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Where to find pumpkin patches in Tampa Bay

With fall upon us, roadside stands and markets are stocked with pumpkins offering family photo opportunities.
Pumpkins are on display at Gallagher's Pumpkin Patch in St. Petersburg. [ANGELIQUE HERRING  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Pumpkins are on display at Gallagher's Pumpkin Patch in St. Petersburg. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Oct. 8, 2019

Don’t go out of your gourd looking for a pumpkin. We have rounded up a list to make the hunt easier. Many of the sites offer festivals and Halloween-related family activities, too. And don’t forget your camera — many patches come with camera-ready scenes to capture family photos.

If you don’t carve it, a pumpkin can last for a month or more on display, even in humid Florida. While a saggy, smelly pumpkin can add to a spooky scene, you may be better off using the pumpkin for display right now. Once you open it up to the elements, mold and other bacteria will soon take over. Experts recommend spritzing it daily with a bleach and water solution once it’s carved.

To create a fall scene or just let the kids romp in a pumpkin patch, here are options divided by county in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Lia Gross snaps a photo of her son Luca Gross holding a pumpkin at the Harvest Moon Fun Farm's Pumpkin Patch in Masarkytown. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Tampa Bay Times]

PINELLAS

Heritage United Methodist Church: Browse a huge variety of shapes, sizes and prices at the student ministry’s fundraising event. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. (727) 796-1329.

Gallagher’s: There are hundreds of pumpkins, gourds and holiday decorations priced as low as $1, along with photo opportunities and a kid zone. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 7401 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (850) 559-4554.

Emily Ventura, 13, holds up a pumpkin she has chosen to take home from the Gallagher's Pumpkin Patch in St. Petersburg. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Tampa Bay Times]

Riviera United Methodist Church: You’ll find more than 1,000 pumpkins ranging from 50 cents to $40. Bring the family for photo opportunities in the patch. No cover. Noon to 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 15-31. 175 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 527-6466.

Largo Patch Bash: A pumpkin patch sets the scene for this Halloween party with trunk or treat, bounce houses, games and snacks. Costumes encouraged. Free. 6 p.m. Oct. 18. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 584-8165. stpaulumc.org.

HILLSBOROUGH

Little Monster’s: Wear a costume and choose from more than 2,000 pumpkins at this patch with face painting, trick-or-treating and crafts for kids. Held in conjunction with Fantasma Fest: Little Monster’s Promenade. Free. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 453-9048.

Seal Swim School: Kids can enjoy activities and photo opportunities as they roam the patch to find the perfect pumpkin. Free. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 3703 W McKay Ave., Tampa. (813) 879-7946.

Tampa Farmers Market: Fresh pumpkins are delivered daily, and there are cornstalks, hay, gourds and fresh floral arrangements. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 1718 W Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7888.

Humane Society: Choose from a variety of pumpkins, including Cinderella, painted and white pumpkins. Prices range from $1 to $25. Benefits homeless animals in need. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 3809 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 870-3304.

Hydro Harvest Farms: Get pictures of the family and pets among hundreds of pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and fall flowers. Pumpkin delivery available. The patch hosts Boo Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 with pumpkin decorating and games for kids. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 1101 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin. (813) 645-6574.

St. Paul Catholic Church: The patch has decorating for kids and photo spots. Special events include a fall festival with games and food trucks from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and trunk or treat for kids at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. No cover. Patch hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 961-3023.

Dave’s Pumpkin Patch: Take your photo amid hay bales and cornstalks as you shop among hundreds of pumpkins, as well as gourds, hay, cornstalks, mini pumpkins and white pumpkins. No cover. 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. 106 E Lumsden Ave., Brandon. (813) 843-8182.

The pumpkin patch Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa will have a "trunk or treat" event on Oct. 31. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]

Seminole Heights United Methodist Church: Shop among pumpkins of all sizes. Kids in costume can trunk-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Patch open from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 6111 N Central Ave., Tampa. (813) 236-5931.

Keel Farms Fall Harvest Days: A day of family activities with a pumpkin patch, u-pick, hayrides, animal exhibits, a bounce house, hay maze and vendors. No cover. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 752-3892. keelfarms.com.

Horse Power for Kids: A pumpkin patch in conjunction with the Farm Fall Festival. Other activities include pony rides, hayrides, farm animals, face painting, a bonfire, games and live music. $12, 1 and younger free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 27. 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze: See if you can escape the eighth annual corn maze, with pumpkins for sale, pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, a butterfly experience, crafts, balloon art, face painting, a mechanical bull and pony rides. $11, $10 ages 3-17, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 27. 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. (813) 756-8918. FutchEntertainment.com.

NORTH SUNCOAST

Harvester Community Church: Hundreds of bulk pumpkins and bins full of smaller pumpkins for the kids. The patch hosts a fall festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy story time, games, crafts, prizes and snacks at Playtime in the Patch from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday and Monday. No cover. 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 948-2311.

Sweetfields Corn Maze: Check out pumpkins and get lost in a corn maze with a mystery theme. $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. Fridays-Mondays through Nov. 3. 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.

Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown has loads of pumpkins and also brought back its popular fall corn maze this year. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]

Pioneer Florida Museum Scarecrow Festival: Make your own scarecrow and meet Marshall and Skye of Paw Patrol at this festival with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, photos with a scarecrow, touch a truck, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, rock climbing, carnival games, face painting, pony rides and a bounce house. $10, $5 students, 4 and younger free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262. pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm’s Corn Maze: Find the hidden farmer in a 5-acre maze with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, a candy cannon, cow train, Wizzer ride, petting farm and live entertainment. Flashlight nights held on select Saturdays. $11.95, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Nov. 10. 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811. harvestmoon-farm.ticketleap.com.

Rattlesnake Festival: An educational family event featuring rattlesnake and other wildlife shows, an arts and crafts village, music, bounce houses, children’s activities, fair rides, a pumpkin patch, entertainment and a food court. Benefits the Thomas Promise Foundation. $5, 2 and younger free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (813) 782-0000.

Knot So Scary Halloween on the Lake: Bring your costumed kids for pumpkin patch photos, candy, a haunted bridal house, costume contest, prizes and snacks. Free. Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Knotted Roots on the Lake, 3310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (727) 351-3222.

The Grove at Wesley Chapel: Celebrate all things fall at this pumpkin patch and festival with rides, games, live music, pumpkin painting, a business expo and food. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26-27. 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (404) 869-2700.

ELSEWHERE

The Pickin’ Patch: Bring your family to choose your own pumpkin and cut it directly from the vine. Activities include a corn maze, hayrides, kids maze and live bluegrass music. Pumpkins are priced $4 to $20, sunflowers $2 each. $5, 3 and younger free. 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. 11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon. (352) 533-4344.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze: Find photo opportunities as you twist and turn through the corn maze with a Frank-N-Slide, pumpkin patch, cow trail barrel ride, hayride, corn tub play, miniature golf and tadpole fishing. $10.50, $8.50 seniors, military and ages 2-12. 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. 950 Tavares Road, Polk City. (352) 895-8687.

Florida Railroad Museum: Board the Pumpkin Patch Express for a two-hour train ride, stopping at the pumpkin patch where children pick their own pumpkin to take home. Includes a hayride, log building and crafts. $14.50-$32.50, 1 and younger free. Trains depart at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800.


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