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 2016 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 10. 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. All guests visiting the farm in September and paying the regular $10 Admission will receive a Bounce Back Pass, good for a FREE return visit in October! And Bounce Pack Passes in October are only $5, which will get you one free admission to the farm.
4D Farm (Cullman, AL)
Opening September 26th the 2016 hours are Thursdays and Fridays 2PM-6PM, Saturdays 10AM-6PM, Sundays 1PM-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, tire mountain, farm animals, 200ft zipline, spider web and more. Available for an additional cost are pony rides, corn cannon, pumpkins and the Gemstone Mine. Purchase a Bounce Back Pass for $5.95 at your visit and come back to visit once more for free!
Down on the Farm (Rainesville)
Opening September 24th the 2016 hours at this Rainsville farm will be Fridays 4PM-9PM, Saturdays 10AM-9PM, and Sundays 10AM-6PM and field trips through the week. 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 a great gift shop full of fall decor and delicious edibles! New this year are a pony hops, corn hole, and rope maze.
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 can schedule 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 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. New for 2016, enjoy a new retail space called “Pumpkin & Leaf, Cafe and Collectibles,” featuring Piper and Leaf artisan brewed teas with local ingredients and a kid friendly shop; pedal cart tractors; and an extended petting animal area! Saturdays are popular at Tate Farms because special activities are added to the everyday fun, including face painting and the pumpkin cannon. Opens September 26th. 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 activities to be had at this giant corn maze. There is also a pumpkin patch, hay rides, play barn and pumpkin store! Opens September 17 at 10:00AM.
Cost: $8-$15 (depends on package you choose) | ages 2 and under FREE
Location: 1/4 mile off Hwy 431 on Cox Gap Road in Sardis City, AL.
McGee Farm (Florence)
Open September 19-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 to select from. They are celebrating their 19th year, so go out and have a visit!
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. This year it’s all about different community professions: policemen, firemen, doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists and so much more! Weekend hay rides add to the fun, as well as a sorghum maze for kids of all ages to explore.
Cost: Free with membership or admission ($8-$10, under 2 are FREE)
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza
Now in it’s third 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. 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. 15 at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM and 3 PM
Cost: $20 for all passengers
Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville
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