Enchanted Acres: Fall Fun In Iowa

Fall is an exciting time of year in Iowa. The colors of fall are abundant and the combines are heading out into the Iowa fields to harvest the crops. Shannon Latham, of Sheffield, Iowa; has built one of the nicest pumpkin patches I have ever visited!

Shannon Latham’s business, Enchanted Acres, has been a work in progress. She has something everyone in the family will enjoy. One moment that has stuck with me since I left Enchanted Acres, was a man sitting comfortably in a rocking chair near the barn. He was comfortable, enjoying the sights and sounds of Enchanted Acres. There’s something to be said about a little solitude out in the country in Iowa. I quickly learned that pumpkin patches are designed for people of all ages.

Each year the play area at Enchanted Acres offers more fun for the kids. The tire swings are very popular, in the midst of the children’s play area.

tire swings at Enchanted Acres

If you love the colors of Fall, Enchanted Acres is for you! With several colorful pumpkins to choose from, you will find one to meet your needs. There are pumpkins for decorating, canning, pies, carving and even pumpkins for painting.

kids painting pumpkins

So, no matter what your need is, Enchanted Acres has you covered in the pumpkin department. You can pick your own, or choose from pre-picked varieties. I observed families going out to pick their own, as well as choosing them from the piles that had been pre-picked.

The goats, chickens and rabbits have always been a hit. The new addition for 2017 is Wilbur, the pig!

Enchanted Acres is located right off of I-35 in North Central Iowa. Take the Sheffield, Iowa exit and go 2 miles East. Like Enchanted Acres on Facebook and Twitter  to keep you up to date with all of the happenings.


Friday: 9-5 (Free gate admission)

Saturday: 9-5 ($5.00 per person)

Sunday: 11-5 ($5.00 per person)

So, tell me, have you ever visited a pumpkin patch and what did you like most about it?

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29 thoughts on “Enchanted Acres: Fall Fun In Iowa

  1. Thanks for sharing a bit of Iowa. Great football game between Iowa and Penn State by the way. Iowa should have won! This brings back memories of growing up in Sumner, Washington where my mom had grown pumpkins for the fall pumpkin patch sale. I would try to hide the best pumpkins, but someone would always take it home with them. I ended up with the poor oblong discolored pumpkin. My wife loves Wilber who is a big fan of pigs. Wilber is so expressive. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a fun idea for a family outing! I just love visiting ‘farm style’ places, especially ones where you can do DIY projects. Not sure I’m into pumpkin jam, but pumpkin pie sounds delicious!

  3. I think that this is a great activity for kids. If I have children, I’d definitely bring them to this place to experience all the fun activities. Congratulations for this great idea.

  4. Enchanted Acres sounds like a great place to visit especially for families! … Wilbur the Pig looks cute! haha.. I was smiling when I watched your video. It looked like he (or she?) was welcoming everyone.. LOL.

  5. Where did you grow up? You should plan a return visit. Go to the pumpkin patch and take a walk down memory lane with your kids.

  6. Places like this are one of the reasons I really love this season! This place looks like it has an especially nice selection of pumpkins (beyond the traditional orange jack-o-lantern types), squash and gourds. Among my favorite squash every fall are the little “Sweet potato” varieties…which ones are your favorites here?

  7. I’ve visited many pumpkin patches over the years with my family. One of our favorites had a spud slinger that my boys thought was the coolest thing ever!

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