Visiting a pumpkin patch is so much more than just admiring the beauty of the crop; it’s about the experience of sharing precious moments with family and friends. We didn’t always live in this fast-paced world, and there’s something quite rejuvenating about visiting a farm. Our souls instinctively know when we have gone back to our roots – a time in history when most people had farms. After visiting one – take a deep breath and check your heart rate. I bet it is lower!
Please find below a list of Tampa Bay pumpkin patches and celebrations. Besides pumpkin patches, some of these places provide other autumn attractions … like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos and so much more.
Hunsader Farms’ Pumpkin Festival
October 15-16 & 22-23 & 29-30 • 9 am – 5 pm
Admission $10 * Parking $5 * Children 12 and under free
There is a ton of fun at this Pumpkin Festival, with entertainment for the entire family. They have craft booths, live music, pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze, face painting, a children’s train ride and so much more!
Florida Railroad Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Express
October 29th and 30th, with different departure times. Doors open 10:00 AM • $14-$28
All Aboard for the Pumpkin Patch Express!! This popular trip takes you to a patch of pumpkins. Lots of activities will be available and each child will be able to pick out one pumpkin to take home – all included with your ticket price!
Hydro Harvest Farms’ Pumpkin Patch
Opens up on October 5th • 10 am – 6 pm (Sunday 11-4)
Their Annual Boo Fest will be held on Sat., October 22nd at 11 am.
It’s free, and they have many Pumpkins for sale. The children will have a blast rocking and rolling through the pumpkins and hay. They are open Tuesday through Sunday.
Sweetfields Farm’s 2016 Fall Maze
October 1st and 2nd (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
October 8th and 9th (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
October 10th (Monday 10 am-2 pm)
October 14th (Friday 10 am-2 pm)
October 15th and 16th (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
October 17th (Monday 10 am-2 pm)
October 21st (Friday 10 am-2 pm)
October 22nd and 23rd (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
October 28th (Friday 10 am-2 pm)
October 29th and 30th (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
November 5th and 6th (10 am-5 pm with last admission at 4 pm)
12 years and older $9.50 each + tax • 3 years-11 years $5.00 each + tax • 2 years and under are free.
The Fall Maze is a life-sized living labyrinth. You enter at a starting point and navigate your way through the maze. Check points are set out along your journey to assist in a successful completion.
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
October 15th – 30th, Saturday and Sunday only.
Adults: $11 + tax (18 & older) • Youth: $10 + tax (3 – 17) • 2 & Under: free
They have hayrides, some awesome pumpkin patches, fun duck races, horseshoes for the grown-ups (and the little ones) and so much more. It is called a “corn maze” and not a pumpkin patch because the massive 5-acre corn maze is the main attraction. It will amuse visitors of all ages.
Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 8th – 11 am to 1 pm
Bring your family to the Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village where you’ll find plump pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin crafts, live music and more! Hyde Park Village’s 2016 Pumpkin Patch is located at Village Circle.
The wonderful thing about pumpkins is that they pull double-duty in our house. Not only do they help me with decorating my home for Fall, but they are so delicious to eat! There are so many ways to fix it besides pumpkin pie. What about pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake (so wonderful), or a soup?
Even if you can’t make it to a Farm or Festival this year, that is no reason to go through the season without these orange rounds of happiness! Why not set up your own yard with pumpkins of different sizes and shapes? The finished masterpiece just might make the perfect backdrop for some family photos!
Wishing you and yours happiness in the Pumpkin Patch …