About 20 minutes north of Edwardsville, you'll find Rhodes Family Farm, home of a huge corn maze, a 10-acre pumpkin patch and all sorts of other fall activities. Get lost in the Wild West fort maze, snuggle up with a baby goat, or take a ride on the zip line, tricycle track or hill slide. Admission is $8 per person. The pumpkin patch opens Saturday, Sept. 24. For hours, see the farm website for more information. Rhodes Family Farm is located at 8863 Dustman Road, Worden, IL, 62097. Call 618-307-4989.
Pumpkinland | Maryland Heights and St. Louis
The three little pigs may not have had luck with their straw houses, but the creative minds at Thies Farm and Greenhouses build structures each year that withstand thousands of curious toddlers, kids and grown-ups. During its annual Pumpkinland festival, Thies Farm creates straw playgrounds complete with mazes, forts, slides, swings and cable gliders. You can also pick out a pumpkin, go on a wagon or pony ride, and aim and fire a corn cannon. Pumpkinland is open Tuesday-Sunday Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. General admission is $7 for kids 2-14 at Maryland Heights and $6 for kids 2-14 at Hanley Station. Admission is $4.50 for ages 15 and up at North Hanley and $4.75 at the Maryland Heights location. Find Pumpkinland at Maryland Heights at 3120 Creve Coeur Mill Rd., Maryland Heights, MO, 63146; or at Hanley Station at 4215 North Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO, 63121. Call 314-428-9878 for information about the Hanley Station location and 314-469-7559 for information about Maryland Heights.
Stuckmeyer's | Fenton
Pick your own pumpkin, go for a hay ride and play in Fort Spooky at Stuckmeyer's. You can also see farm animals and shop for fall items like mums and cornstalks. Fort Spooky, with its slides, tunnels and corn maze is free. On weekends, hay rides are $3 per person and special inflatable attractions are $2.50. Packages are available for $7.50 on weekdays. Stuckmeyer's fall attractions start Saturday, Sept. 24. The farm is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Stuckmeyer's is located at 249 Schneider Drive, Fenton, MO, 63026. Call 636-349-1225.
Eckert's | Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt
Eckert's offers pick-your-own pumpkins and apples at its Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt farms. The Millstadt Fun Farm has become a favorite as it has the most family activities, including mini tractor rides, a pumpkin cannon show, jumping pillows, miniature golf, a tricycle course, corn maze, climbing structure and lots of animals. Admission to Millstadt is $12.50 per person ages 2 and up, and some activities carry an additional fee. The fun farm opens Sept. 9. Pumpkin picking usually starts in early October; visit Eckert's Crop Update for details. Belleville offers a few rides for children, a petting zoo, pony and camel rides, trikes and sand boxes. Admission is free, but some activities including the rides carry a fee. The Grafton farm offers kids activities, including farm animals, miniature golf and tire swings. Tickets are required for rides, but admission is free. See the website for specific hours for each location. Eckert's Belleville is at 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL, 62220. Eckert's Grafton is at 20995 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton, IL, 62037. Eckert's Millstadt is at 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane, Millstadt, IL, 62260. Call 800-745-0513 for information on any of the Eckert's farm locations.
Rombach Farm and Pumpkin Patch | Chesterfield
If it seems to you like the only thing growing in Chesterfield Valley is dining and shopping venues, you might want to check out Rombach Farms, one of the last remaining agricultural outposts in the retail-heavy valley. Rombach's is known for its pumpkin patch and festive Halloween decorations, but they also offer weekend pony rides, train rides, face painting and other activities for an additional fee. Fall fun at Rombach Farms starts on Saturday, Sept. 17. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Rombach Farms is located at 18639 Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO, 63005. Call 636-532-7265.
Other places to pick a pumpkin
Daniel's Farm and Greenhouse | St. Peters
After you've chosen your great pumpkin, crawl through tunnels, navigate a spooky straw maze, visit the petting zoo, dig in corn boxes, pedal tractors, ride a tire swing and more. Admission is $6 per child and $4 per adult. Train rides are $2 and pony rides are $5 (pony rides are available weekends only). Fall fun activities are offered daily Oct. 1-31; hours may vary, so call ahead for that day's schedule. Daniel's Farm and Greenhouse is located at 352 Jungermann Rd., St. Peters, MO, 63376. Call 636-441-5048.
Eagle Fork Farms
After you've procured the perfect pumpkin for your front porch, enjoy hayrides and pony rides, try your hand at gemstone mining, navigate the St. Louis Blues-themed corn maze and blast pumpkins from the farm's new pumkin cannon. Eagle Fork Farms opens for the season Sept. 17, with hayrides and pony rides available on weekends beginning Sept. 24. Eagle Fork Farms is located at 65 Eagle Fork Lane, Moscow Mills, MO, 63362. Call 636-366-9825.
Centennial Farms | Augusta
Every year, Centennial Farms transforms the famed harbinger of autumn into scenes, sculptures, storybook characters and even aliens for its annual Pumpkin Fantasyland beginning the last weekend of September. Visit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Centennial Farms is located at 199 Jackson St., Augusta, MO, 63332. Call 636-228-4338.
Aholt Farms | Augusta
In addition to pumpkin picking, visitors to Aholt Farms can go for barrel and hay rides, take a pedal tractor for a spin and brave the haunted milk house. Aholt Farms is open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 - Nov. 1. Admission is $7 for adults (13 and up) and $10 for children (2-12). Aholt Farms is located at 6133 Augusta Bottom Rd., Augusta, MO, 63332. Call 636-228-4896.
Sullivan Farms | Florissant
For a day of affordable family fun, visit Sullivan Farms, which offers free general admission as well as free hayrides, a bounce house and a tricycle track for younger visitors, beginning the last weekend in September. Sullivan Farms is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Sullivan Farms is located at 16704 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO, 63034. Call 314-570-6662.
Herman's Farm Orchard | St. Charles
Hayrides and kids' activities are free at this pick-your-own farm when you load up on $15 worth of produce from the orchard or market. Fill your basket with apples, flowers, corn stalks, Indian corn and more. Visitors can also explore the pumpkin patch and cut their own pumpkins straight from the vine. Herman's Farm Orchard is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Herman's Farm Orchard is located at 3663 Hwy. 94, St. Charles, MO, 63301. Call 636-925-9969.
Valley Farms | Foristell
Weekends are bustling from Sept. 10 through Oct. 30 at this fun farm. Families can pick-your-own pumpkins, go through an indoor minibarn maze and pick up some gourds and straw to complete their fall decor. Valley Farms is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission. Visitors can pan for gold, go pumpkin bowling, ride a barrel train, jump in a bounce house or take a hay ride for a nominal fee between $2 and $5 depending on the activity. Valley Farms is located at 1125 Dietrich Rd., Foristell, MO, 63348.
Pin Oak Farms | New Haven
Every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy free admission, free parking and free hayrides to the pumpkin patch at Pin Oak Farms. Families can visit the corn maze and the kiddie play area, and pick their pumpkins right off the vine. Pin Oak Farms is located at 2431 Highway E, New Haven, MO, 63068.
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