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.
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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 beginning September 24th.
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 of $12.00 (ages two and up). Additional activities and concessions are available for purchase as well. The pumpkin patch opens September 24th at 9:00 a.m. 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 24th – 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. Admission is $10 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. Weekend admission is $15.95 + tax (and you can save money with the early bird purchase option or by going on one of the weekdays they’re open). This 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 open dates at 4D Farm are September 24th – November 5th.
The Patch at Helena Hollow opens Saturday, October 1st, and runs every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Weekend tickets are $12.95 per person online and $15 at the gate (ages two and under are FREE). 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 16th through October 30th. You can go play Fridays from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., and weekends from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Weekend day passes are $9 per person 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 15th and 16th 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, every weekend 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. Tickets are $18. Children under age two ride free of charge in an adult’s lap. Order your tickets in advance online.
Grace House Pumpkin Festival
The Grace House Junior Board is hosting this year’s Grace House Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Homewood Central Park. Admission is $10 per child (adults are free!) and includes a pumpkin with each children’s admission, a 24-foot rock wall, tons of carnival style games, fun activities, and candy giveaways.
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We added you! Thanks for mentioning the farm! Our link from last year wasn’t working, so we’re glad to know details of your fall events. 🙂
This is a great guide! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for including Helena Hollow in this article! However, we have 25 attractions and no bouncy houses. Too germy for us. We DO have a nice petting zoo, 100 ft, 60 ft, and 2 30 ft slides, climbing wall, zipline, corn pit, tire mountain, swings, hay run, silo playhouses and more. 🙂
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Can’t wait to visit!
Great article & thanks for your hard work in giving us all such a wonderful variety of activities to choose from Julie T. !!!
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is not doing our traditional annual pumpkin patch event, due to covid-19 restrictions… Rather, we are hosting Scarecrow Junction!
Bring your family to Scarecrow Junction at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera every weekend in October. It’s a NEW family-fun, fall festival event that you don’t want to miss!
Come Have Fun!
Enjoy food trucks, safe, family-friendly games and activities, the huge Great Pumpkin, and more! Put on your costumes, bring your cameras, and come have some fun at the NEW Scarecrow Junction this Fall at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.
Saturdays October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Departing at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Central
Sundays October 4, 11, 18, 25
Departing 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Central
Ride Not One – But Two – Different Trains
Seek out the hidden scarecrows displayed throughout the museum grounds and get your tickets to ride not just one – but two – different train experiences. Ride behind the full-size, diesel C&S locomotive and, while you’re visiting, be sure to buy a ticket to ride the newly restored Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad and get your very own souvenir Golden Spike! Tickets available at the Shelby & Southern Depot prior to departure.
Thank you for the updated information! We have updated our post.
I have a 1 year old who can not participate in a lot of these super fun activities included at some of these pumpkin patches. One day when he is older we will have to explore all these options.
But for this year I am really looking for something that would look great in pictures. Big piles of 🎃. Which farm would you recommend for me and my little one to take some great family pictures.
Yes! I have a great place for you: Sims Garden in Homewood (913 Irving Road, 35209). It’s the most darling little pumpkin patch complete with scarecrows, pumpkins, and mums, and it’s right in the middle of a neighborhood. You’d never know it was there unless someone told you. Go to the Sims Garden Facebook page for more information. It is not crowded, doesn’t require a lot of walking or faraway parking–it’s perfect for a one year old! My kids love it!
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