Best Bets for Fall Pumpkin Patches


While the season for native Seminole pumpkins has just ended, their iconic orange cousins are popping up in pumpkin patches all over Central Florida. Our favorites are packed with activities like jumping pillows, petting zoos and other fun family activities, eautiful backdrops are in store for family picture opportunities. Now that the summer heat is gone, plan for great festivals these patches are holding full of hay rides, confusing mazes, scrumptious fall treats and of course, pumpkins you can carve and use to make new treats you’ve been waiting all year to try!

St. John Evangelical Lutheran: This pumpkin patch located at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is a wonderland full of various sized pumpkins with cute photo ops waiting to happen. Pumpkin pies are also sold here and sometimes, the church even hosts a party with face painting, bungee jumping and more! 1600 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park; (407) 644-1783

Sanlando Pumpkin Patch: Fall decorations are as abundant as the pumpkins here! Come with your family and take gorgeous fall photos and let your kiddies run loose in the game area. On Saturday mornings, there’s a bake sale ready to inspire you into using your pumpkin for other reasons than carving. 1890 West State Road 434, Longwood; (407) 808-6129

Painted Oaks Academy: Get the full farm experience while you purchase pumpkins at this location where ponies run freely and chickens scurry around. Pony rides and a petting zoo are available, as are hay rides pulled by tractor. On Oct. 22nd and 23rd, the academy will host its yearly Pumpkin & Ponies festival supporting the Wounded Warriors project. 15100 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando; (407) 929-0970

Trinity Christian Academy: Head downtown for this pumpkin patch full of both family photo ops and special events. 2113 E South Street, Orlando; (407) 377-0810

Trinity Lutheran Church & School: Located in the heart of downtown and near Lake Eola, there are plenty of pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand. Hit it on a Sunday then head to swan lake for farmer’s market fun and fresh items to make delicious fall recipes. 123 East Livingston Street, Orlando; (407) 488-1919

Club Lake Plantation: Get lost in the maze at Apopka and celebrate the season at this plantation’s fall festival full of fun. There are tractor-pulled hay rides, kid zones packed with activities and games, and concession/refreshment stands for you to fuel up after you make it out of the maze.  3403 Rock Springs Road, Apopa; (407) 703-2707

Long & Scott Farms: Head to Mt. Dora for a day of fall fun at Long & Scott Farms where the pumpkins are abundant, mazes are intricate and fun is waiting. The farm also has a large jumping pillow, a 60-ft super slide and a large playground for various ages. On Oct. 29, they will host Fall-O-Ween so get spooky and wear your scariest costume! 26216 CR 448A, Mt. Dora; (352) 383-6900

photo by Kendra Lott

photo by Kendra Lott