Break out the pumpkin spice and watch the leaves start to come down — it’s (almost) fall, y’all! Fall means pumpkins, outdoor festivals, and hay rides, and you’ll have a nearly endless number of options to explore in and around Birmingham. Get out your calendar and make a day of picking a pumpkin at one of these Birmingham Pumpkin Patches. Be sure to verify operating hours and days before going as details are changing, and where possible, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
Birmingham Pumpkin Patches
The Great Pumpkin Patch
The Great Pumpkin Patch is located in Hayden. Hayden is about a 35-minute drive from downtown Birmingham, so this is a fun day trip for your whole family. Admission to the Great Pumpkin Patch is free; you just pay for each activity you decide to do. They have inflatables, a covered wagon ride (with or without pumpkin picking), a petting zoo, and more! They are open daily from September 23rd until November 5th.
The Penton Farms Pumpkin Patch in Verbena offers a variety of activities including a five-acre corn maze, corn pit, wagon rides, super slides, hamster wheels, and more! This, plus a pumpkin, is all included in the admission price. Additional activities and concessions are available for purchase as well. The pumpkin patch will open sometime in September. Check their Facebook page for days and operating hours.
Old Baker Farm
Old Baker Farm in Harpersville is often a field trip spot for kids in our area, and they have a great pumpkin patch, too. Kids love climbing on their hay bale maze and riding behind the tractor to the patch. Admission to Old Baker Farm includes a pumpkin and all events except food, arts and crafts, and horseback rides. The pumpkin patch will be open Wednesday to Sunday from September 30th until October 31st.
Griffin Farm of West Blocton
Griffin Farm of West Blocton, about an hour west of Birmingham, opens their pumpkin season on October 1st and continues the fall fun each weekend in October. There is an admission fee per person ages two and up, but there is so much included: bouncy houses, swings, slides, a hayride, and more! They also have a zip line and a rock climbing wall, and the first climb or ride is included in the admission price.
4D Farm in Cullman is another fun option. The admission price (which is cheaper on weekdays) gets you into the farm to see and do just about everything. Slides, a cow train, hay ride, and more are all included in your admission. Pumpkins, pony rides, the corn canon, and gemstone mining are an additional charge. The drive time and cost are worth it because of the great experience! Fall opening day at 4D Farm is September 30th.
The Patch at Helena Hollow opens Saturday, October 1st, and runs every Friday through Sunday in October. The admission fee is for all people over the age of two. However, Friday tickets are cheaper, and you can purchase group tickets that include a pumpkin! Admission includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins can be picked and purchased for an additional charge), a petting zoo, slides, a climbing wall, swings, and more!
Hidden Rivers Farms
Hidden Rivers Farms in Hartselle might be a little further to drive, but when you go, you’ll find not only pumpkins but also a maze, nature trails, and a game day viewing area! Get your pumpkin fix without missing any of our beloved college football. They are open for the fall season from September 22nd through October 29th. You can go play Fridays from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., and weekends from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Weekend day passes can be purchased at the gate but you can purchase tickets online in advance. Children two and under get in free.
The Winnataska Pumpkin Patch
Head to Camp Winnataska in Pell City the weekend of October 14th and 15th for its annual pumpkin patch days. You’ll find games, s’mores, hayrides, and, of course, pumpkins, all in a perfect camp setting. Hours of operation are not listed but follow them on Facebook or Instagram for updates.
Junction at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is once again offering its traditional annual pumpkin patch event, Pumpkin Junction, the first three weekends in October. Gather up the entire family and board the Calera and Shelby Railroad for a short ride to Pumpkin Junction, where you can purchase a pumpkin, enjoy lunch or snacks from food vendors, play games, and more. Children under age two ride free of charge in an adult’s lap. Order your tickets in advance online.
Once you’re ready to recreate the above photo or carve your pumpkin, don’t forget to grab the right supplies! Or, you can go the less-messy route and just decorate them with paint and stickers (like this kit)!