Fall Vibes! Your Guide To The Best Pumpkin Patches In and Around San Diego!
With the arrival of October, you may have noticed that pumpkins have begun to arrive at your local grocery store. While it may be easy to choose your pumpkin while picking up your weekly supplies, it’s surely not as much fun as visiting a real pumpkin patch!
Set aside a day to visit one of the San Diego area’s incredible pumpkin patches to get a true taste of fall!
Bates Nut Farm
Over 50-plus years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, & straw maze. Petting Corral and Snows Pony Rides!
Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. Dogs on a leash are welcome at the farm.
Pumpkins, squash, gourds, all shapes and sizes await.
Goff Family Pumpkin Patch
The Goff Family Pumpkin Patch is set to return to Liberty Station from September 23rd through October 31st at the Sellers Plaza putting green, located on the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Perry Road.
Set on a half-acre plot, the month-long pop-up will feature over 10,000 pumpkins for ‘picking,’ festive family photo ops, lawn games, beer on tap each Friday and Saturday, and more spooky season programming to be announced in the coming weeks.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Over the past 20 years, Oma’s has become an annual fall tradition for many families to come have some fun and pick out their perfect pumpkins. With so many great activities like the pedal carts, animal corral, giant slides, wagon ride around the farm, cottonseed mountain and playgrounds, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. A healthy dose of fresh country air is an added bonus. On chilly evenings, a cup of hot apple cider will be the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful season at the farm.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is open from September 27 to October 29, Tuesday to Saturday, 10M-7PM. All ticketing is done online and is reservation-based. Get tickets here.
Mountain Valley Ranch
Head to Ramona to visit the Mountain Valley Ranch and pick out an array of fall decor, like pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. There’s also a corn maze, corn cannon and petting zoo that are open everyday, hay rides on the weekend and pony rides during select times.
Bring your family and friends! The ranch’s pumpkin patch is a great experience for all. Snacks and refreshments available on the weekends.
Admission is free and the farm is open daily through Halloween.
Summers Past Farms
A favorite time for Summers Past Farms. Wander in the pumpkin patch during the week and pick your favorite pumpkin! Featuring a selection of field-grown pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Fill your wheelbarrow with your favorite pumpkins. It’s going to be a fun-filled days for everyone. The farm has a small corn maze for kids to run through, plus a fun hay fort for kids to play with.
Bring your cameras, family and friends. Snap a picture of the lovely fall memories. Admission is free!
Pumpkin Station Farms
Visit one of the two Pumpkin Station farms in Rancho Bernardo or Bonita for an authentic pumpkin patch experience. Choose a pumpkin fresh off the vine, explore a corn maze or take a hay ride at these real working farms. Both locations are open daily through Halloween.
Admission to the farm is free but bring some cash for the maze, hay ride or if you’d like to bring a pumpkin home…this year, you get a chance for a FREE Ride Coupon, click here.
Looking to stay a little closer to home? There are four Pumpkin Stations located throughout San Diego County –Del Mar, Mission Valley, El Cajon, and National City — so chances are there’s one in your neck of the woods. Each location features a similar carnival-like set-up, including an assortment of kiddie rides, inflatables and petting zoos. Of course, you’ll also have your pick of pumpkins too.
The stations are open through Halloween except for Del Mar, which closes on October 29th.
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch
Here’s another ‘close to home’ option in La Jolla that we had a great time visiting. Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch offers a unique experience for all ages to enjoy the fall season. With a large variety of pumpkins ranging from cute jack-be-little pumpkins to the biggest pumpkins weighing over 50 pounds, there’s a perfect pumpkin for everybody!
In addition to pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes, Mr. Jack also have plenty of games and activities at each location such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, farm animals viewing and more! A fun-filled day for the family while picking your perfect pre-picked pumpkins.
Happy pumpkin hunting!