Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines Area


PUMPKIN PATCH GUIDE DES MOINESAs soon as there is a hint of crisp in the air, it’s time to break out the pumpkins! Head to one of many pumpkin patches around Des Moines. Not only for great selection but many have all the fun fall activities to boot. Enjoy one of the most beloved family fall traditions and spend the day at the pumpkin patch.

Want to pick apples? Check out our guide to where to pick apples, here.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

No time for driving to a pumpkin patch? Find a variety of pumpkins for carving and decorating at Farmboy Market, Valley West Mall parking lot. Everything from pumpkins and gourds to cornstalks and mums is sourced from their farm in Runnells. 

Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines and Central Iowa

Berry Patch Farm

Where: 62785 280th Street, Nevada

When: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission: Free


  • U-pick pumpkins, apples, and raspberries
  • Baked goods

Center Grove Orchard

Where: 32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge

Where: Every day 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: starting at $16.95


  • Hayrides
  • Train rides
  • Jumping pillows
  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkins and apples
  • And much more!

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Howell’s Pumpkin Patch

Where: 3145 Howell Court, Cumming

When: September 8 – October 31 open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: $15 and up for ages 2+


  • Old-fashioned wagon ride
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Corn Indy pedal go-carts
  • Pony rides
  • Kiddy Korral with friendly farm animals
  • Duck races
  • Bonfires
  • Cafe and gift shop with homemade goodies

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Iowa Orchard

Where: 9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale

Pumpkin patch open: Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. late September through Halloween

Family Fun Zone on weekends from mid-September through October weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: $5/person; no charge for ages 2 and under

Farm Fun Zone includes:

  • Hay bale slide
  • Corn box
  • Tire obstacle course
  • Face painting
  • Badminton
  • Horseshoe toss

Pumpkinville & Cornmaze

Where: 618 Center Ave S, Mitchellville

When: Daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: Free


  • Straw train
  • Tug-a-pumpkin
  • Corn granary
  • Straw jump
  • Big and mini corn maze (there is a fee to do the mazes)

Storybook Orchard

Where: 12832 Royal Orchard Dr., Story City

When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • U-pick pumpkins starting in October

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

When: 5987 NE 88th Street, Altoona

Where: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free


  • Natural growing practices
  • Pumpkins
  • U-pick apples and already picked
  • Raspberries
  • Pumpkin patch, pick in the field
  • Pumpkin patch – already gathered from the field
  • Honey from hives on the farm
  • Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)

Wills Family Orchard

Where: 33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2023 Apple & Pumpkin Fest Weekends – Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm; Sundays Noon – 6 pm., starting September 16 thru October 22.

Admission: $7 and up for ages 2+


  • U-pick pumpkins
  • Corn maze
  • Wagon rides
  • Barnyard
  • Apple picking
  • A shop full of delicious treats

Find more ideas for family-friendly fall activities around Des Moines.

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