6 Reasons To Visit A Pumpkin Patch Theresa October 29, 2016 Leisure, Traveling 29 Comments When the air gets crisp and you begin to pull your fall layers out of the closet, you can take advantage of the beautiful outdoor weather by visiting local farms to pick pumpkins. Whether you visit to spend time together as a family or to support a local business, there are many reasons a pumpkin patch is a wonderful fall destination. 6 Reasons To Visit A Pumpkin Patch When I shared my family’s photos from visiting a pumpkin farm on my Instagram page recently, some people were surprised that visiting a pumpkin patch was a popular activity for families around Halloween time. Although when I was growing up, I never partook in this activity, I have enjoyed bringing my children to a local spot to pick pumpkins for the past three years. Check out six reasons why you should take your child to a local pumpkin patch. 1. To Get Outside As A Family When the weather gets cooler, it’s easy to forget to exercise. Get in an invigorating walk, while also spending time together as a family. Doing a healthy group activity is inspiring to the whole family. From toddlers to teens, families love doing this outdoor activity together. At Larriland Farm where we visited, it was quite a trek from one side to the other! This was a good reminder to all of us that even though we don’t have a Disney vacation to get fit for (you can check out this throwback article for more info), we should still be getting outside more often for some light exercise at least a few days a week. 2. To Show Your Children Nature If your children don’t explore the outdoors frequently, they can get a unique opportunity to discover nature. Seeing how pumpkins grow out of the ground and are attached to vines is very educational! While visiting a pumpkin patch, your children can run free and make discoveries independently. This is a great opportunity for children to think about the things that they find and what these items do in nature. In fall, my children get into the routine of doing indoor activities. Seeing your children go outside and enjoy the outdoors is a wonderful and incredible activity, both for them and for you. 3. To Enjoy The Beautiful, Little Moments Moms need to take time to enjoy the beautiful, little moments in life. For many moms, this means relaxing with a coffee or having “Me” time that you don’t spend with your family. If you visit a pumpkin patch, you can take a few moments for yourself to see the small and lovely parts of nature that you would usually overlook. You don’t have to leave your family behind to get some quiet time. The kids will be so busy and happy playing in the field, that they’ll give you plenty of space. Some of the best moments are when you see your children playing. I loved finding candid moments when my daughters made each other laugh. When both girls tried to sit on one pumpkin to post for a picture and fell off, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of how giddy and happy they were. Visiting a pumpkin patch can be a very simple weekend activity that doesn’t require a lot of planning. We skipped the hayride and other activities to make this a quick and easy way to spend the afternoon. 4. To Teach Your Children About Working Outside From the second we arrived, my children ran off with smiles, but quickly, they realized how much work it was to be in a field of pumpkins! Even running took work since the vines were everywhere, waiting to trip little, toddler-sized running feet. Pushing a wheelbarrow was another lesson in the benefits of hard work! It took quite a long time and plenty of effort to push the wheelbarrow through the field, past vines, pumpkins, and more. I love seeing smiles when my children are doing work because it reminds me of how hard working they are. In the end, all the work paid off wonderfully. We had more than enough pumpkins to carry home! Both girls loved pitching in and learning how to push a full wheelbarrow back to the car. Although my daughters don’t have the opportunity to live on a farm, visiting one gave them a great lesson about what life would be like if we needed to farm. 5. For The Adorable Photo Shoot Opportunity Pumpkin patches offer a beautiful backdrop for fall photos. Whether you’re facing the sun or not, you can get gorgeous photos. All of the pumpkins in the background give the pictures an interesting look. You should take some photos that are posed, but the unposed, impromptu pictures are incredibly fun and beautiful. When you have the whole family together doing a fall activity, getting good pictures is a must do. Even if you only take photos on your phone, you should make sure that you capture these wonderful memories. You don’t have to be a professional photography (or hire one) to get good pictures at a pumpkin patch. With a beautiful, natural backdrop, nature takes care of most of the work for you. Check that your family has appropriate, seasonal outfits on and their hair styled nicely, and you’ll end up with nice photos. 6. To Support A Local Business One great reason to visit a pumpkin patch is to support your local farmers. At the farm where we visited, Larriland Farm in Howard County, Maryland, a lot of the land nearby has become townhomes, and as the area gets more and more built up, supporting local businesses takes on a more significant role. Not only do the rolling hills and open space that farms provide make the area spectacular and beautiful, but they also add fun recreational activities for families. When you’re thinking of fun fall activities, visiting a local pumpkin patch should be on your list of things to do! Not only is it an enjoyable, invigorating experience for the whole family, but it is also a great way to support a local business. Pin the photo below to remind others of why to visit a pumpkin patch! Did you visit a pumpkin patch this fall? Share your experience in the comments! For more fun family activity ideas, follow Theresa’s Reviews on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flipboard and Youtube. 29 Responses Jen October 29, 2016 I haven’t ever been to a pumpkin patch like these. Living in the city I’ve maybe gotten one at a church “pumpkin patch” but never the real deal. I feel a road trip coming on! The photos alone would be worth the trip. Reply jen sattler October 29, 2016 I’ve always done this with my boys! xo jen effortlesseverydaystyle.blogspot.com Reply Lanae Bond October 29, 2016 Those are excellent reason to visit a pumpkin patch! Your daughters are so pretty. Reply bianca nunez October 30, 2016 I havent been to a pumpkin patch in awhile ! thanks for the post looks like good memories! Reply Brittiny Adams October 30, 2016 Pumpkin patches are great. Hopefully I can make it to one before it gets too cold. You took some great photos. Reply Cait Weingartner October 30, 2016 Growing up in a rural area of northern NJ, we were surrounded by farms and several pick-your-own apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree farms, I have many fond memories of family pumpkin picking, as I am sure your beautiful little girls will also! Reply Madi October 31, 2016 Amen to everything you said! Fall is seriously the best. Reply Wendy October 31, 2016 I’ll have to do that someday. What a beautiful butterfly. Reply Stefani @ Crafty Christian October 31, 2016 We love going to the pumpkin patch! It’s so fun! Reply Ashley B. October 31, 2016 I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch in years, but I always like to see people post pictures of their kids having fun! Reply Demelza - The Year Of The Daffodil October 31, 2016 What an awesome place to visit with kids. We don’t really have pumpkin patches to visit in New Zealand . This is really cool. Reply Heidi @ Grow Family Love October 31, 2016 Beautiful photos of your family! We visited a pumpkin patch for the first time this year. My children loved it! We will definitely be making it a yearly family tradition. 🙂 Reply Courtney October 31, 2016 I love pumpkin patches and they are one of my favorite places to visit in Fall. La Belle Sirene Reply Jennifer L November 1, 2016 I just love pumpkin patches. In fact, I’ve been with my little cousins and they’re always so excited to learn and explore around the patch. So I definitely see the great value in visiting one, especially for the little ones. Reply Jen November 1, 2016 We love going to the pumpkin patch! So much fun! Reply Laura Roth November 1, 2016 We LOVE going to pumpkin patches or apple orchards with our kids–it’s one of their favorite memories! Reply Becca @ Nappies & Nail Polish November 1, 2016 I wish there was a pumpkin patch near me! I don’t think there is 🙁 Would love to take my daughter to one. Reply Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi November 1, 2016 I love visiting a pumpkin patch every year. These reasons are so thoughtful and so true! <3 Reply Elizabeth Doren November 1, 2016 Pumpkin patches might very well be my favorite fall activity. Thanks for the post – more people need to go! Reply Stacy- Taylor411 November 1, 2016 I love the idea of supporting local businesses, you captured some beautiful pictures!! Reply Shann Eva November 2, 2016 Yes! These are all such great reasons! We went and visited a local farm, got some lovely pictures, and some great pumpkins and gourds too. It’s so nice to be able to find a family activity that everyone can enjoy, plus support a local business. Reply Leah November 2, 2016 I love the butterfly picture! Even when my children are outside, I don’t feel like they’re getting a “real” outdoors experience. Everything is sheltered by our neighborhood. Reply Taylor Mobley November 2, 2016 I love pumpkin patches!!!! They are so great!!! Reply Casey November 3, 2016 We love hitting the pumpkin patch and yes great photo op…you took some great pictures! Reply Candace @ Fullest Mom November 4, 2016 Great post! I’m a fan of the little moment too. Your photos captured great images for the memory bank. We only had a small pumpkin patch for our town but the kids loved it. Reply Tiffany | shortsweetmom November 4, 2016 These are all great reasons to visit the pumpkin patch. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos from your special day at the pumpkin patch. Reply Alexandria Lawrence November 7, 2016 Your photos are stunning. I especially liked point number 6. Great post! Reply Inez November 8, 2016 Yes!! These are all great reasons!! I especially love supporting a local business. 🙂 Reply April November 8, 2016 Our visit to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite places to go each year. I love you explicit reasoning as to why everyone should go – Great list!! I especially agree with #3 and #5. I’m learning that life really is about all the small moments that occur. If you can get a great family photo in the midst of those moments, that’s a WIN/ WIN!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.