Best of the Burgh: Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area
We’ve compiled the best pumpkin patches for fall fun.
Editor's Note: a version of this story first appeared on pittsburghmagazine.com in 2016. It has been updated, but please verify all information with the establishments before visiting.
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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 drinks from Aurochs Brewing Company, Arsenal Cider - Wexford, Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka and Arrowhead Wine Cellars.
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 kicks off Sept. 22 and runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 28, has no admission charge. A hayride and other activities cost just a few dollars, 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.
With the purchase of a wristband — $14 for children and $9 for adults — families can take a hayride, visit the various play areas or stop by Pumpkinland, the fall sweet shop, the scarecrow tent, the corn maze and the slingshot target area.
And of course, apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking.
Triple B Farms’ fall events run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. Weekday festival hours (4-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday) run Oct. 5-26, and limited weekday daylight activities run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 1.
Triple B Farms is located at 823 Berry Lane, Forward Township; 724/258-3557, triplebfarms.com.
Trax Farms has had a hayride and pumpkin patch for as long as they've had a fall festival, but a newer addition for those over 21 is Hops and Hayrides, which runs 4:30-7 p.m. every Wednesday night in October.
Hops and Hayrides lets adults purchase a 6-pack from the craft beer shop on-site and take it on the hayride to enjoy during a bonfire.
For those looking for fun for all ages, a hayride to a 3-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch is $10 for adults and $8 for children, with pumpkins weighed and sold separately. There are numerous other activities, including a train ride, free petting zoo, giant slides, a bouncy house and a rock climbing wall. Live music performers and food trucks are also on the schedule.
Trax boasts of its apple cider, so don't leave without some sort of apple-flavored treats such as hand-dipped caramel apples, hot and cold apple cider, apple cider slush or apple dumplings.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 29 to Oct. 28.
Trax Farms is located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville; 412/835-3246, traxfarms.com.
Busy on the weekends? Simmons Farm offers fall festivities every day of the week.
For $13, visitors can take a hayride to the activity area and participate in all activities; an additional $3 includes a pumpkin of any size from the pumpkin patch.
Fall activities include a tire maze, pumpkin corn hole, rubber duck races, an apple rock labyrinth, hay and corn mazes, and a human hamster wheel; additional weekend activities are also available.
Simmons Farm also offers apple and flower picking; for a cost, visitors can pick apples or create their own flower bouquets.
Hours are 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 was named the best in the nation in the 2016 USAToday's Reader's Choice Awards. This year, the maze's theme is “Heroes of the Corn,” with an outline depicting Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and more.
Admission is $12 and includes the corn maze, an indoor hay maze, a hay ride, 40-foot mountain slides, a barn yard board game, a 40-foot-tall jumping pad and a pedal tractor race track. For an additional cost, Coolspring has attractions such as a pumpkin blaster which shoots pumpkins at targets up to 1,000 feet away.
One newer feature is Coolspring's Trail of Fear, the haunted house version of the activities which runs 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Fall activities run from Sept. 21-Nov. 4. 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.