16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm

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Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio is the ultimate Pumpkin Farm experience! With activities for all ages, hayrides, a zip line, pumpkins and tons more, your family will enjoy a day out at Leeds Farm!

A big thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

*In 2019, Leeds Farm is celebrating their 25th anniversary by offering a 25% discount on regular admission and combo passes during opening weekend: September 21st and 22nd!*

Leeds Farm is HUGE. If you’re looking for a do-it-all and then some pumpkin farm experience, this is it! On our first visit, I was completely in awe! We knew they offered a lot of activities, but the size of the farm still took us by surprise! We look forward to visiting Leeds Farm each year!

16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm:

Leeds Farm North Barn

Don’t let the size and scope of the farm intimidate you though, because the size actually makes the experience better! We typically visit on opening day, at the same time as the Autism Festival, when there are tons of people there. The fact that the farm is so big and there are so many things to do means that it hasn’t felt jam packed and the lines for activities have not been super long. There are literally acres of space to spread out!

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

One of the great things about Leeds Farm is that there is truly something for everyone. If you have toddlers, there’s the corn bin, animals to feed, pumpkins to pick, and a hayride. If you have active elementary school kids, there are pedal carts, a mini zip line, the pumpkin jump (a big orange trampoline), big slides and more! If you have middle schoolers (or kids 52+ inches tall) and up, there’s The Big Zip Line in addition to all the other activities!

A full food menu is also available meaning you don’t have to leave the farm at meal time! And don’t forget to visit The Back Porch for kettle corn!

Wondering what there is to do at Leeds farm?

Here’s a break down of all the things there are to do at Leeds farm! Your admission allows you access to all of these activities except paintball and The Big Zip, so you can feel free to pick and choose the activities that are best suited for your kids without having to tack on additional costs.

If you have babies and toddlers, keep reading because I will also tell you how to experience the farm without paying for activities your little kids might not be able to do!

1. Take a Hay Ride

Leeds Farm Hay Rides

leeds farm hay ride

There are three Hayrides going at a time and the hayride lasts 10-15 minutes so the process operates like a well oiled machine! Throughout the ride, keep your eyes peeled for “animals” in the woods!

leeds farm hayride

2. Pick a Pumpkin

Leeds Farm pumpkins

There are lots of pumpkins to choose from and carts available to carry your treasures to your car! The pumpkins are outside the Farm Shop and inside are lots of other gourds, pumpkins and squash to choose from!

Leeds Farm pumpkin barn

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

3. Eat

Leeds Farm apple cider slushy

Inside the North Barn is a cafe with lots of food to choose from, from main courses like shredded chicken sandwiches, sausage, hot dogs and chili, to snacks and desserts such as nachos, soft pretzels, donuts, pie and my favorite, apple cider slushies!

Leeds Farm food

Don’t miss the Back Porch where the kettle corn is made and sold!

Leeds Farm Kettle Corn

4. Feed Animals

Leeds Farm feeding animals

Kids can feed the animals at the farm and cups of feed are $1/piece. (Cash only here.) My kids loved sending the food down the tubes to feed the donkeys! The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop in the barn!

Leeds Farm animal feed

Leeds Farm donkeys

5. Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

Leeds Farm

If sliding is your thing, you’ve got lots of options at Leeds Farm! There are at least 4 areas where there are slides and they are of varying heights and fear factors, including one slide coming from a combine!

Leeds Farm Slides

Leeds Farm Combine Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

6. Jump on a Humongous Pumpkin

Leeds Farm Pumpkin Jump

This big huge orange thing is a trampoline of sorts! It’s called the Pumpkin Jump and it’s tons of fun – I’ve done it myself!

7. Roll in a Tube

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

Want to roll around in a tube? You can do that too!

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

8. Ride in the Holstein Hustle

Leeds Farm Holstein Huddle

Anyone who can fit can ride in the Holstein Hustle for a trip around the farm!

9. Zip Line

Leeds Farm Big Zip

There are two options for zip lining: The Big Zip Line and the Mini Zip Lines. The Mini Zip Lines are perfect for those between 3 and 4 feet tall! The Big Zip is an additional cost and you must be at least 52 inches tall and under 250 lbs.

Leeds Farm Mini Zip Line

10. Play in Corn

Leeds Farm Corn Barn

You know this is where my kids spent the biggest chunk of their time – digging, scooping and dumping corn with vehicles! Warning: your kids will be covered in corn dust (is that a thing?) when they are done!

Leeds Farm Corn Bin

11. Play in a Straw Fort

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

This is a great play area for the younger kids. Parents can see in, nobody gets lost and it’s a fun space for the little ones to run around!

12. Watch Pigs Race

Leeds Farm Pig Races

We didn’t get to see a pig race firsthand, but several times a day, pigs are raced around this arena! I’m bummed we missed it because it sounds like a hoot!

13. Drive a Pedal Cart

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

Pedal carts are fun for the kids and your little ones can get pushed if they can’t reach the pedals!

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

14. Shoot a Paintball Gun

This activity is one of the few things that is not included in your admission but it is just $2 for a bucket of 15 paintballs or $5 for 50.

15. Climb the Tire Tower

Leeds Farm Tire Tower

New in 2018 is the Tire Tower! Lots of fun climbing entertainment right here!

16. Ride an Iron Horse

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

Another new addition in 2018 is the Iron Horse Corral! My youngest son LOVES horses so he did not want to leave this area until he had ridden every single horse at least 3 times. 😉

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

How to do it all: Admission to the farm includes all activities except paintball and the Big Zip. When you pay, you get a sticker to wear that allows you access to all of the activity areas. Check out the Combo Deal too! General Admission plus 1 Big Zip is $15 for Kids & Adults.

How to do some of it: A lot of the activities at Leeds Farm are geared toward ages 3 and up, but that doesn’t have to stop parents of babies from having fun! Or maybe you’re looking for a scaled down farm experience. If so, it is free to visit the animals in the barn (and a cup of feed is only $1). You can also shop for pumpkins, squash, and gourds with no admission fee. Pumpkins range from $2.50 for pie pumpkins up to $15 for the biggest pumpkins. You can also tack on a hayride a la cart for $5/person.

Know Before You Go:

  • Leeds Farm is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM beginning September 21 through October 27, 2019. They are open one Friday only: October 18th, 2019.
  • Admission to Farm Activities is as follows:
    • Kids 3-18: $12
    • Adults 19-54: $10
    • Kids 2 and under: Free
    • Adults 55+: Complimentary
    • Group Rate ($9) is available for 10 or more General Admissions purchased at the same time or $14/person for 10 Combo Tickets. (Tip: Go together with another family or two to access this group rate!)
    • Parking: No charge
    • Big Zip: $5
    • Combo: General Admission and 1 Big Zip, $15 for Kids & Adults 
    • Paintball on the Porch: $2 for 15 paintballs or $5 for 50
  • Guests are welcome to visit the animals in the barnyard and shop for pumpkins, squash, gourds with no admission fee.
  • Check out the Farm Map to get your bearings before you go!

Hey Moms, does all of this look fun but you secretly wish you could do it without your kids? Then make sure you get tickets for Witches Night Out on October 2nd!

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A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio

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Fall is so fun! Here’s a list of area and fall festivals and pumpkin patches in Columbus and Central Ohio! Make sure to take time to to squeeze out every last drop of this glorious season!

Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches in Columbus and Central Ohio

Please check the link for each farm for specific details on pricing, dates and times! I will update this page as more info becomes available!

Bob Evans Farm Festival

Location: 10854 State Route 588, Rio Grande, OH 45674
Phone: 740-245-5304
Features: An annual festival that offers arts and crafts, farm contests, dining at the original Bob Evans Restaurant, children’s activities, farm activities, musical performances, and military tributes. Happening this year on October 11-13, 2019.

Branstool Orchards

peach picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Features: Peach, apple and pumpkin picking, farm market with fresh produced and local goods!

Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Features: Apple picking throughout the fall and a sunflower field!

Circle S Farms

Location: 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-878-7980
Features: Fall Fun Days feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Location: 159 East Franklin St., Circleville, OH 43113
Phone: 740-474-7000
Features: This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine! Taking place October 16-19, 2019.

deMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

deMonye's Greenhouse

Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046
Features: This is a kid-friendly haunted maze that is open the whole month of October (1st-31st)! Kids get to pick a pumpkin, plant a pansy and do other fall crafts!

Diamond Hill Farm

Location: 10468 Martinsburg Rd., Utica, Oh 43080
Phone: 740-404-9200 
Features:Weekends offer pumpkins for sale, farm animals, hay rides, slides, barrel train rides and a kiddie corn maze. Kids under 2 are free. Weekdays offer a reduced price for the Funfest area but no hay rides or barrel train rides. The market and picnic areas are open 7 days a week. 

Dill’s Greenhouse

Location: 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-3700
Features: Fall festivals happen select Friday nights and Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

Dupler’s Pumpkin Land

Location: 5766 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2514
Features: Straw maze, giant slide, haunted room, pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, mums, halloween accessories, bunnies and goats!

Emswiler Farms

Location: 13329 Morse Rd., SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 614-355-5432
Features: Hosts the annual Pumpkinpalooza on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM which includes hayrides, live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, music, crafts, food and more!  Benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Farm at Walnut Creek

The Farm at Walnut Creek

Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200
Features: Hosts festival weekends that include special activities like a corn box, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more!

Freeman’s Farm

pumpkins at Freeman's Farm

Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866
Features: For six weekends in September and October, there will be hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities.

Hendren Farm Market (closed for the 2019 season)

Location: 14595 Johnstown-Utica Rd., Johnstown, OH 43031
Phone: 740-325-7224
Features: Large corn maze, pumpkin picking, produce market and baked goods!

Hidden Creek Farms

Location: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-815-9371
Features: Fall festivals are Saturdays and Sundays and offer a hayride, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

Hoover Gardens

Location: 182 Sunbury Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603
Features: Hosts an annual Fallapalooza on September 21-22, 2019 that includes a silent auction, fortune teller, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, haunted maze, food truck, cotton candy and more!

Jacquemin Farms

Corn bin at Jaquemin Farm

Location: 7437 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-5725
Features: Pumpkin picking, fresh produce, caramel apples, slushies and October weekends feature a Kiddie Playland area with a straw maze, grain boxes, and giant air toys. They are also open on weekdays without the air toys and reduced cost of admission.

Kuhlwein’s Farm Market

Location: 1859 Walker Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-2833
Features: Pumpkin picking, maze, petting zoo, fresh produce, deli sandwiches and ice cream!

Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Features: Apple picking, pumpkins, fresh produce, farm-made products, apple cider, and more. Also hosts Applefest on September 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Legend Hills Orchard

Location: 11155 Reynolds Rd, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-2498
Features: Pick your own apples, farm market, pumpkins and gourds for sale, fresh apple cider, home grown produce and Christmas trees!

Leeds Farm

Pumpkins at Leeds Farm

Location: 8738 State Route 36, Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020
Features: Open six weekends only: Sept. 21 – Oct. 27, plus Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, Big Zip and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more!

Lehners Pumpkin Farm

Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, OH 43066
Phone: 740-595.3207
Features: There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends beginning September 21, 2019 though October including food, hayrides, barrel rides, giant legos, corn maze, mini golf, slides, pumpkin picking and tons more! Open on weeknights, too!

Lohstroh Family Farms

Location: 15632 SR 56 SE.,Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
Phone: 740-869-4208
Features: Hayride to pick your own pumpkin is offered beginning September 28 & 29, 2019 and throughout October plus a farm market with edible and decorative delights! There’s also a corn maze, caterpillar crawl, haystack, graffiti barn wall, photo frames and animals to see on the farm. There is a food trailer available.

Lynd Fruit Farm

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Features: Pick your own apples and pumpkins, giant corn maze, farm market, barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more!

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Location: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045
Phone: 937-349-4781
Features: Huge corn maze opens September 14 and is open Friday – Sunday. Admission to the maze also includes cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available!

Miller’s Country Gardens

Location: 2488 St. Rt. 37 West, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-5021
Features: Hay ride, pumpkin picking, corn maze, fresh produce, animal barn!

Oakland Nursery

Location: Several locations listed here
Phone: Columbus location: 614-268-3511
Features:  Hosts an Annual Fall Festival (October 12 & 13, 2019) which features sales, door prizes, special guests, events, and all-you-can-carry pumpkins!

Orchard and Company

apple picking at Orchard and Company

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Features: apple picking, fishing, Fall festival weekends  happen on Saturday and Sundays from September 7-October 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and feature hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more!

Pigeon Roost

Location: 4413 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-928-4925
Features: PumpkinFest is open Tuesday through Sunday, from September 14 through October 31, 2019, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Includes a pumpkin patch, farm animals and The Great Pumpkin Fun Center with giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

Sharp Farms Market

Location: 7129 Old Logan Rd SE Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Phone: 740-215-1284
Features: u-pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, plus fall decorations and produce available in the market.

Smith Farm Market

Farm Market Photo

Location: 3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-235-2014
Features: Seasonal produce and flowers, pumpkins, gourds, cider, and a bakery!

Mr. Tree Farm

Location: 1099 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd N., Blacklick, OH 43004
Phone: 614-577-0081
Features: Shop for pumpkins, corn shocks, baled straw and more! There is a petting zoo, straw maze, hay rides and corn play box. Open weekdays and weekends in October.

Van Buren Acres

Location: 5066 Keller Road, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-404-8656
Features: corn maze, pumpkin farm, jumping pillow, hay rides, barrel train, mini golf, pumpkin painting, gem mining and more! Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Most activities included in admission.

Young’s Dairy

boy feeding goat at young's dairy

Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-325-0629
Features: Ice cream, a petting zoo, mini golf, pick your own pumpkins, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, and more! An Annual Fall Festival (October 5 & 6, 2018) includes activities like making pumpkin holes and caramel apples, cow milking demonstrations, activities and more!

Yutzy’s Farm Market

slides at Yutzy's Farm Market

Location: 6010 Converse Huff Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3815
Features: Pumpkins, baked goods, fresh produce, bulk goods, deli, playground and farm animals on site!

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5 Farms Where You Can Pick Your Own Apples Near Columbus, Ohio

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Going apple picking, a classic fall activity in Central Ohio, is a sure sign of the changing seasons! Even if you live in the city of Columbus, a u-pick apple farm is less than an hour away!

5 Places to Pick Apples in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Our family loves to pick apples. We have traditionally picked our apples at Lynd Fruit Farm since we moved here in 2008, but  we have recently branched out (no pun intended) to try some other local apple farms! Though we haven’t tried every one of these, I wanted to include as many as I could find in the Central Ohio area!

Lynd fruit farm pick your own apples

If you’re planning your fall calendar, you’re going to also want to check out A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio and 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus for more fall fun!

1. Branstool Orchards

apple picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Features: Pick your own apples 7 days a week! 37 Apple varieties are available beginning in July and running through late October! See our trip to Branstool Orchards here.

2. Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Features: Pick your own apples from July to November! Plus a sunflower field! 

3. Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Features: 26 varieties of apples grown plus other summer vegetables, fruits, pumpkins and more! Apple Cider is available after Labor Day! A farm market is open from June through Christmas with farm-made products!

4. Lynd Fruit Farm

pick your own apples at Lynd Fruit Farm

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Features: Over a dozen apple varieties are available throughout the season! Call the u-pick hotline for updates: 740-927-1333 for a recorded message. There is also a large farm market with homemade goods, fruits, vegetables and more!

5. Orchard and Company

apple picking at Orchard and Company

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Features: U-Pick apples available from August through October. Fall festival season begins in September and runs through October featuring fun activities for families! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

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