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Des Moines Pumpkin Patch and Orchard Guide

Des Moines pumpkin patch orchard guide

Raise your hand if you love fall! We can’t get enough of pumpkins, hayrack rides, bonfires, and apples. Head to a local orchard or pumpkin patch and start a family tradition.

Looking for other things to do this fall? Don’t miss our Ultimate Fall Bucket List!

Here’s a list of our favorite places to get pumpkins and enjoy the season in Des Moines and Central Iowa.

Berry Patch Farm

62785 280th Street, Nevada
Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Features:

  • hay ride
  • U-pick pumpkins, apples, and raspberries
  • baked goods

Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge
Open: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $9.95 Monday – Friday; $12.95 Saturday and Sunday

Features:

  • hay rides
  • train rides
  • jumping pillows
  • corn maze
  • pumpkins and apples
  • super slides
  • and much more!

Geisler Farms

5251 NE 94th Avenue, Bondurant
Open: Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Admission: ages 3 and up

  • Option A: Corn Maze, Fun Zone & Hayride: $8
  • Option B: Fun Zone & Hayride (2 and younger free): $5

Cash, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Cash preferred at concessions.

Features:

  • corn maze
  • hayride
  • family fun zone
  • pumpkin patch

Howell’s Pumpkin Patch

3145 Howell Court, Cumming
Open: September 10–October 31 open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission (24 months & older): $10 per person

Features:

  • old-fashioned wagon ride
  • pumpkin patch
  • corn maze
  • Corn Indy pedal go carts
  • pony rides
  • kiddy korral with friendly farm animals
  • duck races
  • bonfires
  • cafe and gift shop with homemade goodies

Iowa Orchard

9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale
Open: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Family Fun Weekends September 23 – November 5: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tours: September 11 – November 5: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $4/person or $15 for a family of 4; $3 for additional family members; no charge for ages 2 and under

Farm Fun Zone includes:

  • hay bale slide
  • corn box
  • tire obstacle course
  • face painting
  • badminton
  • horseshoe toss
  • award-winning apples and baked goods (for purchase)

North River Adventures

2768 Hwy 65/69, Carlisle, Iowa
Open: September 30–October 29; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: 21 acres of Maze & Jumping Pillow: $11
Jumping Pillow Only: $5
Kids 3 and Under: Free
Free to come purchase Pumpkins, Gourds, & Mums
Credit Cards Accepted – MasterCard, Visa, Discover

Features: 

  • corn maze
  • jumping pillow and kid’s zipline 
  • pumpkin patch
  • games and family activities
  • picnic tables and campfire rings available for rent

The Pumpkin Ranch

2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset
Opens September 22, Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 a.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: $9/person on Saturdays and Sundays; $7/person on Fridays. Includes all activities offered on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are free

Features:

  • hayrack rides
  • horseback rides
  • corn maze
  • zip lines
  • tire tower
  • climbing obstacles
  • playground
  • face painting
  • professional photos
  • jump pillow and jump pad
  • tennis ball launchers
  • concession stand
  • pumpkins
  • fire pit reservations (for a fee)

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

5987 Ne 88th Street, Altoona
Open: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Features:

  • natural growing practices
  • pumpkins
  • U-pick apples and already picked
  • pumpkin patch – pick in the field
  • pumpkin patch – already gathered from the field
  • honey from hives on the farm
  • cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)

Williamson’s Pumpkin Paradise

4012 62nd Avenue, Ankeny
Opens September 30, Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (through October 31)
Payment: Cash only

Features:

  • pumpkin patch
  • pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand
  • train rides
  • straw or hay bale maze
  • tractor-pulled hay rides
  • wagon rides
  • fresh eggs
  • U-pick and already picked, concessions / refreshment stand
  • porta-potties
  • petting zoo and farm animals
  • birthday parties
  • school tours

Wills Family Orchard

33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel
Open September 23 – October 14, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free. Hay rides and other events have a fee

Features:

  • U-pick pumpkins
  • corn maze
  • barnyard
  • apple picking
  • a shop full of delicious treats

Find more ideas for family friendly fall activities in this round up.

What are your favorite fall family traditions?

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