Spend the Day at a Pumpkin Patch in These 3 Central Texas Towns
From pumpkin pies and jack-o’-lanterns to pumpkin spice lattes, everyone’s favorite orange gourd is inextricably linked to autumn fun and festivities. Sure, you can grab a pumpkin at your local H.E.B., but that’s no match for a front-porch centerpiece specially picked from a local pumpkin patch. Luckily for Central Texans, this region of the country contains numerous pumpkin patches perfect for an afternoon trip. These three Austin-area towns are home to some of Central Texas’ most noteworthy pumpkin patches.
Located 25 miles southwest of Austin, Kyle is a small city with a distinctly suburban feel. This appealing community has shopping districts, an easy commute to Austin proper, and an increasingly family-friendly vibe.
Kyle residents and visitors with kids in tow should visit the Cross Plants & Produce, a charming general store and plant nursery that transforms its back lawn into a pumpkin patch during the autumn season. Guests can select their own pumpkins for purchase, but Cross Plants also goes the extra mile by setting up pumpkin painting stations, petting zoos, and an outdoor play area, making it an ideal stop for a fall weekend afternoon with the little ones.
Known as the “Sausage Capital of Texas,” Elgin is a popular Hill Country destination for Austinites in search of excellent BBQ and historical sites like the Elgin Depot Museum. It’s also the home of two beloved Central Texas Christmas tree farms that double as pumpkin patches during the fall season.
The Elgin Christmas Tree Farm hosts an event called October Fall Fun from Oct. 5 to Oct. 31, involving pumpkin painting and carving, corn mazes, a hayride, a petting zoo, and plenty of opportunities to select and purchase your own freshly-grown pumpkin. A few miles north at Evergreen Farms, visitors can participate in a lively pumpkin scavenger hunt, a firetruck ride around the farm, “pumpkin golf,” and more. You can also pick out the perfect pumpkin.
Another small city benefitting from Austin’s outward expansion, Bastrop is characterized by an appealing blend of open space and natural beauty as well as close proximity to the urban amenities of Austin. As the cost of living continues to rise in Austin’s metropolitan center, young families feel drawn to communities like Bastrop that offer lower real estate prices and small-town charm.
Bastrop also boasts what’s considered the “Most Scenic Pumpkin Patch in Texas”: Barton Hill Farms. The Barton Hill Fall Festival runs through November 4, giving visitors time to find the gourd of their dreams, explore the corn maze, compete in tetherball tournaments, get their faces painted, and hang out with friendly farm animals.