Pumpkin Patch Fun Near Birmingham
It’s October and a Birmingham Mom’s rite of passage… the family trip to the pumpkin patch. Here are nearby farms that provide a wide range of fall festival activities and tips that might help you avoid some of our mistakes.
Old Baker Farm located in Harpersville, Alabama. This is a low-key environment where you can simply pick your pumpkin unless you visit during their Cotton Pickin’ Festival on October 23rd-24th. While crowded, the festival goes beyond the moonwalks and face painting by introducing your children to Native American dancing, historical reenactments and a local arts & crafts festival.
Critter Creek Farm is located about 25 miles southwest of Birmingham toward Tuscaloosa. It has a large playground for toddlers, mini-golf, hayrides and a petting zoo. The pumpkin farm might be secondary, but don’t vegetables always lose out to live critters?
The Great Pumpkin Patch in Hayden, Alabama basically turns into a harvest circus for your children. The Great Pumpkin Patch has moonwalks, face painting, trampolines, a petting zoo, local entertainment and a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch. If you can swing a weekday visit to avoid the crowds, you can save a few dollars on reduced tickets and enjoy much more time on the moonwalks.
The Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch in Clanton, Alabama transforms into a kiddie pumpkin park. This large farm has a moonwalk area, petting zoo, pony rides, tractor rides and a pumpkin patch. During the week, many school groups visit this farm so you might call ahead to check the schedule before planning a weekday trip with your family.
Bennett Farms in Heflin, Alabama (halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta) provides entertainment and pumpkins. This is a new farm that we have not visited but we will. Based on the website, the owner seems to have a deep interest in farming a variety of fall crops. The pricing is very reasonable.
Faye Whittemore Farm located in Jasper, Alabama. At $10/person (includes all activities) this may be the best bargain for pumpkin patches near Birmingham. They also have a moonwalk, hay bale maze, face painting and more.
- Shoes (no crocs/flip flops) – it is a farm.
- Dress appropriately – the fickle October sun can be uncomfortably warm or disappear behind cool gray clouds, so prepare.
- Don’t pick huge pumpkins. You will end up lugging both yours and your kid’s.
- Have fun! Indulge in your yearning for a momentary connection to the farm-life, then snap out of it and return to your familiar sidewalk and fenced yard. Your kids will be exhausted and you will have a pumpkin for your front porch (and your next family adventure – carving the pumpkin).