Where to Pick Pumpkins Around the Bay Area
Celebrate the traditions of fall and get ready for Halloween at these pumpkin patches, each offering more than just a gourd to go.
Arata Pumpkin Farm – Come to this six-acre cornfield and enjoy the pumpkin patch, pony rides, haunted barn tours, petting zoo, train and hayrides and the tricky hay maze. Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat.–Sun., 9am-8pm. Admission FREE. 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay.
Lemos Farm – Bring your kids down to the farm where you can stroll through the pumpkin patches, ride the Ghost Train, take a hayride and visit the haunted house and petting zoo. Open daily, except Oct. 3. 9am-5pm. Various fees for rides and zoo, see website for details. 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay.
Pick of the Patch – Pick a pumpkin and bounce on gigantic inflatables. Other locations with similar amenities in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Jose. Daily through Oct. 31. Charge for inflatables, admission FREE. 605 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. .
Spina Farms – Tour the pumpkin patch aboard the train or take an old-fashioned hay ride. Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, a picnic area and more. Sun.-Thu., 9am-6pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-7pm. Admission FREE. Santa Teresa Boulevard and Bailey Avenue, San Jose.
Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park – Stroll through fields of pumpkins, take a train or hay ride, wander the mazes, ride the carousel or ponies, go to the petting zoo, listen to live music and more. Open daily. Check website for hours. Admission FREE. 14485 Monterey Road, San Martin.
Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch – Pick out some pumpkins, then enjoy a hay maze, farm animals, live music, face painting, pony rides, hay rides, jump houses, barbecue and organic ice cream. 10am-6pm daily. FREE. 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 415-662-9100.
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch – Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first pumpkin patch in 1979. Customers can find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes as well as corn stalks and Indian corn. Open daily Oct. 1-31. 9am-9pm. FREE. 1620 Seventh St. 415-753-2689.
Blue House Farm – You can pick your own pumpkins from this organic farm. Shop at the farm stand for fresh fruit, veggies and flowers. 11am-6pm weekends in October. Call for prices. 950 La Honda Road, San Gregorio. 650-879-0704.
Lemos Farm – Wander through large pumpkin patches to choose the perfect pumpkin. Kids can ride the Ghost Train, take a hay ride, enjoy a petting zoo and visit the Scare Zone. There are two haunted houses – one for little kids and one for all ages. Open daily Oct. 2-31. 9am-5pm. Prices vary for activities. 12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay. 650-726-2342.
Alameda Point – Pick out some locally grown valley pumpkins and visit the petting zoo, jumpy houses, play area and more. Though Oct. 31. 10am-10pm daily. FREE. 2171 Monarch St., Alameda. 510-705-2352.
G&M Farms – Search for pumpkins in the huge pumpkin patch, visit the farm animals and then get lost in the twists and turns of a six-acre corn maze (check website for corn maze hours). Through Oct. 31. 2-6pm Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm Sat. and Sun. FREE. Corn maze $8-10 adults, $7-9 children, ages 5 and under FREE. 487 East Airway Blvd., Livermore. 925-447-3276.
Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch – This spot has pumpkins, a corn maze, gem panning, hayrides and other fun fall activities. Oct. 1-31. 9am-6pm daily. FREE admission, $5 per activity, $25 unlimited activities. 4351 Mines Road, Livermore. 925-447-0794.
Contra Costa County
Clayton Valley Farm – Take a train ride and play in the Plumpkin Playland and Little Carvers Barnyard after picking out your pumpkin. Through Oct. 31. 9am-7:30pm daily. $3 train rides, $7-9 (each) Playland and Barnyard, $12-15 combo. 1060 Pine Lane, Clayton. 925-672-5198.
Pick of the Patch – Pick your perfect pumpkin at this new location and let the kids frolic on gigantic inflatables. Also find Pick of the Patch in Fremont, Oakland, San Leandro, Martinez, Concord and Antioch. Through Oct. 31. 10am-9pm Sun.-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri. and Sat. FREE admission, $10-25 inflatables. 2200 Hilltop Mall, Richmond. 408-393-6303.
Cool Patch – There’s a huge corn maze here along with a variety of pumpkins, hayrides and a fun zone. Through early Nov. 9am-8pm daily. $15 corn maze, $5 fun zone, $3 hayride. 6150 Dixon Ave W., Dixon. 530-746-8725.