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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Lyon Family Farms (Taft, TN)
Located just over the Tennessee border, this farm is open on September 21. Regular hours are Wed-Fri 2-7 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, and Sun 1-6PM. On October 20th & 27th, the farm will be open ’til 9pm with fireworks at 8:30pm! It offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pillow bounce, monster slide, games, rat and pig races, and more. New for 2018 are flower fields and live weekend music. Save with Season Passes and Super Passes, starting at $22! (Pre-season ticket sales end on September 15th.)
Cost: Weekends: $12 pre-season/$14 gate; Weekdays: $10 pre-season/$12 gate; under 2 are FREE
Location: 130 Bellview Road, Taft, TN (map)
Phone: (931) 438-9938
More Info: www.lyonfamilyfarms.com | RCM Review
4D Farm (Cullman, AL)
Opening September 28, 4D Farm is open Thursday-Sunday afternoons throughout October; see full schedule of dates and hours online. 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, tire mountain, farm animals, 250ft ziplines, spider web and more. Available for an additional cost are Mechanical Bull Riding, Pony Rides, Corn Cannon, and Gemstone Mining. Save money with early bird pricing, Season Passes, and $5 Adventure Passes! (Early bird pricing ends on September 15th.)
Cost: Weekends: $12 early bird/$14 gate; Thursdays: $8 early bird/$10 gate; Fridays: $10 early bird/$12 gate; under 2 are FREE
Location: 7066 Co. Road 703, Cullman (map)
More Info: www.4dfamilyfarm.com | RCM Review
Down on the Farm (Rainesville)
Opening September 29, the new 2018 hours at this Rainsville farm will be Saturdays 10AM-9PM, and Sundays 10AM-6PM, and for field trips on Friday. 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 – plus pony hops, corn hole, a rope maze and more. Before you leave, shop their great gift shop full of fall decor and delicious edibles!
Gullion Farms (Somerville)
Guillon Farms is a 29-year-old working farm owned by Steve and Tammy Guillon. Open year-round for field trips and birthday parties, this farm boasts milking a cow, hay rides, petting zoo, fishing, sweet shop, pumpkin picking, and all of the fall fun your heart desires. They will be open to the public every Saturday in October from 10AM-4PM and as well as for scheduled field trips during the week. Lunch specials are also available, as well as night hay rides and campfire specials for groups.
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 and pumpkin cannons, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, honey from hives on the farm, Piper & Leaf tea, pre-picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, and more! Tate Farms is a great location for birthday parties, wedding and company parties, and school tours. Kids and adults alike love the jumping pillows, corn cribs, and fall photo opportunities! 2018 season opens on September 24. Hours are Monday-Friday 2PM-6PM; Saturdays 9AM-6PM.
Sand Mountain Corn Maze (Sardis City)
Now in its 10th year, visiting the Sand Mountain Corn Maze is a great way to experience some good old-fashioned country fall fun, including wagon rides, pumpkin picking, cow train rides, corn blasters, duck races, slides, corn pits, play barn, and a playground! Adults and older teens can take part in the Zombie Splatter Fridays through Sundays after dark, where players take can have some frightful fun taking a wagon ride through Zombieville with paintball guns. Opens September 22 at 10AM. Hours are Tues. and Thurs. 4PM – 9:30PM; Fri. 4PM – 10PM; Sat. 10AM – 11PM, and Sun. 1PM – 9PM.
Cost: $10-$18 (depending on package) | 2 and under are FREE
Location: 1/4 mile off Hwy 431 at 8420 Cox Gap Rd in Sardis City, AL.
McGee Farm (Florence)
Open September 29-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 and also feed the chickens, see baby goats, jump on the big pillow and pick cotton. They also have thousands of mums and a great selection of traditional fall decorations to select from at reasonable prices. They are celebrating their 19th year, so go out and have a visit! Open weekdays 3PM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sundays 1PM-5PM.
Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend (Huntsville Botanical Gardens)
The Scarecrow Festival at the Garden is a favorite fall event visited by over 60,000 guests each year! With weekend hayrides, a picturesque Pumpkin Patch, and, of course, our ever-popular Scarecrow Trail, nothing says family fun like fall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. This year, in honor of the Garden’s 30th birthday and to coincide with our Gardens of Myth exhibit (open now – October 31), the Garden has asked 30 artists, families, and businesses to create the best Scarecrow Trail ever with “Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend.” The 30 scarecrows will be displayed along the Dogwood Trail and Mathews Nature Trail. The Children’s Garden will also be decorated during October with its own display of mythical and magical scarecrows (created by schoolkids), pumpkins galore, and a fun exhibit in the BOO-terfly House the last weekend of the month! Other family activities include Weekend Hayrides, Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes, a Family Campout, and more. Bring your camera to capture the beauty of autumn in the Garden and don’t forget to visit the Pumpkin Patch for a family photo!
Cost: Scarecrow Trail is included with Garden membership or general admission ($9-$14, under 2 are FREE)
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza
Now in it’s 6th 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. 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. 13 at 9:30AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2:30PM
Cost: $20 for all passengers
Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville
Hooligan Hay Ride
Visit Insanity Skate Park this year for a fun, family-friendly hay ride! Hop aboard Mad Al’s Hooligan Hay Ride and see all the Halloween themed scenes and decorations throughout the Insanity Complex’s wooded field. Sit back and relax while you roast free marshmallows over the fire with your family and friends. (Other paid concessions will also be available.)
Date/Time(s): Oct. 19, 20, & 26 from 7pm-10pm
Cost: $1 each
Location: 100 Skate Park Dr, Madison
Phone: (256) 319-0000