The month of October is right around the corner and with it comes Fall weather* with cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, and the heralding of the Holiday season.
*Fall weather for us, in the Southwest, means that we can (hopefully) turn off the AC and open the windows (which have either been opened or closed respectively since the end of April). I started to the feel the weather change in September. While the days remained warm (or hot), the mornings had a slight chill to them. The shadows have grown longer. Even some of the leaves have a hint of yellow. Our “Fall colors” will deepen over the next few months and may even hang on (albeit sparsely) until Spring returns. Also, when I say “some Fall colors” I really mean “some.” Our Fall colors could never hold a candle to the grandiose Fall colors of the North Eastern and/or Western states of this great Nation.
Until just a few years ago, Tucson only boasted one Pumpkin patch which (for me) was an hour drive – or more – away. We went only once because, in my opinion, it was not worth the trip. I don’t like pumpkins THAT much to drive an hour in order to pick one in a field. Truth be known, aside from the cuteness effects of pumpkins, I can take them or leave them. Dare I even admit that Pumpkin is definitely not my favorite pie?
About four years ago, Jon Post opened the Marana Pumpkin Patch. We missed the first year but have gone every year since then. Mr. Post works very hard to make it a fun place to be and he adds to the Patch (or upgrades) every year.
My older kiddos work the season and they really enjoy it. The younger ones just love the fun and games, they don’t even care one whit about the pumpkins (as a matter of fact, we have never gone to the field to pick one). Even I have been known to indulge in the fun; mainly the zip line and the corn maze.
The Marana Pumpkin Patch: Dates and Time
The “Patch” as we refer to it, is about 15-20 minutes from Ina and I-10. It would take someone leaving on the east side of Tucson about 45 minutes, but that’s just an educated guess. It is located a short distance from the Marana exit on the west side of I-10, and the road is well marked. You can’t miss it.
The Marana Pumpkin Patch is open daily: Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 8 pm and Friday through Sunday, from 9 am to 8 pm. This year, the Marana Pumpkin Patch will be open from October 1st to October 30th. Count on spending about two to three hours at the Patch so you can plan accordingly.
The Marana Pumpkin Patch: More Info
There is a fee to enter: $10 plus tax per person Monday through Thursday, and $12 plus tax per person on weekends. Kids under 32 inches tall enter for free. The entry fee allows you to participate in all these activities: wagon rides, corn maze, straw mountain, kid zone, pig races, rubber duck races, jumping pillows, peddle cart rides, train rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin train rides.
There are a few other activities that do have an additional fee: the pumpkin cannon (1 shot = $1), the zipline ($5), and the pony rides ($4). My kids love the pony ride and the zip line. The lines at the zip line can be long, especially after school hours and weekends. Safety is top notch and know that you will need to sign a waiver before you can use it.
On the grounds, there are also food booths and a country store. We especially love Plaza’s Mexican food but I understand they are only at the Patch on weekends (you can find them next to the Marana general store during the week). I need to add that my hubby loves the kettle corn booth. This year, Mr. Post has added a bakery! We are all excited about that.
Another thing you notice when you enter the patch is that it is green! There is indeed green grass and some nice shade.
They play music over the speakers but Mr. Post is mindful of the music he plays knowing that there are a lot of children who come to visit.
Staff members wear bright green t-shirts with a large pumpkin on the front. We have found them to be friendly and helpful (my favorite are those who share my last name; just kidding).
The Marana Pumpkin Patch: In Summary
For us, the Marana Pumpkin Patch is a great way to have some family fun, to make memories, and to start getting into the Holiday spirit. It heralds the end of the scorching summer days and the promise of our best weather of the year. For me, it ushers my favorite time of the year. For my older kids, it is a way to learn about hard work and a way to make good money. For my little tykes, it is just plain fun!
If you have been to the Marana Pumpkin Patch, please let us know of your experience below in the comment section.
You can find more information about the Patch at their website.