Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite Halloween activities was visiting one of the many Louisville pumpkin patches and taking a hay ride. The hay ride takes you out into the fields where you can pick the best pumpkin for that year's jack-o-lantern. Plus, not only will you be able to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve, many farms also host other fall celebrations and family attractions. With fresh produce to purchase, festivals to attend, animals to visit and mazes to explore, why not gather the family for some autumn fun and head to a local pumpkin patch at one of these Top 5 Area Farms.
Not in the mood to carve a pumpkin or worried about using carving tools around a little one? No worries, you can also purchase painted pumpkins at the following farms. Or, be creative. Get out your art supplies and paint those pumpkins yourself!
Whether you're continuing a childhood tradition or starting a new one with your own family, you'll be able to find the perfect pumpkin this year at one of these Louisville pumpkin patches. If you are still looking for autumn things to do after this article, here are more ideas for Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes.
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Probably the most popular local destination for pumpkin picking, a visit to Huber's Farm in the fall is a family tradition for many Louisvillians. Fall activities at Huber's Farm include hay rides, pumpkin picking, finding your way through a corn maze, visiting and feeding animals at the petting zoo, and more. Add apple cider, pumpkin pie, caramel apples, and home-cooked food from Joe Huber's Restaurant, and you'll soon feel like you're in heaven.
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Your eyes are not deceiving you... there are two Huber farms! If you are meeting family or friends at Huber Farm, be sure to be clear about which one. A main difference is in the name, one has a winery while Joe Huber's Family Farm is not in the wine business. But Huber's Orchard & Winery is not only for adults, it is a destination for family fun too. A short walk from the produce stand—past the Koi pond—is Family Farm Park. There is an admission fee, but families will make use of those dollars spent while playing on pedal cars, in a mini golf putting area, hiking through a corn maze, a rope maze AND a bamboo maze. Plus there are mammoth slides, playground equipment and more.
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If you want to stay on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, you can still experience the family fun of Huber's Farm. Instead of driving to Indiana, check out Sunny Acres Farm in J-town this year instead. All the classic things will be there, too. Pumpkins, corn stalks, straw, gourds, and yummy baked goods are available at Sunny Acres Farm during the fall.
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Top 20 Fall Festivals
This lis is a range of fall festivals. Some are art fairs, other are Halloween festivities. But there are pumpkin things listed, too. Think ColorFest at Bernheim Forest full of music, food, crafts, and pumpkin painting. Plus, there is the MS Pumpkin Derby, a family-friendly event at Louisville Slugger Field to help raise awareness about the disease Multiple Sclerosis. The highlight of the event is the Pumpkin Derby, a race of handcrafted, decorated pumpkin racers.
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While the things listed on the FREE Halloween Events page are not pumpkin patches, there are more ideas for fall fun. Plus, you can't beat the price, these activities are free, ideal for families on a budget. Attend the Halloween parade or visit a story time, all with a autumn, Halloween theme.
Note: Jessica Elliott's article was edited by a current expert in November, 2016.