October marks the start of the holiday season and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a visit to one these popular pumpkin patches in San Diego. This year’s top San Diego pumpkin patch spots offer corn mazes, petting zoos, giant slides, and an assortment of family friendly events.
Where: 842 Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065
When: September 26th – October 31st (9am-6pm)
The Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch has a gigantic corn maze, petting zoo at the animal exhibit, corn gun, pony rides, and a brand new hay ride for families to enjoy this year! Stroll through the Ranch’s fertile fields full of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors to find the perfect fall accessory. Visitors can also shop inside the air conditioned barn for pumpkins as well as Indian Maize Corn and Popping corn. Mountain Valley Ranch is the perfect spot for some awesome photo ops with their old and unique farm equipment which includes a 1930s Model A Automobile.
Where: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: September 24th – October 31st, Monday- Friday (9am-5:30pm) Saturday & Sunday (8:30am-6pm)
Families, friends and even their four legged pets (on a leash) should head over to the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch in Valley Center. Grab a wheelbarrow and wander through the fields searching through different varieties of pumpkins, the most notable being Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, and gourds. In addition to the pumpkin patch, guests are able to enjoy tractor hayrides, a straw maze, a petting corral and pony rides. Weekends at Bates Nut Farm also include live entertainment, a BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, a bounce house, slides and many other family friendly activities.
Where: 14950 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: September 29- October 31, 2015, Tuesdays-Saturdays (10am-7pm)
The 16th annual Oma’s Pumpkin Patch has an endless amount of activities for your child this year. Admission for children is $10 and $5 for adults. With this admission fee kids get a Jack Patch Pumpkin, a bottle of water, access to the playground equipment, a race down Cottonseed Mountain (the giant slide), a sand pile with toy trucks & tractors, covered hay rides around the farm, the Hay Bale Maze, petting corral, pedal cart/tricycle race track, and games. Let’s not forget the pumpkins! There is an assortment of pumpkins to choose from ranging from really small to over 100 pounds! The “Piece of the Farm” gift shop is stocked with all your favorite seasonal items and the “Cow Country Café” is filled with satisfying snacks.
Where: 870 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, CA 92109 (Corner of Garnet and Bayard)
When: October 1st- October 31st, Monday- Friday (10am-10pm) Saturday & Sunday (8am-10pm)
Pumpkins, accessories, a carving station, and cider, PB Pumpkin Patch has it all this year. They have hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, ranging from small to up to 150 pounds, all at great prices. Can’t wait to take your pumpkin home to start decorating? No problem. There is a free carving and paint station where you can get started on your pumpkin masterpiece. The PB Pumpkin Patch also has the best fall decor for your home and office. Visitors will recieve a free cup of hot cider and kids can get a free snow cone!
Where: 1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
When: Saturday, October 3rd- October 31st, Wed, Thurs, Fri, (2pm-5pm) Sat & Sun (10am-5pm)
Sometimes families want a place to search through thousands of pumpkins without all the added accessories. The family owned Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm in Fallbrook offers just that to all their vistors. From small to insanely large, cute to down right ugly, the farm has it all. The pumpkins are organically grown from a well on the farm and are tended to by the family. They truly care about what they do and grow quite fond of their works of art giving some of the more notable ones names like Tall Boy, Queen Victoria, Charlemagne, etc.
If you are short on time and are not able to venture out to one of the many pumpkin patches listed above, that does not mean you have to miss out on the fall fun. There are many Pumpkin Stations located throughout San Diego County that offer a great line up of fun events for the whole family. Some of these include pumpkin jumps, petting zoos, game zones, and of course a large supply of pumpkins. Pumpkin Stations can be found in Del Mar, Mission Valley, El Cajon, National City, Rancho Bernardo, Bonita or Chula Vista.
What is your favorite San Diego Pumpkin Patch? Let us know!
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