It’s finally fall in North Carolina, and that means it’s time to head to a pumpkin patch for some seasonal festivities.
To help you plan a fun outing this fall, we’ve compiled a list of several pumpkin patches in the Triangle, organized by location.
Some patches let you pick your own pumpkin from the vine, while others have them pre-harvested. The patches generally offer other festivities, such as hayrides or fall concessions, so you can plan to make a full day of the experience. Some patches may require advance tickets. We’ve included all of this information where possible.
Ready to head to the pumpkin patch? Let’s get started.
Note: Pumpkin patch hours may vary according to the weather or other reasons. Make sure to check in with each patch before planning your outing to get the most up-to-date information possible.
Pumpkin patches in Raleigh
▪ Page Farms — This northwest Raleigh farm is offering lots of fall fun, from pumpkins to a 5-acre corn maze to hayrides and more. The price of admission includes one pumpkin from the patch. Admission tickets for the weekend are available online in advance, while weekday tickets are only available at the farm’s entrance. Location: 6100 Mount Herman Rd., Raleigh. Dates: The farm’s fall season ends Oct. 30. Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cost: Admission varies from $12 to $15, depending on the day and time you attend. Ages 2 and under get in free. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and military can get $1 off admission. More info: pagefarmsraleigh.com/pumpkin
▪ Porter Farms and Nursery — This farm, which has won several awards at the NC State Fair for its pumpkins, is offering a wide variety of pumpkins at three stand locations this fall: two in Raleigh and one in Willow Spring. You can also find gourds, mums and more at each location. Locations: 7615 Ten-Ten Rd., Raleigh; 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh; 3525 NC Highway 42, Willow Spring. Cost: Price of purchase. More info: facebook.com/Porter-Farms-and-Nursery-142977167259
Pumpkin patches in Cary
▪ Phillips Farm — This farm offers a full experience of fall fun, with admission including access to a fun park, corn maze, wagon ride, sunflower field and more. Pumpkins are also available for purchase. Location: 6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary. Dates: The farm’s fall season ends Oct. 30. Hours: Friday 3-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. (Note: The farm stops selling tickets at 5 p.m. each day “to allow our guests to enjoy all we have to offer.”) Cost: Admission to the farm’s fall festivities is $15 if paid in cash, and $17 if paid with a credit card. Military, first responders and seniors get discounted admission at $13. Ages 2 and under are free. Note that credit cards are only accepted at the farm’s admission booth, and all other purchases on-site, including pumpkins, are cash only. More info: phillipsfarmsofcary.com/fall
Pumpkin patches in Apex
▪ DJ’s Berry Patch — Head to Apex to visit this patch, which offers small, medium and large pre-picked pumpkins, plus mums, gourds and more. Location: 1223 Salem Church Rd., Apex. Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Price of purchase. More info: facebook.com/DJs-Berry-Patch-122337307802631
▪ Ragan & Holly’s Pumpkin Patch — Part of Jean’s Neighborhood Market, this patch is named after the owners’ grandchildren. Visit the patch for pumpkins, and stop by the year-round market for gift items, treats and more. Location: 38 Lewter Shop Rd., Apex. Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Price of purchase. More info: jeansberrypatch.com
Pumpkin patches in Fuquay-Varina
▪ Naylor Family Farm & Corn Maze — There’s “fun for the whole family” at this farm in Fuquay-Varina that offers more than 20 fall attractions on site. Each admission ticket includes a pumpkin from the patch. Location: 6016 US 401 N, Fuquay-Varina. Dates: The farm’s fall season runs through Nov. 6. Hours: October hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.’ Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Admission is $20 per person for ages 3 and up. Ticket packages are available for one, two and four attendees. Buying tickets online is strongly encouraged. More info: facebook.com/NaylorFamilyFarm; tickets available at naylorfamilyfarm.com
Pumpkin patches in Holly Springs
▪ The Family Farm on Avent Ferry — This farm offers “many varieties of carving and heirloom pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes.” The farm also sells hay bales, flint corn, gourds and cornstalks. Location: 1719 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs. Hours: Weekdays 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Price of purchase. More info: thefamilyfarmonaventferry.com/pumpkins.html
Pumpkin patches in Durham
▪ Holder Hill Farm — This family farm is opening to the public for its third year, offering pick-your-own pumpkins from the 7-acre patch, hayrides, play areas, nature trails and more. Location: 4822 Holder Rd., Durham. Dates: The farm’s fall season runs through Nov. 6. Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to dusk; Sunday 10 a.m. to dusk. Cost: Admission is $15 per person aged 2 and older. More info: holderhillfarmllc.com
▪ Perkins Orchard — This Durham farmstand known for its fill-a-bag produce deal also offers an additional fall-themed pumpkin deal. With the deal, you get the $25 fill-a-bag produce deal, as many pumpkins as you can fit in a cart and a specialty item, all for $99. The farm has thousands of pumpkins to choose from, along with a wide variety of produce. Location: 5749 Barbee Rd., Durham. Hours: Open every day from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: Price of purchase. More info: perkinsorchard.com/99-pumpkin-deal
▪ Pumpkin Patch Express at Museum of Life & Science — All aboard for this fall-themed train ride at Durham’s Museum of Life & Science, complete with plenty of activities. Pick a pumpkin from the patch and decorate it, meander through a hay maze and play nature bingo, among other festivities. Pre-registration, either online or at the museum’s front desk, is required. Location: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham. Dates: The Pumpkin Patch Express runs every Saturday and Sunday in October. Hours: Timeslots for each day available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some slots are only open to museum members. Cost: Admission is $15 per person ages 2 and up. Children 2 and under are free in an adult ticket holder’s lap. More info: lifeandscience.org/explore/pumpkin-patch-express
Pumpkin patches in Chapel Hill
▪ Spring Haven Farm — This Chapel Hill pumpkin patch was just named by Yelp as one of the nation’s best, with the review site noting the farm’s unique twist: It offers pumpkin carving events with goats. At the farm, you’ll have the chance to find your perfect pumpkin “and then take it into the goat pasture to carve it with all the cute, friendly goats.” The farm provides all of the carving tools, and notes that the goats “love to nibble on the insides of the pumpkins after you scoop them out.” Tickets must be purchased online. Location: 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill. Dates: The carving events will be offered through Oct. 31. Hours: The farm is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: The cost of the carving event is $16.50 for attendees ages 4 and up. Entry for kids 3 and under is free. Pumpkins range in cost from $8-16. More info: springhaven.farm/events