15 Best Pumpkin Patches in Southeastern Wisconsin (2021)

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It’s October in Southeastern Wisconsin, and that means it’s time to embark on your family’s search for the perfect pumpkin. This fall season, there are more than a dozen pumpkin patches and family farms to choose from in the greater Milwaukee area. Your whole family can pick your own pumpkins, get lost in corn mazes, bounce along on wagon rides, eat caramel apples, visit a petting farm, take pony rides, hay rides, barrel train rides, and more. Below, we’ve indicated what each location offers. Pumpkin picking season usually starts in early October. Tag us in your pumpkin farm adventures and fun activities using #mkewithkids.


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1. Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 728-3266 Website
Though known for its apples, the Apple Barn Orchard also has a pumpkin patch that opens for picking the first weekend in October. The orchard and pumpkin patch are open on Saturdays and Sundays only, and there are a selection of food trucks and live bands scheduled to be onsite every weekend. Don’t miss their country store with local products.

2. Apple Holler

5006 S Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177 (262) 884-7100 Website Conveniently located right off I-94 south, Apple Holler is a popular place in autumn. Fall activities are in full swing starting with apple picking in September, and they continue into October as the pumpkins ripen. Head to Scarecrow Village to pick your own perfect pumpkin. Also on the 78-acre family farm is a park with plenty of fun kids’ activities, including a corn maze, a giant slide, a corn box and a straw mountain.

3. Barthel Fruit Farm

12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097 (262) 242-2737 Website
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This farm is a well-oiled u-pick machine in a pretty country setting. Pick-your-own gourds are available at the end of September, and starting in early October the offer already-picked pumpkins and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. They offer a variety of pumpkins, including pink, white, multi-colored, warty, edible, and more. There’s also a corn maze, a weekend beer garden, and a bakery food truck that serves up delicious apple and pumpkin desserts.

4. Basse’s Taste of Country

3190 County Road Q, Colgate, WI 53017 (262) 628-2626 Website

Pumpkin Fest starts in late September each year at Basse’s Taste of Country Farm, one of the largest pumpkin farms in Wisconsin, with all the bells and whistles. For an admission fee, you can explore Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Land, where you’ll find 65+ fall fun activities for the whole family, with more added every year. Activities include a Barncade with arcade games, photo opportunities, duck races, Farmer Skee Ball, barnyard basketball, a wacky tumbler, a ropes course with 17 obstacles, animal barn, a giant swing, Giant Connect 4, straw bales, twister mirror maze, tug of war, wagon rides, and more. Enjoy a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own perfect pumpkin, then challenge yourself in the trivia and murder mystery corn mazes. There’s a new theme every year! Enjoy onsite food vendors, and purchase fall decorations like Indian corn, corn stalks, straw bales, small and giant pumpkins, squash, gourds, and more in the country store.

5. Bear Den Petting Zoo

6831 Big Bend Rd. (Hwy 164), Waterford, WI 53185 (262) 895-6430 Website Not only will you see a variety of animals on your visit to this local petting zoo, but you can also enjoy a hot apple cider or hot cocoa with extra whipped cream on top! Don’t forget to pick up a caramel apple with all your favorite toppings. Admission ($10 per person; under 2 are free) includes entry to the zoo, all petting areas, play area and picnic area, plus a hayride through the woods (weather permitting) and to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins start at $3 each for basketball size or smaller. Cash or check only.

6. Cedarburg Creek Farm

649 Hwy 60, Cedarburg, WI 53012 (414) 333-5600 Website
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This family-owned and operated business offers a pumpkin patch, a barrel train, a kid’s straw bale, a corn maze, and more. Choose from thousands of pumpkins, big or small, anxiously waiting to become Jack-o-lanterns this Halloween. There are usually giant pumpkins, too! There is no admission fee, and hay wagon rides are also free!

7. Cozy Nook Farm

S11 W30780 Summit Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 968-2573 Website
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Choose from over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian Corn (both large and mini) and Broom Corn. Their pumpkins grow in all shades of orange plus the white (Cotton candy and Luminas), the big whites called Full Moons (50 pounds and larger), green Jaharradles, the tan New England Cheese and the bright red Cinderellas. Farm tours and hayrides are available by reservation on weekdays. They also have a building you can rent for birthday parties or special events. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 10.


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​8. Creekside Valley Farm

13101 N. Wauwatosa Road, Mequon, WI 53097 (414) 852-5752 Website
Creekside Valley Farm is family-owned and operated, specializing in hay and pumpkin sales. Spend your day exploring the farm or find your perfect pumpkin in the pick-your-own patch. Get lost in the corn maze or spend some quality time with the farm animals at the petting zoo. There’s also pedal carts and and pumpkin games to keep all ages busy and having fun!

9. Elegant Farmer

1545 Main St., Mukwonago, WI 53149 (262) 363-6770 Website Your kids will love the smiley face barn that welcomes you to the popular Autumn Harvest Fest (Saturdays and Sundays in September and October 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). In addition to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, there are wagon rides, pony rides, a corn maze and more. To make your day extra special, ride the East Troy Electric Train from the historic depot directly to the Elegant Farmer. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged in the orchard, and masks are required in the indoor market.

10. Lammscapes

2708 Sherman Rd, Jackson, WI 53037 (262) 677-3010 Website Starting September 26 and continuing through October, Lammscapes will be hosting Pumpkins in the Pines on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be fun fall activities for families at Lamm Gardens, including hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, enchanted garden walks and fall workshops.

11. Land of the Giants Pumpkin Farm

11823 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177 (262) 886-6690 Website
Bring the family out to Creuziger’s Land of the Giants pumpkin farm! This family-run farm has thousands of pumpkins at reasonable prices, free parking, and a play area with free admission. Plus, feed the goats, alpacas, and pot belly pig. Try your hand the large corn maze for $3. On weekends, you can ride the barrel train or an Army truck through the pumpkin patch ($4/rider for each).

12. Lindners Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

19075 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146 (262) 549-5364 Website
From now through October 31, Lindners will be open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There is no admission fee and parking is free, but you’ll have to pay to gain entrance to the petting zoo, Big Backyard playground (back open after being closed in 2020) and corn maze ($6 per person on Friday – Sunday; $5 per person Monday – Thursday). Pumpkin bowling and the Pumkin Express Barrel Train are $2 each. Bonus: Tour the 1840s log cabin and vintage farm implements.

13. Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm

2970 Mile View Rd., West Bend, WI 53095 (262) 338-3649 Website Enjoy free wagon rides out to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Meadowbrook has both scary and non-scary fun for all ages, including an animal farm and petting zoo, a child-friendly “spooky” wagon ride, a daytime creepy field, nighttime haunted cornfield (with live monsters on Friday and Saturday nights) and more.

14. Schuett Farms

W299 S6370 State Road 83, Mukwonago, WI 53149 (262) 968-4348 Website
Schuett Farms is a family farm with a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides on the weekends, fresh sweet corn, vegetables, and more. Activities include pumpkin launching, a giant slide and a corn cannon. The 10-acre corn maze features more than 4 miles of path! Don’t miss the mini donuts and the giant pumpkins available for purchase.

15. Swan’s Pumpkin Farm

5930 County Highway H, Franksville, WI 53126 (262) 835-4885 Website
Pumpkin season kicks off with Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run on Saturday, September 25 and the Raymond 4-H Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, September 26. Don’t miss a tour of the Grand Avenue through Corn City, featuring uncanny likenesses of celebrities known near and far. There’s also a petting zoo, tractor-drawn hayrides, pedal carts, a big green slide, and scarier fun like The Witch Hollow Maze and The Graveyard.

16. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Farm

9612 W Oakwood Rd, Franklin, WI 53132 Website Located in southern Milwaukee County in Franklin, Buffalo Bill’s is best known for their Christmas trees. However, their pre-picked and pick-your-own pumpkin patch has been operating for a few years now and is a destination in its own right.

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