The calendar says it’s officially fall now, and there’s nothing like a pumpkin patch to get some essence of autumn into your life. So, grab a pumpkin spice latte or an apple cider for the drive to one of these “gourd-geous” spots!
Where: Del Mar, Mission Valley, National City, El Cajon
When: Most open Sept. 29-Oct. 31; hours vary
Free admission; games, rides, pumpkins, petting zoo, and more! Visit website for free ride coupon.
Bates Nut Farm
Where: Valley Center
When: Sept. 23-Oct. 31; daily
Free admission ($5 parking on October weekends); big variety of pumpkins, petting corral, straw maze, pony and hay rides; live entertainment, food trucks, and more on the weekends!
Mountain Valley Ranch
When: Sept: 23-Oct. 31; daily
Free admission; corn maze, corn cannon, and petting zoo; pony and hay rides (limited times on weekdays); and of course, pumpkins!
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
When: Sept.26-Oct. 31; Tuesday-Saturday
$5 adult admission (14+), $10 child admission (age 1-13) includes pumpkin and water bottle; hay bale maze, petting corral, hay rides, and more.
Summer’s Past Farms
Where: Flinn Springs
When: October; Wednesday-Sunday
Free admission; bounce house on the weekends, plus refreshments for purchase.
Carlsbad Strawberry Fields
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 31; daily
Giant pumpkins, corn maze, hay rides (Friday-Sunday), and pumpkin painting.
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
When: Sept. 24-Oct. 31; daily
Prices vary per attraction; pick your pumpkin; tractor garden, pony and train rides, gem mining, petting farm and pig races.
Lavender Hill Pumpkins
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 31; Friday-Sunday
Pick from 10,000 pumpkins in three dozen varieties!
Julian Mining Company
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 31; weekends
U-pick pumpkins and gold and gem mining.
The Farm Stand
When: Sept.30-Oct. 31; daily
Pick your pumpkin at Fran’s Original Farm Stand and Farm Stand West; Farm Fun @ Fran’s Thursdays, $10 per child.