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San Diego Pumpkin Patches

When I was a kid my mom always sang this song to us,

“Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late!”

The second one said ,”There are witches in the air!”

The third one said, “But we don’t care.”

The fourth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”

And the fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”

Oooh oooh went the wind and out when the lights

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”

I have sung it to my kids since they were little and it is still a favorite.

Picking out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch is always a fun tradition this time of year.  There are many actual pumpkin farms in areas close by San Diego. Enjoy a family trip to one and enjoy a hay ride, a corn maze, or just picking out that just-right pumpkin for carving a jack-o-lantern.

Julian

You can head up to Julian for some apple picking and pie, then also visit the Julian Mining Company’s pumpkin patch.

Ramona

The Mountain Valley Ranch is located in Ramona. The patch is open everyday through October 31st.  The Ranch has pumpkins for both carving and for making delicious pumpkin treats. In addition to the patch, you can have fun in the corn maze and with their corn shooter plus a petting zoo!

Valley Center

Bates Nut Farm  is open daily through the end of October. Their 100-acre farm is a fabulous place to enjoy the fall harvest. This farm has many shapes and sizes of pumpkins and gourds as well as hay rides, straw maze, pony rides and petting zoo. Weekends have additional fun activities to enjoy as a family.

If you don’t have a chance to head out to a farm, there are also in-town patches you can spend some time playing and picking out pumpkins for your family.

Pumpkin Station – locations all around San Diego

Click on the link to find the many locations around San Diego you can find a Pumpkin Station.  Admission is free. And there are additional fun activities for a fee to enjoy, such as jump houses and slides, petting zoos, and other rides.  Two of the stations also have corn mazes.

Lakeside

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is a favorite.  With pumpkins ranging from tiny to 100 lbs, you will find a pumpkin that suits your needs here.  You can also catch a hay ride here or buy some hay bales. This patch is a great one for little kids who will enjoy the playground with swings, sand pile with toy trucks and tractors and milk bottle bowling.

Pacific Beach and La Jolla

PB Pumpkins has a great set up for those not able or not wanting to take the time to go to an actual farm growing pumpkins. PB Pumpkins is open everyday selling pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and more. Lots of fun activities are here for you to enjoy with your kids, including face painting, a petting zoo, and bounce houses.

Other fun Fall activities:

Make pumpkin waffles with butter syrup

Visit some of the fabulous parks, zoos, and museums in October while kids are FREE

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