Ten Pumpkin Patches and Festivals to Carve Into Your Colorado Calendar
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Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins and delicious pumpkin pies: 'Tis the season for all things pumpkin. And what better way to celebrate our Bronco-colored Colorado bounty than harvesting your very own gourd? There are family-friendly pumpkin patches along the Front Range, as well as feel-good fall festivals. Here are ten that you should carve into your fall October calendar. See also: Nine Favorite Family-Friendly Corn Mazes in Colorado
Osborn Farms' Facebook page
10) Osborn Farm Pumpkin Patch? 1230 South Boise Avenue, Loveland 970-541-1212
If the Griswald family had gone pumpkin picking instead of tree chopping in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, they might have landed here. The established Loveland farm — family-owned since 1861! — is small, neat and to the point: Drive to the site, park your car, then grab a wheelbarrow and get to picking. Osborn kicked off its pumpkin season last weekend with a Market Days celebration, and the patch and barnyard remain open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Halloween, weather and supply permitting. Admission is always free.
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9) CircleF8 Ranch 650 Sky View Lane, Larkspur 303-681-3169
This ranch is the real McCoy. Specializing in goats, honey bees and farm fresh eggs, it also has one heck of a pumpkin patch, along with goat walks, tractor-pulled hay rides, haunted rides and a haunted trail. The folks behind the scenes want you to know that organic eating doesn't have to be expensive if you do it yourself, and they teach Coloradans that throughout the year with classes ranging from cheese-making to goat keeping. Open for pumpkin picking 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 31.
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8) May Farms 64001 US Highway 36, Byers 303-822-5800
Children from every corner of Colorado flock to May Farms to learn what life on a farm is really like. This time of year they'll find pumpkins galore on a wide-open patch just ripe for the picking, and already gathered gourds and pie pumpkins at the farm stand. There are also hay bale mazes, a corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides and a barrel train — and don't forget to try Mrs. May's Homemade Chili, served at the Pavilion along with other mouth-watering goodness. The patch is open weekends,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $10 (activity fees vary); proceeds benefit the Country Kids Foundation.
Anderson Farms Facebook page
7) Anderson Farms 6728 County Road 3 ¼ (Erie)? 303-828-5210 Anderson Farms is like Disneyland for people who prefer nature to plastic. The farm welcomes visitors daily with an array of autumnal activities: gourd launchers, gem mining, a four-part corn maze, a spectacular wooden playground, pony rides and a farmers' market stand. But the meandering wagon rides to a sprawling you-pick pumpkin patch are the highlight. Admission starts at $10, and children 3 and under are free. Check online for hours. Keep reading for more pumpkin patches — with festivals.Next Page
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