Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!
Fall is around the corner and NOW is the time to start making your list and checking it twice – lets find 5 Pumpkin Patches to discover in Iowa. Whether you are exploring the corners of Iowa or driving through the central part of the state – regardless of where you are in Iowa – there are plenty of great places to stop and experience the Autumn thrill of pumpkin goodness!
1. Solsma’s “Punkin Patch” Sanborn, Iowa
No typo here – this is spelled exactly the way pumpkin patch owner, Amy Solsma, wanted it. She grew up on a farm near Newkirk, Iowa and her Grandpa used to always call her by that name – so for the Solsma’s, it’s a sentimental value. If you like sentimental – you will want to visit “Solsma’s Punkin Patch” along Hwy 18 (just outside of Sanborn, Iowa) and take time to browse the different pumpkins and get lost in the corn maze! It’s a fantastic time and plenty of activities for the entire family! It’s a rural adventure for sure – but don’t let my scared face frighten you away – the Maze is worth every minute!
2. The Pumpkin Ranch – Winterset, Iowa
One thing is for sure if you are around Winterset, Iowa in the Fall – you don’t want to miss The Pumpkin Ranch! The biggest reason why is the fun! Their idea of pumpkin patch includes tunnel slides, farm ninja obstacle course (you had me at ninja) hayrides, ziplines, and of course – a “Mega Corn Maze” which is videoed above from the Pumpkin Ranch. I love the fact that you can get lost in a huge Corn Maze with a fun design! Don’t you just love the artwork design and work on that maze? Fantastic! You can find the Pumpkin Ranch at 2425 Hiatt Apple Trail in Winterset, Iowa.
3. Fields of Fun – Sioux Center, Iowa
I was excited to put this pumpkin patch on the list for a couple of reasons – #1 It’s a newer pumpkin patch #2 Its roots come from another pumpkin patch near and dear to my Iowa heart. “Pumpkin Land” in Orange City, Iowa closed its patch a few years ago, but this gave birth to a new patch when Dave and Helen Huitink mentored the new owners of nearby “Fields of Fun“. This pumpkin patch has a great variety and gives you a corn maze, and additional activities like a Paint Ball Gallery! (Which I find super intriguing!) and a PETTING ZOO! This is a great place to bring your family. Last, but not least, they have a schoolhouse on their property that you can rent and host different functions! You can visit Fields of Fun at 3273 400th Street, Sioux Center, Iowa.
4. Pumpkinville – Mitchelville, Iowa
How about taking a drive out of the city (especially if you are in Des Moines) and head out to Mitchellville, IA, where you can explore “Pumpkinville“. I love this place because they have the family in mind with some of their pricing – enjoy free hayrides, the hay jump, hay train, playground, sack races, tug of war, and more – but the best part of this farm is simply getting an opportunity to explore rural Iowa. The cost is right – and they only charge for the type of pumpkin you buy (which ranges from $1-$30). This makes a great Fall family trip in the countryside. You can find Pumpkinville just east of Des Moines, along I-80 at 618 Center Ave S / Mitchellville, IA.
5. Colony Pumpkin Patch – North Liberty, Iowa
Besides being located close to other fantastic Fall activities in the South Eastern Side of the State (Like the Amana Colonies Huge Pumpkin Fest!) the Colony Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of different options at its pumpkin patch – and besides bringing home beautiful pumpkins and gourds – they are also open for SUNFLOWER SEASON!!! Which makes this pumpkin patch unique in its fashion! Come see both pumpkin varieties and beautiful sunflower fields here at the Colony! You can find this pumpkin patch and sunflower haven at 2780 Front Street Northeast, North Liberty, Iowa.
Sunflower Season is August 21-22, 28-29, & September 4-6 10a-6p
Pumpkin Season is Sept. 18- October 30
M-F 4-6pS-S 10a-6p
Discover a few more…
Iowa and the Midwest are rich with different harvest crops like pumpkins, gourds, and squash – and exploring the countryside will undoubtedly provide you with many different opportunities to find pumpkin patches, sunflower fields, apple orchards, and a few other fall varieties of adventure. I listed 5 pumpkin patches – where are your favorites?