Wills Family Orchard is a bit of a drive, but my #1 recommendation when people ask about a low-key pumpkin patch or a good one for young toddlers. It has a relaxed vibe, inexpensive fun, and a nice balance of things to do without the crowds.
Name: Wills Family Orchard and Pumpkin Patch
Address: Wills Family Orchard 33130 Panther Creek Road Adel, Iowa 50003
Type: Places to pick seasonal fruit/veggies (fall)
Bathrooms: Yes, porta-potty
Shade: Minimal; indoor shop and shade over pumpkin painting
Other notes: No general admission; pay per activity and per pumpkin. No outside food or pets are allowed. Certain weekends have “festival days” with music and extra food/activities. Paid activities include a hayrack ride, corn maze, gourd painting, and a small tractor riding/corn pit/hay bale maze area (not on their website yet, new as of 2016). Free activities include animal petting/viewing, roaming the pumpkin patch, and playing bags. Lots of produce and processed products, donuts are available for sale on site.
Official Website: http://www.willsfamilyorchard.com/
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