Pumpkin Patches in Michigan Perfect for Fall
Fall is here and we are pumped! We had some lasting summer heat, but now the cooler weather has us thinking all things fall. Nothing says autumn like picking fresh pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, and drinking some fresh cider.
Jennifer Symons, of Awesome Mitten, has created a roundup of some of the best pumpkin patches in Michigan, by region. Gone are the days where you just select a pumpkin and head home, these Michigan pumpkin patches have it all! From elaborate fun zones for the kids to hard cider and wine tasting for the adults, there really is something for everyone. Some even have petting farms, bonfires, and live entertainment. Even with all the frills, one thing remains certain: they all have pumpkins big and small to fit all of your fall needs.
Bounty of pumpkins and gourds | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
Hayes Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch are located almost in the exact center of the Upper Peninsula in the town of Rock. 2017’s corn maze theme is Domino’s Pizza - there is a giant slice of pizza cut directly into the maze! ‘The Outback’ pumpkin patch allows families to pick their own beautiful pumpkins for carving. Hayes is full of fun activities, be sure to climb ‘Hay Mountain’ and check out the Space Tilt while you are there!
Have you ever encountered a corn “sandbox” before? Getzloff’s in Wilson has this unique attraction and kids love it! Pet some friendly farm animals, grab some pumpkin-flavored concessions and select your perfect fall pumpkin at this beautiful farm.
North West Michigan
Jacob’s Corn Maze is a fall staple in the Traverse City region. As you might have figured out from their name, they are famous for their corn maze. It has over five miles of trails! Be prepared to spend a full day in this wonderland. The pumpkin patch is nothing to scoff at, either. Find this year’s great pumpkin while sipping on some warm, fresh apple cider. Their full farmer’s market offers plums, peaches, apples, and other seasonal favorites.
This is one of those pumpkin patches where you can spend a full day with your family. Their corn maze covers five acres of their beautiful property and encourages strong competition. Of course, people are invited to leisurely enjoy the maze as well. Royal Farms offers a menu of fresh baked goods and meat pasties as well. The best part? They have a full assortment of wine and hard cider that is available for tasting!
North East MichiganFleming Farm in Gaylord is a fall tradition for northern Michiganders. Their giant pumpkins draw people in from all over the region. Be sure to plan for enough time for their hayrides, corn maze and petting zoo too!
With a name like Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm, you know it is guaranteed to be a hoot. Located in Rogers City, this farm has it all. A full pumpkin patch, wagon rides, pony rides and a barrel train. This farm even hosts a 5k in October. What a perfect way to justify consuming their delicious soft pretzels and hard cider! This farm is great for the whole family, but clearly, a splendid place to spend date-day as well.
East Central MichiganTowards the tip of the thumb in Bad Axe, families can find great fun at The Flower Farm. This farm has beautiful flowers throughout the spring and summer and Christmas trees in December. However, what you really want to write home about is their corn maze and pumpkin patch. Their stunning fall flowers and decorations make this a must-visit for anyone in the region.
Located in Saginaw, Johnson’s Giant Pumpkin Patch hosts its greatness in their name. These pumpkins are seriously huge; perfect for carving a giant masterpiece this fall. They also have a 13-acre corn maze and a tiny tikes soybean maze so the little ones don’t feel left out. Johnson’s also has phenomenal weekend events, such as pumpkin launching, live music, and a chainsaw carving competition.
West Central Michigan
Tractor rides, fresh donuts and group tours are what Heritage Farms Market is all about. This Fremont market has something for everyone, including apple cider slushies! The pumpkin patch is full of animated signs, perfect for a family photo. The corn maze is a great learning opportunity as well, as your United States geography will be tested throughout.
Morse Brothers Farm in Comstock Park boasts that they have pumpkin sizes ranging from one pound to 600 pounds. You must check this out! They also have a gorgeous selection of gourds for all your fall decorating needs.
South West MichiganBarbott Farms in Stevensville is the perfect place for fall group gatherings. They have an elaborate corn maze, picnic area and campfire opportunities. Michiganders know that fall is the best time for a cozy campfire. Their corn maze offers many options, including a ‘farm scene investigation’ where participants help solve a crime. They have a huge variety of pumpkins to choose from. Be sure to grab some beautiful mums while you are there.
Harvest Moon Acres in Gobles is full of family fun attractions. They have a Harvest Moon Saloon ‘shootout’ and many friendly animals to visit. The goats, chickens, and bunnies are a great educational experience for kids. Head out on a 20-acre hayride and then select the perfect pumpkin.
South East MichiganBlake Farms in Armada offers a hayride to the pumpkin patch so you don’t have to lug your selections back to the car without help. They have a spooky haunted village walk and a train ride through the orchard! The petting farm also allows people to feed the animals for the full experience. There is even an area to watch delicious fudge, donuts, and caramel apples get made. It’s easy to spend a full day at Blake’s, so plan ahead.
Commerce Township is home to Long Family Orchard and Cider Mill. They offer a moonlight corn maze the last two weekends in October, talk about spooky! They also have a ginormous play area for kids that includes a ‘pedal kart track,’ a spider web for climbing, and ‘giant pumpkin jumping bounces.’ Scoop up some giant pumpkins and get all your energy out at this family orchard.
About the Author: Jennifer Symons is always amazed by the number of great outdoor activities Michigan has to offer. She believes that every season offers something new and exciting to do. Exploring and writing about Michigan's many adventures is one of Jennifer's favorite things to do.