Your Perfect Pumpkin Awaits
Fall can be difficult to spot sometimes here in Southern California where it is always mildly warm and sunny. We may not get the crisp autumn air and changing leaves as much as other parts of the country. However, there’s one fall activity that is perfect no matter your location—going to the pumpkin patch! It is perhaps the most quintessential fall activity of them all, and no fall season would be complete without making the trip to one. Thankfully, San Diego offers plenty of options on where to find that perfect pumpkin. Get the carving tools ready and go! San Diego Pumpkin Patches in San Diego
Pumpkin Patches in San Diego
You may recognize this location for its locally grown strawberries. The Carlsbad Strawberry Company has been growing fruits and vegetables for three generations now. The strawberry field adds a special detail to the already beautiful Carlsbad landscape. But during the fall months when strawberries aren’t in season, the land becomes the Carlsbad pumpkin patch. Families can enjoy activities like pumpkin picking, hurdling apples through a cannon, bounceland and tractor rides. Although there are other stand locations, the Cannon Road location is the only one open currently and is where one can go to partake in pumpkin picking.
Local Insight: Hayrides are offered every day, along with a corn maze for $10.
Open: September 18th – November 8th, 7 days a week, Sunday – Thursday open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
San Diego Pumpkin Patches
This place has it all. It is a treasure held dear to San Diego. What originally started as a local nut farm over 50 years ago has blossomed into a farm of all sorts of interesting things. The Bates Nut Farm grows their own pumpkins, and they have a petting zoo with adorable and friendly farm animals as well a retail shop where they sell all their goods. From homegrown nuts to homemade candies, there is something here for everyone. The Bates Nut Farm becomes especially charming during the fall season when they host their pumpkin patch event. This year, the pumpkin patch takes place from Saturday, Sept. 18 to Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be live entertainment, tractor hayrides, straw mazes, and pony rides. Food options will be plenty: BBQ, food trucks, kettle corn, and seasonal treats. And if pony rides weren’t enough, there will be rock climbing, face painting, a bounce house, and more for the kids. The Bates Nut Farm has ticket packages to fit everyone’s needs. So, grab your friends, family, and yes, even your dog! This is a special place to make lifelong memories.
Local Insight: Parking is $8.00 on weekends in October.
Open: September 18th – October 31st, Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is about as close as it gets to reliving the California Gold Rush. At Julian Mining Co., you can actually pan for gold, as well as partake in gem mining. It’s a bit like stepping back in time. There’s a general store and a U-Pick apple orchard, which transitions into a U-Pick pumpkin patch in the fall months. Come pick your pumpkin yourself at 50 cents per pound, then take a tractor-drawn hayride while you sip on some freshly pressed apple cider. The pumpkin patch is open every Saturday and Sunday during October. Private events and school field trips can also be scheduled. Want to make a weekend out of it? A cabin rental is available on site for just $100 a night. You can pick your pumpkin, then retreat back to your wood cabin to carve it. Does it get more rustic fall than that?
Local Insight: Group discounts are available for groups greater than four and less than 30.
Open: Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
San Diego Pumpkin Patches
Pumpkin Station Pumpkin Patches in San Diego
There are various Pumpkin Station and Farms locations throughout San Diego, but the Mission Valley station perhaps has the most to offer. Open from October 1st through October 31st everyday of the week, this pumpkin patch option is great for those who demand a bit more flexibility in their holiday activities. The pumpkins are sourced from local farms in San Diego and then transported to the patches for you to pick and choose. Additionally, there are a play center, an antique carousel, a swing ride, a train ride, a car ride, a game zone, ferris wheel, a petting zoo, and more! Easy to find locations, simple picking procedures, loads of fun. This pumpkin patch option can’t fail!
Local Insight: Other San Diego locations include Del Mar, National City, Rancho Bernardo and Bonita.
Open: October 1st – October 31st, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pumpkin Patches in San Diego
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patches in San Diego
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is quaint and comforting. They keep it simple here and stick to all the fall classics. The patch is open from Sept. 28 to Oct. 31, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Their weekday mornings fill up quickly with reservations, so Oma’s recommends coming in the afternoon if you are just with your friends or family and without reservation. They provide a large selection of pumpkins of all shapes, weights, and sizes. Indian corn, gourds, hay bales, and corn stalks are also available for purchase if you’re feeling in a fall frenzy. After you’ve found your soon-to-be Jack’O’Lantern, shop the “A Piece of the Farm” gift-shop at Oma’s for souvenirs, crafts, honey, and more seasonal items. And before you go, the “Cow Country Cafe” is there to satisfy your snack tooth.
Native Knowledge: Child’s Admission fee is $20 on weekends and includes everything they’ll need for a fun-filled fall day.
Open: September 28th – October 30th, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.