Find a local pumpkin patch

Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds and other Halloween activities in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California?  Scroll down this page and you will see the all of those in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California, sorted by county. Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands.  Most have loads of pumpkins to choose from.  To really make it fun for  your kids, look for those that have the extra activities, like a corn maze, spook house, or hayride.  There is usually a small fee for the mazes (of course, the  more elaborate mazes tend to charge more. Hayrides are often free. ALWAYS call before you go to confirm the info, they don't always report changes to me!

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!   If you are looking for pumpkin weigh-offs and the US and world's largest pumpkins, see this page! Want to do a fundraiser selling pumpkins? See this page!

Finally, my boys are in Boy Scouts and raising money for their troop and their trips and activities, so if you are looking for popcorn (many types), chocolate, coffee, k-cups or to donate to both the Scouts and U.S. military troops, click here and help the Boy Scouts!

Updates for December 2017

Most pumpkin patches  and corn mazes usually open by mid September, some earlier! You may also like a local zombie event or Zombie Paintball!. The world's best pumpkin pie recipe is here, and the pie crust recipe is here! And we have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access many pumpkin and other recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.

After Halloween, find a Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.  If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Pumpkin Patch Listings, by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Imperial County

  • Imperial Valley College Agriculture Department - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms
    380 East Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251. Phone: 760 554 3555. Email: pa[email protected]. Open:  10/26 from 6pm to at least midnight; 10/27 from 9am to at least midnight; 10/28 from 11am to 10pm. Directions: just north of the track on Ag field on the south side of the IVC campus. You can't miss us, we will be the corn maze, tons of shades, and music!. Click here for a map and directions. Saturday October 29th will be the big deal; EVERYTHING!. Payment: Cash, only.  Click here for our Facebook page. We have a Trebuchet to launch pumpkins (last year's device is on YouTube - IVC Ag Club). We also have a dunk tank and Zombies that are hiding from the paint ball gunners! We are adding paintball matches (with waiver)This is the fifth annual event come out and have a great time where the winter vegetables grow!.  

San Diego County

  • Bates Nut Farm - pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, Bates Nut Farm - pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, we also have pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides, Fresh eggs, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), face painting, inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: 760-749-3333. Fax: 760-749-9939. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 5:30; "Friday Nights at the Farm" extended hours on 10/10 and 10/17 until 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday 8:38 am to 6:00, September 25 pm to October 31. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin Patch open daily from September 25 to October 31; The farm is open year round. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Special events, live entertainment, food trucks and family fun take place throughout the season. Visit our website for all event listings. Scarecrows welcome you as you shop for pumpkins, squash and gourds in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Each weekend is full of family-friendly entertainment. Check our website for details. Our Pumpkin Package is available for $9.00 and includes a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin, Straw Maze, and Tractor Hayride. Our famous farm-grown Big Mac pumpkins are sold by the pound. For more information, see our website. Parking and admission are FREE!.. Bates Nut Farm was established in 1921. Over 3 generations of families have been made it a family tradition to visit the farm each year. The wheelbarrows assist our guests in hauling pumpkins from 50 pounds to 200 lbs out of the growing fields. Pumpkin, gourds, and squash of all sizes may be purchased on the farm. Bates Nut Farm is where memories are made. Click here for our Facebook page. Our Farm Zoo is open daily from 9am - 5pm. Visit with mini-donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, emus, chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese, pigs, a tortoise & more! The animals love visitors, and will eat from your hands. Bags of animal feed can be purchased for $0.50; admission is free, $5.00 parking on October weekends. Open year round. The Bates Nut Farm has become well known for its special events held throughout the year on the 100 acre ranch. For over 30 years families have made it an annual tradition to come out to Bates during the month of October to celebrate the fall season. The Pumpkin Patch is the largest, oldest and most famous in San Diego County. Arts & Crafts Fairs, Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Markets, Fine Art Fairs, and Car Shows are held throughout the year. For groups of 15 or more you can take advantage of our educational tours; “Nuts For You” and “The Life of a Pumpkin”. See our Special Events and Eeducation and Tour pages. Bates Nut Farm started with walnuts, but now purchases nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. The nuts come raw, roasted, some spiced up and unsalted. To ensure quality and freshness we roast and package our nuts on the farm. The Bates family takes pride in providing a quality product at a fair price. It's part of the tradition. (UPDATED: May 16, 2017, JBS)  
    One reader reports: "This is the best place to go for pick your own pumpkins. They have everything you could want from Big Macs (100+ pound pumpkins) to small decorative gourds, hay bales and corn stalks are also for sale. Year round, they have a wonderful store filled with nuts, candies and cute hand made items and small animals for the kids to feed. During pumpkin season they have a hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor rides, face painting, bounce houses, many, many activities. And the first 2 weekends in October they have an arts and crafts festival that is enormous. This is truly the most fun family outing!! I go there every year with my kids! Please add!" 
    Another visitor writes:  (October 18, 2005): "I just wanted to RAVE about the fun my family had at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Festival.  There were so many activities, food was great and the pumpkins, WOW, so many to choose from.  I have a 3 year old son and he did not want to come home, we will definitely return next year. Thanks for taking the time to have this website available to people.  It helped us."
  • Gourd & Pumpkin Fest - pumpkins, gourds
    Welburn Gourd Farm. 40635 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA. Phone: 760-728-4271. Gourd art and crafts, meet the artists, and take a gourd-crafting class. The farm is open to the Public: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Closed: Sunday and some Holidays. The 10th Annual International Gourd Art Festival is happening June 24th & 25th, 2006! Exibitor applications will be available soon. Be sure to join us for the October Gourd & Pumpkin Fest, a mini-version of the Int'l Gourd Art Festival, happening Saturday, October 8th, 2005! To Register for one of the October Fest gourd art classes, CLICK HERE! For festival applications and more information, phone and ask for Danny.
  •  Heritage Farms Pumpkin Patch - U-pick pumpkins , U-Pick strawberries, corn maze, farm market, petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area
    21345 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA. Phone: (760) 746-8822. Open: through October 31, 2009 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Offers customers fresh organic produce, corn maze (in the Fall), petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area. Admission in 2009 is $5 per person and includes a pumpkin.
  • Julian Mining Company - pumpkins, Pick-your-own applesJulian Mining Company - pumpkins, Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, haunted rides, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    4444 highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 951-313-0166. Email: [email protected]. Open: Last weekend of September through November. Directions: see our website. Harvest tour includes cider pressing, hayride, and a visit to the animal corral This begins the last weekend of September through November. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Spooky night-time hayride (not really spooky, just fun and totally kid-friendly!) please call in advance for reservations/payment. Available Saturday nights in October. We also have year around gem mining and gold panning as well as field trips featuring Pioneer Life, The Civil War, The Revolutionary War, The Gold Rush and Native Americans.
  • Kenny's Strawberry FarmsKenny's Strawberry Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Pumpkins,  strawberries, Corn, Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Beans, WatermelonU-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours
    5452 5th Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: 951-212-4899. Email: [email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 15 Freeway South Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, Turn Left Right on Old highway 395 Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at the end of the paved road (past the fire station) 15 Freeway North Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, turn right Right on Old highway 395 Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at the end of the paved road (past the fire station). Click here for a map and directions. Watermelon (July), Pumpkins (October), Strawberries: March 15 pm to August 30. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. U Pick Crops; We ‘grow-em and you pick-em'. We offer a variety of crops for you to pick at Kenny's Strawberry Farm, also known as "Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms". The crops will vary by the time of year and what season we are in. Here is a list of some of the crops that we offer: Strawberries, Corn, Pumpkins, Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Watermelon, and more. (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
  • Lavender Hill Pumpkins - follows organic methods, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field,
    1509 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: (760) 728-9192. Fax: (760) 728-2022. Email: [email protected]. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: September 27,28 and all weekends in October: 10am to 5pm, appointments for professional design clients by arrangement. We follow organic practices, but are not seeking certification. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch -Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch - Pumpkin patch, corn maze, corn cannon.
    842 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA. Phone: 760-788-8703. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 Days a week, 9am to 6pm. Open to the Public – Free Admission. Call for field trip information. Payment: Cash or Credit Accepted (Minimum $10 on Credit Card Purchases).  Petting zoo with birds, calves, pigs and ponies. Large corn maze and take a hayride tour of the ranch. Assortment of pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn; Corn Maze open all day, 7 days a week. Corn Cannon open all day, 7 days a week! Petting Zoo open all day 7 days a week! HAY RIDES – All Day on the Weekends, Tuesday through Friday 3pm-6pm. Pony Rides – All Day on the Weekends, Tuesday through Friday 3pm-6pm.  (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)  (UPDATED: October 14, 2011, JBS)
  • Norris Amusement Pumpkin Patch - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, birthday parties
    272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025. Phone: 360-225-5001. Email: [email protected]. Open: October 1st to 31st on Monday thru Thursday from 2pm to 9pm, Friday 2 pm to 10pm, Saturady and Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. During the month of October we operate several unique pumpkin patches. This pumpkin patch offers Carnival Rides, as well as different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, retail stores and much much more. Come make the most of this Halloween at Norris Amusements!.
  • Oma's Pumpkin Patch at Van Ommering Dairy - Pumpkin patch, hayride, hay maze, petting zoo, cottonseed mountain,
    14950 El Monte Road, Lakeside. Phone: 619-390-2929. Directions: Highway 8 east, exit Lake Jennings Park Road. Turn right at end of offramp and go 1.8 miles to a stop sign. Turn right and go 2.3 miles down El Monte Rd. Make a left off El Monte Rd onto Circle V Dairy Rd and follow dirt road to pumpkin patch. Open October 5-30. Tues.-Saturday, from 10 am to7 pm; closed Sun. & Monday More information: Admissions & Fees, Hay Rides, Photo Gallery, Directions. 2011 prices: Admission  $7 including 1 adult, each additional adult is $3 and includes a dairy tour hayride, hay maze, petting zoo, cottonseed mountain, a jack pumpkin and water bottle.  The included pumpkins are about 3 lbs each - 1 per paying child, there is no field to pick your own pumpkin.
  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum - Pumpkin train ride, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food)
    750 Depot Street Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Road, Campo, CA 91906. Phone: 619-478-9937. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Take Highway 8 to exit number 51, Buckman Springs Road. Take Buckman Springs road all the way to the Circle K. Turn right onto Highway 94/Campo Road at the Circle K. Once you cross the railroad tracks take a left onto Forrest Gate road, we are the dirt road on the left. You may also take Highway 94 to Forrest Gate Road but Highway 94 is a 2 lane road with many curves. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Join in the fun as we board the Pumpkin Express train ride at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children and their parents will enjoy the one hour train ride, then may tour the Haunted Train. Each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it inside our Display Building. Advance reservations for this popular event are required. The Great Pumpkin is running three trains per day for these special excursions.
  • Pick of the Patch Pumpkins - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, birthday parties, school tours
    2205 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. Phone: (408) 393-6303. Email: [email protected]. Open: Hours vary by location, please Click here for current hours; Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 10 am to 9 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. We offer a wide variety of inflatable amusements including, bounce houses, GIANT slides and obstacle courses for children ages 2-12 as well as different types of pumpkins, pumpkin accessories, retail stores, snacks, beverages and much much more. Come play, pick your perfect pumpkin or book a discounted interactive Pumpkin Patch Birthday Party or Tour for Schools, Non-Profits, Churches and Mommy and Me Groups.  They have many locations; click here for the full list of locations. (UPDATED: October 4, 2015)
  • Pinery Pumpkin Patch Tours - corn maze, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties
    5437 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. Phone: 858-566-7466. Alternate Phone: 619-475-8733. Fax: 858-536-9876. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin Patch is open from October 1 pm to October 31; Group tours scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm includes pumpkin (up to $4 value) orientation and coloring book on How we Grow Pumpkins, tractor pulled hay wagon ride, 8 ft; tall corn maze, snack area and farm animals; Birthday parties also available. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.
  • Pumpkin Station - Chula Vista - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce
    900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Phone: 858-566-7466. Alternate Phone: 858-603.6056. Fax: 858-536-9876. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Giant Slide, El Paso Train ride, Swing Ride, Play Center, Mini Slide, Pumpkin Jump, Game Zone; Admission is free with a small cost for rides; Ride Packages are available; Large selection of pumpkins to choose from. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.
  • Pinery Pumpkin Patch - Rancho Bernardo - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties
    13421 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92128. Phone: 858-566-7466. Alternate Phone: 858-487-5128. Fax: 858-536-9876. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our websitd for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Group tours scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm; Tour includes pumpkin (up to $4 value),orientation and coloring book on "How We Grow Pumpkins", tractor- pulled hay ride, 8' tall Corn maze, snack area and farm animals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.
  • Pumpkin Station at Del Mar - pumpkins, prepicked pumpkin patch, children's events
    15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014. Phone: (888) 302-8733. Directions:  East Lot, off Jimmy Durante Boulevard, across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through October 31. Free admission; school tour program, Admission is free, but tickets are sold for rides. Kiddie rides, petting zoo, jumps, haunted house. Pumpkin Station also offers a wide variety of gourds, squashes, Indian corn, and pumpkins.
  • Pumpkin Station - El Cajon - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, petting zoo, school tours
    415 1/2 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020. Phone: 858-566-7466. Alternate Phone: 858-603-6056. Fax: 858-536-9876. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Giant Slide, El Paso Train Ride, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Kopter, Swing Ride, Lil' Tood Ride, Play Center, Mini Slide, Pumpkin Jump and Petting Zoo; There is free, live entertainment on the weekends; Admission is free with a small cost for rides; Ride packages are available; Thousands of pumpkins to choose from. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.
  • Pumpkin Station - Mission Valley - pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, restrooms, petting zoo
    1640 1/2 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108. Phone: 858-566-7466. Alternate Phone: 858-603-6056. Fax: 858-536-9876. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Giant Slide, El Paso train, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Dry Boat Ride, Swing Ride, Castle Jump, petting zoo; Admission is free with a small cost for rides; Ride packages are available; Thousands of pumpkins to choose from; Open October 2nd - October 31st. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.
  • Pumpkin Station at Plaza Bonita - pumpkins, prepicked pumpkin patch, children's events
    3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, CA. Phone: 858-566-7466. Directions: click here for directions. Open: October 1-31, See their website for current hours. There is a giant slide, play center, pumpkin jump, train ride, swing ride, boat ride, car ride, bee ride, petting zoo and games. There is free, live entertainment on the weekends. Admission is free with a small cost for rides. Ride packages are available. There are thousands of pumpkins, of all sizes, to choose from.
  • Sentenac Ranch - No pesticides are used, pumpkins, Pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, we also have pie pumpkins, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
    3515 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 619-518-9335. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10:30am to 4:00pm. Directions: From San Diego, take the 8 East to 67 North, which becomes the 78. From Escondido: Head east on the 78. Make left when you enter Ramona onto Main Street which becomes the 78. Turn right into driveway at 3515 highway 78. Follow driveway all the way in - 1.2 miles There is a wooden sign that says Sentenac Ranch, look hard because it's easy to miss. The driveway is shared with 3663, and that sign is more visible. Just follow the driveway all the way in. Please Google Map for a visual. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash only for the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. 2012 is our second year open for you-pick! Cash only for the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. We have 10 varieties of pumpkins, from mini to massive, from pie pumpkins to blue pumpkins!  
  • Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch - pumpkins, rides, bouncy castles, petting zoo, Christmas trees,
    They have many locations. Click here for their table of locations and more information.
  • Summer's Past Farm - herbs, pumpkin patch, corn maze, herbal soapmaking
    15602 Old Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA, 92021. Phone: (619) 390-1523.
    A visitor writes: "There is a lot to do for children like making a fairy garden, corn mazes, sweet pea mazes. There is also herb paper making, herb soap making, herbal oil, vinegar, and more in there class schedule, Very child friendly, coffee bar with pastries, fun, touristy, and wonderful animals everywhere. A shop for those who want to buy the harvested goodies.."
  • The Farmstand - pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshments, restrooms, and picnic area. 2115 Miller Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. Phone: (760)738-9014. Email: [email protected]. Directions: From I-15 Take Felicita exit and go East on Citricado Pkwy. to Miller Ave. Go left on Miller Ave. and take immediate left into parking lot. Click here for a map to our farm. . Crops are usually available in April-October. Open: Tuesday to Friday, 12-6, Saturday and Sunday, 10-6, closed Monday. Open April-October. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Formerly called "American Barnyard Company".

 

 

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