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 20. Regular hours are Wed-Fri 1-7 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, and Sun 1-6PM. 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 $24!
Cost: Weekends: $10 pre-season/$15 gate; Weekdays: $8 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.
Down on the Farm (Rainesville, AL)
Opening September 21, the 2019 hours at this Rainsville farm will be Saturdays 10AM-8PM, and Sundays 10AM-6PM, and for field trips Monday-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, AL)
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, AL)
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! Kids and adults alike love the jumping pillows, corn cribs, and fall photo opportunities! 2019 season opens on September 23. Hours are Monday-Friday 2PM-6PM; Saturdays 9AM-6PM.
Sand Mountain Corn Maze (Sardis City, AL)
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 21 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 28-October 31, is now in its 23rd year of opening the family farm for visitors to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin. Visitors have a choice of picking their orange treasure straight off the vine from the pumpkin patch or from a pile that have been pre-picked. Along with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, visitors are treated to farm-life activities such as playing in hay, taking a scenic tractor-drawn wagon ride, a barnyard bounce and feeding chickens as well as shopping for fall decor such as straw bales, gourds, and mums. Enjoy a bite to eat or take a treat home from The Kitchen at McGee Farm. Open weekdays 3PM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sundays 1PM-5PM.
Scarecrow Trail (Huntsville Botanical Gardens)
Nothing says family fun like fall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! In addition to our ever-popular Scarecrow Trail, we’ve got weekend hayrides, a corn maze, Scarecrow Trail night hikes, BOOtanica, and lots of other fun ways to celebrate the season. Bring your camera to capture the beauty of autumn in the Garden and don’t forget to visit the Pumpkin Display for a family photo during the month of October!
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
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. 12 at 9:30AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2:30PM
Cost: $20 for all passengers
Location: 694 Chase Road, Huntsville
Website: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com | Facebook
The kid-friendly Hartwood Estate in Hartselle opens each fall with both no-scare and traditionally scary haunted house experiences, plus they offer plenty of pumpkins for sale (while supplies last) and hay rack rides.
Date/Time: Pumpkins for sale throughout October, Mon-Thurs 3-6pm and Fri-Sun 10am-8pm
Cost: Pumpkin prices vary | $5 admission to No Scare Haunted Barn | $5 Hay Rack Rides | $10 Scary Haunted Barn Admission
Location: Hartwood Estate, Hartselle (map)
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