PHOENIX — Fall in Arizona means cooler temperatures, dining outside, mid-day hikes, watching the leaves change color in northern Arizona, and spending a festive day at the farm.
Farms around the state will be opening soon for the season with pumpkin patches, hayrides, petting zoos, and small amusement rides.
Here is what each has in store for the season.
Mother Nature’s Farm
Open Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2021
Mother Nature’s Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in Gilbert, near Baseline and Gilbert roads. Kids can enjoy a hayride, feed some of the farm’s animals, such as pigs, goats, donkeys, and cows, or climb on the spider web crawl. There is a pumpkin patch and Maneau’s Munchies, a small store with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats. Admission is $10.
What to know: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2021; Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 per person; 1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233. More information.
Oct. 1 - 31, 2021
Venture up to MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale for an “old west” experience with pony rides, train rides, and panning for gold. There is also a haybale maze, pedal cars, a mechanical bull, and a pumpkin patch. Admission is $10 and includes the petting zoo, panning for gold, maze, pedal cars, lawn games, and photo opps. Other activities, food, and drink are separate costs.
What to know: Oct. 1-31, 2021; Open Monday, Wednesday - Sunday (closed Tuesdays), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 per person Monday, Wednesday - Friday, and $12 on Saturday and Sunday; 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. More information.
Tolmachoff Farms’ Pumpkin Days
Oct. 1 - 31, 2021
Tolmachoff Farms opens in October for its yearly “Pumpkin Days” events with a pumpkin patch, a six-acre corn maze, and other activities. There is a mini corn maze for the little ones, a petting zoo, pedal cart track, train ride, and a jumping pillow activity. Admission is $15 and includes both mazes, petting zoo, and play areas. There are additional costs for the train ride, tomato cannon, and food vendors.
What to know: Oct. 1 - 31, 2021; Open Wednesday & Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., Friday, noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday; $15 per person; 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85303. More information.
Oct. 1 - 31, 2021
Stay cool at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa for their yearly fall activities and festival days. The farm is home to a large corn maze -- this year’s design featured an outline of the state, a large cactus, heart, and pumpkin, petting zoo, barrel train rides, mini-golf, hay climb, pumpkins, and other activities. Admission is $12.
Where to know: Oct. 1-31, 2021; Open Monday - Thursday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.; admission is $12, some activities are additional costs; 4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212. More information.
Schnepf Farms’ Pumpkin & Chili Party
Oct. 1-31, 2021
The Pumpkin & Chili Party, a staple fall event at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, returns for its 24th year in 2021. The yearly festival featured a four-acre pumpkin patch, 10-acre celebrity maze, four-acre corn maze, and a number of attractions, such as zip lines, mini-golf, a petting zoo, pig races, bonfires, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is $23.95 per person.
What to know: Oct. 1-31, 2021; Open Thursday, noon to 9 p.m., Friday, noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (closed Monday - Wednesday); admission is $23.95 per person, pumpkins, food, and train ride are separate costs; 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. More information.
Rocker & Farm Patch’s Sunflower Field
Oct. 14 - Nov. 7, 2021
Imagine standing amongst four acres of yellow, bloomed sunflowers? That’s the showstopper at Rocker & Farm Patch in Buckeye, Arizona. The farm will also have a pumpkin patch, cotton field, tractor tires for kids to climb on, a pyramid built out of hay, and a jumping pillow attraction. Admission is $6 per person. Some activities have additional costs.
What to know: Oct. 14 - Nov. 7; Open most Thursdays - Sundays, hours are Thursday & Friday, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m; admission is $6 per person, the family pass is available for $25; 19601 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye AZ 85326. More information.