Few things represent Fall quite like the pumpkin.
Whether you're eating them, carving them, or decorating with them, pumpkins are a staple of any Fall weather celebration. So if you're going to be keeping your pumpkins around all season, why would you settle for just any old pumpkin you could grab from a box at Walmart? There's no fun in that - you need to head to a true pumpkin patch! Now is the best time to experience the pleasantly crisp temperatures, clear skies, and beautiful changing leaves exclusive to this season, and a pumpkin patch is arguably one of the best places to do just that.
Check our our list of the 7 places to pick pumpkins in Lexington KY below!
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As the name suggests, this festival is all about picking a perfect pumpkin! No matter what shape, size, or color you need, Baldwin Farms is certain to have the one you're looking for. After you've picked your pumpkin, there's also a free decorating station where you can transform your pumpkin into any sort of design you could possibly think of. In addition, Baldwin Farms is offering many more Fall festivities like a hay maze, pony rides, fresh produce for sale, and their farm restaurant, the Rolling Bistro.
Location: 1113 Tates Creek Rd, Richmond, KY 40475
Dates: September 23 - October 31
Hours: 11AM - 7PM Daily
At Bi-Water Farm, you'll find everything you could need to start prepping for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Their traditional pumpkin patch is one of the first ones in the Lexington area to open up to the public, making it ideal if you want to start snatching up the best pumpkins early. There's also a corn maze, haunted house, and petting zoo, as well as some more unique attractions like a 60-foot slide, zip line, paintball, and miniature golf. Not to mention, there's tons of delicious food and fresh produce that you would expect at a farm, including homemade fudge, fresh-picked fruits and veggies, jams, and jellies!
Location: 877 Cincinnati Rd, Georgetown KY 40324
Admission: $10. 2 years and younger are free.
Dates: September - October
Hours: Fri – Saturday: 9AM – 9PM; Sun: noon - 7PM; Mon - Thurs: 9AM – 6PM
If you're hunting for the best varieties of pumpkins, Botanica is the place to go. Here, they're offering both white and orange pumpkins in every size imaginable - from so small they can fit in the palm of your hand to too large to carry by yourself. They've also got tons of gourds in many shapes and colors. After you've picked your pumpkin or gourd, head over to the greenhouse to take advantage of the free decorating station, Other Fall Festival activities at Botanica include a corn maze, garden shop, petting zoo, and kid's play areas.
Location: 6327 Old Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40515-9730
Dates: September 24 - October 31
Hours: Tues - Sat: 11AM-6PM; Sun: 1PM-6PM
Boyd's is one of the best places to go if you're looking for activities to do in addition to the pumpkin patch. Throughout the months of September and October, they've got events going on every weekend that celebrate a different aspect of Fall, beginning with an Apple Days Festival and ending in a Harvest Festival. Each of these unique festivals includes hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, playgrounds, a 90-foot slide, 3-story tree house and more!
Location: 1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
Admission: $12 kids, $8 adults
Dates: Weekends September 10 - October 23
Hours: Saturday 9:30 am - 7 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 7 pm
Evans Orchard is another local farm that will be offering a huge pumpkin patch as a part of their Fall Festival this year. If you've tried some of the smaller farm stands and patches but haven't quite found the pumpkin you're looking for, it's quite possible that Evans, as one of the largest farms on this list, has it. In addition to pumpkins, you can also find everything else definitively Fall here - fresh cooked kettle corn, a corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, train rides and more! While you're there, also be sure to check out the Farm Market, where you can buy fresh produce, baked goods, and homemade cider. And if you get hungry, there's always the Sweet Apple Café and Bakery, a quaint restaurant serving up farm-fresh sandwiches, pies, and ice cream.
Location: 198 STONE ROAD, GEORGETOWN, KY 40324
Admission: $8 per child (Play Area and Barnyard). Adults free with children's admission.
Dates: Weekends September 17 - October 31
Hours: Sat: 9:30AM - 6PM; Sun: noon - 6PM
Devine's might be best known for the corn maze, but their pumpkin patch is worth a visit too! They've got all shapes and sizes, perfect for your baking, cooking, carving, or decoration needs. As for the corn maze, this year's design is a depiction of the 2016 Presidential Election, with plenty of winding paths and turns to make getting out a fun challenge. That's not all though, Devine's also features a kids' corn maze, hay maze, straw crawl, petting area, café, and nightly bonfire with free marshmallow roasting. For those looking for a bit more adventure than typical Fall Festival fare, consider trying out the 600ft zip line, or come during Halloween weekend to see the corn maze transformed into a "Field of Horror!"
Location: 623 Talmage Mayo Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Admission: $10 (13 years & up), $8 (5-12 years), free for 4 years & under
Dates: Weekends September 9 - October 2
Hours: Fri: 6PM - 10PM; Sat: 10AM - 10 PM; Sunday: 1PM - 5PM
This one's technically not in Lexington, but it's worth the drive to Frankfort. For 20 years, this family farm has been specializing in pumpkins, meaning they have all year to grow some of the biggest and greatest pumpkins around. Take a hay ride and pick your own pumpkin from their multi-acre pumpkin patch or simply pick one from the farm stand.
Location: 966 Hickman Hill Rd, Frankfort
Dates: September - October
Hours: Mon - Sat: 9AM to 6PM; Sunday: 2PM to 6PM
Which pumpkin patch will you be heading to this year? This is just a small list of our favorites; there's plenty of other opportunities for picking pumpkins throughout the area. As such an easily recognizable icon of the Fall season, there's certainly no shortage of pumpkins to be found in the months of September and October!