Have you had enough of pumpkin spice season? Yes, we know that Central Illinois is the pumpkin capital of the world, but there is so much more to do than pick pumpkins at our local farmsteads.

The pumpkins in fact are far from the main attraction this year. From live music, apples, fresh specialty donuts, inflatables, trunks and treats, petting zoos and corn mazes, there is little reason to simply hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve, paint or bake into a decadent pie.

Some patches sell wristbands that allow for unlimited access to kids’ activities and others charge per activity anywhere from $2 all the way up to $15. Any way you look at it though, an afternoon at the farm is affordable downhome fun for families and couples just looking for something new to do to appreciate autumn.

Here’s our list of local orchards and patches offering the best flavor and fun the season has to offer.

Central Illinois patches are about more than just pumpkins

Ackerman Family Farms
27158 U.S. Hwy 150, Morton, IL 61550

Open: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This fifth-generation Morton pumpkin farm offers over 160 varieties of pumpkins and squash in addition to ornamental corn, corn stalks, straw bales and a shop stocked with seasonal foods and salsa. Admission to the farm is free, but there is a corn maze that is now open, with tickets ranging from $6 for adults and teens to $4 for kids 3 and up.

Black Bart’s Pumpkin Patch
9381 W Wise Road, Warrensburg, IL 62573

Open: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On a nice sunny October day, there is plenty to do at Black Bart’s, particularly on the weekends when there are hayrides ($2.50), barrel rides ($3) and a bouncy area ($3 day pass). The corn maze has a $1 admission fee, and there is also a grain bin play area and an extensive pirate ship play zone that are free. Also there is a scarecrow stuffing attraction that offers some down home fun.

Bomke’s Patch
605 Country Lake Rd, Springfield, IL 62711

Open: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Springfield favorite has free admission, but wristbands for activities are $6. Some of the most popular attractions include a pumpkin cannon, Riddle Hill Rock Mine (treasure gathering for the kiddos), wagon rides and a horse drawn wagon ride led by the farm’s Percheron work horses. There is also a 10-acre corn maze.

Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822

Open: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year marks Curtis Orchard’s 40th anniversary, and on any given weekend the parking lot traffic remains brisk. Besides pumpkins and gourds in their shop, one can walk right out to the patch and find a wide variety of sizes and shapes of pumpkins to choose from. They also offer U-Pick apples and have some bagged in their shop. Perhaps the local foodies favorite is the apple donuts that are made fresh daily. A kids’ play zone offers activities for a wide range of ages and costs vary for each activity. Trunk or Treat, hosted by the Junior Woman’s Club of Champaign-Urbana, is coming up on Oct. 27.

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch
1709 2000 Ave, Beason, IL 62512

Open: Sunday through Friday 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This fourth-generation farming family welcomes visitors to breath in that fresh country air and there are a number of non-pumpkin activities, including farm animals and a popcorn wagon. Outdoor games are plentiful too!

Indian Creek Farmstead
19468 Curtis Blacktop Rd, Petersburg, IL 62675

Open: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Just a few short miles away from historic Petersburg, this pumpkin farm offers more than 70 varieties, some of which can weigh up to 200 pounds, according to the family’s website. Barnyard activities abound, however, with playhouses, mazes, sand boxes, shelled corn box and a kids’ wagon train. There is also a shop onsite with jams, jellies and other local fare. There are also food and beverages for sale.

Indian Knoll Pumpkins
2850 N 1000 E Rd Mechanicsburg, IL 62545
Open: Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Columbus Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Christian County attraction has a number of free activities, such as tractor pulled wagon through the “Jack Patch,” farm animal visits and kids play area. Pumpkin painting, face painting, barnyard games and barrel tractor train are all included in a $15 wristband fee. For the foodies in your crew, crispy caramel apples in a bowl, kettle corn, cider and apple cider slushies are available for sale.

Kristin’s Pumpkin Patch
6300 Wind Tree Rd, Springfield, IL 62712

Open: Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Columbus Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A U-Pick patch charging $0.50 per pound with free admission, this family-run pumpkin patch has been in operation since 1995. A corn maze and hay ride are also onsite at this rural Springfield attraction.

Negangard Pumpkin Patch
1883 County Rd 1700 N, Sidney, IL 61877
Open: Everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Negangard family say with pride they grow everything they sell, and there seems to be a wide variety of squash available, in addition to pumpkins. Fall décor is available too, plus plenty of beautiful backdrops for family pictures.

Pumpkin Creek Farms
7392 Barclay Rd, Sherman, IL 62684

Open: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This year Pumpkin Creek has added new mega attractions – mega in that you can climb your way through a giant spider web. There is also now mac ‘n cheese at the farm’s food truck. And last but not least, an adorable new miniature highlander cow to visit! Activity admission is $5 per person and a season pass is only $15.

Rader Family Farms
1312 Ropp Rd, Normal, IL 61761

Open: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Besides the pumpkins, there is an apple blaster and slingshot, duck races, chalk truck, tire tower, old school house and a gigantic jumping pillow for farmtastic fun! A combine slide and a tram tour top of a weekend at the farm. Daily admission of price of $8 per person is your ticket to all activities.

Southfork Homestead Farms
3000 N 1200th St, Paris, IL 61944

Open: Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Attractions include a gigantic bouncy pillow, farm animals, a wagon ride and of course a corn maze! General store offers local wares, while live music on the weekends includes local artists.

The Great Pumpkin Patch
1749A E Country Rd 1900 N, Arthur, IL 61911

Open: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrating 30 years, the Great Pumpkin Patch once again appears on the prairie. Local gourd artists, live music and kettle corn will be available this Columbus Day weekend. The farm itself is home to more than 300 varieties of pumpkin.

The Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm
16578 400 N Clinton, IL 61727

Open: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This farm family operation has been around for 16 years and offers not only pumpkins, but cider and donuts in its café in addition to wagon rides and a wide variety of family activities. Old school fun includes tree swings.

Need directions? Here’s the map!