Now that fall is finally falling in Nebraska, you might be looking for some fun activities for the family. The classic – and always fun – choice is piling everyone into the car and heading to the pumpkin patch. Some patches only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but many of them add some extra special activities to make your visit unforgettable. Visit these Nebraska pumpkin patches (listed in alphabetical order) this fall for a super-fun day.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City
Although it's best known for its apples, Arbor Day Farm doesn't forget about the orange side of fall. The no-scare fun here includes hayrack rides, a corn maze, beautiful pumpkins, and absolutely delicious food.
2. Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, Papillion
A Wild West-themed ghost town is one of the main attractions during fall at Bellevue Berry Farm. A spooky forest, hayrack ride, corn maze, zip lines, and the Ranch of Terror will keep the whole family busy all day.
3. Bloom Where You're Planted Farm, Avoca
Open weekends September 26 - October 31 in 2015, Bloom Where You're Planted Farm has a huge corn box (like a sandbox with corn instead of sand), hayrack rides, a family-size tire swing, agricultural exhibits, and farm animals in addition to pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds.
4. Country Harvest Pumpkin Patch, Glenvil
Located near Hastings, Country Harvest is a relaxing experience that the whole family will love. From the pick-your-own pumpkin prairie to the huge slide, jump pillows, and the Prairie Golf Course, this is a super-fun place to spend a day.
5. Fanny's Fruit Farm, Gurley
Fanny's is positively packed with fun fall activities like a 2.5-acre pumpkin patch, pedal kart course, corn maze, barrel trains, a glitter tattoo parlor, and of course, a gift shop full of delicious treats.
6. Fox Seasonal Farms, Broken Bow
Before you choose your own pumpkin to take home at Fox Seasonal Farms, you can spend the day flying on the zip line, digging in the corn box, playing in the hay jump, and making your way through the corn maze.
7. Grandpa's Punkinberry Patch, Atlanta
The little village of Atlanta is home to Grandpa's Punkinberry Patch which opens for the 2015 season on September 26th. The pumpkin patch is accompanied by face painting, a corn maze, a straw bale maze, bouncy houses, delicious snacks and plenty more awesome family activities.
8. Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch, Oakland
This family farm features plenty of chances to find your perfect pumpkin as well as some serious fun. Enjoy the kiddie roller coasters, ziplines, jumping pillows, three-acre corn maze, and lots more on your visit.
9. Helgoth's Pumpkin Patch, St. Libory
Open weekends in 2015 from September 19 to October 25, Helgoth's has so many fun activities you'll have to be careful not to forget the pumpkins! Spend time trying to find your way through the five-acre corn maze, riding the train (or a pony!), petting the animals, enjoying the zip line and bouncing on the big jumping pillows.
10. Hillside Orchard, Ceresco
Hillside Orchard grows a ton of specialty and heirloom pumpkins, and the grounds are filled with all kinds of kid-friendly fun. A corn box, corn maze, tire mountain, and tractor trike track - along with wagon rides and a bounce house on the weekends - all make for a ton of family fun.
11. J's Jack-o-Lanterns, Cozad
For a very reasonable $5 per person (free for kids 2 and under), you can take advantage of great activities like the Treasure Tank, pumpkin slingshot, tree house jump, goat feeding, and temporary tattoos. Then, pick your own pumpkin to take home for Halloween!
12. JK's Pumpkin Patch, Lincoln
Designed as affordable fall family fun, the $8 admission fee includes a pumpkin of any size. The entry fee also includes access to non-stop fun like a jumping pillow, three-acre corn maze, rubber duckie races, corn box, and much more.
13. Poppy's Pumpkin Patch, Norfolk
This family business has been a fun family destination since 1999. It's grown by leaps and bounds and now includes a zipline, a big slide, a pig race, a petting zoo, pony rides, hayrack rides, and much, much more. Pick out your own pumpkin to top off your day of fun.
14. The Prairie Fire/Eagle Radio Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patch and Hay Maze, Golden Spike Tower, North Platte
Every year, the grounds of the Golden Spike Tower become a two-acre pumpkin patch and one-acre corn maze. For the entire month of October, you can enjoy hayrack rides, a petting zoo, Fun Jumpz, and lots of other exciting family activities.
15. Roca Berry Farm, Roca
This 180-acre farm features a 30-acre pumpkin patch and lots of family activities to keep everyone busy. An 80-foot slide, tree house town, huge playground, corn maze, and straw jumping pile are just a few of the fantastic activities you'll find at Roca Berry Farm.
16. The Scarecrow Patch, St. Libory
A wide variety of activities will keep you and the family busy and entertained all day at The Scarecrow Patch. Enjoy the petting zoo, straw fort, zip lines, Jumpin Pumpkin bounce pillow, scarecrow fort, corn maze and more before taking a hayrack ride out to the field to choose your perfect pumpkin.
17. Skinny Bones, Blair
Skinny Bones is so fun it's scary! Their 10-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins are enough reason to visit, but then there are also the giant jump pillow, hayrack rides, Nerf Gun War Zone (soooo fun!), mad cow ride, petting zoo, House of Mystery, and so much much to do.
18. Vala's Pumpkin Patch, Gretna
Vala's is a massive attraction with more than 50 awesome activities for all ages. There's delicious food around every turn and enough fun to keep you busy from opening time to closing time.
19. Wenninghoff Farm, Omaha
In business for more than 50 years, Wenninghoff Farm emphasizes the fun and relaxing part of harvest time rather than a scary or gory Halloween. You can enjoy lots of games, a corn maze, hayrack rides, animals - and don't forget the perfect pumpkins!
What’s your favorite pumpkin patch to visit in the fall? Let us know in the comments.