October means it’s time to pick a pumpkin for Halloween. Instead of just adding another item to your grocery cart, make going to get a pumpkin a field trip to remember. Here are several places to pick pumpkins near Atlanta. In addition, most places that have corn mazes in Atlanta also have pumpkins, so check out the post I did on Corn Mazes in Atlanta last year. We’ll update it later this month. If you know other great places to pick a pumpkin or visit a corn maze, let us know and we’ll add it.
What: Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3565 Hwy, 155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281, 770-954-9356
When: Pumpkin Patch opens Oct. 1, 2011, Weekdays 4 – 7 pm, Weekends 9 – 6 pm
Cost: Admission begins at $6 per person. Additional activities are $1 – $3. Kids in costumes are free on Wed. from 4 – 7 pm
Here’s a post I did on the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch last year. You can pick your pumpkins off the vine here, but call first to make sure they still have some on the vine. (sometimes pick your own pumpkin just means, choose from the array we have lying around, so if actually picking it off the vine is what you want, make sure before you go that the establishment you are visiting doesn’t just lay the pumpkins out.) In addition to pumpkins, enjoy a jumping pillow, petting zoo, Halloween hayride, crazy maze and a science center.
What: Berry Patch Farms
Where: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA, 770-926-0561
When: Weekends Oct. 1 – 30, 2011 10 – 7 pm
Weekdays Oct. 17 – 28, 2011, 3:30 – 7 pm
Cost: Free (pumpkins for purchase) They only accept cash and checks. So stop by the ATM before going.
Parking: On weekends is $2
Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, get some apple cider, homemade pie and other fall treats. There is a playground and baby farm animals.
What: Scottsdale Farms Nursery
Where: Alpharetta, GA, 770-777-5875
When: Contact them for hours. Looks like it’s only on the weekends, but it could be just the extra activities on the weekends.
Cost: Free (pumpkins for purchase)
There are hay rides, face painting and of course, pumpkins.
What: Kinsey Family Farm
Where: 7170 Jot-em Down Rd., Gainesville 770-887-6028
When: September 24 – Oct. 31, 2011, Monday – Friday 8 – 5 pm, Sat. 9 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Hayrides are $2 per person. Fish food $1
A family owned farm in Gainesville. Hayrides, apple cannons, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. For more, visit Forsyth County, GA for Families blog post on Kinsey Family Farm.
What: Washington Farms
Where: Watkinsville, GA, 706-769-0627
When: Sept. 30 – Nov. 12, 2011 (closed on Mondays) Tues – Fri. 3-7 pm, Sat. 9 – dark, Sun., 1 – 6 pm
Cost: No charge to pick a pumpkin (.45 lb to purchase), $8 for 4 and under, $12 for 5 and up (includes farm activities and corn maze) Evening corn maze is $10. (Includes Vortex Tunnel, Jumping Pillow and a Hayride)
Activities include a cow train ride, pig races (might just go for this), hayride, corn cannon, tunnel slide, playscape, petting farm, pumpkin launcher, PVC slide, corn box and sand box, duck races, tricycle track, pedal carts, vortex tunnel and a jumping pillow.
What: Southern Belle Farms
Where: McDonough, Ga. 770-288-2582
When: Sept. 17 – Nov. 6, 2011, Sat. 10 – 10 pm and Sun. 1 – 6 pm
Cost: $12 per person 3 and older, $10 per person 65+, 2 and under FREE
Farm admission includes cornfield maze, hayride, cow train, corn cannon, jumping pillow, racing pedal carts, giant tunnel slide, kiddie korral, corn box, duck races, barnyard animals and goat walk, pig races at Oinker Stadium.
What: Burt’s Farm
Where: 5 Burt’s Farm Rd., Dawsonville, Ga. 30534, 706-265-3701
When: Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2011, 9-6 pm
Oct. 31 – Nov. 10, 2011, 8 – 5 pm
Cost: $5 for adults, $ 4 kids 12 and under, Under 12 months FREE
Pumpkins and hayrides, plus a farm store.
What: Pettite Creek Farms
Where: 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville, Ga. 770-386-8688
When: Sept. 24- Nov. 6, 2011
Cost: Call for information
According to a FTWS reader who went here last year, they had a hayride where you could feed camels, a petting zoo and a bounce house.
What: Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Where: Stone Mountain Park, Ga.
When: Sept. 30 – Oct. 30 (Friday – Sunday) 10 – 5 Friday and Sunday. 10 – 7 pm with a Lasershow at 8 pm on Saturday
Cost: $27 adults, $21 children 3 – 11. $10 parking. Specials available including $7 off at Kroger
Stone Mountain’s Pumpkin Festival is more like a theme park where you can get pumpkins than a pumpkin patch. However, it looked like a lot of fun, especially the Pumpkin Palooza which sounds an awful lot like the family game show we participated in at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando – including what sounds like their version of slime!