Visit a Pumpkin Patch for a Perfect Fall Afternoon

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So many Fall traditions center around gorgeous orange pumpkins. Whether you carve, bake or decorate with them, they are truly the sign of the season. In my family, we’ve turned picking out the perfect pumpkins into an outing full of Fall fun and family memories.

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Make fall memories with your loved ones.

For the past few years, our memories have been made at Hilger’s family farm. (Yes, even though the big store on U.S. 30 has been closed, the family still offers u-pick pumpkins and other seasonal produce all year long at their family farm just down the road at 5534 Butt Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818.)

You can feel good about purchasing their produce because the family uses natural growing practices. If you make the trip, do plan to spend some time exploring the hay maze, enjoying activities for kids and taking the quintessential Fall hay ride.

Two other great options for u-pick pumpkins is DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch located at 7722 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, and Kurtz Pumpkin Farm on the northeast side of the city.

Whether you grab your pumpkins and go or make a day of it at the farm, be sure to check the experience off your Fall Bucket List!

Heather

About

A Fort Wayne native, Heather is a married with two children and works as a Senior Associate with MKM architecture + design. She's passionate about serving in the community with organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana, NeighborLink, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time with her family or friends - most often in downtown Fort Wayne or on Sylvan Lake in Noble County. Team Schoegler's favorite activities are cheering on the TinCaps and Komets as well as catching area concerts. What keeps her calling Fort Wayne home are the many opportunities to make memories and create traditions with her family.

Fall Fun in Fort Wayne

BucketList Fall 2012 FortWayne 268x300 Fall Fun in Fort WayneMaybe it’s the change of the calendar or the cooling of temperatures, but I’m ready for Fall! It is our family’s favorite season, mainly for all the fun and memories we can create. If you do anything this season, you must do at least a few items on this bucket list. (Free Printable Download)

You may have a favorite orchard or pumpkin patch, but in case you need suggestions, here are a few helpful links:

Fox Island – 7324 Yohne Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 7 pm, Labor Day thru first Saturday of November (depending on the year, this may be the last day of October). Admission is $2.00 per person age 7 and over. Children under age 7 are FREE.

Johnny Appleseed Festival – 1502 Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. September 15 10am – 6pm, September 16 10am – 5pm. Admission is FREE.

Pumpkin Patches

  • DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins) 7722 Aboite Ctr. Rd. , Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Phone: 219-436-4359. Hours: 9 am to dusk.
  • Hilger Family Farm – 5534 Butt Rd. They will be offering hayrides and pumpkins from the last weekend in September through October. Fruits, vegetables and plants all the time. Stay updated on their Facebook page.

High School Football – check the Journal Gazette or News-Sentinel for this week’s games.

Corn Maze – 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, IN 46793.Open September 14 – October 31, 2012 (Fri. 6-10pm; Sat. Noon-10pm; Sun. 2-6pm). Admission is $8.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Youth ages 4-12, CASH ONLY.

Haunted Houses

  • Haunted Castle Black Forest 8965 Auburn Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Opens September 28 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for Castle, $10.00 for Forest or $16.00 for combo ticket. 
  • Haunted Hotel 511 North Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN, Opens September 30 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for General Admission, $15.00 for VIP tickets.
  • The Haunted Jail 611 E Market Street, Columbia City, Indiana, Opens September 30 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for General Admission.

Apple Orchards

  • Cooks Orchard (U-pick apples, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, also pie pumpkins, and honey from hives on the farm) 8724 Huguenard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. Phone: 260-489-3940. Open: Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm Saturday 9 am to 6 pm Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. CASH ONLY. 
  • Advanced Tree Technology (apples, pumpkins) 12818 Edgerton Road, New Haven, IN, 46774. Phone: (260) 749-0891. U-pick orchard opens mid- September. Monday through Friday 9:30am to 7:00 pm;  Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Wild Zoo HalloweenOctober 19-21, 25-28 & 31, 2012, Noon – 5 pm daily. Admission is $4.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Children and Zoo Members receive $2.00 off per person.

For more ideas, check out the Fall Fun page at VisitFortWayne.com!

Heather

About

A Fort Wayne native, Heather is a married with two children and works as a Senior Associate with MKM architecture + design. She's passionate about serving in the community with organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana, NeighborLink, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time with her family or friends - most often in downtown Fort Wayne or on Sylvan Lake in Noble County. Team Schoegler's favorite activities are cheering on the TinCaps and Komets as well as catching area concerts. What keeps her calling Fort Wayne home are the many opportunities to make memories and create traditions with her family.

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin in Fort Wayne!

In search of the Great Pumpkin? You just may find it at one of Allen County’s You-Pick Pumpkin Patches!

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Take your pick of the patch!

Head on over to Degrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch, located at 3737 Dicke Road in Fort Wayne, for an assortment of you-pick pumpkins. Little ones will enjoy being able to pluck the perfect pumpkin right off the vine at this adorable patch! Pre-picked pumpkins and other seasonal produce are available, as well. (Grab a pumpkin for each person in your family and see who can carve the most creative Jack-o’-lantern!) Degrandchamp’s is open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 260-436-4359.

Or, plan a visit to Hilger Family Farm, located at 5534 Butt Road in Fort Wayne. You and your family can head right out to the fields and search for the plumpest pumpkins in the patch! Pre-picked pumpkins are also available. While you’re there, you can also enjoy hayrides, pony rides and a play area with mazes and swings. Fall decorations, mums and other food items are available for purchase, too. Hilger Family Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 24 and running through the end of October. For more information, look for “Hilger Family Farm” on Facebook or call 260-625-3467.

These are just two of my favorite pumpkin patches – are there any others that you would recommend?

Jennifer

About

Jennifer Hans moved to Fort Wayne 15 years ago from Hawaii, and she's quite fond of life in the Midwest. She loves exploring the city and finding fun things to do with her husband and four daughters (ages 10, 8, 8 and 7). Jennifer is a freelance writer, specializing in social media for businesses. She also writes interpretive signs for zoos, museums and historical sites.