Guide to Charlotte-area Fall Fun

 In Charlotte Neighborhoods, What to do in Charlotte

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures and a real-feel of the dog days of August, it really, truly is October. It’s that time of year where we (usually) love to don our boots and flannel, hop on a hayride, and visit the patch to pick out a pumpkin or three.

Recently, Charlotte Agenda outlined the top 13 pumpkin patches in the Charlotte area. Here are the ‘deets for a few area favorites…. just don’t forget the sunscreen.

Aw Shucks! Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Monroe, NC
This one-stop-shop is sure to be a crowd pleasure. No matter your age, there’s something fun for everyone. There’s an animal barn and play equipment for the youngest family members, a corn maze and gem mining for older kids, and a 1950’s soda shop, general store, and 1800s train car for the parents and grandparents. Admission is $8-$20 through November, with pumpkins for sale at the Pumpkin Market. More information can be found at

Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC
Carrigan Farms is a family operation where the roots run deep. The family has been farming here for over 100 years and has been offering the classic pumpkin patch experience since 1975. Visit for daytime and nighttime hayrides where the picking of your pumpkin is included in the price. Most importantly, debit and credit cards are not accepted. Cash or check only! Visit the Carrigan Farms website for full details on hayride departure times and pricing.

Hodges Family Farm in Charlotte, NC
Hodges Family Farm is one of those rare gems that always surprises people that it’s located in the middle of the busy University City area of Charlotte. Therefore, it has all the feel of a rural pumpkin patch with all the accessibility of your neighborhood grocer. Open every day until Halloween, Hodges offers free parking, free admission, and free self-guided tours of the farm and animal areas. There’s space to picnic, hay bales to climb and jump on, and hayrides and pumpkin picking to enjoy. Hay rides are $5 per person and pumpkins start at $5 depending on weight. The photo ops are abundant at Hodges Farm so bring your camera, bring your family, leave the pup at home, and enjoy good, clean family fun right in the middle of Charlotte.

Be sure to visit Charlotte Agenda to get the low-down on all 13 farms!


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