It’s almost Halloween and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a trip to an Ohio pumpkin patch.
We’ve visited pumpkin patches around Ohio over the years. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the season. And during our current COVID crisis, it’s an opportunity to visit with friends and family in the open air, at a safe social distance.
We have just over a week now to get those pumpkins on our porches and begin the carving process. If you’re looking for a great pumpkin patch experience, you can check out my four quick reviews below. If none are in your area, consider visiting the Ohio pick-your-own website. And ask around to friends and neighbors to find a popular patch in your area.
As we’re getting down to the wire, you may want to call ahead to confirm hours and availability of activities. If the pumpkin patch is open on weekdays, you might consider a visit through the week when the crowds should be considerably smaller.
Sharp Farms – Lancaster, Ohio
We’ve visited Sharp Farms a few times over the years. If you have younger children, they do have amenities including a petting zoo and a corn maze.
On our most recent trip, my oldest and I took a quick trip to pick out some pumpkins and gourds for the porch. Everything is ala carte, so there was no cover charge to get in and browse the pumpkins. Wagons were available at no charge to haul your kids around and then transport your purchase to the car.
They also had backdrop areas and props available for photos at no charge. It was a dog friendly location, so we posed our dog (appropriately named Pumpkin) for a few shots.
In addition to pumpkins and gourds, they offered locally sourced honey, cider, and pumpkin ice cream for purchase as well. More information is available on their site: Sharp Farms.
Ramseyer Farms – Wooster, Ohio
Ramseyer Farms is an amazing pumpkin patch and so much more. We’ve visited a few times and the first time I was amazed at all the activities that were offered.
I’ve checked their website (Ramseyer Farms) and it looks as if they are currently open Friday through Sunday. You will need to purchase your tickets through the website ahead of time because they are operating with limited capacity.
They had pedal go-cart rides, tunnel slides, several corn mazes, potato slingshots, a wagon ride, and so much more. I have to admit that my then teenagers had way too much fun playing in the corn bin.
Though it was crowded that day (back when we thought Corona was just beer), I don’t remember waiting in line long for any of the activities.
They offered food and souvenirs at the large barn which served as both entrance and exit. Food was available on site and restrooms were provided.
Dill’s Greenhouse – Canal Winchester, Ohio
Dill’s was a favorite for us when the girls were younger. Located conveniently, just off Route 33, Dill’s offers a great pumpkin patch experience for kids in the toddler through grade school age groups.
One advantage to visiting Dill’s is that many of the activities are housed in their large on-site greenhouse. It offers little ones protection from both wind and rain as they crawl in and out through bales of straw. Their are giant blow up decorations outside and tunnels and slides inside. The greenhouse provides ample lighting for moms and dads who want to snap some pictures as well.
After running of their energy in the greenhouse, Dill’s provides a wagon ride through the fields to a pumpkin patch of sorts. When we visited, the pumpkins were already picked which made it easy for little ones to “pick” their own pumpkin from those offered.
I believe there is a cover charge for the experience. However if you just wish to purchase pumpkins, they are available at the garden center. Check their website (Dill’s Greenhouse) or call before your visit.
Circle S Farms – Grove City, Ohio
Our oldest had just turned one on our first visit to Circle S Farms pumpkin patch in Grove City. I remember everything about that day, down to the little outfit she wore. (She’s 23 now!)
Over the years we visited with neighbor friends, cousins, and eventually her little sisters. My kids loved playing in the barn; climbing the bales to the top and riding down on the long yellow slides. They’ve enjoyed the petting zoo, corn maze, sunflower maze, and wagon ride.
After picking our pumpkins, we usually have a snack of powdered sugar donuts and apple cider. Though they sell other foods on site, this has become our tradition.
Like many of the other locations, they offer photo backdrops and props so you can get some pics of your family. They also have an out of commission tractor that my girls liked to pretend to drive.
Check their website (Circle S) before you go. It looks as if they are open through the week to groups of 10 or more (reservations required) and are also open weekends.
Consider adding a pumpkin patch visit to your family’s fall traditions. I know that we have lots of great memories and photos over the years from our visits.
And when you carve, don’t forget to save the seeds! I’ll be posting my recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds shortly. They make a great salty snack that you’re sure to enjoy!