Who is craving a stroll through a corn maze and warm mug of apple cider right about now? Here are five of the best patches and fall festivals in Arizona for plucking a prized pumpkin and savoring a day of fun with the family.
Note the safety measures in place at each pumpkin patch before attending.
Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, with some closures
Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze in Mesa offers fall fun for every family member, with attractions like pedal race cars, a giant spider web, an extreme air pillow, a well-stocked pumpkin patch and its epic five-acre corn maze. Visitors will select their timed entry window and purchase their ticket online. $12 per person; ages 2 years and under are free.
Sept. 26 through Oct. 31
With 47 acres to roam, there is plenty of space for social distancing at Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert. Guests can wander Brooke’s Pumpkin Patch (there are options up to 500 pounds!), check out the farm animals and a take a turn at Alexander’s Adventure Maze, which even the littles can enjoy. Masks are required in the boutique and on the hayride. $10 per person.
Oct. 1 through Nov. 1
The award-winning Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms celebrates its 23rd year in Queen Creek. Farm favorites include vintage amusement rides, a roller coaster, zip lines, four- and 10-cre corn mazes, hayrides, a petting zoo, bonfires, country line dancing and more, in addition to its pumpkin patch. Advance no-contact online ticketing is encouraged, and limited daily guest counts have all been added to this year’s event. Every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designated Grandparents Morning for vulnerable guests. Masks are required by all farm visitors during this time. $23 per person.
Weekends Sept. 26 through Oct. 31
Apple Annie’s Orchard is a treasure in Willcox and its Fall Pumpkin Celebration gives families the chance to get out of the Valley for a spell. Hop on a hayride, check out the 12.5-acre, 600,000-stalk corn maze and pluck the perfect pumpkin. And don’t skip the gorgeous sunflower fields for a can’t-miss photo opp. Tickets are purchased based on activity.
Sept. 18 through Nov. 1
The Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze at Dewey’s Mortimer Farms is a longtime favorite with hayrides, a ropes course, giant slides, farm animals and a massive pick-your-own pumpkin patch full of gourds of all shapes and sizes. Be sure to stop by the country store for fresh-baked goods to round out your next autumn feast. At this time, purchase tickets online prior to attendance; online ticket sales close 24 hours in advance. From $10 per person.