This EPIC Minnesota Pumpkin Patch Is Selfie/Photo-Op HEAVEN! [GALLERY]
In what has become an annual family tradition, our crew made the pilgrimage from central Minnesota to Wyoming, Minnesota to check out one of our favorite fall spots- Pinehaven Farm!
It seems like every year Pinehaven adds a bunch of things to their operation to make it even more memorable than the year before. As we overheard one out-of-town family remark while there this weekend "I didn't realize just how many attractions there are, you need multiple days to see it all!"
That may be hyperbolic, as it isn't exactly the size of ValleyFair or Disney, but it may not be, either, as evidenced by the fact we spent the entirety of Saturday there and only experienced about half the place!
In addition to all the fun things to do for kids of all ages, there are an absolute TON of photo opportunities set up throughout the park as well.
Here are the attractions, then we will get into some of the cool photo-op/selfie spots.
There is a map and explanation of admission times/prices at the bottom of the gallery as well.
The gift shop is located just inside the entrance and features a lot of rustic fall decor, candles, stuffed animals and even some Pinehaven Farms apparel!
THIS CROONING JOHN DEERE TRACTOR
This animatronic tractor's eyes, mouth and body all move as it sings old-timey songs. Definitely caught our five-year-old's attention!
FARFEL, THE PUMPKIN EATING DRAGON
Farfel wakes up a few times a day to interact with a local farmer and puts on a wonderful show complete with jokes, ad-libs and, as advertised, the eating of a giant pumpkin.
CHARLEY'S CORN PIT
The corn pit is always a popular stop. Kids get a kick out of digging around in the corn and as an added bonus you will be find corn in your clothes and laundry for approximately the next six months! Win-win!
PINEHAVEN SPEEDWAY PEDAL TRIKE RACERS
Kids can grab a trike and take a few laps around a pretty good sized gravel track. My kid made it three laps before calling it a day from exhaustion.
The Pinehaven Farm Jumping Pillows are essentially a pair of in-ground bounce houses (does that make sense... it does in my head). The pictures don't do justice as far as how big these things are!
This area features three giant tube slides and a cargo net "spider web" that both my kids really enjoyed!
Grab a potato sack and slide down this fast, bumpy orange slide!
MINING FOR MINERALS
For an additional cost kids (or adults) can mine for minerals.
A series of high and fast ziplines that can be enjoyed by all ages.
From tacos and coffee to corn dogs and chicken nuggets, there was something for everyone on the menu. There was also a separate stand selling apple, pumpkin and other donut flavors.
AND, OF COURSE, THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Those are just the attractions that we made it to! There was also a petting zoo, Barnyard Wall Ball (a game where you use pulleys to guide a golf ball to the top of a holey-wall), Apple Blasters (shoot apples at targets), the cluck truck (truck full of chickens, duh), Pumpkin Cannon, Touch-A-Tractor, Tug of War, the Grain Train and a Rubber Duck Derby! Like I said, it's a LOT.
Now, on to the photo-ops! There were SO MANY well done settings that we even got our family photos done for the year! Here are some of our favorites:
SPOOKY PUMPKIN STACK
THE MYSTERY MACHINE
CANDY CORN FRAME
DINOSAUR STATUES (There are several different ones throughout the farm with different themes)
KEEP IT ROCKIN' BIG CHAIR
In addition to a beautiful sunflower field, there is also a wildflower field that allows you to create your own bouquet for an additional cost.
PLAID MINNESOTA SIGN
THIS COLORFUL PILLAR
FESTIVE STREET CORNER SCENE
RANDOM COLORFUL BUILDINGS
These buildings would make a great color-themed backdrop for fall photos!
As was the case with the attractions there are even MORE photo-ops in the park itself, which you can see at their website.
IF YOU GO:
28186 Kettle River Blvd N, Wyoming, MN 55092
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
10 AM to 7 PM
General admission tickets cost between $11 and $21 depending on the date. Price of admission includes most, but not all, of the attractions.