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Help a Mom: Favorite pumpkin patches

Posted September 10, 2013

Families return from the pumpkin patch at Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville on October 15, 2011.

We launched our Fall Fun and Halloween Guide earlier this week. It includes all kinds of pumpkin patches across the region - popular spots for families to take their kids for hay rides, corn mazes and more.

I've been to a few, but I plan to make it out to more this fall with my kids and for posts here on Go Ask Mom. Where are your family's favorites? Are there spots that cater perfectly to little kids? Are there others that keep older kids engaged? 

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  • hsiflee Sep 11, 2013

    wildponee...Gross farm? R U serious? Think about it.

  • hsiflee Sep 11, 2013

    Did the big bad WRAL Gestapo filter take my post off or was that you Sarah? I suggested Peter's Pumpkin Patch, Paula's Pumpkin Patch and Pepi's Pumkin Patch...Geez, I wish u people would take me seriously!

  • gonesunning Sep 11, 2013

    Gross Farms south of Sanford, great family fun!!

  • mrsgaskill Sep 11, 2013

    Vollmer Farm is the best by far! Free playground is nice, but can be very crowded. Also, the hay wagon will take you around the farm for free - you don't have to get off at the back 40 and pay to play back there. Hill Ridge is ok. but the pumpkins are trucked in and placed in a field for you to pick up. Also pretty pricey!

  • PartyOfSix Sep 11, 2013

    I really prefer Ganyard Farms to Hill Ridge for a more laid back, "authentic" farm experience. We've gone several years in a row and never been disappointed.

  • shall6 Sep 11, 2013

    From my inbox: Page farms has the best prices by far. Something like $7 or so and you get access to the maze, the swings, the hay slides/climbing, hayride and pumpkin!


  • kimmyb0519 Sep 11, 2013

    Vollmer Farm is great! You can just pick your own pumpkin, or go and pay to have the back 40 experience. We just do the pumpkin picking and play on the free playground. Their ice cream is FABULOUS as well! Hands down the best butter pecan I've ever had!

  • wildponee Sep 11, 2013

    Gross farm in Sanford. Not too overpriced, pick our own pumpkin, tons of activities for all ages, bring our own picnic or buy it there. Even FRIENDLY doggie family members welcome. Love this place!

  • cspain Sep 11, 2013

    Hoping for some great suggestions as we went to Hill Ridge last year and it cost an arm and leg for entrance, my daughter not even one yet and other too old for some of the activities plus were only really there for a pumpkin. I just want the good ole fashion pick your pumpkin experience, we do not need all the bells and whistles at this point.

  • edmustian Sep 10, 2013

    Hill ridge Farms in Youngsville is great. Ride on a hay ride to the patch and pick your pumpkin. There's also a petting zoo and playground.