Fall in the Midwest means one thing – time to pack up the family and head off to the nearest pumpkin patch. The Omaha area is lucky to have several outstanding pumpkin patches where you can spend an entire day. Here’s a look at a few of the best farms and pumpkin patches in Nebraska and Iowa, all within an easy drive from Omaha.
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Note: Before heading out, please ensure you check each pumpkin patch’s website or Facebook page for their requirements and restrictions.
Hours: Open until Oct. 31; hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission: $6 per person, Monday through Friday; $8 per person, Saturday and Sunday; 2 and younger are FREE
Highlight: This is first and foremost a produce farm. In addition to a variety of pumpkins, Wenninghoff sells fall decor like hay bales and corn stalks. The north-central Omaha pumpkin patch encourages everyone to become a kid again and get a little dirty playing on a combine slide and a corn play area, as well as playing tug of war and painting a pumpkin.
Where: 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb. (12 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 18 through Oct. 31, Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evening hours are Friday & Saturday from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. , and Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Daytime admission Monday through Friday is $7 a person includes tax (all ages), kids 2 & under free. Daytime admission on Saturday & Sunday is $10 a person includes tax (all ages), kids 2 & under free. Special admission: Sept. 18-19 ($7 admission for daytime admission); Sept. 25-26 is military weekend with half off regular admission with Military I.D., plus 1 child half off. Ranch of Terror or Haunted Hayride tickets are $13 Per Person each (kids 2 & under FREE), or a combo for $22.
Where: 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, Neb. (20 miles from Omaha)
Hours: September festivals are Sept. 4-19; regular season is Sept. 24 through Oct. 31; regular hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Septetmber festival dates, $19.95 per person; regular season it's Monday through Thursday, $15.95 per person; and Friday through Sunday, $29.95 per person. Season passes are $67.95 per person.
Discounts: Save $3 per person on individual tickets or $12 per person on season pass when by buying online. Military tickets are $15 when purchased on base.
Highlight: Vala's has a ton of atractitons and shows that are included with admission, as well as add-ons like a train ride and pony rides. They make their own hard apple cider, which is a nice appeal for adults, and they have monster-sized milkshakes.
Where: 3935 NE-133, Blair, Neb. (22 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 10 through Oct. 31; Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flashlight Nights are Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. Haunted Nights are Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m.
Admission: Prices in September are Mondays through Thursdays, $11.95; Fridays through Sundays, $16.95. Price increases to $18.95 for Fridays through Sundays in October. Kids 24 months and younger are admitted FREE. Season pass is $44 per person.
Highlight: There's a lot to do, from pedal carts and slides, to corn maze and pumpkin shooter. There are fun evening events on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where: 1844 194th St., Mondamin, Iowa (37 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Opens Sept. 1 through Oct. 31; open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlight: This small, family-owned business grows a variety of produce each fall. Pumpkins are ready in October and if the tractor and wagon are available, you can take a ride through the orchard. Fall Fest is Oct. 10.
Where: 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, Neb. (40 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check fruit picking schedule to see when the pumpkins are ready.
Admission: The U-Pick/Tree Dome Nature Trail costs $5 for adults (13 & over); $3 for kids (4–12), seniors and military; and FREE for kids 3 and under.
Highlight: Hay rides are included in with U-Pick or event/festival admission. They are available Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. They also have a new Pollinator Playground that kids will love.
Where: 2611 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb. (40 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Fall Hours (September.-October) are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AppleJack Festival Weekends (Sept. 18, 19, 25, 26 & Oct. 2, 3) hours are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $13, adults; $11, kids (3-12); FREE for kids 2 and younger.
Highlight: A hayride to the pumpkin patch is just one of many things to do at the Tree Adventure. There's the TreeTop Village, kids' natural playscape, trails for hiking and a large apple orchard. Nebraska City has so much to offer that a weekend could be planned to enjoy it all.
Where: 911 108th St., Avoca, Neb. (42 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 18 through Oct. 31; hours vary but they're mostly Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and until 4 p.m. on Oct.31), and Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Double check their calendar before going. Service Appreciation Day is Sept. 19 with half-off admission with valid ID.
Admission: $8 per personn ages 3+, FREE for children under 3; military receive $1 off
Highlight: Farm-themed play areas, farm animals, and a couple fun themed weekends planned in 2021.
Hours: Opens the third Sunday in September during the Annual Fall Festival & BBQ and runs through the Sunday after Halloween (or Halloween if Sunday is Halloween). They're open Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. (Groups can make reservations outside of regular hours).
Admission: $10 for adults ages 12+; $8 for kids ages 3-11; FREE for kids under 3. ***Groupon deal ***
Highlights: There are a lot of activities including a 9-acre maze, laser tag, jumping pillow, bounce houses, petting barn, hayrack rides, 350 foot zip lines, pedal karts, barrel train rides, slides, and free camp fires.
There are only a few pumpkin patches in western Iowa, but several gems located throughout central and eastern Iowa. Check out the Iowa Tourism website for a full list.
With impressive pumpkin patches in the area, you may find it difficult to choose just one to visit. Since the pumpkin season runs about six weeks, that should be enough time to maybe, I don’t know, visit each of them.
Just imagine how many jack-o-lanterns you and the young ones can make. And how many pies and pumpkin bread you can make. And pumpkin cookies. And pumpkin bars. And…