CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Axios Charlotte) - It’s time to start visiting pumpkin patches around the Charlotte area to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern.
Hours change based on weather and day of the week at some of these, so check before heading out. Many also offer hours and prices for schools and other groups during the week.
Truist Field Pumpkin Patch: On Saturday, Oct. 15, Truist Field in Uptown is turning into a patch with thousands of pumpkins for sale ($10 for small, $20 for large). The event runs 10am-4pm. Reserve your spot here.
Spend an entire day at Hall Family Farm by roaming through the 7-acre corn maze, going pumpkin picking, hopping on the musical hayride and eating apple cider doughnuts by a bonfire. They’re open now for the fall season.
Location: 445 West Rebound Rd., Lancaster
Hours: 9am-6pm Sunday; closed Monday-Tuesday; 11am-6pm Wednesday-Thursday; 9am-10pm Friday-Saturday
Cost: Admission is free but here’s a breakdown of other costs:
- Pumpkins are 70 cents per pound
- Hayrides are $3.50 (2 and under are free)
- Corn maze is $10, kids’ corn maze is $3
- Bonfire is $75 for four hours
- Playground is free
This farm is great for parents looking to keep their kiddos of any age occupied for a few hours. There’s a corn maze that changes its design every year, a play area, bonfires, wagon rides and an animal barn.
- The fall season runs Sept. 23 to Nov. 6
Location: 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe
Hours: 6-11pm Friday; 11am-11pm Saturday; 1-6pm Sunday
Cost: Admission is $10 for kids and $12 for adults. Pumpkins and food are available for extra cost.
About an hour outside of Charlotte, Bush-N-Vine Farm has a cafe with blueberry and apple cider donuts, slushies and hot dogs, plus U-pick pumpkins and a one-mile walking trail.
- The fall season runs now through Oct. 31.
Location: 1650 Filbert Highway, York
Hours: Sept. 25 to Oct. 31; Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Details.
Cost: Pumpkins under five pounds are for $1.15 per pound, and pumpkins over five pounds are 69 cents per pound. Admission is free.
This Mooresville family farm has U-pick pumpkins by day, and transforms into haunted attraction Scarrigan Farms by night. Apple cider donuts and apple cider slushies are available from the food truck Saturday-Sunday.
- U-pick begins Oct. 1
Location: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville
- Reservations are required. Make yours here.
Cost: $14 for admission (includes a pumpkin from the patch). They accept cash or check only.
Cherry Place Farm’s October festival allows visitors to go on self-guided tours of the farm which has a 2-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals, kids’ activities and free popcorn.
- U-pick runs every weekend in October.
Location: 1922 Oakdale Rd., Rock Hill, South Carolina
Hours: 10am-6pm on Saturdays and 1-6pm on Sundays
Cost: Admission is $10 per person (free for ages 2 and under) and pumpkins are $9 apiece.
Go on a Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventure complete with access to the patch, a 4-ounce apple cider slushie, a pumpkin seed tasting, an apple cider demonstration and a hayride through the orchard, plus a $3 credit toward a pumpkin. They also have costume contests and pumpkin decorating.
- Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventures are every weekend in October.
Location: 506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd., Ramseur
Hours: 9am-3pm Saturday 1-3pm Sunday
Cost: The adventure is $17.95 per person; free for kids 2 and under.
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, Patterson Farm has a corn maze, a playground, a corn pit and other kid-friendly fall attractions.
- Fall activities and pumpkin picking are open now to Nov. 5.
Location: 10390 Caldwell Rd., Mount Ulla
Hours: Noon t0 5pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on weekends.
Cost: Admission to the patch if free and pumpkins are priced by the pound. Access to the other fall farm activities costs $16 a person online or $19 at the gate (children under 2 are free).
Admission to the farm includes pumpkin picking, an 8-acre corn maze and more than 40 (!) other attractions. You can do a haunted corn maze after dark on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Festivities run now through Oct. 30
Location: 120 Broadway Dr., Shelby
Hours: 4-10 pm Fridays; 10am-10pm Saturday; 2-8pm Sunday (patch closes at 7pm Friday-Saturday)
Cost: Admission is $13 and includes the corn maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch plus four activity tickets. Pumpkins are priced by size.
What could be better than eating pizza and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Wise Acres also has a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train.
- The fall season runs now through Nov. 6.
- Reservations are required. You can make them here.
Location: 4701 Hartis Rd., Indian Trail
Hours: Time vary. The farm is open Thursday-Sunday, with pizza available select days.
Cost: Admission is $3 per person (without pizza) or $28 for two pizzas plus $3 per person admission. Pumpkins are priced per pound, and other actives cost extra.
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