Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Get outside and enjoy all that fall has to offer by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your next family fall field trip. It includes an interactive map to scout locations, activities, and hours for local businesses. May your apple cider donuts be warm and the pumpkins you’re lugging back to the family car be light.

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Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Map: Guide to Pumpking Patches and Apple Orchards in the Iowa City area.

Allen’s Orchard (Marion)

Special Events in September:

  • September 24: Apfelfest in Amana
  • September 30: Dinner at the Orchard

What’s Picking: You pick apples. Plums, grapes, pears, squash, beans, and cherries may be available for purchase
They also sell: Apple slushies and baked goods
Hours: September – October, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7-days a week

Bass Farms (Mount Vernon)

Fall Events: Fall Festival 2021 runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 10 – October 31, Opening Weekend Sept. 10,11

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: Hayrack Rides and Agri-Tours
Hours: May 1st – October 31, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., 7-days per week

Bloomsbury Farm (Atkins)


  • Sunflower Festival, Sept. 16-25
  • Harvest Festival, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30

What’s Picking: Pre-picked sunflowers and pumpkins
They also sell: Admission to a corn maze, other farm activities, baked goods, and crafts
Hours: September 12 – October 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

Colony Pumpkin Patch (North Liberty)

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: A flashlight maze (Fridays and Saturdays in October), baked goods, fall decor, and hay rides
Hours: September – October


  • Sunflowers, Sept. 3-5
  • Fall Harvest, Beginning Sept. 17
  • Flashlight Maze, Fridays/Saturdays in October

Kroul Farms (Mount Vernon)

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: A three-acre corn maze and a spooky graveyard
Hours: Check the website for updates

Sass Family Farm (Johnson County)

What’s Picking: Pre-picked fall produce
They also offer: Farm activities, treats, crafts, and hayrack rides
Hours: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., daily

Wilson’s Orchard (Johnson County)


  • Yoga at the Orchard
  • Story Time
  • Live Music

What’s Picking: You pick apples and pumpkins, along with blueberries, tart cherries, pumpkins, squash, and peaches. Check the website for availability.
They also offer: Apple slushies, Heyn’s ice cream, tractor rides on Bessie, smokehouse lunch/dinner, and baked goods.
Hours: Year-round, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We hope you enjoy visiting Iowa City area apple orchards and pumpkin patches throughout the fall with your family! Happy picking!

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Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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