Nothing says fall like a visit to a pumpkin patch, complete with picking out the perfect pumpkin, snacking on autumnal treats, and enjoying a variety of exciting and engaging activities like hayrides, corn mazes, and more. There are several Bay Area Pumpkin Patches perfect for an afternoon of fall celebrations. Here’s a collection of some of my favorites!
Speer Family Farms knows that visiting a good pumpkin patch is about more than just picking out the perfect pumpkin; it’s about having fun, making memories with your family, and spending time outdoors! That being said, they have plenty of pumpkins just waiting to be brought home with you for carving, decor, baking, or whatever else your seasonal needs may be.
When you visit the Speer Family Farms pumpkin patch, you’ll also have access to a variety of entertainment, like their inflatable jump houses, lots of fun slides, a mini train, and a petting zoo! Grown-ups can enjoy the “Adult Chill Area” (because grown-ups deserve to have fun at pumpkin patches, too!) With hay bales, fun face-in-the-hole boards, and plenty of pumpkins, it has plenty of great photo ops, too!
When you visit one of their pumpkin patches, you can purchase a wristband for your child to take advantage of their inflatable amusements, including slides, jumpers, play areas, and even an obstacle course for kids ages 2 – 12. You can also pick up pumpkin carving kits and other fall souvenirs or simply stop by to browse the pumpkins and grab a prepackaged snack. It’s a fabulous place to get ready for Halloween and all of your pumpkin needs!
Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch has all sorts of pumpkins – from the mini ones that fit in the palm of your hand to the enormous ones you may need two people to get to the car. They also carry Indian corn, gourds, and wheat bundles, so your fall decor isn’t limited to just pumpkins. Their friendly team will help you pick out the absolutely perfect pumpkin for whatever your need or idea!
While you’re there picking out your pumpkins, stop by their Snack Shack for shaved ice or a slice of pumpkin pie, and then wander through the Hay Bale maze (an autumn tradition!) You can get to know the farm animals while feeding them a treat and explore the old farm equipment museum for a look at what life used to look like down on the farm. Keep in mind that Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch is cash only, so you may want to swing by the bank first (although there are also ATMs on site!)
Lemos Farm isn’t just a celebration of fall – it’s a celebration of Halloween!! While their pumpkin patch is always stocked with a variety of pumpkins in different shapes, sizes, and colors, there is so much to do and see when you visit. They transform their farm into “Halloween Palooza,” covering it in hay, spooky decor, and other ghastly touches. You can enjoy a scoop of pumpkin ice cream or a slice of pumpkin pie, or award-winning pumpkin bread as you partake in some of their spooky attractions.
Whether you enjoy a good old-fashioned hayride or prefer a tour of the Haunted House, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Lemos Farms. They have pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, and of course, plenty of pumpkins to pick from the patch. Be sure to bring a camera, and don’t be afraid to break out your costume a little early for your visit!
At Smith Family Farm, autumn is the best time of year. Not just because of all of the pumpkins, the cool breeze, or the brightly colored trees, but also because it’s a time to be with family before all of the chaos of the holiday season begins, making cozy memories and gathering together. That’s why their pumpkin patch is more than just a pumpkin patch; your general admission ticket includes live music performances, encounters with farm animals, a pumpkin house family photo area, and so much more. Plus, your admission includes a pumpkin of any size or variety from their patch!
But pumpkins aren’t the only fall crop Smith Family Farm grows; you can also participate in their award-winning U-Pick, harvesting your own pomegranates and persimmons. Their fruit stand is also stocked with a variety of summer and fall produce, dozens of varieties of rare heirloom pumpkins, and everything else you need for your autumn decor.
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch has been selling beautiful pumpkins at their spot on Piedmont Avenue since 1996. While you can expect to find the classic, round, orange pumpkins, they also have over 15 varieties of pumpkins available in all sorts of colors, sizes, and shapes. They also sell corn stalks, gourds, straws, and straw bales for all of your fall decor needs. Once you’ve picked out your pumpkin from the lot, check out their store for carving kits and candles that will make your jack-o-lantern shine!
While you’re there, check out the Piedmont Avenue Haunted House! Don’t worry. There are two options: one for those who love the thrills, secrets, and adrenaline of a haunted house, and a less scary version for younger kids and adults that are more easily spooked (the less scary tour leaves the lights on and shuts off the scary creatures.) Now everyone can enjoy feeling brave and saying they’ve conquered a Haunted House!
G & M Farms has a HUGE pumpkin patch with pumpkins of all sizes, perfect for finding the one that calls to you as the pumpkin of the season. Kids will love getting to interact with farm animals and wandering the straw bale maze, and on weekends, there are pony rides, pedal carts, and a Hayride! They also have the legendary Cow Train, which is kind of like a merry-go-round but with cow wagons. Just keep in mind that a lot of the non-pumpkin-related activities are only open on weekends, making a Saturday or Sunday visit worth your time!
Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch is a Morgan Hill pumpkin patch that has been around for more than 80 years, so it’s been a bay area family tradition for some families. The recently moved locations a little down the road from where they used to be in order to support expanded offerings. Now they offer a even more family fun activities for all ages. From Instagram-worthy photo setups to train rides for the littles to a corn maze and pumpkin blasters, there is something there for the whole family to enjoy. They also offer group rental reservations for parties and other festivities.
Be sure you celebrate the fall season with a trip to one of these awesome Bay Area pumpkin patches! It’s the perfect way to get in the spirit of fall and to find that perfect pumpkin(s) to bring home and remind you of your beautiful day at the pumpkin patch.
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