By Sue Rodman
Halloween will be here before you know it. Time to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. Don’t just pick up a pumpkin on your weekly shopping trip, make it an event. Here are several pumpkin patches near Atlanta. If you’ve been to any of these, let us know what you think. If you have another favorite pumpkin patch near Atlanta, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list. For more Fall fun, try a Corn Maze Near Atlanta, Apple Picking Near Atlanta, Haunted Houses Near Atlanta or Ghost Tours.
Pumpkin Patches Near Atlanta
What: Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3565 Hwy, 155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770-954-9356
When: Pumpkin Patch opens Oct. 1, 2014, Weekdays 4 – 7 pm, Weekends 10 – 6 pm
Here’s a post I did on the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch. 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. New this year are the Bee House and Puppet Show. For older kids, on weekends they have a paintball hayride and zombie paintball hayride in the evenings.
What: Berry Patch Farms
Where: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA | 770-926-0561
When: Weekends Oct. 4 – 26, 2014 10 – 7 pm
Weekdays Oct. 13 – 31, 2013, 3:30 – 7 pm
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. There is a parking fee on the weekends.
What: Kinsey Family Farm
Where: 7170 Jot-em Down Rd., Gainesville | 770-887-6028
When: September 20 – Oct. 31, 2014,
Mon. – Fri. 9– 5 pm, Sat. and Sun. 9 – 6 pm
A family owned farm in Gainesville. They offer traditional pumpkins, as well as several decorative varieties. There is a concession stand with drinks and snacks and a picnic area if you’d like to bring a picnic. In addition to hayrides and feeding the fish, kids of all ages can also feed animals in the new animal pavilion.
What: Washington Farms
Where: 5671 Hog Mountain Rd. (Hwy 53), Watkinsville, GA | 706-769-0627
When: Sept. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014
Fri. 9 am – dark, Sat.10 am – dark, Sun., 1 – 6 pm
Nov. 7 & 8 are special flashlight nights from 6 – 11 pm
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. The price includes unlimited time at all of the activities except the Pumpkin Sling Shot and the Corn Cannon where you can pay $1 for three shots. There is no charge to visit the pumpkin patch, just pay for your pumpkins. Carving pumpkins are $.45 pound. Note: Washington Farms accepts cash and checks only.
What: Southern Belle Farms
Where: 1658 Turner Church Rd., McDonough, Ga. | 770-288-2582
When: Sept. 20 – Nov. 2, 2014, Sat. 10 – 10 pm and Sun. 1 – 6 pm
Southern Belle is a 200 acre working farm just outside Atlanta. 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. They also have a cotton field where kids can try their hand at pickin’ cotton.
What: Burt’s Farm
Where: 5 Burt’s Farm Rd., Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 | 706-265-3701
When: Sept. 1 – Oct. 30, 2014, 9-6 pm
Oct. 31 – Nov. 10, 2014, 9 – 5 pm
Pumpkins and hayrides, plus a farm store.
What: Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Where: Stone Mountain Park, Ga.
When: Sept. 26 – Oct. 26, 2014
Friday and Sunday 10:30 – 5 pm.
Saturday 10:30 – 7 pm with a Lasershow at 8 pm
Stone Mountain’s Pumpkin Festival is more like a theme park where you get pumpkins rather 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 where they cover you in slime – which was a huge hit with my then tweens.
What: Pettit Creek Farms
Where: 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville, Ga. | 770-386-8688
When: Sept. 1 – Nov. 2, 2014
Weekdays after 2 pm, Weekends Sat. 10 – 6 pm, Sun. 11 – 5 pm
Farm admission includes corn maze, hay ride, petting zoo and moonwalks. Pony and camel rides, as well as the Euro-Bungy are available on weekends for an additional fee.
What: Scottsdale Farms Nursery
Where: Alpharetta, GA, | 770-777-5875
When: Mid-Sept – Mid-Oct. Contact them for hours. Looks like it’s only on the weekends, but it could be just the extra activities on the weekends.
There are hay rides, face painting and of course, pumpkins. Scottsdale Farms is updating their site the end of September, so check there for the latest information on costs, activities and hours.
What: Old Freeman Family Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Where: 644 Scarboro Hwy., Cooperville, GA (Near Statesboro)
When: Sept. 27 – Nov. 9, 2014
Sat. 10 – 8 pm and Sun. 1 – 6 pm
In addition to pumpkins, Old Freeman’s has a Corn Maze that consists of approximately 5 acres of corn and is designed for the novice corn maze adventurer and challenging for the more hard-core enthusiast. You can also feed farm animals for an additional cost.