Central Grove Orchard
It shouldn’t be too hard to pick out a pumpkin at the orchard. You can plod through the 19-acre patch or hop on a hay ride to take you around. While you’re there, take home a souvenir from the Country Store. The Country Store sells delicious preserves, coffee and specialty butters. Be sure to come hungry! There are eight different places to eat on site with foods that range from pulled pork sandwiches and tacos to cider donuts and pumpkin rolls.
32835 610th Ave, Cambridge, IA 50046 (515) 383-4354
Browse more than 1,000 pre-picked pumpkins at Iowa Orchard, as well as many varieties of apples. The shop sells apple-themed fare including pies, caramel apples and cider, plus fruit crisps, honey and fudge. A hay rack ride on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays takes visitors to the Farm Fun Zone featuring family-friendly activities like a corn box, horseshoe toss, hay bale slide, tire course and face painting. Admission is free, so bring all the kiddos along for a fun day of games, treats and pumpkin picking.
9875 Meredith Drive, Urbandale, IA (515-276-0852)