Are you pining for a fun fall experience in the middle of the desert? Have you wondered which Tucson pumpkin patch is best for you and your family?
Scroll below for a comparison of the three pumpkin patch/corn maze experiences in Southern Arizona and what makes each of them stand out.
Apple Annie’s Pumpkin Celebration & Corn Maze
Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins is a family farming operation that has been around since the mid 1980’s – and they keep improving their property each year.
Enjoy old-fashioned family fun when you pick your own pumpkins, fall vegetables, and apples.
Apple Annie’s is also home to “Arizona’s largest corn maze” (20 acres!) with 2 levels of difficulty.
As for food options, come hungry for an all-you-can-eat pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast (served from 8:30am-10:30am) or partake in the apple smoked burger lunch (served from 11:30am-4:00pm).
If dessert is more your style, you can buy homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, and/or cider donuts to enjoy on the premises or to bring home with you.
- LOCATION: 6405 W. Williams Rd., Willcox (~85 minutes SE of Downtown Tucson)
- DATES/TIMES: Oct 1-2, Oct 8-9, Oct 15-16, Oct 22-23, Oct 29-30 [8:30am-4:00pm]
- COST: Corn Maze is $7/adults; $5/children (ages 3-11); Children 2 and under are FREE
- WHAT STANDS OUT: largest corn maze in Southern AZ; plentiful photo spots; opens at 8:30am for early risers; no charge for parking or admission; 4 stars on yelp & tripadvisor
- SOCIAL MEDIA: LIKE Apple Annie’s on Facebook and FOLLOW Apple Annie’s on Twitter.
Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze
The Bucklew Farm Festival has been a Tucson attraction since 1989.
Admission price includes: parking, unlimited wagon rides (wagon rides through pumpkin fields), 3 corn mazes (for all ages), inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course, jumping castle, pedal carts, pumpkin painting, duck races, kids zip line, kids rope climb, and kids pony hops.
More about the corn mazes – There are 3 corn mazes for all ages. Over 4 miles of trail winds through 11 acres of corn. A total of 12 checkpoints are contained within the mazes to guide you and a punch card helps gauge your success. There is a farm scene investigation game, farm tracks game, and a scavenger hunt check point game. Game cards are available at the ticket booth.
Other activities that are available, but NOT included with admission are as follows: face painting, arts and crafts, country store shopping, zombie paintball, pony rides, mechanical bull, pumpkins, food and drink, beer and wine.
- LOCATION: 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson (~35 minutes SW of Downtown Tucson)
- DATES/TIMES: Oct 8-9, Oct 15-16, Oct 22-23, Oct 29-30 [10:00am-5:00pm]
- COST: $10/person; $8/seniors; children in diapers are FREE
- WHAT STANDS OUT: beer and wine are available for purchase; inflatable slide
- SOCIAL MEDIA: LIKE Buckelew Farm on Facebook and FOLLOW Buckelew Farm on Twitter.
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival
Marana Pumpkin Patch offers 50 acres of family fun.
Your admission ticket includes entry to the farm festival, a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, access to both corn mazes, petting zoo, pig races, rubber duck races, jumping pillow, 1/4 scale diesel train, peddle cart ride, and pumpkin train ride.
For an additional fee: zipline, pumpkin cannon, pony ride.
Lots of food for purchase too! Indulge in “Carnival Food” such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, nachos and pretzels or dine at Cattleman’s Cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- LOCATION: 14901 N. Wentz Rd., Marana (~30 minutes NW of Downtown Tucson)
- DATES/TIMES: October 1-30 [3:00pm-7:00pm Mon-Thurs; 9:00am-7:00pm Fri-Sun]
- COST: $10/person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; $12/person on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; kids 32″ and under get in free
- WHAT STANDS OUT: weekday option; only jumping pillow in town; 4 stars on yelp and tripadvisor; petting zoo with ponies, lambs, miniature donkeys, and more
- SOCIAL MEDIA: LIKE Marana Pumpkin Patch on Facebook.
SO — Which Tucson pumpkin patch or corn maze is best? That depends on where you live and what kind of experience you are looking for. Leave a comment below with your thoughts or join the conversation on TucsonTopia’s Facebook page. Also – keep your eye out for photos of each location on Instagram!