Every autumn, families love to go pick their own pumpkins as part of the fall harvest. The St. Louis area has plenty of farms in the vicinity to enjoy on weekends out with your children. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities or just want to pick pumpkins for Halloween, try these places for premier pumpkin picking.
249 Schneider Drive, Fenton, Missouri
Stuckmeyers is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the public to come by and pick fall fruits and vegetables which includes pumpkins. They are also hosting an annual tractor show Oct. 9. There will be pony rides, live music and a play area called Fort Spooky for kids activities. Admission is free.
18639 Olive Street Rd., Chesterfield, Missouri
Rombachs Farm is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities for children include hay rides, pony rides, face painting and a wooden maze. They also serve barbecue at Rombachs for food while your family has fun. There is no admission and parking is free.
8004 Twin River Rd., Eureka, Missouri
Located just west of St. Louis along I-44, Brookdale Farms in Eureka has a huge corn maze, pony rides, a zip line, a hay jump and plenty of pumpkins to pick. The farm is open to from Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for everyone 12 and older. Ages four to 11 are $6. The haunted maze is $13.
3120 Maryland Heights Expressway, Maryland Heights, Missouri
Thies Farm is transformed into "Pumpkinland" for the month of October except for Mondays when the regular market is open. Food as well as pony rides and face painting are available on weekends for fall harvest celebrations. Children up to age 14 are $5.25 and adults 15 and over are $3.50. Pumpkins to take home cost extra. The second location on North Hanley in St. Louis offers the same hours and activities.
951 South Greenmount Rd., Belleville, Illinois
Eckert's Country Store and Farms have three locations over the border in Illinois for families to enjoy fall food and fun. Weekends in October have the Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree which features picking fall fruits and vegetables. There is no admission to the farms themselves. Fall family picnics are $10 per person which include food. Bonfire hayrides are $60 to $75 depending upon the night. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.