Don’t you just love fall? My family just got back from a trip (actually outside of Oklahoma this time) and the delightful fall weather welcomed us home. Our first weekend back, we headed out to the pumpkin patch – one of our favorite autumn traditions.
We’ve been to several, but one we never try to miss is TG Farms – it’s right near our home and we have known the owners for many years. They have two locations – one in Newcastle and one in Norman. I’ve been to both, and I like both. Norman is bigger, less crowded and more like a farm; Newcastle has a wider selection in their store, move graveled areas and a duck pond. Both locations have the corn maze, hay mazes, hayrides, tricycle races, petting zoo and the pumpkin patch.
Of course, there are also lots of fall things to take home, like an impressive variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds, hay bales, corn, and tons of jams, jellies and salsa.
TG Farms opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday at at noon on Sundays, and they close at dark each day. Tickets are $8, but if you have a group of 20 or more and you make a reservation, they are $6. Everybody pays the same admission except for babies who can’t walk yet. They’re free. Admission includes all of the fun fall stuff – the only exceptions are the concessions, the store, and pony rides (which are $4 and generally offered only on weekends.)
We came with a group and used the barn (rental for two hours is $200) and so we brought food and ate there. They also offer consessions and have free picnic areas set up. You can bring your own food right in.
My kids love all of the fun activities, but I swear their favorite is just a big pile of hay bales stacked up for climbing. It has slides attached to it and the kids love to climb and slide or climb and jump off into the soft hay.
Don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin from the patch before you leave (it’s included in the admission price!)
You can find out more info about TG Farms at www.tgfarms.com or by calling the main farm line at 405-387-3276 or the reservation line at 405-387-9222.
Don’t live near Newcastle or Norman? Try these other farms on for size…
Bucket of Berries in Sapulpa offers pumpkins at their farm. They also have honey from hives at the farm and face painting, and do birthday parties and group tours. Call 918-227-0101.
Chester’s Pumpkin Patch in Piedmont has a three-acre mystery maze, campfire, hay rides, petting zoo and more on their 25-acre farm. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children and includes a free pumpkin. Infants and seniors ages 65+ are free. Visit their website at www.chesterspartybarn.com or call 405-373-1595.
Chitwood Farms in Sulphur has a 30-foot hickory hill slide and lookout tower, sorghum and hay mazes, animal petting barn and the Dairy Line Express ride. They are open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other times are available with reservations. Call 580-622-2519 or visit www.chitwoodfamilyfarms.com.
Clemons’ Autumn Acres in Elgin has pumpkins, farm animals, a picnic area, and a hay bale area for kids to play. Admission for children is $5 and includes a small pumpkin. Call 580-704-6733.
Cypert Family Farm – in Stratford has a big pumpkin patch with pick-your-own pumpkins available. Call 580-759-4060.
DaZe in a MaZe in Covington includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, hay bale mazes, a playground of four mazes, a dino dig of “cowasaurus” bones, a petting zoo, old farming equipment to climb on and picnic tables for family gathering Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to dusk Sunday and weekdays by appointment. Call 405-234-6293 weekdays and 405-550-5964 on weekends.
Firey’s Mountains in Sand Springs offers a combination hayride/cookout/farm tour for groups. They also rent the barn for western weddings and other family friendly events. The farm tour is a guided tour of a replica of a 100 year old farm with a primitive log cabin, live animals, a garden, and many of the furnishings that would have been common on a farm 100 years ago. Call 918-363-8385 for more information.
Firey Trails of Tulsa is outside of Sand Springs and offers hayrides on private trails and a rustic log pavillion for birthday parties, coroporate gatherings, church outings or other groups. All events must be reserved in advance. Call 918-227-1025 or visit www.fireytrails.com.
First Church of God Pumpkin Patch in Pryor is free to the public and includes a hay ride, hay maze, Jupiter Jump, story time, crafts, cow train, echo bale and more. Saturday family events are planned throughout the month of October. A community fall festival with free music, food and entertainment is also planned. Call 918-825-1062 for details.
Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch in Hugo has pumpkins, a hay maze, hay rides and apicnic area. They are open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 580-317-7852.
Grider Pumpkin Farm in Perkins has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and gourds. They also have a living hay maze. Open dawn ’til dusk through October. Call 405-547-2722 for directions.
Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill in Cyril is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to dark and Sunday, 1 p.m. until dark. They have pumpkins, a petting zoo and a farm tour on a tractor-pulled hayride. Call 580-464-3419 for more.
KR Farms of Noble has pumpkins, tractor-pulled hayrides and a petting zoo. Admission is $8 per child and includes all events inside the gate (large pumpkins cost extra). Adults are free. Call 405-426-0430 for more information.
Livesay Orchards in Porter has pumpkins, hay bale maze, hay rides, pick your own apples and prepicked produce. Call 918-483-2102.
McLemore Pumpkin Farm in Colony, Oklahoma (that’s near Weatherford) grows 25 acres of pumpkins every year and has hay mazes, a corn maze, hay rides and wagon rides. This family run-farm is also home to the owners. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, which includes a pumpkin from the patch. Babies are free. The farm is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They are open on weekdays too, but call 405-929-7318 before you head out.
Mikles Family Farm in Shawnee has a five-acre maze featuring the OKC Thunder logo this year, and the stalks are thick and will be over your head. They have 25 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and decorative squash still on the vine and ready for you to choose and cut. They offer hayrides, barrel train rides for children, and farm animals. On weekends, they have the Cornstalkers Haunted Attraction (not recommended for children under age 10). They are open until Nov. 14. Visit www.miklesfamilyfarm.com or call 405-401-8217.
Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City has pumpkins, a corn maze, train rides, hay rides, face painting, a picnic area, a petting zoo and concessions, plus a lot more. Call 405-799-3276 or visit www.orrfamilyfarm.com.
P-Bar Farms in Weatherford has pumpkin, train rides, corn maze, a haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo and a gift shop. Call 580-772-4401 or visit www.pbarfarms.com.
Pleasant Valley Farms in Sand Springs is open every day from 9 a.m. until dark, and they have pumpkins and what they say is the largest variety of winter squash in Oklahoma. They have a free hay ride, petting zoo and hay maze, plus and gift shop. Concessions are available on the weekends. Call 918-248-5647 for more information or directions.
Red Silo Productions Presents “the Maize” in Chickasha has pumpkins, train rides, a corn maze, a haunted corn maze, corn cannon, hay rides, animals and duck races. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 405-222-0624 or visit www.cornfieldmaze.com.
Rustic Acres in Mason, Oklahoma has a corn maze, pumpkins, barrel train, hayride, games, funny farm bouncer, chickens and more. They also offer a haunted corn maze in October. They are open on Fridays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. Call 918-623-3077 or visit www.rusticacres.net.
Shay’s Landscaping, Nursery & Pumpkin Patch in Bartlesville has pumpkins, hay mazes, hay rides, produce, pony rides, gift shop and concessions. They are open to the public Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until dark. For more ifnormation, call 918-335-6677.
Shepherd’s Pumpkin Festival in Claremore is free and open Thursdays through Saturdays through October, 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Free activities include the petting zoo, festive fall games, storytime, hay maze and hands-on learning center. They also offer hayrides for $4 a person and scarecrow making for $2 per scarecrow (bring your own clothes to stuff – hay and tools provided) They also have pumpkins, gourds and decorate fall items for sale. Call 918-342-5911 or visit their Pumpkin Festival Website.
Thunderbird Land and Cattle Company in Broken Arrow offers the Tulsa MAiZE and hayrides. They are open Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. utnil 10 p.m. The maze is haunted after dar, from Oct. 20 to Oct. 30. Call 918-493-1500 for more information.
Wild Things Farm in Pocola has a pumpkin patch and a 7-acre cornfield transformed into a maze. Come during the day, or visit bring a flashlight and explore the maze in the dark! Call 918-626-4053.
Williams-Hart Produce in Rush Springs has pumpkins, prepicked produce and a concession stand. Call 580-658-3200.
Woodbine Farms Pumpkin Patch in Ardmore has a hay maze, pumpkins, hay rides and a petting zoo. They are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. They are also open some weekday evenings. Visit their website at www.woodbinefarms.net for more details.
So get out there and have some fall family fun!
And…if you post a comment here or at our facebook page, you can enter for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to TG Farms! Drawing will be held on Oct. 22!