Pumpkins and Apples and Mazes, Oh My!
Fresh Outdoor Fun for your Family in the Flathead Valley
Have you spent a lifetime buying your Halloween pumpkins at the grocery store? Have your kids ever walked through a corn maze on a bright October day? Come home to Montana, and see what you’ve been missing!
Sweet Pickin’s Pumpkin Patch
Celebrating their 20th year in business, this iconic family farm is the place to be with your kids this fall. There is something fun for everyone in your family on this sprawling 40 acres outside of Kalispell. Don’t be afraid to bring your wild and rambunctious toddlers—the activities here are really geared towards little ones.
You will find a tricycle track, mini buildings to explore, and the (very popular) GIANT sandbox complete with big digger toys. Let everyone enjoy sweet treats and fresh kettle corn from the mercantile—they can wear off the sugar high on massive trampoline pillows.
On top of all the excitement, your kids will love a true Montana country experience at the petting zoo and pumpkin patch.
Cost: $9 per person / $25 season pass / children 2 and under are free
Check website or call ahead for hours: https://www.sweetpickinspumpkinpatch.com/
Location: 1990 Holt Stage Rd, Kalispell
Fritz Corn Maze
No fall is complete without a trip to this incredible corn maze that gets bigger and better every year!
Maze 2018 was all about Montana, and Maze 2019 had a Glacier Park theme. In this year’s maze, your kids can learn all about dinosaurs that were found in our amazing state. Come learn about our famous Montana Dinosaur Trail! There is a scavenger hunt, and your kids will even get a small prize.
If you like the spooky side of the season, the maze hosts a Haunted Trail and Haunted Barn on October 23, 30, & 31st
Your little ones will love a ride on the cow train, and everyone—young and old alike—enjoys the culvert slides!
Hot drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
Cost: $8 per person / children 4 and under are free / Haunted Events are $10 per person
Check website or call ahead for hours: https://www.fritzcornmaze.com/ (406) 755-4210
Location: At the turnoff of 141 Birch Grove Rd, Kalispell
North Shore Farm
If a quiet and authentic country farm atmosphere is more your style, stop in at North Shore Farm on Hwy 35 between Somers and Bigfork.
Pumpkins can be picked fresh out of the field, or choose from those already picked. You can pick your own pie pumpkins, too!
Fresh local produce is still available, even Mountain View garden tomatoes. Winter squashes and gourds are in, and you’ll find local meats and other products as well.
Cost: Pumpkins 50 cents per lb already picked / .30 cents per lb for you-pick.
Open: Monday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00
Location: 1803 MT Hwy 82, Somers
Getman’s Orchard and Vineyard
The best-kept secret in the valley for entertaining your kids, getting your family outdoors, and picking delicious fruit to bring home. The scenery along Flathead Lake is a bonus!
Call Farmer Dan at Getman Orchard and let him know you’re coming. He will greet you at the gate and bring you into the Orchard like honored guests. YES, kids are more than welcome! Farmer Dan is a character, and will entertain you all with stories and laughs.
No ladders required, everything is easy-reach.
Right now, during October harvest, you can come to pick Gala apples, Honey Crisp, and Macintosh. They even have a selection of heirloom apples. Coming along soon will be the D’Anjou winter pears.
You will come back for this experience year after year, guaranteed. Check in all year round for you-pick strawberries, cherries, apricots, and peaches: pears, plums, apples, and grapes begin in the fall.
Cost: Varies depending on produce
Open: Call to schedule: (406) 871-5499
Location: 21848 E Lake Shore, Bigfork
Are you ready to make apple-picking, fresh air, and country living your ‘normal’ instead of your vacation? Take a look at some of our beautiful rural Montana properties here.