FAMILY-FRIENDLY PUMPKIN PATCH GUIDE
See where you can pick the perfect pumpkins in our Pumpkin Patch Guide below. Learn more about these events and discover many other family outing ideas on our Events Calendar.
Charlottesville Area Pumpkin Patch Guide
Many would say it’s not fall until you pick the perfect pumpkin. Luckily, the Charlottesville area has plenty of local pumpkin patches to choose from, many of which host special events and festivals during the harvest season.
Back Home on the Farm, Harrisonburg
Celebrate the fall harvest with a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and even attend an old-fashioned country tea. There are also climbing walls and obstacle courses for the kids to enjoy.
Belvedere Plantation, Fredericksburg
The Fall Harvest Festival at Belevedere Plantation will take place September 17–November 7. Visitors can enjoy the Maize Maze, the pumpkin patch and 30+ other activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the entire farm is cashless this year.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze, Lovingston
This top-ranked corn maze moved from the greater D.C. area to the mountains of central Virginia this year! The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is hosting their Virginia Corn Maze Fall Festival Fridays–Sundays from September 24–November 6. The festival features a huge pumpkin patch, farm animals, an obstacle course and of course, a giant Virginia corn maze.
Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville
Pick out your pumpkin and pick your own apples at Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville’s staple fall destination. Top off the day with a hayride around the orchard—all in all, a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside.
Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet
Head west of Charlottesville to Crozet to pick your pumpkins at Chiles Peach Orchard’s scenic patch that happens to be at the base of the beautiful mountains. The orchard also has pick-your-own apples and a plethora of fall treats to enjoy.
Critzer Family Farm, Afton
This farm is a friendly, down-home setting, making it the perfect place for families to pick pumpkins and stock up on fresh vegetables from their farmer stand. They also just so happen to make fresh-churned ice cream with their farm-grown fruit. Enjoy fresh cider, pumpkins and mums this time of year.
Fruit Hill Orchard, Palmyra
Fruit Hill Orchard features two pumpkin patches, ensuring visitors will find the perfect one for them. The orchard also offers pick-your-open apples, and bonus–visitors can paint their own pumpkins or run their Apple Dash Obstacle Course!
Graves Mountain Farm, Syria
The Apple Harvest Festival at Graves Mountain Farm will take place the first three weekends in October this fall. Visitors can enjoy love music, hay rides, animals, fresh fall foods and of course, pumpkins and gourds.
Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset
Located just 30 minutes northeast of Charlottesville is this 33 acre fall corn maze–now the largest corn maze in the country! Liberty Mills Farm also features a farm market, an antique tractor collection, wagon rides and pick-your-own pumpkins.
Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch, Madison
This working family farm is home to 4 acres of pick-you-own pumpkin patch. While you’re there, enjoy a hayride and pick your own sunflowers. Sarah’s is open weekends in October, and Wednesday and Friday afternoons. https://www.sarahspumpkins.com/
Seamans’ Orchard, Tyro
Nestled at the foot of the mountains, this fourth generation farm opens their pumpkin patch for the entire month of October for all to enjoy.
Skeeter’s Maze Adventure at Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro
Join Skeeter and his friends on a trip through this 6 acre corn maze, and select the perfect pumpkin for your family while you’re there. Open October 1–23.
Round Hill Farm, Culpepper
Celebrate fall October 1–30 with hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a zip line, a super slide, farm animals and much more at Round Hill Farm.
Looking for more fall family fun? Check out our Family Event Round-Up: October in Charlottesville for more info on local events and fall festivals.
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