There are many things we love about the arrival of fall, but you know what tops the list: pumpkins. More specifically, we love a fun-fueled trip to the pumpkin patch.
Our sister publication, Little Rock Family, has the ultimate guide to pumpkin patches in central Arkansas, and we've rounded up a few from the list to help you make some memories with the fam.
Asbury’s Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church
Where: 1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. Free admission, pumpkins range from $1-$20.
When: Oct. 5-31 // 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For info: 501-225-9231, Asbury-LR.org.
Why: Can’t make it all the way to a farm? You can still get the pumpkin patch experience at this convenient location in west Little Rock. Pick your perfect pumpkin and take pictures—and if you stop by on Oct. 14 from 4-7 p.m., take part in the free festivities at the annual Hog on the Hill event. A festival on the lawn will include children's games, bouncy houses, food trucks and more.
BoBrook Farms in Roland
Where: 3810 Combee Lane, Roland. $7 admission includes all attractions, children under 2 are free; pumpkins sold separately and range from $0.50-$12.
When: Through Oct. 28 // 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday For info: 501-519-5666, BoBrookFarms.com.
Why: This pumpkin patch is known for its proximity to Pinnacle Mountain. A charming sunflower maze and hayrides accentuate the fall spirit, and farm animals and a hay maze are also available. Plus, kids can climb on a hay mountain formed from 200-300 bales of hay and jump into the corn pit of 5,000 pounds of corn. To find a pumpkin, kids can look to the 12-row pumpkin patch, where some of the pumpkins are even left on the vine for families to cut themselves. Concessions and crafts are also available for purchase.
Hicks Family Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Lonoke
Where: 184 Lasiter Road, Lonoke (35 miles northeast of Little Rock). Admission: $8, includes all attractions, children under 5 free with paying adult; pumpkins and food sold separately.
When: Through Oct. 27 // 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays; available by reservation Monday-Friday for school field trips. For info: (501) 941-2703, HicksFamilyFarms.com.
Why: Mosey through the seven-acre corn maze with the kiddos before visiting the pumpkin patch. The maze features a new design each year and is accompanied by a barnyard brimming with animals. Pony rides and hayrides are also available.
J&P Ranch in Scott
Where: 966 McCoy off of I-40 East, Scott. $5, includes all activities and a free pumpkin for each child under 12.
When: Oct. 6-Nov. 4 // Open to the public 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; field trips and groups welcome Monday-Friday by reservation only. For info: 501-920-6537.
Why: Since 1999, this pumpkin patch has been bringing smiles to little ones. Kids can wind their way through a hay maze made of round bales, take a hayride in a tractor-pulled covered wagon, gaze at an aquarium filled with fish, and feed rabbits, goats and chickens in a petting zoo. Little ones can also hop on a horse for a quick, hand-led horseback ride or blow off steam on basketball and volleyball courts. A mobile pumpkin patch (complete with Frankenstein-esque monster) is available to visit to schools and churches, and brings along pumpkins, chicken and rabbits.
Mary’s Place Pumpkin Patch in Bryant
Where: 3705 Highway 5 N., Bryant. $9 includes all attractions and pick-your-own pumpkin; $6 includes all attractions and no pumpkin.
When: Through Nov. 2 // 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For info: 501-847-3900, MarysPlaceInBryant.com.
Why: A train takes riders through Sherwood Forest, with a stop at a Western town setting offering plenty of picture opportunities. Kids can also can play in a wooden maze, a treehouse, playground, a bounce house and a hay mountain with a tunnel.
Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock
Where: 13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock. $8.95 basic admission, $11.95 do-it-all admission, children under 3 and seniors ages 60 and up free.
When: Through Oct. 30 // 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays; weekdays Oct. 2-26 available by reservation for school field trips ($7 per student). For info: 501-888-1129, MotleysPumpkinPatch.com.
Why: This Little Rock agritourism farm has been offering family fun each fall since 1982. A full day of entertainment includes a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, country store, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and a petting zoo full of goats, chickens and pigs. Kids can also climb on a hay bale mountain and take a slide back down to the ground. Or, pick an oinker to compete in the pig races. Concessions—hello, caramel apples!—are also available. And don’t forget to pick up homemade sweets in the Fudge Kitchen.
Roseberry Farms in Benton
Where: 12223 Highway 9, Benton. $7, children under 2 free; pumpkin prices vary.
When: Through Oct. 31 // 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; available by reservation Monday-Friday for field trips. For info: 501-722-8545, Roseberry-Farms.com.
Why: A short drive from Little Rock, Benton or Hot Springs reveals a pumpkin patch operated by three brothers on a 56-acre farm. Offerings include homegrown pumpkins in the 3-acre, a pick-your-own patch; farm animal visits with chickens, goats and rabbits; hayrides and thrills on the tractor-pulled barrel ride; a hay fort; tricycle races, face painting, potato sack races and lots of photo opportunities. Treats at a small concession stand will also be available.
Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock
Where: 6701 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
When: Through Oct. 31 // 10 a.m.-dark Monday-Saturday, noon-dark Sundays. For info: 501-835-2201, Facebook.
Why: Now in its 19th year, the Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church opens Oct. 1, when thousands of pounds of pumpkins arrive and are unloaded by dozens of church volunteers. The opening event begins at 5 p.m. in front of the church and proceeds from the pumpkin patch support the youth ministry at the church.
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