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
Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has been a Pumpkin Patch staple in San Diego for decades (the Bates family has owned the farm since 1921). Bates has plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and a petting zoo. Weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 to 3:00 PM, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events.
Where: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: September 24 – October 31, 2015
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission. Pumpkin and activity prices vary. $5 Parking on October Weekends
> Find out more about Bate’s Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
Pick an amazing pumpkin by the beach at Belmont Park’s Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt. While you’re there, bravely walk through the Boomont Manor (a kid-friendly haunted house and maze), play zombie laser tag, ride the spooky Giant Dipper and enter the costume contest on Saturdays. Don’t forget to bring the pumpkin pail for free trick-or-treating.
Where: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 3-31, 2015 (Fridays-Sundays)
Hours: Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Cost: Free admission. Rides and Some Activities – Varies.
> Find out more about the Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
Join the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association in our Eleventh Annual Pupmkin Express Halloween Celebration. Ride their decorated vintage railcars through the San Diego county mountains as fall descends upon Campo, CA. Walk through their themed Display Building complete with two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch, and our creepy cast of ghosts and ghouls.
Where: The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
When: October 11-26, 2014 (Saturday-Sunday)
Hours: Departures at 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:30 PM
> Find out more about the Pumpkin Express
Farm Stand West’s Pumpkin Patch
Get a true pumpkin picking experience by picking the perfect future jack-o-lantern straight from Farm Stand West’s pumpkin fields. Stop by over the weekend of October 24-25 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM for the Annual Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival & Boutique. Have fun on a hayride, pick up some delicious homemade jams and farm fresh produce, and shop from local artisans.
Farm Stand West – 2115 Miller Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Fran’s Original Farm Stand – 1980 Summit Dr, Escondido, CA 92027
When: October 1-31, 2015 (Closed on Mondays)
Hours: Weekdays: 12:00 to 6:00 PM. Weekends: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Cost: Free admission, pumpkins vary
> Find out more about Farm Stand West’s Pumpkin Patch
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. Mike, one of the owners, suggests you show up early in the month for the best selection!
Where: 1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
When: October 3-31, 2015
Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Weekends: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
> Find out more about Lavender Hill Pumpkins
Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Up near the small mountain town of Ramona 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.
Where: 842 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA 92065
When: September 26 – October 31, 2015
Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Varies (Cash Only)
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ABC Tree Farms Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
Offering inflatable amusements including bounce houses, giant slides and obstacle courses, Super Slide as well as different types of Pumpkins, Gourds, Pumpkin Accessories, Snacks, Beverages and more.
Where: 2205 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: September 25 – October 31, 2015
Time: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: Varies. Ride Wristbands: $10-$15
> Find out more about ABC Tree Farms Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
16th Annual 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, sand pile with toy trucks & tractors, and a large play area with the climbable Cottonseed Mountain.
Where: 14950 El Monte Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: September 29 – October 31, 2015 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Ages 1-13 – $10 per child. Ages 14 and Up – $5.
> Find out more about the 16th Annual Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
All aboard…one of the six convenient 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.
When: Vary by location
Hours: Vary by location
Cost: Free admission. Ride tickets start at $3.50. Farm tickets are $1 (discounted ticket packages available)
> Find out more about the Pumpkin Station
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Fall Family Festival
Stop by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for hands-on education (don’t tell the kids), pumpkins and fun. The Fall Family Festival will feature live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin carving & decorating, food, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!
Where: 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
When: October 25, 2015
Hours: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: Members – $5, Nonmembers – $10, Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the SDCDM Fall Family Festival
Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch
Head on over to Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch picking weekends for family fun including a jumpee, popcorn, corn-dogs and smoothies.
Where: 15602 Olde Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA 92021
When: October 3-31, 2015 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
> Find out more about Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch
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. During Pumpkin Palooza, enjoy live music and plenty of delicious food. Don’t forget the camera!
Where: 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
When: October 17, 2015
Hours: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission, Pumpkins Vary
> Find out more about Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza
Waynes Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3615 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
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