Like flipping a switch, Minnesota’s Mother Nature seems to have decided that Summer is over and Fall is here.
But can we officially call it Fall if you haven’t picked out your pumpkin?
At least in our house, nothing signifies Fall quite like heading to a local pumpkin patch and grabbing our very own orange symbol of the season.
Luckily, the Twin Cities have no shortage of great pumpkin patches to choose from.
So as the weather cools off and the leaves turn crunchy, we thought we’d help you out by putting together this list of all the best pumpkin patches near Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Map of Pumpkin Patches around the Twin Cities
Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch
Located 20 miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis, the family-owned Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch is one of the most popular pumpkin patches in the Metro. Dehn’s prolific patch (more than 20 acres) of pick-your-own pumpkins can be purchased by the pound. (Try saying that 10 times fast!) On Friday and Saturday nights in October, they also offer flashlight farm visits, allowing you to wander through the corn maze and pick out your pumpkin on a spooky adventure.
- Address: 17270 125th Ave N, Dayton, MN 55327
- Website: Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch
Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch
A bit of a farther drive out of the Metro, the best part about Lendt’s is the pumpkin prices. Where most patches sell pumpkins by the pound, every u-pick pumpkin from the 40+ acres of fields at Lendt’s is $5. They also sell the massive prizewinner pumpkins if you’re looking to take home the giant pumpkin award at this year’s Halloween party.
- Address: 6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092
- Website: Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch
Nominated by WCCO viewers as the “Best Pumpkin Patch in Minnesota,” Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, MN has mastered the art of fall fun. Family members of all ages can find something here, including $5 pick-your-own pumpkins, a pumpkin maze, pumpkin cannon, and a dizzying amount more. Admission to Pinehaven changes throughout September and October, depending on the day of the week you visit. Tickets must be pre-purchased online before you visit.
- Address: 28186 Kettle River Blvd N, Wyoming, MN 55092
- Website: Pinehaven Farm
Even though Barten Pumpkins is just outside the Metro area, it wouldn’t be the same without it on this list. When you pull into Barten’s, you’ll know why we think it’s worth the extra driving.
Pumpkins have been a family affair here for more than 30 years since Roman and Fran began growing them on their New Prague farm. They now produce more than 45 different varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds on one of the largest pumpkin patches in the state. We personally know a few of the grandchildren who still travel back from around the United States each fall to help with the season.
- Address: 5716 280th St W, New Prague, MN 56071
- Website: Barten Pumpkins
Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn
Not sure what it is, but just saying “Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn” brings a smile to our faces. Owned by Peru native Carmen Marshall and her husband Peter, the farm offers sweet corn and watermelons in late summer and a wide-range of pumpkin options in late fall. U-Pick pumpkins and apples are available daily from the patch, and on weekends in October, you’ll find hayrides, corn maze, and food truck options on site.
- Address: 12860 Old Brick Yard Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379
- Website: Peter’s Pumpkins
Sever’s Corn Maze
For many Minnesota families, it’s not the fall season without a trip to Sever’s. Admission to the Fall festival grounds grants you access to the corn maze challenge, extra-large pumpkin selection, and some attractions you won’t find anywhere else in the Metro. Anyone else up for pig races, camel rides, and blasting a pumpkin cannon?
- Address: 3121 W 150th St, Shakopee, MN 55379
- Website: Sever’s Corn Maze
Afton Apple Orchard
After you visit Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings for your fall apple orchard visit, come back in late September for the largest pumpkin patch in the East Metro. A full-service pumpkin patch and farm experience, expect to spend the afternoon enjoying hot apple cider, the playground and petting farm, and a hayride to find your perfect pumpkin.
- Address: 14421 So. 90th Street, Hastings, MN 55033
- Website: Afton Apple Orchard
Country Sun Farm
Rather not wander around the pumpkin patch but still want all the fall fun of a farm visit? The retail store at Country Sun Farm in Lake Elmo has thousands of pre-picked pumpkins, squash, and fall decorations to choose from. When you’ve picked out your favorite pumpkin for the front porch, there are hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, and the kid-favorite Minnesota corn pit to check out also.
- Address: 11211 60th St N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
- Website: Country Sun Farm
Ziertman’s Pumpkin Farm
For more than 40 years, the Ziertman family has sold pumpkins “from 2 pounds to 200 pounds, and everything in-between” in the Lake Elmo area. If you’re looking for a large selection of Minnesota-grown pumpkins, squash, and gourds without a large crowd, paying admission, or the extra fuss, Ziertman’s is the place to go.
- Address: 5761 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
- Website: Ziertman’s Pumpkin Farm
Apple Jack Orchards
On late fall weekends, Apple Jack Orchards in Delano can be one of the busiest places in the Metro. Also on our list of the Best Apple Orchards in the Twin Cities, Apple Jack’s has one of the largest U-Pick pumpkin patches in the West Metro. Expect a good selection of pie and carving pumpkins and take on the challenge of finding the biggest pumpkin in the patch.
- Address: 4875 37th St SE, Delano, MN 55328
- Website: Apple Jack Orchards
Knapton’s in Rockford (about 30 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis) is all-things fall Minnesota fun. We love coming out to the farm for apples, pick-your-own-raspberries, and on-the vine pumpkins in the patch. Knapton’s has a knack for growing giant carving pumpkins with a thick green stem. If you’ve got a particular pumpkin in mind for your front porch or jack-o-lantern carving, we’d recommend checking out the unique heirloom varieties you might not find anywhere else.
- Address: 5695 Hwy 55, Rockford, MN 55373
- Website: Knapton’s Raspberries, Pumpkins & Orchard