Fall is officially here! This is my favorite time of the year, with cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, football every weekend – the list goes on and on. I especially love celebrating fall with visits to our local pumpkin patches and farms with the kids (you know, when the weather is nice…which it will be again one day…right?)
We’re in luck here, as the Queen City is home to a lot of really fantastic places to pick pumpkins, take family photos, or just spend a day having fun with your kids!
Hall Family Farm
Featuring a corn maze, hayrides, a large children’s play area (sandbox, covered play area, maze, fire truck, and slide, plus plenty of bikes, balls, and cars to drive around in), pick-your-own pumpkins, concessions, and lots more.
The Hunter Farm
Pumpkin patch, hayride, petting barn, night time hayrides, bonfires, and more.
Pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides (on the weekends), hay mountain, bounce house, and plenty more fun for the family.
A half-hour drive from the city, this farm has over 20 acres of pumpkins as well as loads of fun family activities, like two massive slides, a barn with animals, wagon rides, pumpkin slingshot, and lots of fresh concessions.
Fall Frolic on Anne Springs Close Greenway
Fort Mill, SC
Fall Frolic on the Greenway runs every weekend in October, from the 5th to the 27th. Features a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, a four-acre corn maze, hay bale mazes, farm animals, pony rides and more.
Visit Lewis Farm on the weekends and enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, pony rides, hay bale slides, feeding farm animals, and pick-your-own pumpkins.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
Get lost in this giant seven-acre corn maze, featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. For more of a challenge, attempt the maze at night with only your flashlights to help you see the way!
Country Days Corn Maze
Indian Trail, NC
Explore one of the two corn mazes available – one for kids 10 and under (only in operation in the daytime hours), and a huge, seven-acre maze for the truly brave.
Wise Acres Organic Farm
Indian Trail, NC
Pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, animals, corn pit, organic concessions, and lots more fun.
Aw Shucks! Farm
Visit Aw Shucks! Farm and spend the day visiting animals, paddle boating, getting lost in the corn maze, or letting your kids run wild in all of the kid-friendly play areas – including a big grain silo slide, treehouse, fort, and much more. Lots of concessions available too!
At Carrigan Farms, you can enjoy a hayride to the apple orchards where you pick-your-own apples or to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. Plenty of yummy concessions are available, as well as animals to visit with.
Lazy 5 Ranch
Head up to the Lazy 5 Ranch and enjoy their fall festival! In addition to the normal wagon ride and feeding of lots of exotic animals, you can enjoy a pumpkin patch, pumpkin slingshot, giant corn box, hay bales to climb around, pumpkin checkers, kettle corn, roasted marshmallows, and lots more.
Plenty of fun to be had at Patterson Farm during the fall too; enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, a kid-friendly playground, rope maze, giant slide, pig races, face painting, pumpkins, and more.
Head out to Regal Farm and enjoy a corn box, giant slingshot, cow train, hay mazes – and of course, the giant corn maze.
Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm
Pumpkin patch for kids, children’s play area, wagon rides, and lots of pumpkins, squash, and gourds available for purchase.