Fall is a time for family traditions. Visiting a pumpkin patch is a great way to create lasting memories and delight kids of all ages. The Bay Area is home to many family-owned and operated farms who pull out all the stops to celebrate harvest time.
Below is a list of 9 popular Bay Area pumpkin farms that I think are particularly special. Have fun creating your own family traditions this season!
Arata’s Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay has a long tradition in the pumpkin business. They’ve been providing pumpkins to San Mateo County since 1932. They’re also famous for their one-of-a-kind hay bale maze, dubbed “Minotaur’s Labyrinth”. Arata’s is located at 185 Verde Rd. in Half Moon Bay.
Clancy’s is a favorite with Bay Area natives and offers a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds, plus Indian corn. Hayrides and scarecrows add to the fun. Located at 1620 7th Ave. in San Francisco.
Run by Speer Family Farms, this pumpkin patch presents (along with a glorious pumpkin selection) a variety of adventurous fall activities. There are zip lines, a rock climbing wall, plus a petting zoo and bouncy house for smaller children. Located at 2453 Hancock St. in Alameda.
Perry Family Farms in Fremont is a real working organic farm on the Ardenwood Estate. Harvest fun and pumpkin picking take on richer meaning when you get an up-close look at the hard work and dedication of local farmers. Located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. in Fremont.
Right off Highway 101, Petaluma Pumpkin Patch boasts a 4-acre corn maze that’s open during the day from 10am to 6pm and also at night on Friday and Saturdays. A brand new maze is specially designed each year, and maze rules are enforced to make sure everyone has fun (no scary masks allowed). Located at 450 Stony Point Rd. in Petaluma.
Like many other Bay Area pumpkin patches, Lemos Farm has hayrides and a petting zoo, and of course lots of pumpkins. But they also have a “Ghost Train” and a haunted house. Find your best Jack-o-Lanterns here! Located at 12320 San Mateo Rd. in Half Moon Bay.
At Webb Ranch, there’s a great petting zoo, a bouncy castle and bouncy pumpkin, and plenty of pumpkins to peruse. Also, there’s a covered picnic area that can be rented for private parties at the patch. Webb Ranch is located at 2720 Alpine Rd. in Menlo Park / Portola Valley.
Stir your child’s creative imagination at Moreland Pumpkin Patch. There’s a magical forest / haunted trail adventure, Halloween story time, and a chance to choose a tiny pumpkin to take home. Hot and cold treats are offered. Located at 4825 Doyle Rd. in San Jose.
The beautiful Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm has a train which kids will love to ride, and a wide variety of pumpkins and harvest games. Also, there are treats and other items for sale in their charming gift shop. Located right off Marsh Creek Rd. at 1060 Pine Ln. in Clayton.
At Smith Family Farm’s Pumpkin Patch you can pick your pumpkin right off the vine. They also have award-winning cheeses and homemade pumpkin ice cream! Located at 4250 Sellers Ave. in Brentwood.
Another Finally, for pumpkin purists, Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch is a no-frills pumpkin farm that doesn’t have a petting zoo or a train but makes up for it with the sheer variety and size of the gourds they offer. Visit this patch if you want to make sure your porch is sporting the biggest, most perfect pumpkin on the block. Located at 850 Cabrillo Hwy N. in Half Moon Bay.