It’s Fall! The breeze is cool and brisk, my sweatshirts and sweaters now fill my closet and the pumpkin farms are open for the season. Fall is my favorite season of the year, and one of our family traditions is to visit a pumpkin farm. There are many options for pumpkin farms in SE Wisconsin, and while I haven’t visited every farm on this list, I have made it to most.
The reason these farms made our list is that they offer a day out for the family, and it’s more than just picking out a pumpkin-because lets face it, if you are in a hurry the grocery store or your local farmers market will have a great variety of pumpkins and gourds. These pumpkin farms offer corn mazes, hayrides, apple picking and much more.
Apple Holler – This very popular and busy farm offers a variety of activities to keep your family busy. If you are looking for apple picking, hayrides, a small corn maze, a playground, pick your own pumpkins and much more, this is the place for you. Be prepared to wait in line if you are going on the weekend, and if you are there during the week, it is likely that a field trip of some sort will be happening.
Basse’s Taste of Country – If you are looking for a celebration, grab your kids and head to Basse’s Pumpkin Festival, offered weekends only, October 1st-23rd from 12-5pm. Your kids can enjoy a ride on the trackless train, a stroll through The Cat In The Hat Corn Maze, interact with clowns, enjoy a hay ride, pick out a pumpkin and even watch a few pumpkins fly through the air in the pumpkin blaster.
Bear Den Zoo - If you are looking for a different take on a pick your own pumpkin farm, take your family to the zoo where you can feed and pet some of the animals, and enjoy hay and pony rides. For the older children and adults, you can brave The Haunted Woods, open Sept.30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 (7:00pm to 11:00pm weather permitting).
Elegant Farmer – Home of the Apple Pie baked in a Paper Bag, the Autumn harvest of apples and pumpkins goes until October 29th and is sure to be a fun stop for your family. Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride, or vintage turn-of-the-century train ride before or after enjoying the bounty of food offerings in The Elegant Farmer’s Farm Kitchen, Bakery and Deli. Get messy making your own caramel apple or enjoy a BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, slices of pie a la mode and warm cider donuts and hot buttered apple cider.
Jim’s Pumpkin Farm – Boasting Indian corn, winter squash, straw bales, cornstalks, and already picked pumpkins of every shape and size, this pumpkin farm has it all. Enjoy a leisurely hayride through the enchanted woods to the u-pick pumpkin patch. Or find your way through a 4-1/2 acre corn maze, stuff your own scarecrow and watch your children play in the straw jumping area.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm - Featuring a corn maze, farm tours, hay rides, petting zoo and pumpkins, this farm also provides an area to have picnics with your family. This farm boasts bonfire areas that are available upon request and offer a great way to connect with your kids. Don’t forget to pack marshmallows and be sure to call ahead.
Land of the Giants – In addition to giant pumpkins for decoration, carving, and cooking your family will enjoy getting lost in the 9-acre corn maze, feeding goats, alpacas and miniature donkeys and taking a hayride army truck style on the weekends. This family-run farm is sure to meet your fall cravings.
Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm – This farm adventure includes a petting zoo, haunted cornfield, daytime haunted field, a bounce house, gift store and market. This grassy already picked pumpkin patch makes it easy for kids of all ages to pick out their favorite pumpkin.
Swan’s Pumpkin Farm – Your family will love corn city, the petting zoo, tractor drawn hayrides, barrel train rides, Swan’s Original Corn City Puppet Theater, Wanda’s Spook House, The Witch Hallow Maze, The Graveyard and of course your pick of thousands of pumpkins. With free admission, this is a farm we are trying out this year.