MIAMI, FL— While you may not find too many genuine Florida pumpkins for Halloween, fall tradition for many families includes a visit to a local pumpkin patch. The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has caused some of the region’s pumpkin patches to modify how they operate, but quite a few will be open this fall. We’ll have more hours, attractions and activities as the pumpkin-picking season ramps up.
Chris Winkler of the Pumpkin Patch Florida said most of the pumpkins sold in Florida around Halloween are grown in other states like Michigan or Kentucky.
“They’ll grow (here) but they need the cooler nights,” Winkler told Patch. “It’s 120 days from seed to harvest. My father years ago tried. We did 40 acres and we could put all the pumpkins in a pickup truck.”
In many cases, coronavirus precautions have merely changed — not shut down — area pumpkin patches and their entertainment options. Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches near Miami.
Pumpkin Patch FloridaAddress: 8200 SW 104th St, Kendall, FL 33156
Season opening/closing dates: Pumpkin Patch Florida will open between Oct. 13 and 15. It will remain open through Halloween.
Attractions: Photo/selfie spots
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: Free. Pumpkins available for purchase.
Pinto’s FarmAddress: 14890 SW 216 St, Miami, FL 33170
Season opening/closing dates: Oct. 3 to Nov. 1
Attractions: Admission includes one pumpkin, pedal boat ride, tractor ride, pony ride (children 70 pounds and under, race track, walk-through around the farm to meet animals, picture opportunities.
Admission: $27.99 for pumpkin patch. Other packages available. Kids 1 and under enter free. If a tour is missed, a $25 fee will be charged in order to book a new tour time. No same-day reschedules permitted
Hours: By reservations only.
The Berry FarmAddress: 13720 SW 216th St. Miami, FL 33170
Season opening/closing dates: To be announced
Attractions: Hay ride (weekends only), barrel train (weekends only), corn pit, playground, hay maze, corn maze, face painting (weekends only), corn hole, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting (free with pumpkin Purchase), life size jenga, checkers, tic tac toe, shuffle board, sunflower field, tractor pictures, photo ops, exotic animal show (weekends only).
Hours: To be announced.
Admission: To be announced
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If we missed your favorite pumpkin patch, be sure to share it with readers in the comments section.