When it comes to celebrating fall in the Tennessee Valley, locals know that the many area pumpkin patches and corn mazes hold the most bang for your hard earned family buck. Here you’ll find several that are within driving distance and each offers something just a little different but they are all a whole lot of fun.
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To get the full 411 about all that is happening in and around the Tennessee Valley this fall including information on Fall Break Camps, Trick/Trunk or Treating options, Halloween Parties, and more then mosey on over to the full 2014 Fall Activity Guide. Then be sure to share the scoop with your friends so you’ll see familiar faces when you are out and about this fall season.
Lyon Family Farms (Taft, TN)
Located just over the Tennessee border, this farm is open on September 20. Hours are Wed-Fri 2-7 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, and Sun 1-6PM. It offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, and advertises that it has the area’s only 2400 SQ FT Pillow Bounce.
4D Farm (Cullman, AL)
Opening September 27th the 2014 hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 2-6PM and Saturdays from 10AM-6PM. Come on down and enjoy the jumping pillow, cow train, two story play barn, walk through the maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, 80 ft slide, farm animals, pig races, rubber duck races, sand pit, Hippity Hop Horses, tire mountain, and spider web.
Down on the Farm (Rainesville)
Opening September 20th the 2014 hours at this Rainsville farm will be Tuesday-Thursday from 4-8PM, Fridays 4-9PM, Saturdays 10AM-9PM, and Sundays 10AM-6PM. Activities include a corn maze, pumpkin painting, hayrides, a simulated milking cow, lots of playground fun for the little ones and a farm animal petting zoo.
Tate Farms (Meridianville)
Pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, straw or hay bale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours. Opens September 22nd. Hours are Monday-Friday 2PM-6PM; Saturdays 9AM-6PM.
Sand Mountain Corn Maze (Sardis City)
Corn Blasters, Duck Races and Cow Train rides are just some of the family fun to be had at this giant corn maze. There is also a pumpkin patch, hay rides, play barn and pumpkin store. Opens Sept. 20 at 10:00AM.
Cost: $9-$15 (depends on package you choose)
Location: 1/4 mile off Hwy 431 on Cox Gap Road in Sardis City, AL.
McGee Farm (Florence)
Open September 13-October 31, this family farm advertises itself as “Country Atmosphere” and the owners encourage you to “sit under our big oak and listen to the country sounds.” Take a 20-30 minute trip to the real pumpkin patch where you can see and pick small and large pumpkins right off the vine. Children an also feed the chickens, see baby goats, and pick cotton. They also have thousands of Mums to select from. Pumpkin prices start at 3/$1.00, large pumpkins $.30/pound.
Scarecrow Trail (Huntsville Botanical Gardens)
Over 50 Scarecrows are placed throughout the Garden along with awesome hay bale art. Walk through the Garden and see all the great creations, now through October 31st. Weekend hay rides add to the fun and this year there is also a sorghum maze for kids of all ages to explore.
Cost: Free with membership or admission
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza
Now in it’s second year, this train is sure to be a fun day for the whole family! An alternative to the traditional pumpkin patch, the North Alabama Railroad Museum is combining the thrill of picking a pumpkin with the excitement of a train ride! Riders will be allowed to disembark from the train at Normal and enter a punkin’ patch (pumpkins provided by McGee Farms). The children will be allowed to select a pumpkin (included in the price of their ticket) and take it back to Chase on the train and then home.
Date/Time(s): Saturday, Oct. 11 at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM and 3 PM
Cost: $15 for all passengers
Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".