Find the Perfect Pumpkin Patch in San Diego – 2013

Pumpkin Patch sign and pumpkins at Summer Farms

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.

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Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Acres of pumpkins await 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. There is even a bounce house during the weekends.

Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
Dates: September 25 – October 31, 2013
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Pumpkin and activity prices vary. The Pumpkin Package for $9.25 includes 1 Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin, 1 tractor/hayride and 1 straw maze ticket.
> Find out more about Bate’s Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt at Belmont Park

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 and ride the spooky Giant Dipper. Don’t forget to bring the pumpkin pail for free trick-or-treating between 6:30 and 7:30 PM.

Location: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Dates: October 4-27, 2013 (Fridays-Sundays)
Hours: Starts at 5:00 PM.
Cost: Free admission. Haunted House – $6. Rides and laser tag have separate admission costs.
> Find out more about the Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Farm Stand West’s Pumpkin Patch

Farm Stand West's Pumpkin Patch

Pick the perfect pumpkin straight from the field at 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 26-27 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM for the Annual Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival. Have fun on a hayride, pick up some delicious homemade jams and farm fresh produce, and shop from local artisans.

Location: 2115 Miller Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Dates: October 1-31, 2013 (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

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 an animal corral. In for a fright? Well then ride on the kid-friendly Night Time Spooky Hayride: Tale of the Doomed Miner through the pastures and fields and includes the tale of the doomed miner (you may even see his spirit wandering with a lantern in the distance). Spooky Hayrides are offered on October 18-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 PM and reservations are required.

Dates: September 28 – October 27, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Hours:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Kids – $2, Adults – $3. Harvest Tour: Kids – $7, Adults – $9. Spooky Hayride: $15 per person.
> Find out more about the Julian Mining Company Pumpkin Picking Patch

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.

Location: 1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2013
Hours: Weekdays: 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Weekends: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Lavender Hill Pumpkins

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 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.

Location: 842 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA 92065
Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2013
Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Varies (Cash Only)
> Find out more about Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches Not Operating in 2013

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!

San Diego – 10144 Scripps Gateway Ct., San Diego, CA 92131
Carlsbad – 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA  92008
Escondido – 272 E Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
Dates: October 1 – 31, 2013
Hours: Varies by location
Cost: Varies, Wristband Tuesdays: San Diego – $20 and Escondido – $15
> Find out more about Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

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.

Location: 14950 El Monte Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040
Dates: September 24 – November 2, 2013 – Tuesday-Saturday
Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $8 per child with one free adult per child. Additional adults are $4.
> Find out more about Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

PB Pumpkins – Not Operating in 2013

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 two convenient locations in Pacific Beach and La Jolla. While pumpkin hunting, the little ones can enjoy a petting zoo, slides, jumpees, carnival games, a pumpkin carving and decorating station and more.

Pacific Beach – 2440 Grand Ave. San Diego ca 92109
La Jolla – 6705 La Jolla Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037
Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2013
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Varies, Activity Tickets – $3
> Find out more about PB Pumpkins

Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin Tower at Pumpkin Station

Find pumpkins of all sizes at Pumpkin Station

All aboard…one of the seven 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.

Dates: Vary by location
Hours: Vary by location
Cost: Free admission, ride tickets start at $1 depending on location
> Find out more about the Pumpkin Station

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Pumpkin Patch and Fall Family Festival

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum Pumpkin Patch and Fall Family Festival

Pick and decorate your pumpkin at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Pumpkin Patch and Fall Family 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 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, will feature live music, food and craft vendors, hands-on activities, a jumpee and more.

Location: 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Dates: October 1-31, 2013 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Pumpkin Patch – Free with admission. Fall Festival – Members – $5, Nonmembers – $10, Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the SDCDM Fall Family Festival

Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch sign and pumpkins at Summer Farms

An picturesque pumpkin patch at Summer Farms

Head on over to Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch picking weekends for family fun including a jumpee (weekends of October 5, 12, 19), popcorn, corn-dogs and smoothies. On October 6, 7 and 13, the East County Breeders of Alpacas will stop by with their beautiful animals.

Location: 15602 Olde Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA 92021
Dates: October 5-27, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Hours: Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM,  Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Summer Past Farms’ Pumpkin Patch

Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Find a variety of pumpkins at Suzie’s Farm’s 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 live music and plenty of delicious food. Don’t forget the camera!

Location: 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
Date: October 12, 2013
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission, Pumpkins Vary
> Find out more about Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza

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Have a great time at the pumpkin patch? Notice one is missing? Could I have possibly made a mistake on the info? Let me and others know in the comments below.

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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.

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  3. Our kids love Oma’s. It’s more like a country amusement park than just a pumpkin patch. They charge a small admission, but it is more than worth it, plus admission gets your child a pumpkin and a bottle of water which will come in handy after they run all over the farm with all the activities.

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