Making the Most of Your Visit to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch

New Orleans Mom is the premier website for New Orleans parents who want to know what to do with kids in New Orleans. Whether you recently moved to New Orleans or have been a lifelong resident, there are dozens of kid-friendly activities to enjoy year round. The Fall is no exception, and who doesn’t love a good pumpkin patch? Mrs. Heather’s is one of the best pumpkin patches in New Orleans.

Making the Most of Your Visit to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch {AKA The Best Pumpkin Patch Within Driving Distance of New Orleans and Baton Rouge}

One of the most popular questions at this time of year is, “where is the best pumpkin patch in New Orleans?” At times I hear such mixed reviews about Mrs. Heather’s, and it seems to me the biggest problem is that people just don’t know what to expect. I polled the New Orleans Mom writers and we came up with this list of tips that will help you make the most of your trip to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch. PSA :: Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch is open September 23 – November 5. A visit to this farm can be an incredible experience, but preparation is key. This is a very budget family friendly event for families in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and anywhere else in the South Louisiana region! Kids (newborn and up) are $10 and adults are free. You may only pay in cash!

Road Tripping

For many of us, it’s a “long” drive from New Orleans to get to this pumpkin patch, so prepare the littles in advance. Snacks, movies, books, games … don’t make the mistake of telling your kids there are only 10 minutes left when you’re close, because on busy days/times there is often a 20-minute or more wait in traffic once you get about 1/4 mile away from the farm.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your own cold drinks & snacks. The only food items available once you’re on property are usually bottled drinks and snack bags of chips. It’s in your best interest to bring your own drinks because as a family this can add up cost wise. There are plenty of areas to have a picnic as well as picnic tables under shaded cover. We often bring a wagon with supplies and park it until we need it.

What to Wear

Kids enjoying Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch
Kids enjoying Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch

Wear sunblock and bug spray as the area is very open with little shade, and it’s a farm so bugs are imminent.

Wear comfortable shoes (lots of walking), closed-toe are preferred since the majority of the area is dirt. If it has rained days prior, you may want to break out the rain boots.

Know where there are photo ops and get to those before you get dirty and sweaty: in large field (character-cutouts), near barn (hay bails), near wooden milking cow, at rolling hill, etc… Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty but that will look great in photos too! 

Meeting Spot

When you arrive, set up a meeting spot/time in the event you get separated. Depending on your cellular provider, service is spotty in the patch! “Meet up at the milking cow at 12:30 for lunch” may be the phrase that saves you extra miles of walking looking for your krewe.

What to Bring

Tons of activities to do, but these swings are the best!
Tons of activities to do, but these swings are the best!

Bring as many adults as possible, particularly when bringing multiple children to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch. The play areas are spread out, with lots of fun things to do in each area, which can make it tough to keep everyone together, especially if you have larger age gaps. Invite the grandparents to come along or maybe buddy-up and go with another family to help wrangle!

There is so much to do at Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch, kids of all ages will have a blast!
There is so much to do at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch, kids of all ages will have a blast!

Bring hand sanitizer and baby-wipes. The bathrooms are pretty much outhouses so think Mardi-Gras style prep, here.

Bring a change of clothes and shoes for when you get back to the car. You will leave dirty, sweaty and tired! Use those baby-wipes to clean those tiny toes and get clean socks on the kiddos. Bring a trash bag to throw the dusty clothes in to keep your car from getting soiled.

Make sure your phone is fully charged so you can capture all the Fall moments at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch!

It’s Worth It!

Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch IS worth the trouble if you prepare. The photos and the memories keep us going back year-after year! If you aren’t looking for this type of experience, there are lots of other pumpkin patch options available for your family.

Let us know how you prepare for a trip to Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in the comments!


  1. How to prepare? Stay home. It’s gotten ridiculous the past few years with hours to park and then wait in line after the drive.

    You can find pumpkins a lot closer without the headache.


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