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 unexpected closures or hour changes.
Pumpkin Patches Near Omaha
Find pumpkin patches in Omaha, near Omaha, and within a one- or two-hour drive from the city!
Markman Pumpkin Patch
Where: 6424 N. 120th St., Omaha
Highlight: Small, family-owned farm with inexpensive pumpkins. There's also a play area.
Where: 6707 Wenninghoff Road, Omaha
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.
Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch
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.
Highlight: By day, it's a fun pumpkin patch with play areas and hayrack rides; by night it becomes the Ranch of Terror with haunted houses and the infamous Haunted Hayrides.
Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
Where: 21534 Chestnut Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa (12 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Last week of September through Oct. 31; Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, 4 to 7 p,m,, and Friday & Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.
Highlight: There's a haunted farm house to explore before or after you pick your pumpkins.
Welch's Pumpkin Patch
Where: 17676 Sunnydale Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa (13 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 11 through Oct. 31
Highlight: With a huge lawn of homemade yard games like giant Jenga, and a sprawling pumpkin patch, Welch's is a low-key but fun afternoon for families. Pumpkins are also pretty inexpensive.
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Where: 17676 Sunnydale Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa (13 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Through Oct. 31, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person
Highlight: The hayride to the pumpkins is always fun, but kids really enjoy the playground, goats, and huge corn maze. My favorite thing there is the apple cider donuts.
Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard
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.
Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch
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.
Nelson Produce Farm
Where: 10505 N 234th St, Valley, Neb. (about 25 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person, under 2 is FREE (season passes are also available)
Highlights: Kids will love the farm animals and running along the haybales.
Mert's Market & Farm
Where: 25870 W. Maple Road, Waterloo, Neb. (30 miles from Omaha)
When: Sept. 23 through Oct. 31; check their Facebook page for hours since they vary
Highlight: This is a new pumpkin patch to the list! Bring your own clippers and wheelbarrows to pick pumpkins, or select pre-picked pumpkins and gourds.
Small's Fruit Farm
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: 815 N. 60th Road, Nebraska City, Neb. (40 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Oct. 1-31
Highlight: Hayrides are free for single families, and cost very little for groups.
Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard
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.
Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm
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: 2405 S. Highway 75, Union, Neb. (40 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highlight: There are wagon rides to the pumpkin field on the weekends, and kids can ride the barrel train around the store.
Bloom Where You're Planted Farm & Pumpkin Patch
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.
3 Bees Farm
Where: 14922 535th St., Griswold, Iowa (43 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Highlights: This small, family-run farm sells a variety of produce, and has a pumpkin patch and playground for kids.
Martin's Hillside Orchard
Where: 2024 Ashland Road, Ceresco, Neb. (50 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Opens Sept. 4, hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Mondays except for Labor Day (Sept. 6), Columbus Day (Oct. 11) and Oct. 18.
Admission: $5 per person; kid under 2 admitted FREE
Highlight: The farm has a tire hill, kid-sized corn maze, wagon rides on the weekends and the Discover Trail.
Where: 9677 County Road 3, Nickerson, Neb.
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.
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1098 County Road N, Oakland, Neb. (about 70 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 18 through Oct. 31; hours arer Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Admission: $8.75 for general admission; $7, seniors; $6, veterans; and FREE for kids 2 and younger. Season pass is $18.
Highlight: There's a lot to choose from! There are jumping pillows, race tracks, a zipline, and so much more.
Poppy's Pumpkin Patch
Where: 55275 837th Road, Norfolk (125 miles from Omaha)
Hours: Sept. 11 through Oct. 31; Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $8.50, $7.50 for seniors and military, and FREE for 2 and younger. Family Season Pass is $80
Highlight: There are a ton of activities and play areas at Poppy's, including a petting zoo, kids' zipline, and huge slides.
There’s more fun to be had this fall. Check out our lists of nearby corn mazes, haunted houses & tours, and apple orchards. Want events? Here’s the list of local Halloween events.
Looking for more Nebraska pumpkin patches?
The list above only has farms that are about two hours or less from Omaha, but as you can imagine, with a state like Nebraska, there are plenty more options in central and western Nebraska.
Check out this list and map for Nebraska Pumpkin patches!
Looking for more Iowa pumpkin patches?
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.
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