It’s still a little hot in the DVM for fall but as we reach the final weeks of September, we just couldn’t wait any longer to visit a pumpkin patch. With a Groupon deal in hand, we headed to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Maryland opening weekend (September 20) for a day of fall fun on the farm.
When we arrived at Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, we were greeted by a giant haystack decorated to celebrate the farm’s 20th year in business. The entrance of the farm is beautifully decorated with fall flowers, pumpkins, and gourds. Even with the summer-like weather, the decor made us feel like Halloween is just around the corner! We turned in our Groupon deal, which included entrance to the corn maze, a $5 pumpkin credit, and a $5 snack credit per person, and were ready to go!
The big draw of Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch is the giant corn maze. To get to the maze, we were invited to ride the hayride around the farm. Once we got dropped off at the front of the corn maze, the tall corn stalks made it easy to see this year was a great growing season for the farm. Plus, tall corn stalks create a challenging corn maze! We took our time figuring out our path through the maze and frequently found ourselves lost in the dead ends and looping pathways. About half way through the maze, we found a lookout post that allowed us to climb up and see beautiful views of the farm. From there, we managed to find our way out of the maze with a total time of 30 minutes. We were told is about the average time it takes groups to complete the maze. The corn maze exit drops you off right in front of the pumpkin patch (which we thought provided a great flow!). It is worth mentioning that you don’t have to solve the corn maze to visit the pumpkin patch – you can ride the hayride straight there.
We weren’t planning on buying a pumpkin this weekend as we thought it was still a little too early and the pumpkins might not be ready yet. However, the pumpkins were so enormous and gorgeous, we couldn’t resist! After searching for only about 10 minutes, we ended up with a perfectly round 24 pound pumpkin. We are very excited to carve a spooky face on it to scare our neighbors!
After riding the hayride back to the main part of the farm, we purchased our pumpkin and were ready for a snack. Located near the petting zoo and the playground, The Snack Shack was a great place to rest after our trek through the corn maze and pumpkin patch. We purchased a fresh-from-the-fryer funnel cake, sodas, and water – all with just our snack credit. However, the Snack Shack also offers hot dogs, fried chicken, fries, and fried Oreos. For those with kids, we noticed this is a great place to sit and relax while letting the kids play in the playground area nearby.
Without a Groupon or LivingSocial deal, entrance to the corn maze is $5 per person and pumpkins run $0.47 per pound. General admission to Jumbo’s is free. If you aren’t interested in the navigating the corn maze and already have your carving pumpkins, bring the kids to play on the playground and visit with farm animals. We can’t guarantee you won’t want to purchase snacks and fall decor though! Overall, we think Jumbo’s is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Jumbo’s is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm through October 31. Find them on Facebook, Twitter (@JumbosPumpkins), and Pinterest.
Families, fall fun
Corn Maze: $5 per person
Pumpkins: $0.47 per pound
6521 Holter Road
Middletown, Maryland 21769