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 a 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 fudge, 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 in September, 8:00am-5:00pm. October hours are 9:00am-5:30pm daily. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins is open daily in September, 7:00am-5:00pm. October hours are 9:00am-5:30pm daily. 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 retired in 2019 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
- free access to corn maze
- straw mountain
- sand toy area
- petting zoo
- pig races
- coronado swing
- cyclone swing
- super slide
- 1/4 scale diesel train
- peddle cart ride
- pumpkin tractor train ride
- little tractors
- mini diggers
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) 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 3-October 31 | THURS and FRI between 12:00pm and 7:00pm and SAT & SUN between 9:00am and 7:00pm.
- COST: Admission to the Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival is $11(+tax)/person to $14(+tax)/person, depending on the weekend. 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.
OTHER PUMPKIN PATCHES AROUND ARIZONA
Willing to drive 2-4 hours to visit a pumpkin patch? Here are four other Arizona options to consider for 2020:
- Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze at Mortimer Farms in Dewey, AZ: Farm-inspired rides, ropes course, buckaroo pony, redneck Swing, buckin' bull Pipe swings, tire sandpit, pillow pad, ziplines, corn maze, pick-your-own, tetherball, animals, peddle cart race track, giant race slides, farm to table food, field roller races.
- Pumpkin Nights at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Rides, photo opps, character appearances, shops, spooktacular fireworks.
- Pumpkin Patch at MacDonald's Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ: Petting zoo, panning for gold, pedal car & track, photo areas, lawn games, haybale maze.
- Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, AZ: 5 acre corn maze, mini-golf, giant jump pad, giant tube roll, mini zip line, extreme air pillow, giant tube slide, giant hay climb, spider-web climb, duck races, 1 barrel train ride, animal area, pumpkin bowling, and pallet maze.
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!