Pumpkin Patches in San Diego: Fall 2019 - NBC 7 San Diego

Pumpkin Patches in San Diego: Fall 2019

A list of some popular pumpkin patches to peruse in San Diego this season

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    The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is a favorite fall spot among San Diegans.

    With autumn in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about picking that perfect pumpkin. Mostly open through Halloween, there are plenty of patches across San Diego County where families can feel festive in their all-important search for a gorgeous gourd to call their own.

    Bates Nut Farm
    15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center; (760) 749-3333
    For more than 50 years, many locals have considered a visit to this North County farm a fall tradition, including its famed Pumpkin Patch. Grab a wheelbarrow and take your pick: from Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, and Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins to minis, squash and other gourds. On the weekends, the patch features live entertainment, plus BBQ, food trucks and other fun, family-friendly activities, including pony and tractor rides – definitely enough going on to make a full day of it. Parking is $5 (cash only) on weekends in October but free on weekdays. The Bates Pumpkin Patch is open now through Oct. 31.

    The Farm Stand West
    2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido; (760) 738-9014
    The Farm Stand West off Interstate 15 in Escondido boasts a Pick-It-Yourself Pumpkin Patch, with lots of gorgeous gourds from which to choose. This farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The location also plans to host a Fall Festival on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 with plenty of pumpkin picking opportunities.

    Pumpkin Stations by Pinery Farms
    Various locations; (858) 566-7466
    The Pumpkin Station runs at five San Diego County locations through Oct. 31: Del Mar; Rancho Bernardo; Mission Valley; National City (Plaza Bonita); and Bonita. Rancho Bernardo and Bonita are farms with tractor hay-wagon rides and corn mazes while the rest are pop-up style stations with their own crop of activities including rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones for kids and train rides. Hours vary by location, so check this website before heading out. Admission and parking is free across all five locations and you can even snag a free train ride by printing out and bringing this coupon.

    Peltzer Farms
    39925 Calle Contento, Temecula; (951) 695-1115
    This authentic, family-owned pumpkin farm in Temecula, just north of San Diego County, opens on Sept. 28. There, in addition to pumpkins, visitors will find all sorts of attractions including a petting farm, gem mining, pig races, carnival rides, and pony and train rides. Admission is $2 for all guests, but little ones under the age of 2 are free with a paid adult. Activities cost between $2 and $6 apiece.

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    Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
    14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside; (619) 390-2929
    For a $12 admission fee, children visiting this East County pumpkin patch receive a Jack Patch Pumpkin and access to all attractions and games, including a playground, petting corral, hay bale maze and covered hayrides around the farm. Adult admission (age 14 and up) is $5 and doesn’t include the pumpkin. This season, Oma's is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. It's closed on Sundays and Mondays.

    Mountain Valley Ranch
    842 Highway 78, Ramona; (760) 788-8703
    Meander through fields of colorful pumpkins at this Ramona ranch, where visitors will also find hay rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides, plus a huge corn maze. This place is open daily this season from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning Sept. 28. Admission is free.

    Julian Farm and Orchard
    4381 State Hwy 78, Wynola/Julian; (951) 312-9940
    Get your gourds at this 25-acre farm in the charming little town of Julian in San Diego's East County. Julian Farm and Orchard is located about 3.5 miles from Main Street -- just look for the pumpkin signs and scarecrow. It is open only on Saturdays and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; activities like apple cider pressing and archery cost $1.

    Summers Past Farms
    15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon; (619) 390-1523
    Take a stroll through this El Cajon pumpkin patch and pick your winner. Weekends are especially lively here, with a jump house, popcorn, corndogs and a coffee bar in the country setting. This patch will be open all October, Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cannon Stand Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch
    1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad; (760) 603-9608
    The Cannon Stand in Carlsbad is known for its juicy strawberries but this time of year, it’s all about the pumpkins. Its pumpkin patch and corn maze opens on Sept. 27 and will feature food trucks, musicians, artists and local vendors. Keep checking the stand's website for hours and pricing.

    Stehly Farms Organics
    12630 Santa Catalina Rd., Valley Center; (760) 742-1186
    For two days only -- Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 -- this farm in Valley Center will host a family-friendly pumpkin patch, complete with guided tractor tours, a petting zoo a corn maze, a playground and food vendors. Admission costs $8 per person; kids age 4 and under get in free.

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