Pumpkin picking, hay ride, haunted house – are they on your Fall Bucket List this year? If they are and you’re anywhere near the U-Pick Red Barn Pumpkin Patch in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we recommend a visit! We’ve always loved visiting a pumpkin patch. With this being our first fall in the Jackson, Wyoming, area, I started asking around for the local’s favorite in September so we could plan a trip. The U-Pick Red Barn did not disappoint! Here’s what you need to know to have your own amazing pumpkin patch adventure.
Location, Hours & Fees
The U-Pick Red Barn is located in Southern Idaho Falls near the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. We went on a busy Saturday and had to park a ways away along the road, but it wasn’t a big deal, even towing our trailer.
We found the pricing to be a little confusing when described on the website, but basically it’s free to go in to just pick pumpkins, no activities. Pumpkins are priced 3/$20 or 5/$30.
For activities, you need a wristband. We bought three pumpkins for $20, three wristbands for two adults and a child, and three extra train rides for $41 total – not a bad price at all for the amount of fun we had! You’ll pay extra for entrance to the Kids Haunted Barn Loft, which was closed when we were there. There’s also an economical season pass option if you’re local!
What to Bring
The weather was variable the day we were there – from sunny and warm to cold and windy to even snowing, so make sure to pack layers including gloves, hats
We carried a backpack with extra layers, tissues for runny noses, baby wipes for sticky caramel-corn fingers, and water bottles.
Pumpkin Patch Activities
There is so much to do at the U-Pick Red Barn! We decided to pick our pumpkins last so we didn’t have to lug them around and let our preschooler decide where to go first.
No surprise for my train-obsessed kiddo, the first thing he wanted to do was take a train ride. This was a good plan because the train gives a tour of the entire pumpkin patch so we learned our way around and what activities there were.
Next, Bowman decided to jump on these big air-filled things.
And then it was time to tackle the hay maze and pyramid and the slides! It was fun to watch him work up from needing Mac to go with him to
In the area of the jump pillows and the slides are quite a few tables for families to set up on.
After a quick play time in the corn “sand” box, we took yet another train ride.
And then it started snowing, so we ducked into the barn to grab some snacks. Bowman and Mac entertained themselves petting the baby kittens while I grabbed fresh hot mini doughnuts and caramel corn. The snow had stopped – silly October – so we went out to the big pyramid at the entrance to get out of the wind and ate our snacks, yum!
While we were there we took a family photo. It’s so hard to get family photos of everyone, right? I always ask a family if they’d like a photo of all of them, and then they’re usually happy to take one of us, too!
At this point we’d been at the pumpkin patch for a couple of hours and we were getting a little cold. After a quick detour to say hello to the chickens, Bo decided he wanted to ride a pedal bike, so we grabbed one and one of the many wagons on the property and set out to find our pumpkins.
I loved the pumpkin variety – red, white, orange, green, big, small, perfectly shaped, misshapen. We found our pumpkins, took a few more photos, and decided we were ready to go, our Fall Bucket List fully checked off!