Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines

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Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines

Going to the pumpkin patch is much more than just picking out the perfect pumpkin, it is an experience. Des Moines and surrounding communities offer a lot of options full of pumpkins, apple orchards, activities, mazes, and more. Pumpkin picking is just the beginning of fall fun. Check out the extensive list of best pumpkin patches in the Des Moines area below.

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3145 Howell Court, Cumming, Iowa 50061


The pumpkin patch opens on September 10. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fall is a magical time of the year, especially at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch, located just 10 miles south of Des Moines off I-35.

Come enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride and pick your own pumpkin at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch! Their fleet of antique tractors are making continuous rounds out to the Corn Maze and the Pumpkin Patch, so plan on the whole family climbing aboard the wagons for a country ride, a chance to explore our twisting and winding maze.

Come see the friendly Barn Yard, where kids can see lively goats. Their bathtub train, jump pillow, and NEW corn box are ready for visitors. Over in the Kiddie Korral, they have a special farm playground with pedal tractors, wiggle cars, mud pies, a giant slide, and many other activities.

The gift shop is full of beautiful every day, fall and Christmas decor, and gifts just waiting to go somewhere special.


$15 per person. Purchase your admission online for $12 and save.

Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Ave., Cambridge, Iowa 50046


Opening day is August 27. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Located in Cambridge which is between Ames and Ankeny. Center Grove Orchard is loaded with fun activities for the whole family including apple picking, a pumpkin patch, farm animals, a corn maze, a corn pool, jumping pillow, hayrack rides, rubber duck races, hands-on Discovery Barn, and much more. Check out the country store with already picked apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts, caramel apples, sauces, and more. Check their event calendar for some fun fall festivities here.


Weekday Admission: $13.95 for 3 years or older

Weekend Admission: $16.95 for 3 years or older

Deals Orchard 

1102 244th Street, Jefferson, Iowa 50129


August 27 – November 6, weather permitting.

Deal’s Orchard offers a lot of apple varieties. Check before you go for what varieties are available and when. They offer a beautiful Apple Barn that hosts great gifts, yummy apple treats, and more. Apple Acres is where all the fun is at which includes jumping pillow, corn pool, goat run, giant slides, duck races, pedal tractors, human hamster wheels, wiggle cars, and more. They also offer pony rides on select dates. Save the date for October 8-9 for their annual Fall Festival!

Apple Acres pricing

$11 children, $9 adults

Iowa Orchard

9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale, Iowa 50322


The Iowa Orchard is located right in the city, in Urbandale. Do not be fooled by the name, they also have lots of pumpkins and gourds available to pick from. They offer tons of varieties of apples. They also offer pies, apple cider, different sauces, and much more. The Family Fun Zone is open from mid-September through Halloween. Open on the weekends only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 per person. Children 2 years and younger are free. They also offer tour packages you can sign up for.

If you are just wanting to pick out a pumpkin you can visit Tuesday- Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from late September through Halloween.


$5 per person. Children 2 years and younger are free. They also offer tour packages you can sign up for.

The Pumpkin Ranch

2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset, Iowa 50273


September 16 – October 30. Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

The Pumpkin Ranch will be open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. On Friday they will be offering discounted admission. Children ages 2 years and under are free. The Pumpkin Ranch is known for its Mega Corn Maze, they have a jumping pillow, zip lines, hayrack rides, horseback riding, toddler town, and much more. Stay up to date for special activities, food trucks, and other events on their Facebook Page.


Saturday & Sunday are $13 per person; Fridays are $9 per person.

Pumpkinville & Cornmaze

618 Center Avenue S., Mitchellville, Iowa 50169


Opens in August. Daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pumpkinville is fun for all ages. Which includes straw train, straw jump, will’s worm, sack races, tug-a-pumpkin, and granary. A great spot for fall family fun! There is a large corn maze and mini corn maze offered.


No admission fee to the farm.

Large Maze: $8 per person; Small Maze: $1 per person

Uncle Bill’s Farm

244 400th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa


October 1 – 31st. Thursday – Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Uncle Bill’s Farm in Grinnell, Iowa is the place to take your loved ones to enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun! They have lots and lots of safe, farm-style attractions that many thousands of folks have enjoyed for over 25 years. No matter the weather, the farm has plenty of indoor and outdoor fun on tap as well as several picnic shelters, indoor restrooms (not portables), and free parking. Folks look forward to all the new things Uncle Bill adds to the farm fun each year. There are 10 acres of pumpkins, a corn pool, an indoor glass beehive, a chick incubator & brooder, live entertainment on the weekends, and more. Admission is $13 for ages 3 years and older.

Wills Family Orchard

33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel, Iowa 50003


Open Saturday in August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. View the website for full seasonal days and hours.

This is a definite must-do this fall season. We made a trip to Will Family Orchard a couple of years ago and enjoyed every minute of it. Located just west of Adel, they offer organic apples for picking, a pumpkin patch, farm animals, and a cute little store to shop at and paint your own gourd.

They host an Apple & Pumpkin Fest several weekends during the season which offers family-friendly activities. Admission for adults is $6 plus tax and for children is $8 plus tax. Activities include a corn maze, hay wagon rides, an expanded kids’ play area (giant corn box, kiddie hay bale maze & duck races), and toss games. Plus, their friendly barnyard animals will be there to greet you.

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