There are many things we love about the arrival of fall, but you already know what tops the list: pumpkins. More specifically, we love a fun-fueled trip to the pumpkin patch.
Below, you'll find the ultimate guide to pumpkin patches in central Arkansas (plus others worth the drive), starting with the ones closest to home to help you make some memories with the fam.
Let's hit the patch!
Editor's note: Many patches have evolving COVID-19 safety precautions, so call before you go to double check.
Where: 13810 Combee Lane, Roland
When: Oct. 1-31 // 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday
What to expect: One of the most popular local spots, a charming sunflower maze and hayrides accentuate the fall spirit here, as well as farm animals and a hay maze. 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. // Admission: $7, includes all attractions, children under 2 are free; pumpkins sold separately.
Hicks Family Farms
Where: 184 Lasiter Road, Lonoke
When: Oct. 2-31 // 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday (available during the week by appointment for field trips)
What to expect: This farm is more than 100 years old and worth some exploration. Mosey through the seven-acre corn/hay bale maze with the kiddos before visiting the pumpkin patch and grabbing a bite at the Wagon Wheel Cafe. The maze features a new design each year and is accompanied by a barnyard brimming with animals. Pony rides and hayrides are also available, as well as mums for sale. // Admission: $10, children under 4 free with paying adult, discount for groups of 15+; pumpkins priced according to size.
For more info: 501.941.2703, hicksfamilyfarms.com
Motley’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock
When: Through Oct. 31 // 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday & Friday (entrance closes at 4 p.m.), 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (entrance closes at 5 p.m.)
What to expect: 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, pig races, hay bale mountain, tractor-drawn wagon rides and a petting zoo, plus Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Masks are required. // Admission: $9.95 basic admission, $13.95 do-it-all admission, children under 3 and adults 60 and older free; pumpkins priced individually.
Asbury’s Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church
Where: 1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock
When: Oct. 10-31 // 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day
What to expect: 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 hit the photo op while you're there. // Free admission, pumpkin prices vary based on size.
Where: 12223 Hwy 9, Benton
When: Through Oct. 31 // 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday (groups and field trips available by reservation Monday-Thursday)
What to expect: A short drive from Little Rock reveals a pumpkin patch operated by three brothers on a 56-acre farm. Offerings include homegrown pumpkins in a pick-your-own patch, farm animals, games, "The Big Slide," concessions, hayrides, thrills on the tractor-pulled barrel ride and more. // Admission: $7, children under 2 free; pumpkins priced by size.
Family Farm Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Patch
Where: 18448 Hwy 67, Malvern
When: Oct. 2 - first week of November (at least) // 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
What to expect: This farm is complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a John Deere train, pond fishing, farm animals for petting, zip lining, carousel and a climbing wall. They've also included hand-washing stations and expanded seating areas for social distancing. // Admission: $5, children under 2 free. Admission includes all attractions except the zip line; pumpkins $2 and up.
Schaefers & Collins Pumpkin Patch & Farm
Where: 864 Lollie Road, Mayflower
When: Through Oct. 31 (tentative) // 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. Sunday (hayride tickets close at 6 p.m.)
What to expect: Here, families can take a hayride or a walk out to the patch to pick out a pumpkin. Activities include a play area, petting zoo, pumpkin carving kits, concessions, a learning center and more. Masks required and social distancing encouraged. // Admission: varies on activity.
And if you're up for the drive...
These patches are a little farther down road, but worth the time for even more pumpkin fun.
Cox Berry Farm & Nursery
Where: 1081 Hwy 818, Clarksville
When: Oct. 1-31 (tentative) // Call for hours or in case of rain
What to expect: This family-owned farm has been in business for about 50 years and is a Clarksville institution, allowing families to picnic and choose from many pick-your-own experiences ending in late fall with pumpkins. Children can walk and find photo opportunities along a trail lined with fun characters, decorations and a rope maze. // Free admission, pumpkin trail $3 per person; pumpkin/gourd prices vary by weight. Cash or check only.
Fall Festival at Mountain Home Berry Farm
Where: 693 County Road 57, Mountain Home
When: Oct. 1 - Nov. 7 // 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday (available to private groups Tuesday-Thursday by appointment)
What to expect: If you’re in the northern part of the state during the harvest months, make a stop at this popular attraction. During its Fall Festival, families can go on a hayride tour that stops by the petting zoo, Mulch Mountain, corn maze, bounce houses, games and the pumpkin patch. A country store features homemade jams and jellies, apple cider, local honey and more. // Admission: $7, children under 3 free, pony/train rides are an additional $3; pumpkin prices vary.
Peebles Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Where: County Road 249, Augusta (on Hwy 64 between Augusta and McCrory)
When: Through Oct. 31 // 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, 12 -7 p.m. Sunday (ticket sales end an hour before closing)
What to expect: Pumpkins take over 60 acres of this nationally-recognized farm, with many acres set aside for visitors to pick their own. Other activities include a 20-acre corn maze, trike course, basketball wagon and sunflower and zinnia fields. // Admission: $13 regular, $15 deluxe (includes train/wagon rides), children under 2 free; pumpkins vary based on size, $3 and up.
Where: 671 County Road 336, Piggott
When: Through Oct. 31 // 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday (ticket sales close at 5 p.m.)
What to expect: Alongside your pumpkin picking you can enjoy corn mazes, hayrides, duck races, pony rides and more. Everyday attractions include farm animals, an interactive kids’ barn, the Pumpkin Hollow Express barrel train and a pond levee slide. For the brave, bring a flashlight and take to the mazes on Fright Nights. Sanitizing stations are available throughout the farm and masks are encouraged. // Admission: $12 standard, $17 for kids' armbands (Saturday and Sunday only), $10 zip line, putt-putt starts at $7.
Garner Homestead Family Farm
Where: 1376 Lonsdale Cutoff Road, Lonsdale
When: Through Nov. 6 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday
What to expect: Day trip to this family farm near Hot Springs for the complete autumn harvest experience including a hayride, cornfield maze, nature trails, an animal petting area and, of course, lots of pumpkins. // Admission: Call for pricing.
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