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The Pickin’ Patch in Dunnellon grows pumpkins right on the farm. / contributed

We’ll admit it, when thinking of pumpkin patches, Florida isn’t the first place that comes to mind. While the rest of the country bundles up and admires colorful leaves and plunging temperatures, our sunny climate often keeps us in summer mode until after Halloween. But fear not, Floridians, because your favorite fall gourds are grown in the Sunshine State, and this year several farms have gone above and beyond to ensure we get into the traditional fall spirit. Nothing quite says “fall” like a farm-side pumpkin patch and tractor hayride – even if you’re in shorts and flip-flops.

We’ve rounded up the absolute best and most festive spots in Florida for finding that perfect Halloween pumpkin and indulging in a little fall fun (bring your children, who can pretend they’re searching for the Great Pumpkin in one of state’s own pumpkin patches)! Below, find our must-see spots across the state.

Must-See Pumpkin Patches in Florida

  • The Pickin’ Patch – Dunnellon: What makes The Pickin’ Patch so incredible and unique is that they actually grow the pumpkins right there on the farm. If you’re a Florida native, you know how rare (if not unheard of) it is to pick out and cut your Halloween pumpkin right off the vine. In addition to the U-Pick pumpkin patch, the farm also offers a corn maze, hayrides, children’s hay forts, and U-Pick flowers. For those living in or near Marion County, this spot is not to be missed! Admission to the patch is $3 (children younger than 3 get in free) and parking is free. [dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com]
  • Green Meadows Farm – Kissimmee (Osceola County): Year-round, Green Meadows Farm operates as a petting farm, offering children and adults the opportunity to interact with over 300 farm animals. In October, the farm transforms into a festive fall wonderland. Featuring a pumpkin patch, hay rides, jack-o-lantern-lighted walking trails, and a haunted house, this spot really has it all. The pumpkin patch and petting farm are open all month long, with the Halloween festivities running during the weekends. Admission is $21 for Florida residents (with discounted rates for children and seniors) and includes your pumpkin, access to the petting farm and all activities, and a two-hour interactive farm tour. [greenmeadowsfarm.com]
  • Husander Farms – Bradenton (Manatee County): Husander Farms, located on Florida’s west coast between Tampa and Sarasota, throws an over-the-top Pumpkin Festival every October. The fest takes place every weekend in October and features over 20 different events, including a pumpkin patch, live music, hayrides, a petting farm, pony rides, corn mazes, zip lines, food and drinks, and over 75 craft booths. Truly, there’s an activity (or three!) for everyone. Parking is $5, admission is $10 (children 12 or younger free). The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Year-round, the farm has a produce market where you can buy their homegrown produce, as well as U-Pick options. [hunsaderfarms.com]
  • Hydro Harvest Farms – Ruskin (Hillsborough County): This year-round hydroponic farm (seasonally offering lettuces, peppers, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, strawberries, and more) also hosts its own pumpkin patch all October long. The farm grounds are festively adorned in spooky decor, and the patch even boasts a picture-worthy 400-pound pumpkin! Access to the pumpkin patch and farm is free of charge, and you can also stop by their farm stand or take advantage of the U-Pick fruits and veggies while you’re there. [hydroharvestfarms.com]
  • Holland Farms – Milton (Santa Rosa County): If you’re in the Florida Panhandle, this quaint, family-run peanut farm is not to be missed. Snack on a complementary cup of boiled peanuts as you peruse the farm’s festive pumpkin patch with the family. A $10 wristband allows you one pumpkin and access to a number of farm activities, including hayrides, a petting farm, zip lines, the children’s playground, and a corn maze. The pumpkin patch is open seven days a week now through Nov. 5. [hollandfarmsonline.com]
  • Cowart Ranch and Farms – Bunnell: This Flagler County farm boasts a truly impressive array of Halloween and fall activities for the entire family. Every weekend in October, Cowart Ranch and Farms hosts its annual Maze Dayz Festival. Admission is $10 per person (children under 3 are free) and includes access to their elaborate and adventurous maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting farm, bounce house, evening bonfire, and much more. [cowartranchandfarms.com]
  • Pumpkin Towne – Palm Beach and Martin counties: This South Florida Halloween staple has locations in Wellington, Jupiter, and Jensen Beach. The festive fall outposts are open all October long and include pumpkin patches, in addition to numerous children’s activities and family photo opportunities. While you’re there, pick up any supplies you’ll need for pumpkin carving or fall decorating. Entry and parking are free, with an array of pumpkins for purchase. [pumpkintowne.com]
  • Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market – Boynton Beach (Palm Beach County): Bedner’s Market is a beloved staple in South Florida, offering fresh, local produce year-round. Come October, you can also find a pumpkin patch and an array of festive fall activities for the family. The pumpkin patch is open six days a week (closed Tuesdays), and each weekend in October, the farm hosts its annual Fall Festival. This family-friendly event is not to be missed, with activities including hayrides around the beautiful 80-acre, working farm; a corn maze; petting farm; pony rides; bounce house plus children’s playground and games; and delicious food (think homemade ice cream, fire-roasted corn on the cob, and award-winning BBQ). [bedners.com]
  • Painted Oaks Academy – Orlando (Orange County): Come October, this equestrian farm doubles as a festive fall outpost for families. Entry to the pumpkin patch is free, and you’ll find an array of pumpkins for sale (including a few Big Macs – the largest available in the county!). Make sure to stop by on a weekend, as the farm offers pony and hayrides for children. [paintedoaksacademy.com]
  • Fruitville Grove – Sarasota (Sarasota County): Fruitville Grove is a family-run farmer’s market offering locally grown produce year-round. Every October, they host their annual Pumpkin Festival that never fails to get folks in the fall spirit! The festival runs every weekend in October, and includes a pumpkin patch, pony rides, a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, pumpkin painting, petting farm, and live music. If you’re really feeling festive, make sure to stop by on a Saturday, as they host a costume contest every week at 1 p.m. Entry and parking is free, and each activity has its own set price (ranging from $2-$7). [fruitvillegrove.com]