Find the Perfect Pumpkin Patch in San Diego – 2012

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Fall in San Diego means warm days, cool nights, Halloween fun and, of course, pumpkin patches! Browse the list below to find the perfect pumpkin patch near you.

Bates Nut Farm

Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm

Find the perfect pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has been a Pumpkin Patch staple for as long as I can remember (the Bates family has owned the farm since 1921, and I have been going since the early 80s). Bates has plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and a petting zoo. During the weekends, why not get your face painted, try some rock climbing, and chow down on some BBQ and kettle corn while enjoying live entertainment.

Dates: September 27 – October 31, 2012
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Varies, Ride Tickets start at $2. The Pumpkin Package for $9 includes 1 Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin, 1 tractor/hayride and 1 straw maze ticket.

Julian Mining Company Pumpkin Picking Patch

Take the family on a day trip to Julian for apple pie from Mom’s and pumpkins from the Julian Mining Company. Even more fall fun awaits with Indian Camp, Tomahawk throwing and farm animals. Upgrade to the Harvest tour and enjoy a hayride, fresh apple cider and a petting zoo. In for a fright? Well then ride on the Night Time Spooky Hayride: Tale of the Doomed Miner on October 20 & 27 at 7:30 and 8:30 PM.

Dates: September 29 – October 31, 2012 (Saturday-Sunday)
Hours:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Regular Admission: Kids 3 and under free, Ages 4-13 – $3, Adults – $5. Harvest Tour: Kids – $6, Adults – $9. Spooky Hayride: Kids –  $10, Adults – $15

Lavender Hill Pumpkins

Pumpkins at Lavender Hill Pumpkins

A variety of pumpkins at Lavender Hill Pumpkins

Looking for a no nonsense pumpkin picking outing? Then head to Lavendar Hill Pumpkins for a vast selection of pumpkins perfect for either carving or cooking.

Dates: September 29 – October 31, 2012
Hours: Weekdays – 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Weekends – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Varies

Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Kids with their Pumpkins at Mountain Valley Ranch

Pumpkins for everyone at Mountain Valley Ranch

Up near the small mountain town of Romana is the Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Take some time to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin, get lost in the gigantic corn maze, launch an ear of corn out of a cannon, pet a few farm animals and add a few pictures of the kids on antique farm equipment to the scrapbook.

Dates: September 24 – October 31, 2012
Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Varies (Cash Only)

Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

Tiger inflatable slide and pumpkins at Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

A whole day of fun at Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

Norris Amusements has North County covered with three locations in San Diego, Carlsbad and Escondido. Each location offers pumpkins and fun for the little ones with jumpees and carnival rides. Go to the San Diego or Escondido location on Tuesdays for Wristband Tuesday and enjoy unlimited rides. Make sure to pick up one of their coupons and save!

Dates: October 1 – 31, 2012
Hours: Varies by location
Cost: Varies, Wristband Tuesdays: San Diego – $20 and Escondido – $15

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

Tower of Hay and Pumpkins at Oma's Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins ready to take home at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

Over in Lakeside, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is offering fun for the whole family. The child admission includes a Jack Patch pumpkin, a bottle of water, covered hay rides, a hay bale maze, petting corral, kid-powered games and a large play area with the climbable Cottonseed Mountain.

Dates: September 25 – November 3, 2012 – Tuesday-Saturday
Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $8 per child with one free adult per child. Additional adults are $4.

PB Pumpkins

Pumpkins, Hay and a Castle Jumpee at PB Pumpkins

Jump for Pumpkin Joy at PB Pumpkin Patches

City dwellers looking for pumpkins, gourds Indian corn and squash don’t need to go far thanks to PB Pumpkins three convient locations in Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Downtown (Downtown was closed for 2012). While pumpkin hunting, the little ones can enjoy a petting zoo, slides, jumpees, carnival games, a pumpkin carving and decorating station and more.

Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2012
Hours: Monday-Friday – 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Varies, Activity Tickets – $3

Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin Tower at Pumpkin Station

Find pumpkins of all sizes at Pumpkin Station

All aboard…one of the seven convient Pumpkin Station locations (including the two actual farms) throughout San Diego County. At the Pumpkin Stations, kids can peruse for the perfect pumpkin while enjoying the kiddie rides, slides, inflatable play centers and petting zoo. At their two farms in Rancho Bernardo and Bonita, little pumpkin carvers will find a living pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals and a tractor-pulled haywagon ride.

Dates: Vary by location
Hours: Vary by location
Cost: Free admission, ride tickets start at $1 depending on location

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Stop by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for hands-on education (don’t tell the kids), pumpkins and fun. While the pumpkin patch is open Tuesday through Sunday, stop by on Saturday for live music, a pumpkin carving station, hands-on gardening and other craft activities. The Family Fall Festival, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, will feature live music, food and craft vendors, hands-on activities, a jumpee and more.

Dates: September 22 – November 4, 2012 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Pumpkin Patch – Free with admission, Fall Festival – Free-$10

Summers Past Farms Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch sign and pumpkins at Summer Past Farms

An picturesque pumpkin patch at Summer Past Farms

Head on over to Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch picking weekends for family fun including a jumpee, popcorn, corn-dogs and smoothies. On October 6, 7 and 13, the East County Breeders of Alpacas will stop by with their beautiful animals. The Alpine Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Fall Festival will be on Sunday, October 21, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and will include a jumpee, carnival games, laser tag, a carnival course, 4h display, crazy hair and face-painting, music, and plenty of food.

Dates: October 3 – 31, 2012 (Wednesday-Sunday)
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM,  Sunday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Varies

Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Pumpkins in a Radio Flyer at Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Bring something to help carry home your harvest at Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza.

Make a day of it in San Diego’s South Bay with pumpkin picking at Suzie’s Farm. Bring a wheelbarrow to carry home plenty of pumpkins for carving and cooking picked right from the fields, fresh produce, jams and more. While harvesting your pumpkins enjoy music, food and a sunflower maze. Don’t forget the camera!

Date: October 20, 2012
Hours: TBD
Cost: Free Admission, Pumpkins Vary

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

26 thoughts on “Find the Perfect Pumpkin Patch in San Diego – 2012

  1. Anyone have a review of the ‘Pumpkin Station’ bonita location? Was thinking of going there tomorrow and spend sometime picking out a pumpkin to carve and to cook with (for adults, I’m not bringing kids..) Any additonal observations would help….

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  4. This is great! I am new to the area and was looking for a fall pumpkin picking day much like the ones we have in Minnesota. This list has saved me a TON of time! Thank you! 🙂

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  6. We visited the Lavendar Hills Pumpkin farm yesterday. It was a really great spot to go for old fashioned pumpkin picking. No frills, but that’s the charm. This year they did add a big swing on an old tree that is really fun for the kids!

  7. PB Pumpkins does not have a downtown location as listed in this blog. We drove around looking for it today and were told by the PB people that they closed the downtown location.

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      • Its called Wayne’s Pumpkin Patch…. jumpies/pumpkins….lots of places for Mom’s to sit while your kids run around like crazy.$6.00-8.00 for jumpies…. pumpkins are pricey but nice selection.

  9. Thanks for compiling all of this information, Brent! I was planning to spend the next hour online researching places to post on my nanny website. Now I don’t have to. I’ll just be adding a link to this page 🙂

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  12. Great site. thank you for providing all these details. We are from El Centro and I’m looking for the best, cost-friendly place for our kids of 4 and 1. =-)

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