This past weekend, a few friends and I found ourselves at a loss when looking for a pumpkin patch to visit that wasn’t an hour’s drive from the city.
Evidently, most of us University of Cincinnati students live in the city, while most pumpkin patches are located in rural areas. I did some researching though, and was able to find five pumpkin patches either fairly close to campus… or that seemed worth the drive. After all, it’s never fun arriving somewhere after a long drive only to be disappointed.
Blooms and Berries Farm Market
- Address: 9669 OH-48, Loveland, OH 45140
- Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
- Admission: Monday – Friday: $8/person, Saturday – Sunday: $11/Person
- Free parking
One of my friends suggested Blooms and Berries Farm Market, so we checked it out and it exceeded our expectations! The farm is very spacious and has tons of activities, from corn mazes to a petting zoo where you can feed the farm’s donkeys and goats. You can also visit the market to buy some delicious hot apple cider and fall treats, all at a reasonable price. The drive is about 30 minutes from the Clifton area and it is definitely worth it.
Burger Farm & Garden Center
- Address: 7849 Main St. (RT 32), Cincinnati, OH 45244
- Hours: 9am-6pm
- Admission: $10 per child, $5 per adult
- Free parking
At about 20 minutes from Clifton, Burger Farm & Garden Center hosts their Fall Festival every weekend in October. Their website proudly states they were rated the “#1 pumpkin patch/farm in Cincinnati” by Cincinnati Magazine in 2017. At the festival, there’s hayrides, a petting zoo, a puppet show and more. Although it’s the closest pumpkin patch to UC, the farm seems to be mainly geared towards a younger crowd. But, that’s not to say adults young at heart can’t have fun too!
- Address: 5832 River Rd, Hebron, KY 41048
- Hours: Monday- Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm
- Free admission
My boyfriend and I went to McGlasson Farms to get pumpkins last year and were pretty happy with our experience. We debated going back this year but decided we wanted to try something new instead. The farm was small but quaint and had excellent apple cider and snacks. There’s also a neat view if you walk to the end of the field. The drive was about 25 to 30 minutes west of campus. If you’re looking for a pumpkin patch with fall activities, however, then this isn’t the place for you. I would say McGlasson’s is definitely more for those who just want to eat, drink, pick the perfect pumpkin and head on home.
- Address: 4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Ross, OH 45013
- Hours: 9am-6: 30pm
Burwinkel Farms is another pumpkin patch option for both families and UC students. It’s 30 minutes away from campus and seems worth the drive. Burwinkel’s has a corn maze, hayrides, a scavenger hunt and over 20 varieties of locally grown apples and homemade decorations to get you in the fall spirit.
Browns Family Farm Market
- Address: 11620 Hamilton – Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013
- Hours: 9am- 7pm
Browns Family Farm and Market is also around 30 minutes away from the university and is another great option for UC students who want to enjoy picking pumpkins and other classic fall activities. Along with the pick your own pumpkin patch Browns Family Farm and Market has a corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, photo ops, a picnic area and more.