Spooky season is upon us, and everyone is in need of some fall activities before it’s too late! Dressing up in your favorite flannels, boots and fall attire, and making the trip to a pumpkin patch with friends or a significant other is one of my favorite fall activities. But which pumpkin patch do you choose? Here are four of the best pumpkin patches that Pittsburgh has to offer.
- Soergel Orchards
Located in Wexford, Soergel Orchards is a crowd favorite that offers a Fall Festival every weekend through October from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pumpkin picking is the featured event, but the tractor rides and a cornstalk maze take a close second. For those with a sweet tooth, Soergel’s Market will be open and selling homemade pies, caramel apples, kettle corn, apple cider and so much more. If you don’t go to pumpkin patches to live out your childhood fantasies like me and want to be more sophisticated, pop-ups from Aurochs Brewing Company and Boyd & Blair will also be on-site along with Arsenal Cider & Arrowhead Wine.
2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090
- Shenot’s Farm & Market
This beautiful family-run farm offers a pumpkin patch 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until Halloween. You can either take a hayride to the patch ($5) or take a scenic walking path ($2), but note that either way is not handicap accessible. If you can’t or don’t have time to make the trip to the patch, no worries because Shenot’s has pumpkins on display at the market to choose from. Homemade apple cider and fudge are the stars of the market, but limited-time food trucks are also offered exclusively on the weekends. After spooky season has ended, come back to Shenot’s Farm & Market the weekend following Halloween to participate in their annual Pumpkin Smash on the farm.
3754 Wexford Run Rd, Wexford, PA 15090
- Simmons Farms
If you’re a full-time student like me, it’s hard to make it to pumpkin patches during the weekdays because they aren’t open that late. Thankfully, Simmons Farm in McMurray offers late-night options Monday through Saturday through the end of October. Get a group of friends together for a private hayride from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. or 7 p.m.-9 p.m. that drops you off at a bonfire to roast apples, marshmallows and whatever else you want to bring. During the daytime, 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Simmons Farm might offer the most activities out of any farm in Pittsburgh: pumpkin picking, apple picking, flower picking, pumpkin, cornhole, corn maze, rubber duck races, petting zoo, human hamster wheel, etc. You will be more than entertained at any time during the fall season here.
170 Simmons Road, McMurray, PA 15317
- Trax farms
Trax Farm’s Fall Fest is definitely one for the books (if you have the money to spend since everything at the event costs money) that happens every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Halloween. Obviously, a hayride to the pumpkin patch is essential, but train rides, bungee jumping, a rock wall and even axe throwing are not your normal pumpkin patch activities. There is live music and food trucks that change daily at this Fall Fest. For 21+ adults, Hops and Hayrides is a separate event Trax Farms hosts where you purchase a six-pack of craft beer or a bottle of Arrowhead wine and enjoy hayrides, bonfires and a corn maze.
528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA 15332