins start at $4
Griffin Farms (West Blocton)
Located halfway between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, this centrally located family farm is one of most affordable farms in the state for an all-inclusive day of fun. For $10, all visitors have access to a hayride, a pumpkin to take home, a hamster wheel, corn maze, hay and tire mountain, truck slide, bison viewing, king size corn bed, zipline, rock wall, several playgrounds, bouncy barn, barrel train, and more. On Saturdays and Sundays, grab a snack or meal from seven visiting food trucks offering everything from tacos and coffee to shaved ice, kettle corn, and spiced nuts.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 all inclusive
Old Baker Farm (Harpersville)
Old Baker Farm is known for its calendar of fall events that run currently with its “u-pick” pumpkin season. The farm’s $11 admission ($10 for cash) admission fee includes a pumpkin to take home, as well as access to a corn maze, “hayground,” petting farm, hayride, and train ride. For those looking to spruce up their home with seasonal blooms and foliage, the farm also sells sunflowers for $1/stalk and cotton bolls at 4 for $1.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Mon. – Fri. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Helena Hollow (Helena)
Billed as Alabama’s premier “ag”venture farm, Helena Hollow offers metro Birmingham 10 acres of outdoor entertainment. Fall is the perfect time to explore each of the farm’s more than 30 attractions. Families can head to animal alley to see llamas, emus, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, and more. Kids can head to Silo Town to experience a full play town, jump in a corn pit, race down tunnel slides, and take as spin on the trike track. Food is available at a food truck park called Food Yard or the Snack Shack.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $12.95 online; $15 gate
Farmer in the Dell (Auburn)
For Alabamians in Tiger Country, Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch is a top option for picking a variety of pumpkins directly off the vine. For a small $3 admission fee, visitors get to take a hayride, enter the sunflower field and pumpkin patch, enjoy playtime with farm animals, and gain access to a play area. Farmer in the Dell is the ideal spot for adorable family photos. For professional photographers looking for an idyllic photography spot, they can use the farm for an additional fee.
Hours: Until Oct. 30 // Hours vary
Admission: $3 entrance; pumpkins priced by the pound with $3 minimum
Find a slice of cool-weather paradise at this multi-attraction pumpkin patch. Take your family back to simpler times by trying out hand water pumps, “working” a cane mill, browsing a barn filled with antique farm equipment, and listening to a working windmill. In addition to traditional fall farm activities like a corn maze, inflatable slides, hayride, zip line, pony rides, and more, Paradise also gives the opportunity to see exotic animals like an alpaca, zebra, and kangaroo.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $14 (all activities except pony ride included); Pumpkins $2-$15
CornDodgers Farm (Headland)
This farm near Dothan offers good old-fashioned fun in a beautiful pastoral setting. With a fall season, as well as a Country Christmas season running from Thanksgiving to Christmas, CornDodgers is an easy family tradition for those in the area. Fall activities include pumpkin bowling, horseshoes, human foosball, sunflower Skeeball, a zip line, climbing wall, and more. Pumpkins can be picked in the field or inside the farm’s Crooked Porch store. Dining options include all your standard fair fare, from corndogs and chicken tenders to French fries and barbecue.
Hours: Until Oct. 31 // Fri. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $14 online; $16 gate
Jack O Lantern Lane (LaFayette)
Pick the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern at this family-owned farm that celebrates 17 years os seasonal fun this year. Board an old-fashioned wagon to pick your own pumpkin, get a cornmeal grinding demonstration, visit animals at a petting zoo, and enjoy a picnic of hotdogs, burgers, curly fries, and more. Since it’s never too cold for ice cream in Alabama, finish your meal with a homemade scoop of ice cream. An inflatables park, gem mining, and train ride are also available for an additional fee. On Oct. 30, visit for a Trunk or Treat event starting at 4 p.m.
Hours: Until Oct. 30 // Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 (includes hayride and pumpkin)