As fall rolls around each year, farms in Oklahoma gear up to share their harvest bounty with plump pumpkins, vast corn mazes and family-friendly autumn fun.
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When the weather cools and the air turns crisp, there’s no better place to feel the magic of fall than on an Oklahoma farm. The harvest season brings colorful foliage, sweet corn, mild weather and pumpkins galore as farms across the state open their gates to visitors, inviting them to revel in the wonders of autumn’s glory. Urban and rural folks alike are encouraged to bask in the slow pace of farm life while visiting pumpkin patches and corn mazes, highlights of many farms in the fall.
Spend the day returning to a simpler time as you greet rabbits and goats, explore tricky mazes made of hay bales or acres of cornstalks and play in the great outdoors. Put on a sweater or warm jacket and head out to one of Oklahoma’s featured farms, where a great time is guaranteed for the entire family. Don’t forget your camera - the vibrant scenery of fall provides an amazing backdrop.
Plan your fall family getaway at Parkhurst Ranch & Pumpkin Patch in Arcadia, and enjoy everything from hay wagon rides to pony rides on this working farm. Take your children to the pumpkin patch to choose their own pumpkin to take home and let them gather organic pecans under giant trees. Then, stroll over to the petting zoo, where they’ll get a good look at rabbits, turkeys, horses and pigs. Kids can play for hours in the fun fort, check out the hay bale slide and even roast a hot dog over an open campfire.
Folks in Oklahoma City don’t have to travel far to have the full farm experience. The 108-acre Orr Family Farm is tucked right on the city’s south side and offers special attractions including cannon blasters, hayrides, a barnyard and more. Bright orange pumpkins and the sweet smell of kettle corn in the air signal a special time on the farm where families from near and far come to spend the day riding ponies, navigating the maze and mining for gems. Children of all ages will have a blast conquering hay mountain, while the miniature train offers much appreciated seating for the whole family as you get a tour of the farm. This award-winning farm also offers overnight stays in unique 19th Century Conestoga wagons and teepees.
Situated directly on historic Route 66, P Bar Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Weatherford is an acclaimed farm-turned-agricultural attraction that is known for providing picture-perfect fall memories. This popular autumn destination offers a petting zoo full of friendly farm animals, a miniature golf course and laser tag among the multitude of things to do there.
Venture into the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin right off the vine while snapping album-ready photos of the family during their search. After your pumpkins are purchased, don’t miss an opportunity to navigate through the farm’s main attraction: a seven-acre cornfield maze with three-and-a-half miles of winding paths, which can take up to an hour to get through (depending on your maze skills). When it gets dark, the laser tag barn and the maze are haunted by creepy monsters and scary creatures of the night, so muster up your courage and enter into the unknown as soon as the sun sets.
Come on down to Pumpkin Town where you can enjoy fall the old fashioned way with horse-drawn hayrides, a corn maze and petting zoo. Hop aboard the grain train to see the sights at Pumpkin Town Farms, including pony and camel rides, a giant jumping pillow, a corn crib, critter paintball and more. The five acre corn maze, which is the only maze of its kind in Tulsa, is always a hit and features a new design each year. Before you head out, be sure to snag a few pumpkins, gourds and squash to bring a bit of the harvest season to your neck of the woods.
Colorful, quirky barns set the stage for imaginative playtime at Annabelle’s Fun Farm in Welch in far northeast Oklahoma. Kids can explore the corn maze, see farm animals including chickens, goats and peacocks, and take a dive in the box of corn kernels. Mining for gems and real arrowheads captivates young minds, and spending some time in Kiddie Land, with swings, slides and objects to climb on, is a delightful time for the kids. Make sure you take a ride on the Annabelle Express, a mini-train that will transport you all over the farm. Complete the day by going out into the pumpkin patch to hand-pick the best pumpkin you can find.
For most of the year, Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill is a working farm and cattle ranch, but come October this Cyril attraction is transformed into a family fun destination complete with a u-pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo and tractor-pulled farm tours. This fourth generation Oklahoma family farm is located about halfway between Lawton and Chickasha in southwest Oklahoma. Test your sense of direction in the round bale hay maze, race down the slide and bounce sky-high on the jumping pillow. Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill also has swings and a junior zip line. After a day of fun on the farm, gather the family for a festive snapshot amid plump pumpkins and vibrant mums.