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 two pumpkin patch 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 Annies’ corn maze is “the largest corn maze in Arizona, 20 acres!” with two 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: Apple Annie’s Orchard is open daily, 8:00am-5:00pm. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins is open daily, 7:00am-5:00pm. Check the website for updated and/or special event hours.
- COST: Admission is free. Corn Maze is $8/adults; $6/children (ages 3-11); Children 2 and under are FREE
- WHAT STANDS OUT: largest corn maze in Southern AZ; plentiful photo spots; opens early; no charge for parking or admission; 4 stars on yelp & tripadvisor
- BEST FOR: picking your own fruit and vegetables, purchasing homemade gifts and desserts
- SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Apple Annie’s on Facebook.
Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Patch
The owners of the Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival have retired after 30 years of “helping to make family memories and traditions in the Tucson community.” As such, the pumpkin festival is permanently closed.
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
- Tractor train ride
- Free access to both corn mazes
- Access to the Straw Mountain and Kids Zone
- Petting Zoo
- Pig Races
- Jumping Pillow
- 1/4 scale diesel train
- Peddle cart ride
- Pumpkin Train Ride
- Little Tractors
- 90′ Slide ***NEW
- Mini Diggers ***NEW
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festivals has two corn mazes, which are 5 acres each.
Additional festivities (for a fee) include pumpkin cannon ($1 per shot), zipline ($5), and pony rides ($5).
A wide variety of food items are available for purchase: hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, nachos, BBQ sandwiches, and kettle corn. A children’s menu features 5 different entree choices plus fries and a drink for $6 (+tax). Note that no outside food or drinks are permitted.
- LOCATION: 14901 N. Wentz Rd., Marana (~30 minutes NW of Downtown Tucson)
- DATES/TIMES: October 5-October 30 | Monday through Thursday, 3:00pm-7:00pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm
- COST: Admission to the Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival is $11(+tax)/person on Monday-Thursday, $13(+tax)/person on Friday, and $13-$15(+tax)/person on Saturday & Sunday. Kids 34″ and under get in free.
- WHAT STANDS OUT: only jumping pillow in town; 4 stars on yelp and tripadvisor; pig races; LOTS of kiddie rides, petting zoo with ponies, lambs, miniature donkeys, and more
- BEST FOR: families with small children
- SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Marana Pumpkin Patch on Facebook.
SO — Which Tucson pumpkin patch is best? That depends on where you live and what kind of experience you are looking for. Join the conversation on TucsonTopia’s Facebook page. Also – keep your eye out for photos of each location on Instagram!
Of note – We also have a page about Tucson corn mazes!