These 9 pumpkin patches near Topeka offer more than gourds. Enjoy corn mazes, hayrides and petting zoos, too.

Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital-Journal
A plump trio of pumpkins awaits a new home in the fields at Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 S.E. Croco Road.

Whether you are looking to carve or set them outside on a haybale, pumpkins are a must-have this time of year.

The adventure of picking a pumpkin is half the fun. We've rounded up a list of 9 pumpkin patches located within an hour of Topeka.

Pumpkin picking could easily be made into a daylong venture as many of these pumpkin patches offer additional activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes, delicious food and picturesque views.

Berry Hill UPick Farm

Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 S.E. Croco Road, has a 4-acre pumpkin patch full of pumpkins that are ready to find a home.

The Velazquez family of, from right, Luis, 10, Rosa, Lia, 4 and Amalya, 2, enjoy taking fall photos surrounded by pumpkins at Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 SE Croco Rd., Thursday evening. The farm's pumpkin patch officially opens this weekend with a wide selection of pumpkins to choose from.

The farm celebrates its opening this weekend with free admission 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Guests are welcome to pick pumpkins and corn stalks, as well as purchase apples, honey, apple cider and kettle corn.

Horse rides will be offered 2-6 p.m. on Saturday.

Gary’s Berries 

Gary Starr, owner of Gary's Berries, holds a large pumpkin while standing in the middle of a patch.

Each weekend at Gary's Berries, 5991 17th St., is a fun-filled one. In addition to its pumpkin patch now ready to be picked, the farm offers kid's games and activities, farm animals, food and the walk-thru Trail of Lights.

Starting Sept. 24 and each subsequent Friday, Gary's Berries is open 5-10 p.m. for fireworks at dusk. The farm is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 30 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 24.

A single-day pass is $14.95 and a fall season pass is $41.95. Tickets can be purchased at garysfarmfest.com.

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Kabus Pumpkins

Kabus Pumpkins, 1947 N.E. 54th St., planted their pumpkins in July meaning it's almost time to begin picking.

The farm plans to open up its farm to the public starting Oct. 2.

Rees Fruit Farm

If you've been to Rees Fruit Farm, 2476 K-4 highway, you know they are known for their local produce and goods. And don't forget about the apple cider doughnuts and slushies.

But the farm also sells pumpkins once the season rolls around.

According to the farm's website, pumpkin harvest begins in mid-September and the gourds are typically available until early November.

Keep an eye on Rees' Facebook page or call 785-246-3257 for updates regarding the arrival of pumpkins.

The store is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday.

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Schaake's Pumpkin Patch

Heading to Lawrence for the day? Make sure to stop in at Schaake's Pumpkin Patch for some gourds.

Schaake's Pumpkin Patch, 1791 North 1500 Road, will be open noon-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday starting Oct. 2 until Oct. 30.

The farm has a 30-acre pumpkin patch with a wide variety of shapes and colors.

While you're there picking pumpkins, make sure and enjoy a hayrack ride to and from the pumpkin patch, a playground, straw romp, slides and farm animals.

Admission to the farm is free.

Little Munchkins Pumpkin Patch

Little Munchkins Pumpkin Patch, 29583 Low Water N. Road, in Alma opened Sept. 18 for the season.

The patch will be open to the public 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday until the end of October.

While you are visiting, make sure you take a ride down the slides, hop on the train, visit the straw pit,  shooting gallery, corn maze, petting zoo and go zip-lining.

Meuschke Farms

Get ready for some pumpkin pickin' at Meuschke Farms, 11722 246th Road, in Lawrence. The farm opens for the season Sept. 25.

Meuschke Farms will be open 9 a.m. to dusk until Oct. 31. The pumpkin patch features a wide variety of colors and shapes.

The farm is also home to a corn maze.

Admission to the farm is free.

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The Great Pumpkin Farm

There's no better place to feel like you are in a Charlie Brown Halloween movie than The Great Pumpkin Farm in Mayetta.

I mean, it's in the name. This farm, located at 14805 190th Road, opened for the season on Sept. 17.

The Great Pumpkin Farm is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Mondays until Oct. 31.

In addition to a pumpkin patch, the farm has a zipline, petting zoo and a bounce pillow.

Admission is $5-$10.

Britt's Garden Acres

Britt's Garden Acres, 1000 S. Scenic Drive, in Manhattan celebrated its opening weekend Sept. 17.

The farm is open 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday until Nov. 6.

Britt's Garden Acres has also a hayride, corn maze and petting zoo.

Admission is $12.09 to $13.95. A season pass is $38. Tickets can be purchased at brittsfarm.com.

Is there a pumpkin patch we missed that you think should be added to the list? Let us know by emailing Brianna Childers at bchilders@cjonline.com.

Brianna Childers is the food and fun reporter for the Capital-Journal. Reach her at bchilders@cjonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @brichilders3