Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines Area

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Happy Fall! The air is crisp and the leaves are turning shades of yellow, red, and orange. Load up the family and head to one of the many pumpkin patches in Des Moines for a fun family activity!

Want to pick apples? Check out our guide to where to pick apples, here.

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Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines and Central Iowa

Berry Patch Farm

62785 280th Street, Nevada
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Features:

  • U-pick pumpkins, apples, and raspberries
  • Baked goods

Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge

Open: Every day 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $11.95 Monday – Friday; $15.95 Saturday and Sunday

Note: The corn pit is closed for the season due to COVID-19.

Features:

  • Hayrides
  • Train rides
  • Jumping pillows
  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkins and apples
  • And much more!

Geisler Farms

5251 NE 94th Avenue, Bondurant

Open: September 12th through October 25th. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission: $8 for ages 3 and up
Cash, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Cash preferred at concessions.

Features:

  • Corn maze
  • Hayride
  • Family fun zone
  • Pumpkin patch

Howell’s Pumpkin Patch

3145 Howell Court, Cumming
Open: September 12 – November 1 open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission (2 years & older): $11 per person

Features:

  • Old-fashioned wagon ride
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Corn Indy pedal go-carts
  • Pony rides
  • Kiddy korral with friendly farm animals
  • Duck races
  • Bonfires
  • Cafe and gift shop with homemade goodies

Iowa Orchard

9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale

Pumpkin patch open: open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. late September through Halloween

Family Fun Zone on weekends September 2 through October weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

School tours: Mid-September through Halloween: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: $5/person; no charge for ages 2 and under

Farm Fun Zone includes:

  • Hay bale slide
  • Corn box
  • Tire obstacle course
  • Face painting
  • Badminton
  • Horseshoe toss

The Pumpkin Ranch

2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset
Open: September 18 to October 31; Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

Admission: $7 on Friday; $9.50 on Saturday and Sunday. Includes all activities offered on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are free

Features:

  • Hayrack rides
  • Horseback rides
  • Corn maze
  • Zip lines
  • Tire tower
  • Climbing obstacles
  • Playground
  • Face painting
  • Professional photos
  • Jump pillow and jump pad
  • Tennis ball launchers
  • Concession stand
  • Pumpkins
  • Firepit reservations (for a fee)

Pumpkinville & Cornmaze

618 Center Ave S, Mitchelville
Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Features: 

  • Straw train
  • Tug-a-pumpkin
  • Corn granary
  • Straw jump
  • Big and mini corn maze (there is a fee to do the mazes)

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

5987 NE 88th Street, Altoona
Open: Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free

Features:

  • Natural growing practices
  • Pumpkins
  • U-pick apples and already picked
  • Raspberries
  • Pumpkin patch, pick in the field
  • Pumpkin patch – already gathered from the field
  • Honey from hives on the farm
  • Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)

Wills Family Orchard

33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel

Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Follow their Facebook page for details on which apples are ripe

2020 Apple & Pumpkin Fest Weekends – Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.
September 19 & 20
September 26 & 27
October 3 & 4
October 10 & 11
October 17 & 18
October 24 & 25

Admission: no fee for the pumpkin patch and farm store. Festival weekends are $7 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.

Features:

  • U-pick pumpkins
  • Corn maze
  • Wagon rides
  • Barnyard
  • Apple picking
  • A shop full of delicious treats

Find more ideas for family-friendly fall activities around Des Moines.

What are your favorite fall family traditions?

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