One of my favorite things to do in October is to visit pumpkin patches. If I could I would take my kids every weekend to a different patch just to check out all the pumpkins and fun. My favorite thing to do at a pumpkin patch is take family photos. The scenery is just so perfect for fall pictures and usually the weather isn’t too bad that we can wear nice clothes without being all sweaty. I like to get our pumpkins pretty close to Halloween so that they still look good on Halloween. Since it has been so hot lately we have only visited one patch this year, I was hoping the weather would be cooler and I would of done this post a lot earlier in the month. So I decided to find some awesome pumpkin patches to share and hope they help in planning your next pumpkin patch trip.
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Wickerd Farm is a small but great little pumpkin patch located in Menifee. Normally this is a Christmas Tree Farm but during October it is full of pumpkins and Halloween fun. I used to live right down the street from this farm when I was much younger. I have nothing but find memories of going here. On Sundays the Farm hosts a Farmers Market and when the sun goes down the haunted hayrides begin.
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Big Horse Feed
Big Horse Feed in Temecula is a fairly well known pumpkin patch due in part to its large Corn Maze. There is also hay wagon rides and one of the largest pillow jumpers in Southern California. And of course they have a large selection of pumpkins.
This is my absolute favorite pumpkin patch! We go to Peltzer Farms every year to take family photos and just have an a great time at this smaller but fun pumpkin patch.
Even though Peltzer is a smaller farm it is packed full of activities. There is gold/gem mining, pig races, petting zoo, photo ops, pony rides, train ride and a corn maze.
The kids loved leading us through the corn maze.
Maybe our future wedding venue, just maybe ;)
I always end up with such memorable photos when we visit Peltzer.
San Diego County
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Bates Nut Farm
What would a pumpkin patch list be without mentioning Bates Nut Farm. The most popular and well known pumpkin patch in North County. Bates has a great selection of pumpkins along with a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, a maze, bounce houses, vendors and more. Bates main feature is it’s stop with speciality treats and souvenirs.
Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
Irvine Regional Park is a great hidden gem located in the hills of Irvine of Orange County. The very large park features walking trails, play grounds, pony rides, horseback trail rides, bike rentals, paddle boat rentals, nature center and the OC Zoo. One of the main attractions of the park is it’s Railroad and during the month of October this also serves as a pumpkin patch. The Railroad Pumpkin Patch is a great reason to visit this amazing park. The Pumpkin Patch also features carnival games, hay rides, Hohn Deere tractor races, face painting, bounce houses, gold mining, hay maze, cookie decorating and much much more!
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Everyone I know who lives out in Orange County loves to visit Tanka Farms to get their pumpkins for Halloween. With the traditional pumpkin farm setting who wouldn’t love to visit here. The Farm also features a wagon ride that goes around the entire 30 acre farm, photo ops, corn maze and petting zoo.
Los Angeles County
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Underwood Family Farms
This has to be the most famous pumpkin patch on this list. It is frequented by many visitors during it’s pumpkin patch time including celebrities. Underwood Family Farms is located in Moorpark. It features some great photo ops, pig races, games, tractor slides, tractors and much more! Hey you might even bump into some famous faces while there.
*All the pumpkin patches listed are open daily until October 31st. A visit during the week will usually mean less crowds and also many patches have discounted prices for their attractions on weekdays.*
Have a great time visiting some great pumpkin patches!