Where to go to pick your own pumpkins and have a little fall fun

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Where to go to pick your own pumpkins and have a little fall fun

Sure, you can find a pumpkin just about anywhere. But why not make pumpkin picking a true experience with a hayride, corn maze and more fun on the farm? Here are some of our favorite places to pick your own pumpkins (and more)!

This summer’s weather created perfect growing conditions for pumpkins, growing a bumper crop of thousands of at Young’s Jersey Dairy near Yellow Springs. The pumpkins will be available until the end of October. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/STAFF Staff Writer

YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY  🎃🍎🌽

Young’s may be famous for its ice cream, but it’s also a top destination for fall family fun. You could easily spend all day at Young’s. Meet some friendly farm animals at their petting zoo, get lost in their corn maze, play miniature golf or test your strength at the driving range. They have not one but two full-service restaurants, so you could theoretically enjoy lunch and dinner. You don’t have to be interested in pick-your-own pumpkins to enjoy a wagon ride around the farm.

Address: 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.

Hours: Open 11 a.m. -6 p.m. daily.

Cost: Pick your own pumpkin with wagon ride to patch: $8.50 per pumpkin or 3 for $24. Cowvin’s Corny Maze is $6.50 a person age 5 and older. Children age 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The price includes a wagon ride to and from the maze.

Phone: 937-325-0629

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The Niederman Family Farm corn maze for 2017 looks challenging. Contributed

NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM 🎃🍎🌽

Niederman Family Farm has a big change this season. The location of the corn maze is now on the farm’s beautiful “back 40.” This picturesque area of the farm will give you a beautiful view of woods and Gregory Creek.

The fall festival wristband is a one-price admission for everything, except for pumpkins and food. Included in the admission is the corn maze, the kiddie corn maze, a hayride, a barrel train, climbing hills, a pipe swing, a climbing web, 9 square in the air, volleyball, tether ball, pumpkin school, giant swing, giant rocker, educational areas, and more. 

Address: Niederman Family Farm has a new parking lot entrance, 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Twp.

Hours: Open through Oct. 29. Wednesday and Thursday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Cost: Gate admission is $12 per person age 2 and over.

Phone: (513) 779-3228

Website: More information and discounted admission tickets at www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com

Burwinkel Farms is a great way to spend a fall day - there s something fun and exciting for everyone. CONTRIBUTED Contributing Writer

BURWINKEL FARMS 🎃🍎🌽

Burwinkel Farms features three traditional mazes (2 separate corn mazes and 1 skid maze) that will leave you turning around at dead end after dead end. For an added challenge, find the four scavenger hunt items within each maze. Burwinkel Farms activities also include a hayride through the sunflower field with a mission to find nine themed scarecrows along the way. The hayride will take you to a “pick your own” pumpkin patch and a blooming sunflower field to hike through to get a pumpkin and sunflower for free.

Visit the goats, follow the Halloween Scavenger hunt, and play in the corn pool. While you’re there, grab some homegrown apples and apple cider. Light snacks, including homemade caramel apples, and drinks are available for sale.

Address: 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton

Hours: Open Daily 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Most activities available during business hours. Hayrides run 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Runs through Sunday, Oct. 29.

Cost: Weekends $7 per person (includes a pie pumpkin and a sunflower, when in bloom), weekdays $4 for activities, under 2-years-old are free.

Phone: (513) 738-1145

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Brown’s Family Farm Market offers affordable fun for everyone at their Fall Family Fun Weekends, which runs through October 31. CONTRIBUTED Contributing Writer

BROWN’S FAMILY FARM MARKET 🎃🍎🌽

Brown’s Family Farm Market offers affordable fun for everyone at their Fall Family Fun Weekends. Most activities around the farm are free, including their corn maze, farm animal displays, play village, New Crazy Maze, New Tractor Play areas, New Corn Crib play area and more. They also offer free parking and a picnic area, which can be reserved for parties and group meetings. The highlight of the visit is always the hayride and picking a pumpkin. Hayrides are $4 a person for ages 3 and up. Pumpkins are paid for separately in the store, where you can also find local apples, cider, Amish baked goods, fresh produce, and tons of fall treats. 

Address: 11620 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

Hours: Through Oct. 31. Fall Family Fun Weekends are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Hayrides are offered from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only. The store is open every day from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cost: Many of the attractions are free; hayrides are $4. Items are available for purchase.

Phone: (513) 738-0404

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You can buy your pumpkins pre-picked on weekdays at Iron's Fruit Farm, or you can pick your own on weekends.  (Source: Facebook)

IRONS FRUIT FARM 🎃🍎

Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkins and while you’re there, test your wits in the corn maze. While you’re there, grab some apples and some treats from the bakery: Apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies and more.

Address: 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon.

Hours: Pick your own pumpkins on weekends through October: Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The corn maze is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: The wagon ride is free; you just pay for the pumpkin by-the-pound. The corn maze is $5 for ages 5-12 and $7 for ages 13 and up.

Phone: 513-932-2853

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Fulton's Farm offer a huge selection of pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the right one for you. (Source: Facebook)

FULTON FARMS 🎃🍎🌽

Location: 2393 State Route 202, Troy.

Hours: Pumpkin picking on October weekends between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fulton’s Farm market is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Cost: $7 for hayride, choice of pumpkin and access to the activity area, which includes slides that end in a big pile of straw, in addition to a kid-friendly corn maze, and farm animals including pigs, chickens goats and sheep.

Phone: 937-335-6983

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It's a beautiful day at the orchard!

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PEIFER ORCHARDS  🎃🍎

Pick your own pumpkin, apples and browse this must-visit market to stock up on farm fresh produce, homemade apple cider and treats.  

Address: 4590 U.S. 68 North, Yellow Springs.  

Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturdays (in October) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

Cost: Pumpkins priced per pound.  

Phone: 937-767-2208  

Social media info: Facebook  

Linda Weymouth of Springfield takes a walk through the pumpkin patch of Tukens Orchard Farm Market at Kiwanis Oktoberfest in West Alexandria on Sunday Oct. 12. Teesha McClam

TüKEN’S FARM  🎃🍎

Pick your own pumpkin — small or gigantic. While you're there, pick your own apples and visit the pigs, llamas, sheep and goats at the small petting zoo on site. Before you head home grab some homemade sweet treats from applie pie to pumpkin fudge.  

Address: 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria  

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Cost: Pumpkins priced per pound.  

Phone: (937) 687-3848  

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Brumbaugh's Fruit and Fun Farm is the perfect place for a family outting, with over 23 different activities. (Source: Facebook)

BRUMBAUGH FRUIT AND FUN FARM 🎃🍎🌽

Pick your own pumpkins and apples here. Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm has over 24 different activities, including two corn mazes, a wagon ride, a pumpkin patch, a kiddie swing zipline, a bumpy tunnel slide, play areas and more.

Address: 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, Arcanum.

Hours: Open weekends through Oct. 31. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.

Cost: $8 admission to the entire farm

Phone: 937-692-8084

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