Ah, fall. It’s the season of chilly, crisp air, bright-colored leaves, Halloween … and, of course, pumpkins. As you enjoyed the warmth of summer, farmers all around the Pittsburgh area were busy minding their pumpkin patches, making sure they had a bountiful crop this year. No matter if you are traveling to the north, south, east, or west of Pittsburgh, you’ll discover there’s always a farm with your ideal pumpkin that is waiting for you. Many even provide hay rides to their pumpkin patch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a farm’s entrance fee also covers the cost of the pumpkin you select — it doesn’t, the pumpkin is an extra charge. Most of these patches are more than just pumpkin patches — the sites are a blast of enjoyable fall activities! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best pumpkin patches in the area.
Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm (open September through October)
How many people can say they have seen buffalo while choosing a pumpkin? Not many of you, we bet! If you would like something unique and a bit adventurous, then take a drive to Edinboro to explore this two-acre pumpkin patch. You and your family will enjoy a hay maze, petting zoo, cornstalk maze, and even wagon rides all over the farm. View their website for more details.
Cheeseman Farm (open September 23rd - October 29th)
For $4.00 per person, you can catch a hay ride to the pumpkin patch in Portersville and pick your pumpkin. That’s a pretty convenient way to get there, don’t you think? Your selected pumpkin will be brought back to Betsy’s Barn and weighed to figure the cost. Take the family for a fun day filled with fall activities like a hay jump, a hay maze, hay tunnels for your little tots to crawl in and out of, and a petting zoo. After sunset, teens and adults can pay a little extra to get a scare from the Cheeseman Fright Farm that’s open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; kids under 12 can enter but only with an adult.
Triple B Farms (open on October weekends, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Just 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, alongside the Monongahela River, you’ll find this farm market. They’ve got an abundance of pumpkins of all sizes and shapes here—even painted ones! But that’s not all. When you come to this farm you’ll also enjoy fun activities like a rope maze, petting zoo, cornstalk maze, Storybook Pumpkinland, hay rides, duck derby races, Observation Beehive, Jumping Pillows (new this year) and much more. A wristband will give you entry to the plethora of fun things and costs $8 for kids and $13 for adults.
Soergel Orchards (open on October weekends, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
There are all sorts of fun activities to take part in when you venture to this farm in Wexford. Picking your own pumpkin is just half of the fun! There are pony rides, a duck pond, horse-drawn carriage rides, a cornstalk maze, a wood carver, hay rides, a balloon chase, and more. Plus, there is a ton of savory food to enjoy such as the Back 40 BBQ. There’s even something more for the adults too — wine tasting at Arrowhead Winery!
Hozak Farms (open in October)
The Clinton, PA, farm hosts pumpkin picking weekdays from 2 - 6 .pm. and admittance is free. Come back on the weekends and you will find more to do than enthusiastically perusing a pumpkin patch! There’s pumpkin painting, face painting, concessions, hay rides through the scenic woods, pony rides, and other fun interests that everyone will love.