We’re out of our gourds over the plentiful local pumpkin patches that are ripe for the picking. From 100 pound Big Mac pumpkins to mini varieties kids can hold in the palm of their hand, we’ve found where to go to find the brightest jack-o’-lanterns.Less
From Big Macs to jack-o'-lanterns, acres of pumpkins are the hallmark of Bates Nut Farm. Located in Valley Center, Bates is known for its petting corral, pony rides, hayrides, straw maze and of course, their country store (hello, homemade fudge!).
At this U-pick pumpkin spot, kiddos can enjoy an 8-foot tall corn maze and a tractor hay wagon ride. There’s also a petting zoo and you can cut your own sunflowers too!
Carve out some fun at Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkins in La Jolla and Pacific Beach. You’ll find pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, jumpies and more. In addition to visiting in-person, you can also place a delivery order. That’s right, have your pumpkins, decorating and carving kits to-go.
The Mission Valley Pumpkin Station is conveniently located right next to the Westfield Shopping Mall. Not only do they boast rows and rows of prime pumpkins already gathered from the field, but they also have a variety of fun kids rides and activities including: a petting zoo, a train ride and a ferris wheel.
This Pacific Beach pumpkin patch has been serving up local farm-fresh fun since 1992. Not only do they have a large selection of pumpkins ranging from mini-100 lbs., they also have a variety of fall accessories like straw bales, Indian corn, gourds and other fall décor. Try out their free pumpkin carving and painting tables with stencils, paint kits, stickers and candles. Plus, there's free hot apple cider and free shaved ice for kids! TIP: Print out their online coupon for additional savings.
Fall at the Farm is a beloved tradition for many families who make the drive out to Julian. During the rest of the year, many know it as a gold panning hot spot, but in the fall they have a pumpkin patch and other farm fun activities like apple picking. Other activities include hayrides, cider pressing, farm animals and even axe throwing.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch has been a San Diego tradition for many years. The farm features pumpkins, wagon rides, cottonseed mountain, a petting corral, a playground, and a lot more fun for the entire family. Admission gets you access to the farm, all play activities and, if you paid extra, kids will get a Jack Patch Pumpkin. Plan your time around the fun wagon ride that gives you a complete tour of the farm and even through the dairy barn; it departs on the half-hour until 6 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin in this idyllic farm setting with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Parents will love the free admission and kids will love making hay forts, but don’t get lost in the corn maze. Visit The Barn Shoppe and Herbal Soap Shoppe while you're there for handmade gifts and treats. This is a certified wildlife habitat recognized by the NWF, so you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of nature here, along with their cats, dogs and chickens running around.
Mountain Valley Ranch has everything kids love about a visit to the patch! Kids will find all kinds of fun here like the corn maze, corn cannon, and petting zoo (all of these are open daily), while the pony rides hours vary (call ahead to confirm).
This family-owned pumpkin farm is the ideal place for kids to roam the fields and find the perfect pumpkin to pick. Keep roaming and you’ll come across ponies and trains to ride, a petting farm, carnival games, mini ride-on tractors for kids and more. Check out their fun kids' pumpkin painting classes too.