East Central Indiana Pumpkin Patches, Orchards & Corn Mazes
What is Fall without visiting a pumpkin patch or corn maze?! Boring, that’s what it is. For those of you looking for an east-central Indiana pumpkin patch, I’ve got a list of them for you! This started as a list of eight and has grown. These pumpkin patches are all located throughout east-central Indiana, such as east Noblesville, Fortville, Daleville, Yorktown, Cambridge City, and Pendleton. They are also within a short driving distance of Muncie, Indianapolis, Marion, and Ohio.
Cambridge City, Indiana
Dougherty Orchard began in 1883, making them the oldest operating orchard in Indiana! What really sets them apart is their impressive petting farm, which allows you to get up close with the animals, and pond stocks with koi and ducks. Additionally, they have a winery, apple picking, and live music on Fridays.
The nitty-gritty: Free admission to the orchard, shopping, and concerts. Petting zoo: $6/adults $5/children. Open 7 days a week.
Jacob’s Family Orchard
New Castle, Indiana
Jacob’s Family Orchard is known for its huge farm-themed children’s play area and apple cinnamon donuts. They also have an apple orchard, sunflower field, and pumpkins available for purchase. They offer wagon rides and yummy goodies like donuts, sandwiches, ice cream treats, and slushies. Visitors are treated to a free sample donut, but be warned – you’ll leave with a dozen or two!
The nitty-gritty: No admission fee. Combo admission passes are $6 for access to the play area, sunflower trail, and wagon ride. Individually these are $2-4 a person. Affordable seasonal passes for individuals and families are available. Open 7 days a week.
Jones Family Farm
The Jones Family Farm is located in tiny Milton, but it is worth the drive for the plump pumpkins, authentic farm experience, and affordable prices. Their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is full of pumpkins of all shapes and colors – beautiful for the perfect Fall decorations and carving. A farm stand is also set up to sell gourds, Fall decorations, and produce.
The nitty-gritty: U-Pick pumpkins: $6, Giant/huggable pumpkins: $20, Fill-a-bag of gourds/small & medium pumpkins: $15. Open Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday Noon-5pm.
Jump on their hay wagon for a ride out to the pumpkin patch! While at Landess Farms, you can pick out your own pumpkins, navigate through their 10-acre corn maze, and visit their farm stand.
The nitty-gritty: $9/person admission (kids 2 & under get in free) includes a small pumpkin, hayride, and unlimited passes to our corn maze! No admission to visit the farm stand.
Piney Acres Farm
This 73-acre rural farm in Hancock County offers lots of family fun! In the Fall they offer a pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn mazes (including a kid’s maze), an apple canyon, Fall decor for purchase, and a scream park for Halloween. They always have a Kids Zone with over 20 activities, their Farm Store, and a Snack Bar. Last year we spent 3 hours just checking out the Fall activities!
The nitty-gritty: General admission is $14 for ages 3-13, $7 for adults (13 & up), and ages 2 and under are free. General admission includes access to all activities except the Haunted Attractions (al la carte pricing is available as well, but the general admission is worth it). Seasonal family passes are available as well. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch
There’s a lot to do at Russell Farm! Activities include a pumpkin patch, mini-golf, corn mazes, a petting zoo, a snack shack, pedal cars, play areas, and more. Hayrides are available for a ride out to the pumpkin patch and afterward, you can check out the corn maze and petting zoo. The snack shack has treats like apple cider, burgers, hot dogs, pumpkin treats, and caramel apples. Activities included in the admission are numerous: 2 corn mazes, mini-golf, petting zoo, hayrides, rope maze, bounce houses, slides, pedal tractors, merry-go-round, and more.
The nitty-gritty: No admission for visiting the store or purchasing items. Entry for unlimited activities: $12.50/pp on weekdays, $15/pp on weekends, ages 2 & under are free. $8 for Veterans, active military members (for an individual with ID only), and ages 65+. Pumpkins are not included in the admission price (average carving pumpkins range $5-10).
Smith Family Farms
Smith Family Farms has a pumpkin patch waiting for you! Along with their pumpkin patch, they’ve got a corn maze, hayrides, and a petting zoo. Lots of fun for a low admission price. The kids can even take a pony ride for only $2.00! Food and drinks are available, such as burgers, hot nachos, and caramel apples.
The nitty-gritty: Open in October every Saturday + Sunday of October from 11 am-5 pm. $6 admission, ages 2 and under are free. Pumpkins are $3-$10.
Spangler Farms offers pre-picked pumpkins and wagon rides to their pumpkin patch for you-pick pumpkins. Other fall goodies are available for purchase at their market, like locally grown veggies, fruit, pumpkins, mums, straw, and fall decorations.
The nitty-gritty: No admission and open 7 days a week through Halloween.
Tuttle Orchard is a family-friendly orchard and farm located in east-central Indiana. They have been around for more than 90 years! Activities include Pumpkin Patch, Sunflower Trail, U-pick Apples, Tractor Town Kid’s Area, Corn Maze, Cafe, Farm Store, and Wagon Rides. The Farm Store is open year-round and sells over 200 locally raised or produced products. Fall decor items include pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks, squash, gourds, and mums. Enjoy a hand-dipped caramel apple, and apple cider slushie while you’re here!
The nitty-gritty: No general admission or parking fees. Tractor town: $7/child & adults are free. Corn Maze: $7/per person. Hayrides: $7/per person. Combo passes can be purchased for $14/per person. Cash, check and major credit cards are accepted. No pets allowed.
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What fun to meander a pumpkin patch to find the “right” one. It’s good to see that families can enjoy the tradition even during a pandemic.