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The Gourd-geous Bay Area Pumpkin Patches That Are Anything But Basic

The Gourd-geous Bay Area Pumpkin Patches That Are Anything But Basic

By Mackenzie Hutson
October 30, 2020

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Pumpkin season is finally upon us. The cool autumn breezes are blowing in the fog from the San Francisco Bay, pumpkin-spice products are taking over your friends’ lives, and the brilliant colors of fall foliage are starting to show their true selves. This magical time of year is unparalleled, and there is no better way to celebrate the season’s gorgeous gourds than to road trip across the region in search of the best pumpkin patches around. 

From the East Bay to the South Bay, there is a patch that will get you into a ghoulishly good mood. Even if you haven’t quite figured out your Halloween costume, these destinations are worth a trip this October—you might just find some inspiration from the Wizard of Oz corn maze, the train conductors, or the scarecrows while you’re there. 

The Best Pumpkin Patches in the Bay Area

Celebrate the best season by sipping hot cider, going on a hayride, petting adorable farm animals, and snapping pics with the fam. While you’re at it, find your perfect gourd at the various pumpkin patches throughout the Bay Area. Who says you only have to choose one?

Lemos Farm

Offering everything from a beautiful pumpkin patch and pony rides to a ghost train and haunted house, Lemos Farm is hard to beat.

Location: 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay

Hours: Open daily through October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When it comes to fall, Half Moon Bay really has the season down. From the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival to the many Bay Area pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone in this coastal town. And at Lemos Farm, you’ll have access to the best assortment of pumpkins, haunted houses (available in scary and not-scary options), hayrides, pony rides, a ghost train, and a petting zoo. For me, this Half Moon Bay farm wins the award for having the best pumpkin patch in the Bay Area, in part because it offers so much to do but mostly because it has the sweetest goats. And if you can’t make it out to Half Moon Bay during the spooky season, plan a future trip to experience Lemos Farm’s goat yoga—you won’t regret it. 

Pastorino Farms

With numerous gourds and plenty of fall fun, Pastorino Farms' pumpkin patch provides nothing but joy.

Location: 12391 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay

Hours: Open daily through October 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pastorino Farms is another must-visit Half Moon Bay pumpkin patch. During the month of October, the property transforms into a seasonal pumpkin farm complete with hayrides, train rides, ponies, farm animals, giant slides, and jumpers. On the weekends, you can enjoy a haunted house and face painting, too. Located less than 10 minutes from the coastline, Pastorino Farm is the perfect place to hang out during golden hour. Come for the family fun, stay for the photo ops.

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch 

Pick your own pumpkin at the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch before conquering the corn maze and tasting local cheeses.

Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma

Hours: Open daily through October 31. Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located north of Sausalito and west of Napa, Petaluma is a North Bay escape that also happens to have one of the area’s best pumpkin patches. Along with offering pick-your-own organic pumpkins, The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Petaluma Creamery provides live music on weekends, potato digging (it is a farm, after all), cheese tastings, pumpkin ice cream, and corn and hay mazes for the kids. In case you need another reason to visit this Bay Area pumpkin patch, it offers free admission, too! 

Smith Family Farm

Whether you want to take a hayride or savor some fall treats after picking the perfect pumpkin, this East Bay pumpkin patch has you covered.

Location: 4350 Sellers Avenue, Brentwood

Hours: Open daily through October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nestled in the East Bay, the pumpkin patch at Smith Family Farm offers a lot of activities for a small admission fee (tickets cost $11). Enjoy live music and enticing scents from local food trucks as you greet farm animals, make an herb bouquet, and take a hayride to the patch to pick out your pumpkin—which is included with admission.

Looking for more fun on the farm? Try the U-pick and go home with pomegranates and persimmons as well. Smith Family Farm also has a produce stand full of strawberries, zucchini, apples, tomatoes, and butternut squash, making it a one-stop-shop. But don’t forget to stop by an ATM first; this farm only accepts cash and checks. 

With several festive choices scattered throughout the Bay Area, it’s hard to decide where to go first. But if you’ve visited all of these pumpkin patches already, try stopping by the San Francisco pumpkin patch and taking a hayride through the streets of S.F.

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