All year long I hear the same question from my two fall-loving little ones. When do we get to go to a pumpkin patch? When October ends, I dread the colder weather, long hours of darkness… and being asked this question over and over again until next fall. So we obviously love fall around here and now that it’s officially our favorite season, we are hitting up all of our most-loved spots.
This year, we tried a new farm – one I had heard of from many of my fellow Northern Kentucky residents. Country Pumpkins is just 40 minutes from downtown, and just minutes off of 75 in Dry Ridge. It’s situated on a working dairy farm and you know it’s something special when you turn to drive a half a mile down a one-lane gravel road to reach it. Of course Country Pumpkins has all of the fall on the farm favorites: a hayride to a U-Pick pumpkin patch, an epic corn maze, adorable farm animals, and an exciting barrel train ride, among many other features. But there were many things that stood out at this family-friendly destination.
The staff at Country Pumpkins were all extremely welcoming and friendly and it was noticeable from the moment we pulled up to the farm. From the young man driving the barrel train to the gentleman driving the tractor-pulled hayride, each person had a smile (even on an extremely hot day) and was ready to make our day a memorable one. We also loved the authentic atmosphere, since it all takes place on a working dairy farm. The hayride takes you right past the action and you can tell that the land is well loved. The pumpkin patch was also the most “real” pumpkin patch experience I’ve had since childhood. The staff was ready to cut the pumpkin off the vine for you if need be and the kids loved winding their way through the vines to find the perfect one.
Start a new fall tradition at Country Pumpkins! They have a lot more going on than I even mentioned, so be sure and visit their website here for all of the details.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.