Fall is here and that means it is time to pick the perfect pumpkin! Head out to one of these Austin-area pumpkin patches for a day of family-friendly activities and pumpkin picking, of course! You’ll find farms with tractor rides, corn mazes, pumpkin cannons and loads of other fall activities. Read on for the best pumpkin patches near Austin for kids.

photo: Barton Hill Farms via flickr

Barton Hill Farms
We love this spot because it has tons to of activities all spread out over the massive property so there’s plenty to explore. Enjoy scenic views of the Colorado River while playing backyard games or sitting in a large wooden swing under the Cottonwood trees. Then try your luck at the fishing pond or get your face painted by a pro. The pumpkins are a-plenty at this gorgeous spot!

1115 Farm to Market 969
Bastrop, TX
Online: bartonhillfarms.com

Evergreen Farms
This spot is most well known for its Christmas trees but it’s also a happening spot during pumpkin season. Visit on the weekends in October and you’ll find a wagon ride into the Christmas tree field where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees! The Evergreen Farms authentic pumper fire truck will again be at the Pumpkin Hunt this year. The truck will stop on the ride and demonstrate how the hoses and pumps work as well as sounding the sirens along the way.

242 Monkey Rd.
Elgin, TX
Online: evergreen-farms.com

Crowe’s Nest Farm
Every Saturday in October brings Fall Farm Days to the Crowe’s Nest Farm. This 100-acre working farm is filled with hundreds of domestic farm animals and a wide, ever-growing array of Texas wildlife, gardens and educational exhibits. Other activities include raptor shows, snake shows, live music and lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, bread and hand-crafted gifts.

10300 Taylor Lane
Manor, TX
Online: crowesnestfarm.org

photo: Aden S. via yelp

Sweet Berry Farms
Closed on Wednesdays, come out any other day of the week during the fall season for some family fun! There’s no parking or admission fee, just pay for what you want to try out like the candy corn kid maze, scarecrow stuffing and pumpkin painting. In addition to pumpkin picking, you can pick your own flowers here.

1801 FM 1980
Marble Falls, TX
Online: sweetberryfarm.com

The Jersey Barnyard
This 100-year old four-generation farm is nestled in the rolling hills of south central Texas among many beautiful oak trees. Every Saturday in October you can enjoy free pumpkin painting from 10 a.m.-noon with a pumpkin purchase. Families can also take a tour of the farm which includes feeding animals, milking a cow and a hay ride.

3117 State Hwy 159
La Grange, TX
Online: texasjersey.com

Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays you can head to this pumpkin patch and pick your favorite whether it is itty bitty or a great big jack-o’-lantern size. Enjoy a hay ride and then take a jump in the corn bin. Pumpkin painting and a petting zoo are also available.

4625 TX-29
Bertram, TX
Online: facebook.com

—Kate Loweth

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