Are you ready to make fun, fall memories at your local Indy area pumpkin patch? We’ve tried them all and we’ve taken babies to each of them. Here are our picks for the most baby-friendly pumpkin patches in Indianapolis.
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Pro Tips: Know Before You Go
Bring bug spray. Especially in wet weather, the bugs can be quite pesky. In warm weather, be warned that bees abound.
Skip the stroller. Bumpy, muddy fields are no place for a stroller. Opt for the wagon (available at select locations or bring your own) or use a baby carrier when possible.
Carry a backpack. With apples to pick, pumpkins to carry, and little ones in your arms, having a free hand is key for a successful trip. Toss all necessities into a backpack instead of your usual diaper bag.
Bring an extra bag. Packing a large reusable bag with sturdy handles is also a great idea. You can use it to haul apples and pumpkins that you picked, to stash the muddy shoes when you load up the car, or to hide the donuts you secretly bought at the market!
Pumpkin Patch/Apple Orchard/Fall Festival Combo Locations Near Indianapolis
Tuttle Orchard (East Side)
Tuttle’s 20-acre pumpkin patch is a great destination for choosing your family’s fall porch decor. Pull a wagon and choose the best pumpkin for your little pumpkin. Pumpkins are priced by variety rather than size. Choose from carving pumpkins ($9), decorative squash ($12.95), pie pumpkins ($3.50), or mini pumpkins ($2). Tuttle also has a u-pick apple orchard, so you can do a combo apple/pumpkin fall fun day! Free activities include a few farm animals to see as well as a beehive. Hayrides, a corn maze, and Tractor Town Adventure Farm are available for a fee. Open Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm, closed Sunday.
Stuckey Farm (North Side)
Another pumpkin/apple combo site is Stuckey Farm. Open Mon-Sun, but activity availability varies throughout the week. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and grab a bag for u-pick apples. Parents and children alike will enjoy watching the apple cider-making process, and young tractor lovers will especially enjoy the small forklifts that dump loads of apples onto the conveyer belt. Pig Races and an Apple Cannon set Stuckey Farm apart, and don’t miss the apple slushie!
Baby-Friendly Pumpkin Patches Near Indianapolis
Lark Ranch (East Side)
This family-owned farm is full of fall fun at both locations, Greenfield and Loogootee. At Lark Ranch, play in the birdhouses, ride the swings, slide down the slide, and pose for photos with the pumpkins. Littles and their adults will LOVE the train rides.
Waterman’s Family Farm (South Side)
Waterman’s Family Farm has two destinations full of festival fun to choose from! Head to the Raymond Street location to watch Tyranny the pumpkin chomping dino at “feeding time.” You can also wander the corn maze on site. Visit this location on a Monday to play with no admission fee! Just be prepared to walk to the pumpkin patch as hayrides will not be running these days. Both Raymond Street and the Greenwood farm feature a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a farm market, mini-train rides, and adorable farm animals to meet!
Kelsay Farms (South Side)
Kelsay Farms offers some fall festival activities that can’t be found at other pumpkin patches. Little ones will love digging, pouring, and running their fingers through millions of kernels in the giant Corn Crib play area. Get up close and personal with the resident animals. Tractor lovers will also appreciate the chance to see the modern farm equipment that Kelsay uses. Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 12-9 pm, Sunday 12-6 pm with extended fall break October 10 – 21, 2022
Spencer Farm (North Side)
Spencer Farm offers a simple, straightforward pumpkin patch experience for families with babies. Especially if you don’t have older siblings in tow, sometimes all you need is a hayride and a field full of pumpkins! Pick classic carving pumpkins at Spencer, or hunt for beautiful decorative pumpkins and gourds, pie pumpkins, or adorable mini gourds. Best of all, there are no admission charges and parking is free! Just pay for the pumpkins you pick!
Piney Acres (North East Side)
A straw maze, a corn maze, mining for gems, hayrides, and of course the pumpkin patch. Piney Acres in Fortville has hours’ worth of fun. They have expanded their Kids’ Zone to include a rock wall, 4 tier sandbox, pedal carts, and more. Prices are based on activity and they even offer season passes for families who want to visit more than once.
Find all of the Indiana pumpkin patch locations near you in our Indianapolis Area Pumpkin Patch Guide.