Celebrating Fall in the Treasure Valley: Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes
There are many ways to mark the arrival of fall – like sipping that first hot cider or steaming pumpkin spiced latte of the season – but nothing beats the tradition of visiting a local, family-owned pumpkin patch and selecting the perfect pumpkin to adorn your porch.
Fortunately, we’ve made it even easier to do so. Below you’ll find a list of Boise pumpkin patches, corn mazes and even a sunflower field to explore with your family. What better way to embrace fall than by making lasting memories with the people you love most?
Lowe Family Farmstead
2500 S Eagle Rd, Kuna, ID 83634
(208) 922-5678 | Website
Open: Mon-Thurs 4-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Calling itself “Idaho’s most popular fall destination,” the Farmstead is more like a county fair than what most people think of a traditional working farm. Not only can you take a tractor-drawn hayride and pick more than 40 types of pumpkins and gourds at their huge pumpkin patch, the farm also features an elaborate corn maze to tackle, a shorter, mini-maze for families with little tykes, potato sack slides and pony rides, among other great family-friendly activities.
7165 S Linder Rd, Meridian, ID 83642
Open: Mon-Thurs 5-9 p.m., Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
While the Farmstead calls itself Idaho’s most popular destination, Linder Farms definitely gives it a run for its money as the best Boise pumpkin patch. This sprawling ode to fall features hayrides that take you to nearly 30 acres of pumpkins – that’s three separate patches with 60 pumpkin varieties to choose from. They also have a hay bale maze for children and a more difficult corn maze boasting more than three miles of paths. On top of all that, the farm features a petting zoo, tire playground, pony rides and a mechanical bull. If you plan your trip later in the day, it’s worth sticking around for an evening bonfire and hot cup of cider.
Twin Oaks Farms
3650 N Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616
(208) 939-6373 | Website
Open: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m-Sunset, Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-Sunset
Those looking for a less crowded pumpkin picking experience should look no further than this intimate 20-acre farm. Hitch a ride on a tractor-pulled trailer, claim your seat on a fresh hay bale and trundle out to their quaint pumpkin patch, which many say has the best views of the Treasure Valley. The thoughtful touches make this experience one that families return for year after year: cozy bonfires around the farm to keep warm, storytelling, a petting zoo and horse rides. The farm also has 15 acres of u-pick veggies available this year. For $25 a basket, you can take your pick of corn, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, radishes, onions, cucumbers, cantaloupe and more – all grown from GMO-free seeds and without the use of pesticides.
Cabalo’s Orchard and Gardens
2087 W King Rd, Kuna, ID 83634
(208) 922-3301 | Website
Open: Thurs-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m.
Families who embrace an organic lifestyle should also put this farm on their to-do list. Three generations of the Cabalo family cultivate 10 acres of seasonal produce, all without the use of pesticides. Open to the public Thursdays thru Sundays in October; you have the option of picking your own jack-o-lantern pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and three varieties of apples. The hayrides are free but decorative gourds, corn stalks, unpasteurized apple cider and mini straw bales are available for purchase – everything you need to decorate your home for the season!
The Berry Ranch
7998 US-20, Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 466-3860 | Website
Open: (no hayride) Mon-Fri 9-3 p.m., (hayride) Mon-Fri 4-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m.
Even after the berries are done for the season, there’s much to do on this entertaining pick-your-own farm. Every day through Oct. 31, the farm offers hayrides to their pumpkin fields where you can pick your own pumpkin (or simply buy one in the farm store). There are also tours of the farm, where children can meet friendly cows, turkeys, chickens, sheep and even see how a working beehive operates. Just be sure to note that this Boise pumpkin patch operates with cash or check (with ID) only.
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