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Pumpkins can mean a lot of different things to people. They can be the most important part of your family's favorite pie recipe, the object for carving spooky art with your friends and significant others, or even the perfect color to complement your fall outfit.

Whatever comes to mind, all of these moments can start out from a simple pumpkin patch. Here are the top pumpkin patches in or near Austin to help you fulfill your pumpkin dreams.


Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969 (Bastrop)

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Tickets: $21.95

Just 30 miles east of Austin, fall fanatics will have the opportunity to celebrate Barton Hill Farms' 10th Annual Fall Festival until Nov. 7. Not only will it offer a pumpkin patch to explore but also a 5-acre corn maze, flowers for picking, hayrides, live music, food and drinks and 30+ fall activities all on a 118-acre farm off of the Colorado River.

Texas Pumpkin Fest, 1090 East Crystal Falls Parkway (Leander)

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 Friday-Sunday, free Monday, $5 Tuesday and Thursday

Visitors will have the chance to roam five acres of pumpkins and gourds to pick out the best one for the home. To celebrate Halloween as well as National Magic Month, Texas Pumpkin Fest will have fall games, a "Stranger Things"-themed hay maze, magic shows every weekend and so much more. The fest runs until Nov. 7.

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 East State Highway 29 (Georgetown)

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day

Tickets: Ranges from $16.95 to $21.95

Just half an hour north of Austin, Sweet Eats Fruit Farm will be hosting its fall festival until Nov. 21 where visitors can stroll through their 2-acre pumpkin patch that includes 40 pumpkin varieties. It also has a 4.5-acre corn maze to explore and offers a fireworks display, a horse show, a flashlight corn maze and a candy cannon on Fridays and Saturdays. Pig races will be available at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., as well as other fall activities all day including wagon rides, live music and a chance to walk through an 11-foot tall pumpkin house.

Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road (Elgin)

Hours: 12-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Free admission and parking ($3 tickets required for activities)

This year, Evergreen Farms is hosting a family-friendly pumpkin hunt until Oct. 31 in which visitors will ride on a wagon to the Christmas tree fields and look for hidden mini pumpkins. Though admission is free, purchasable tickets are required for activities such as the pumpkin hunt, a pumpkin launcher, a train ride, fishing, a kids' zipline, a maze and more.

Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980 (Marble Falls)

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Free admission and parking (purchasable tickets required for activities)

On this 60-acre farm, all your fall dreams can come true. Have beyond pumpkin picking with goat feeding, picking flowers, three mazes, a barrel train, pumpkin painting, pony rides and scarecrow stuffing. Ice cream and popsicles will also be available to purchase.

Robinson Family Farm, 3780 White Owl Lane (Temple)

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day

Tickets: $13.95 online and $17.95 at the gate

From now until Oct. 31, the Robinson Family Farm will be hosting its fall festival which includes 20+ attractions. Visitors have the chance to pick out pumpkins as well as take photos in the new pumpkin barn. There will also be herding shows every Sunday in October from 12-3 p.m. as well as chainsaw wood carving every Saturday in October, not including Oct. 2 and 16.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Natures Way (Elgin)

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 12-5:30 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $10

At the Elgin Christmas Tree farm, friends and families will have the opportunity to take quality photos with the pumpkins as well as explore two mazes: the crazy maze and the corn maze. Other activities will include rubber duck races, animals to visit, a train and hayride, a playscape and areas for picnics. This will be available until Oct. 31.

Get to cookin', carvin' and photo takin' this fall!

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