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Apple Annie’s Pumpkin Patch in Willcox

With farm fresh produce you can pick straight from the ground, loads of pumpkins, and a corn maze, there is fun to be had at Apple Annie’s Pumpkin Patch in Willcox! Bring your all-terrain strollers or wagon, sunscreen, water, and closed-toe shoes for this fun outdoor farm experience.

Abbey Bailey

With farm fresh produce you can pick straight from the ground, loads of pumpkins, and a corn maze, there is fun to be had at Apple Annie’s Pumpkin Patch in Willcox! Bring your all-terrain strollers or wagon, sunscreen, water, and closed-toe shoes for this fun outdoor farm experience.

First up as you arrive will be the big red barn full of pre-picked produce, bins full of pumpkins, and seasonal items. It was fun to wander through the barn, pointing out funny-looking vegetables or those we’d never heard of before, and exploring the wall of jams, jellies, and salsas. If you want the full farm experience, you can walk the short distance to the fields where rows and rows of produce are grown and pick your own! Our kids enjoyed exploring the tables of seasonal items in the barn, among which included mugs, candies, baking mixes, small stuffed animals, and pumpkin carving kits.

Past the fields of you-pick produce is the entrance to the corn maze. If you’re searching for pumpkins while visiting, there is also a pumpkin patch across from the maze. I highly recommend a bathroom break at this point before you enter the corn maze (we found out the hard way) and I recommend you take water with you! There are port-a-potties right outside the corn maze area with handwashing stations and hand sanitizer. If you prefer an indoor restroom, it’s located at the main entrance near the hayride.

After paying for your corn maze entry, you can visit the mailboxes to select a passport filled with fun questions for your journey– there were several different themes like Halloween, Tiny tots, scriptures, and more. Now the big decision– which difficulty level is your family ready to tackle?! Easy, intermediate, and challenging are the three options and our first choice was the Easy maze which took about 20 minutes to make our way through. The boys decided they wanted to tackle the Challenging maze, which took them about 40 minutes using the map and they said it would’ve taken much longer without it!

While the boys were in the Challenging maze, the girls headed to get some lunch. The main food option was a food truck, which offered a decent variety of options, and there was also a tent where you could get iced tea, lemonade, and/or kettle corn. Both the food truck and lemonade/iced tea lines were quite long so you may want to factor this into your visit! If we visit again we’ll likely bring our own picnic! That being said, the chicken tenders, hog fries, and cheese fries from the food truck were pretty good!

After lunch, we made our way to the hayride. This 10-15 minute ride takes you around the farm past the rows of produce, the sunflower field (which you can also pick), and ultimately stopping at the pumpkin patch. Before you begin exploring the pumpkin patch, grab cutters and maybe a wheelbarrow depending on how many pumpkins you’re planning to get! We loved that the types of pumpkins were organized by rows so that we could go straight to the size and type of pumpkins we were looking for. When you’ve found your prized pumpkins you can either walk or catch the hayride back to the barn where you can easily check out and pay for your pumpkin. We got one medium and two small pumpkins for $6!

Apple Annie’s has three different locations, so be sure to check out their website to see what each location offers. The Produce and Pumpkin Patch is located at 6405 W Williams Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643. Entrance to the farm is free and the pumpkin patch will be open until October 31st. The hayride is $5 per person (under 2 is free) and the corn maze is $8 (ages 3-11) or $10 (ages 12 and over). They also offer a maze and hayride combo that’s worth it if you’re planning to do both! Learn more on their website.

Apple Annie’s is located about 3 hours from Phoenix or 90 minutes from Tucson. We made the stop on our way back from a camping trip at the nearby Chiricahua National Monument, which was a great way to top off our trip!

More great pumpkin patches and fall events can be found in our pumpkin patch guide!

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  • Abbey Bailey

    Abbey is a mom of two children and lives in Oro Valley with her husband, Tyler. A long-time travel lover, she loves exploring as a family and talking with her kids about their experiences. Abbey loves reading, writing, and Sunday mornings spent in bed. Follow @abbeyjowriter on Instagram where she writes about motherhood, neurodiversity, and mental health.

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