Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in The Midwest

Located in the heart of the country, where the local harvest is often still an important part of life, the Midwest has some of the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other fall activities in the United States. Here are the best of the best to help you plan your rural escape:.

Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Shakopee, Minnesota


If you plan to visit the Twin Cities between September 13 and October 27, checking out Sever’s in nearby Shakopee—just a 30-minute drive from Minneapolis—is a must. It’s a beautiful place to admire the fall colors, and you can come here to pick your own pumpkins. The corn maze is Sever’s most famous attraction—it occupies 14 acres and features a unique design every year that provides an excellent aerial picture.

But Sever’s is much more than a maze and pumpkin patch. The little ones will enjoy the smaller straw bale maze, the massive jumping pillow, and the giant slide and tire mountain—a climbing playground made from old tractor tires. There are also pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, pig races, live music and magic shows. Probably the most unique things at Sever’s are its pumpkin blasters, in which you can fire pumpkins from homemade cannons at targets, and the corn pit—a shallow pit filled with 10,000 bushels of corn kernels that kids and adults can sink into. It’s easy to see why this is one of the best farms to visit in the U.S.!

Pahl’s Pumpkin Patch

Buckley, Michigan

The simplicity of Pahl’s is completely charming. This little farm and pumpkin patch is located just a 30 minute drive south of popular Traverse City. It’s open seven days a week from the end of September through Halloween. If you’re in the area, it’s a must-visit! There’s a corn maze, a straw maze for younger kids, cornstalk houses to play in and you can pet the farm’s friendly cows and their calves, piglets, goats, rabbits and even hens and peacocks. There are pony rides, face painting and hayrides as well. One of the most unique and cutest things at Pahl’s is the “train” - made out of large plastic barrels that have smiling faces painted on them. They’re connected and trail behind a tractor. The tots will love hitching a ride on the smiling train on the weekends here. You can purchase snacks, Halloween costumes and decorations, squash, gourds and corn stalks, as well as pick your own pumpkins here. It’s a quaint little farm with a lot of character.

Walters’ Pumpkin Patch

Burns, Kansas

Furniture designer and builder Robert Wilson added a B&B to his farm Willowdale so guests could linger for awhile, spend the night and appreciate an old-fashioned way of life. Here vegetables are organically grown and preserved, fresh eggs are gathered, hay is cut and baled, fruit trees take their time to bloom, and a few nubian goats lazily graze in the lower pastures. Wilson demonstrates a true passion for the farming ways of previous generations and began constructing the buildings and grounds on the 33-acre farm in 1992. The furniture at the Barn Loft B&B is also handmade by Wilson; more of his furniture is showcased in his design/build studio on the premises. Located less than 12 minutes from the historic and bustling town square of Oxford, Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm offers the ideal place to hide away from the world, slow down and enjoy all of life's details and splendour.

Treinen Farm

Lodi, Wisconson

This simple 200-acre farm and brick farmhouse have been in the Treinen family for three generations - since the 1920s - where they grow corn, soybeans and hay, and raise cattle, pigs and free-range chickens for consumption. During the fall, this farm - a 35-minute drive northwest of Madison - is home to one of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the area.

Take a hay ride pulled by their Belgian draft horses out to the pumpkin patch and choose your perfect pumpkins among the 15 varieties that grow here. After picking, if you want to spend more time on the Treinen Farm, drop your pumpkin off for safekeeping in the “Pumpkin Daycare” - a hilarious collection of old wooden cribs. The beautifully designed corn maze is a real challenge - only about 2 percent of people can complete it by finding all eight puzzles pieces to the map and getting out. You can also navigate the labyrinth at night with a flashlight for a thrilling experience. There’s also a one-night “Zompocalypse” event, which involves a costume contest, cookouts, bonfires, zombie videos and scaring people in the maze. It’s sure to be a blast!

By Nicole Martinez