Most of us were quick to jump at the first mention of pumpkin spice lattes and seasonal ales, but let us not forget the basics—pumpkin patches. No matter how mild the fall weather may be, ‘tis the time for us to collect ALL THE PUMPKINS and board the hayrides.
There are plenty of family-friendly and affordable opportunities, so get out there and enjoy the autumn weekends with this handy pumpkin patch and hayride guide.
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12607 Old Ridge Road, Hanover
Sept. 27 to Oct. 31
A tractor transports you out to the field to pick pumpkin. There is also a Boo House, hay maze, tractor rides, donut shop (weekends) and gift shop.
Cost: Pumpkins run $3 to $20. All you can carry for $20. Free hayrides.
Open: Weekday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (starting Oct. 9)and Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last hayride at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
11374 Ashcake Road, Ashland
Phone: (804) 798-2280
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31
Get your pumpkins at this nursery, in addition to all your seasonal decoratives (straw bales, mums, kales, pansies, evergreens). Hayrides available on weekends.
Cost: Pumpkins are 45 cents. All you can carry, from the field for $20.
Open: Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
off of Rt 617 at North in Mathews County
Open weekends, through Oct. 31
Lots of family fun and an old time farm experience. Every weekend in October there are hayrides out to the field to choose your own pumpkin, tour the corn maze, check out the farm animals and face or pumpkin painting.
Treasure hunts, geocache and even scarecrow building (bring your own clothes). There will be sunset hayrides the last two weekends in October.
Cost: A $5.00 admission per person between the ages of 2 and 62, or use the family rate $15. Fee includes all farm activities.
Pumpkins and scarecrow making priced separately. Discounted admission to groups of 25+ and military families receive 50% off admission fees.
Open: Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
12204 Pinhook Road, Rockville
Open weekends through Sept. 20 to Oct. 26
Pumpkin patch, hayride, corn maze and tour the working horse farm.
Cost: $30 pick as many as you can carry and take 3 steps
Open: Every Saturday and Sunday till dark
2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield
Open Sept. 26-Oct. 31
Free tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, every 15 minutes. Also kids activities (some for a small fee) like train rides, hay-bale maze, face painting, moon bounce.
Visit website for prices and events.
Cost: Free entry, fee for some children’s activities. Pumpkins are .59 cent per pound. The maximum price for any pumpkin will be $39.99!!!!
Open: Fridays 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
26002 Pear Orchard Road, Moseley
Open weekends starting Sept. 19-Oct. 31
Seriously, tons of activities, games and animals for the kids. There’s no way anyone would be bored. See website for full list. Food onsite to enjoy.
Cost: Pumpkins cost .39 cents a pound. Admission/parking is free, some activities cost extra. Prices range from free to a $19 “Super Activity Pass” which includes zombie paintball, corn maze, gem mining. See website for complete details.
Open: Thursday/Friday 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
4506 Millers Lane, Richmond
Open daily though Oct. 31
Check out this spot for an “on the farm” family experience that comes with lots of seasonal activities like spooky house tours, straw bale maze, hayrides and lots of pumpkins. The fourth Annual Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Cost: General admission and parking are free. Pumpkins cost per pound.
Open: 8 a.m. to dusk
4150 Brookriver Drive, Glen Allen
Starting Oct. 3, and continuing on every Friday in Oct.
A free Halloween movie night for families in the outdoor hay bale theater. In addition to movie nights and hayrides, Tom Leonard’s has heaps of locally grown pumpkins, and also specialty pumpkins, gourds, fall squash, straw bales, and cornstalks.
Cost: Pumpkins are priced around $2.50 to $8.00
Open: Movies start at 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Oct. 10: Spongebob Halloween
Oct. 17: Disney’s Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Oct. 24: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
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