Pumpkin Patch Guide for Sarasota & Manatee 2020


It’s Fall in Florida, which means enjoy traditions like heading to a local pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve! Walking around on our local farms helps us all feel a little more Fall when we are surrounded by green palm trees and still enjoying 80-degree weather.

Check out our list of all the local spots you can pick the perfect pumpkin. 

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

Fruitville Grove; 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240

When: Every weekend in October 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE entry and $5 parking
Food/drink, pumpkins, and activity purchases cost extra

Admission, playground, live music, decorated photo spots, and costume contests are all FREE. Remember this year there is a $5 parking fee. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free have daily showtimes each weekend at 12:00 and 3:00. This is a classic Sarasota family-friendly fall event to attend annually. Make sure to walk through the pumpkin patch! Enjoy a variety of rides and games, such as pony rides, zip line, bounce house, and pumpkin painting. Each activity has set pricing ranging from $1 – $10. Additionally, there will be vendors on-site!

Photo Credit: Angela Bruessow

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Hunsader Farms; 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

When: Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission – $10 per person
Children 10 and under – FREE
Parking – $5 per car
Food/drink, pumpkins, and activity purchases cost extra

Throughout the year, Hunsader Farms offers U-Pick dates and times; however, this time of year they offer the area’s largest Pumpkin Festival. Included with admission are hayrides, a petting zoo, a barnyard playground, plenty of entertainment, and live music throughout the farm. Additional activities have a fee associated with them, including train rides, corn maze, pony rides, and more.  A craft fair and festival food are also on-site as well as plenty of pumpkins to choose from.

Photo Credit: Lauren Clark

The Pumpkin Patch

Southern Magnolia Acres; 4315 89th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221

This is the 1st Annual Pumpkin Patch at Southern Magnolia Acres. There will be a variety of pumpkins available varying from $5-$25 (cash sale only). Additionally, there will be food trucks, craft and novelty vendors, face painting, pie pumpkin painting, and games for ages 2-10. This will be an outdoor and family-friendly environment with a free photo op area!

Photo Credit: Alyssia Cristina

Pumpkin Plunge

North Port Aquatic Center; 6205 W Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $9 per child

Grab your swimsuits because you will need it for this event! Participants will select their pumpkin from a floating pumpkin patch. Children 6 and older (also must be good swimmers!) will be able to jump in and select their pumpkin from the dive well. For those who are under 6 or not a strong swimmer can select a pumpkin the zero-entry section of the pool! Your ticket also includes an opportunity to decorate your pumpkin. Due to COVID, the Aquatic Center will ensure that people are moving through the station and not lingering long at the event.

Photo Credit: Megan Mazur Zabikow

Florida Railroad Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Express 

Florida Railroad Museum; 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 17-18 & 24-25
Cost: Tickets range from $14.50-$32.50
Food and drinks cost extra

All aboard for the annual Pumpkin Patch Express! Take your family on a 2-hour excursion that includes a train ride that stops at the Pumpkin Patch. Children are invited to pick their own pumpkin to take home and everyone can participate in the hayride, Linolm log building, crafts, and more! Due to COVID, the event will operate at 50% capacity, only window seats will be sold, and masks must be worn due to the Manatee County mask ordinance.

Florida Railroad Pumpkin Express

Publix and Walmart

In a pinch and can’t quite make it out to the pumpkin patch? Publix and Walmart stock plenty of pumpkins, and generally their prices are a bit lower than the pumpkin patch. My family usually buys one pumpkin on our pumpkin patch trip and I buy a couple more at the grocery store. Be sure to shop early though, I’ve waited until the last minute and everyone was sold out! 

Photo Credit: Amanda Lynn

Gallagher’s Pumpkins & Christmas Trees

7401 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

When: Open daily, 7 days a week from 9 am – 9 pm 

Located in St. Pete, Gallagher’s is a traditional Pumpkin farm. Enjoy a day in St. Pete, then stop by to select the perfect pumpkin!  Enjoy amazing photo opportunities in the pumpkin patch and take home a homemade pie. If you want to take special photos with a photographer? Make sure to book a reservation ahead of time!

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