Oh My Gourd! These St. Louis Pumpkin Patches Have So Many Seasonal Offerings
By Rachel Huffman
Pumpkins are the epitome of autumn, and visiting a pumpkin patch is a must-do activity in St. Louis this season.
These local pumpkin patches have more than just gourds, though. Bring a date, friends or the whole family for a special day of massive corn mazes, bouncy wagon rides and festive foods.
Pull on your favorite fall sweater and head to Brookdale Farms, where the pumpkins come in shapes and sizes for small hands or classic jack-o’-lanterns. Nestled among the rolling hills of Eureka, the sprawling farm offers an abundance of other adventures, as well. Navigate your way through the 14-acre corn maze – the largest in St. Louis – or take a hayride through the radiant landscape. After dark, however, the attractions become haunted, with ancient demonic spirits lurking around every corner. Enter at your own risk.
At Eckert’s, you can almost taste the history. Eckert’s Orchards took root in 1837, and today, there are three farms just across the river in Southern Illinois. At each location, pumpkins are ripe for the picking, whether you’re looking for a gourd to carve or eat. Eckert’s also sells homegrown display pumpkins and scrumptious pie pumpkins. This month, the Pumpkin Jamboree offers entertainment beyond the fields, too – think wagon rides, live music and festive foods, such as caramel apples and funnel cakes. Your little ones can also feed a goat and enjoy the children’s carnival.
In October, the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market transforms into The Great Pumpkin Patch, boasting more than 20 varieties of pumpkins. Orange you excited?! You’ll also find cornstalks, kale, mums and pansies to add to your seasonal décor. Quench your thirst with fresh-pressed cider, and let the kids play in the Fall Fun Zone until they’re properly worn out.
Stuckmeyer’s Farm, a fourth-generation family farm in Fenton, hosts Halloween Farm Fun Days all October long. Expect hayrides, farm animals, a spooky fort and pumpkins galore. Children and adults alike can also clamber through the inflatable farm train, which should get a few laughs.
Worth the 50-minute drive from St. Louis, Eagle Fork Farms offers picture-perfect pumpkins and more in a lush setting. Owners Laura and Charlie Meyer have been growing pumpkins since 1989, but they’ve come a long way from simply selling them from their driveway. Today, Eagle Fork Farms is a go-to destination, featuring a pumpkin patch alongside an 8-acre corn maze, pony rides and a barrel train ride. Visitors can also mine for 20 types of precious and semi-precious stones, get their faces painted, pedal karts down a racetrack and shoot apples or tennis balls out of a cannon.
Pumpkin patches shouldn’t be the only thing on your St. Louis hit list this season. For more ideas, from urban adventures to local festivals to outdoor activities, check out our roundup of fall fun in St. Louis.