Best of the Burgh: Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area
We’ve compiled the best pumpkin patches for fall family fun.
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While all fall festivals will have acres of farmland and likely hundreds of round, orange pumpkins, Soergel Orchards stands out for the amazing food you can fill up on after you hop off the hayride.
Soergels boasts two large food areas, the Back 40 Barbeque with smoked food such as pulled pork and roasted corn and the larger Food Barn with gourmet burgers and macaroni and cheese, to name just a few items. There's also an ice cream shop, bakery, organic market and vendors selling Arsenal Cider and Arrowhead wine.
For fall fun, visitors can take a hayride to a pumpkin patch on top of a hill, and then ride back down with their purchased pumpkins to see the bouncy house, pony rides and a straw tunnel.
The orchards’ fall festival, which runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30, has no admission charge. A hayride runs $2, games and activities run $1-$3, and pumpkins for purchase are weighed by the pound.
Soergel Orchards is located at 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford; 724/935-1743, soergels.com.
Triple B Farms.
Triple B Farms stands out for creating activities that are perfect for both kids and adults.
After paying for a wristband — $13 for children and $8 for adults — families can take a hayride to the play area, where there are giant inflatables, a “mildly scary” haunted house and a slingshot where parents and children can aim at targets.
You can also head over to Storybook Pumpkinland, where Triple B Farms has more than 250 pumpkins decorated as nursery rhyme or children’s movie characters on display for children or the child-at-heart.
And of course, apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking (for an additional price).
Triple B Farms’ fall events run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30. The farm is open from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Triple B Farms is located at 823 Berry Lane, Forward Township; 724/258-3557, triplebfarms.com.
Trax Farms has always had a hayride and pumpkin patch, but this year, for those over 21, Trax Farms will be having an event called Hops and Hayrides every Wednesday night in October.
Hops and Hayrides lets adults purchase a 6-pack from the craft beer shop and take it on the hayride to enjoy during a bonfire from 4:30-7 p.m. Arsenal cider is also sold to adults on weekends.
For those looking for fun for all ages, a hayride to the pumpkin patch is $8 for adults and $6 for children, with pumpkins weighed and sold separately. There’s also a free petting zoo and pony rides for $5, as well as a rock wall, bungee jump and other kid-friendly activities.
On Oct. 29 and 30, Trax Farms is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest where carved pumpkins can be dropped off for judging and more than $750 in prizes will be awarded.
Trax claims the Best Apple Cider in Pittsburgh, and visitors should not leave without some sort of apple-flavored treats. Trax Farms sells hand-dipped caramel apples, hot and cold apple cider, apple cider slush, apple dumplings and more.
Trax Farms is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October.
Trax Farms is located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville; 412/835-3246, traxfarms.com.
Busy on weekend days? Simmons Farm is the only farm on our list offering fall festivities every day of the week.
For $11.50, visitors can take a hayride to the activity area and participate in all activities, and for an additional $3 or a total of $14.50, visitors can do the hayride, participate in activities and go home with a pumpkin of any size from the pumpkin patch.
Activities include a corn maze, a corn box — a sandbox made out of corn for the kids — a jungle gym made out of tractor tires, human hamster wheels (at an additional cost), and more.
On weekends, there is also fair food available and a butterfly house.Simmons Farm also has apple and flower picking; for separate costs, visitors to the farm can pick apples or create their own flower bouquets.
Simmons Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday through the first weekend in November.
Simmons Farm is located at 170 Simmons Road, McMurray; 724/941-1490, simmonsfarm.com.
Coolspring Corn Maze.
As the name suggests, Coolspring Corn Maze is known not for its pumpkin patches, but for its Corn Maze, which USA Today recently named the No. 1 corn maze in the nation. This year, the theme is “Westward Go” — Coolspring’s playful take on Pokemon Go.
It costs $9.95 for access to the corn maze, hayrides, pedal tractors and other fall activities. For an additional cost, Coolspring has attractions such as mechanical bull rides, pony rides and a pumpkin blaster which shoots pumpkins at targets up to 1,000 feet away.
Also, in keeping with the corn maze’s theme, Pikachu may be walking around and available for pictures during your visit.
For those who visit Coolspring’s pumpkin patch, small pumpkins can be picked for $5 and large pumpkins can be picked for $10, but the person who finds and picks the largest pumpkin of their hayride group gets their pumpkin for only $5.
Coolspring Corn Maze runs from Sept. 9-Nov. 6. Hours are 4-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Coolspring Corn Maze is located at 537 Franklin Road, Mercer; 724/699-3221, coolspringmaze.com.