‘Tis the season of the pumpkin. We can finally enjoy our pumpkin pies, lattes, cheesecakes, ice cream, and more. But the best part of all is carefully picking out the absolute perfect pumpkin with just the right shape and size. Then ruthlessly gutting it, carving it up and proudly displaying it on the front porch. In case you can’t tell, I really love jack-o-lanterns. So it brings me great joy to provide you with this list of some of the coolest pumpkin patches you’ll find in Florida, many with tons of extra fall activities for your family to enjoy.
1. The Pickin' Patch, Dunnellon
The Pickin' Patch is a real pumpkin patch, not just a spot where pumpkins have been set up for our amusement, which is rare in Florida. That's because pumpkins don't usually grow well in our climate. Luckily for us, this farm in Dunnellon has found a way to make it happen!
2. Fruit Village Grove's 27th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota
Every weekend in October, this fall festival celebrating all things pumpkin is sure to be the most fun you've ever had pumpkin picking. There's live music, pumpkin painting, festival games, a giant rock wall, moon bounce, all kinds of delicious food and treats, and much more!
3. Green Meadows Farm, Kissimmee
When you visit Green Meadows Petting Farm in October, you'll have the chance to pick out a free pumpkin from the patch to take home. Visit weekends from 7pm to 9 pm for a jack-o-lantern trail and kid-friendly haunted house.
4. Painted Oaks Academy's Pumpkin & Ponies Festival 2015, Orlando
This festival on October 24th and 25th is going to be so much fun for the whole family. Not only will you be able to pick out the perfect pumpkin, there will be a ton of fall activities and local vendors to enhance the pumpkin picking experience.
5. Husander Farms Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton
Weekends in October, visitors can have a blast picking out their pumpkins at this Bradenton festival. There will be over 100 craft vendors, tons of food, music, shows, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, a corn maze, and much more!
6. Hydro Harvest Farms, Ruskin
It's free to visit this pumpkin patch in the Tampa Bay area, and it's open every day. For even more fun, visit on October 24th for the 9th annual Boofest. This free event will feature pumpkin painting, games and crafts.
7. Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze, Milton
The Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze takes place September 26th to November 1st. There are plenty of fun fall activities, like a corn maze, petting zoo and hay rides.
8. Cowart Ranch and Farms Maze Dayz, Bunnell
Weekends October through November 1st, Cowart Ranch and Farms will feature its Maze Dayz, where visitors can not only pick out their pumpkins, but also participate in all kinds of fall activities. There will be a corn maze, barrel train, farm animals and tons of fun and games!
9. Pumpkin Towne, South Florida (Jupiter, Stuart, Wellington)
For over a decade Pumpkin Towne has been bringing fall fun to several locations around South Florida. Besides the pumpkin patch, you can find seasonal products and decor, a bounce house, merry-go-round, and pumpkin carving.
Go out and pick the best pumpkin, everyone! Please share any other awesome pumpkin patches with us in the comments below, and post your best fall photos on our Facebook page!