5 Pumpkin Patches in San Diego

The weather is finally cooling off, and we can’t stop thinking about our Fall favorites: sweaters, hot apple cider, and of course, everything pumpkin! While the information below is subject to change depending on the COVID pandemic, at the time of writing, these 5 pumpkin patches plan to be open for your pumpkin-picking and fall-activity enjoyment!  

PB Pumpkin Patch

870 Garnet Ave, San Diego, 92109
Open: Mon–Fri 10am–10pm / Sat–Sun 8am–10pm
Cost: Free

PB Pumpkin Patch has a large assortment of pumpkins, which you can decorate at their free carving and painting area. They also sell other fall decorative goodies like lights, candles, gourds, corn stalks, and straw bales. Kids will be treated to free hot apple cider and shaved ice! 

Mission Valley Pumpkin Station

1640 ½ Camino Del Rio, San Diego, 92108
Open: Mon–Thurs 11am–9pm / Fri–Sun 9am–9pm
Cost: Free parking and admission

Head to the Mission Valley Pumpkin Station with the family! Kids will enjoy the two giant slides, a swing ride, Ferris wheel, train ride, boat ride, and petting zoo. Visit their website for a coupon for one free train ride. 

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, 92082
Open: Weekdays 8:30am–5 pm / Weekends 8:30am–6pm
Cost: Free admission and parking on weekdays, $8 on weekends for parking

Bates Nut Farm has a variety of pumpkins for sale, along with squash and gourds to satisfy all your fall decoration cravings! There are plenty of activities for the kids including tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Check their website for a schedule of food trucks. 

Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch

6710 La Jolla Blvd, San Diego, 92037
3190 Mission Blvd, San Diego 92109
Open: Mon–Thurs 11am–8pm / Sat 10am–9pm / Sun 10am–8pm
Cost: Admission and parking are free

This family-owned business offers games and attractions like pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, bouncy houses, and farm animal viewings. They offer pumpkins in all sizes, from very small to up to 50lbs! 

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch

1050 Cannon Drive, Carlsbad, 92008
Open: Daily, 9am–7pm
Admission: $5, free for kids under 5 / Rides and games various prices

After you pick out pumpkins, go for a tractor ride and see views of the lagoon. Like mazes? Check out the 1.5-mile corn maze for family fun during the day, or try it on Friday and Saturday nights when it transforms into the “Haunted Corn Maze” — a spooky outing perfect for the teenagers and adults in the family. They also have the only Apple Cannon in San Diego, so try your aim and shoot apples at a target — the cannon can send apples flying at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour!

If you’re going to carve your pumpkins for Halloween, save the seeds and flesh to use in healthy snacks. Pumpkin can be used in a variety of treats and has quite a few health benefits. Learn more here

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