It seems the second the weather drops below 70 degrees, fall is in full effect with pumpkin spice everything and caramel apples. The quintessential autumn activity is spending a crisp fall afternoon at a pumpkin patch, picking the perfect one to adorn your porch.
Here are three pumpkin patches in Hamilton County, Indiana where you can get your fall fix with friends and family.
Sept. 26 - Oct. 31, 2020
Weekdays: 12 - 4 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Russell Family has owned and operated Russell Farms in Noblesville for more than 50 years, and as part of their annual fall festival, they make it their mission to educate guests about agriculture and farm life. At Russell Farms, you can find hayrides, two scavenger hunt corn mazes, miniature golf, a farm animal petting zoo and a play area for the kids.
Admission on weekdays is $10 and admission on weekends is $12. Children two years and younger are free. Veterans, active military members, and those over age 65 cost $8. Admission includes unlimited activities. Pumpkins are an additional charge.
There is no admission charge for anyone wanting to purchase pre-picked pumpkins, straw, fall decorations or shop in the Country Store.
If you want to pick the perfect pumpkin without all the hubbub of activities like other attractions, head to Spencer Farm in Noblesville. There are hayrides out to the pumpkin patch on the weekends, but other than that, the experience is up to you. Dig your own mum or visit the farm store to find pre-picked pumpkins and mums, corn, gourds and sweet treats like fudge.
There are no entry fees or parking fees.
Adults can enjoy a glass of wine or charcuterie board at Spencer Farm Winery, located in a restored farmhouse on the property.
Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill
Harvest Festival is each weekend from Sept. 12 - Oct. 25, 2020.
At Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill in Sheridan, you can get your pumpkin and apple fix at once. Stroll through the 4,000 trees to pick from 27 varieties of apples, and grab the perfect pumpkin in the 15-acre pumpkin patch. Inside the Country Market, watch cider pressed in front of your eyes and shop in-season Indiana produce, honey, jams and more. Don’t leave without a box of apple cider donuts, either.
Admission is $12.50 per person and children under the age of two are free. Parking is free, and admission includes unlimited wagon rides, and access to Adventure Acres, the corn maze and popular Pig Races. Apple canons are $5 for 10 shots.
New in 2020, guests can purchase a picnic lunch with basket and blanket to enjoy on the property.