As the golden hues of fall descend, a cherished tradition unfolds across America – pumpkin picking! Yet, while countless families flock to their usual spots each year, many remain oblivious to the treasures that lie just a short drive away. For example, many Nutmeggers may not be aware that Lyman Orchards has been around longer than the United States of America—279 years! And is still owned and operated by descendants of the original Lyman family pioneers.
FamilyDestinationsGuide.com therefore surveyed 3,000 families, asking them to rate their favorite pumpkin picking spots so that others can know about them too.
When Georgia residents were quizzed on their pumpkin patch preferences, these three locales emerged as the top contenders:
#1 Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville.
Get ready for a pumpkin-picking adventure like no other at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville, Georgia! Started on September 16, 2023, and running until November 12, 2023, this delightful destination offers a pumpkin-picking experience you won’t want to miss. You can visit from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays through Thursdays, or if you’re looking for a bit of nighttime excitement, the pumpkin patch stays open until 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost of picking your very own pumpkin is just $5 each, and while there is a $17 admission fee, little ones under 4 years old get in for free. But that’s not all – besides pumpkin picking, Uncle Shuck’s offers a corn maze, jumping pillow, tire mountain, gem mining, and even a haunted trail, making it the ultimate fall destination for families and thrill-seekers alike.
#2 Kinsey Family Farm, Gainesville.
Pumpkin picking season here is in full swing from October 1st to 31st, welcoming visitors from 8 am to 5 pm, regardless of the weather. With admission priced at just $10 for adults, $7 for kids aged 3-12, and free for those under 2, the farm offers an array of delightful experiences for all. Your admission grants access to the sprawling pumpkin patch, exciting hayrides, intricate corn maze, a friendly petting zoo, and a playground for the little ones. Choose from a diverse selection of pumpkins, ranging from classic orange to unique white, green, and even blue varieties. Besides pumpkins, you’ll discover a bounty of gourds, squash, and other autumnal crops. Beyond the pumpkin patch, the farm offers a wealth of activities, including more hayrides, the captivating corn maze, visits to the petting zoo, and playful moments at the playground.
#3 Washington Farms, Watkinsville.
From September 23rd to November 5th in 2023, this charming farm opens its doors for pumpkin picking fun. Weekdays from 9:30am to 1:30pm, Friday’s from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Saturday’s from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday’s 1:00pm to 6:00pm you can stroll through their sprawling pumpkin patch. General admission on weekdays is just $16.64 and on weekends $22.21 for ages 2 years and older. But the pumpkin patch is just the beginning of the excitement. Washington Farms offers an array of autumn activities for all ages, including a challenging corn maze, a petting zoo for animal lovers, a bouncy jumping pillow, scenic wagon rides, thrilling pig races, and picturesque sunflower and zinnia fields to explore. It’s a perfect fall day out for the whole family!
“Each fall, millions of families bond the simple joys of picking pumpkins in crisp air amid vibrant hues. Our goal for running this survey was to help families discover and create new memories at some of America’s most cherished pumpkin patches” says Rose Ackermann of FamilyDestinationsGuide.com.