San Diego during fall doesn’t necessarily mean cooler weather, but it does mean pumpkin patches galore and fall fun the entire family will enjoy. Throughout the county, you can find fun patches with a little more to offer than just pumpkins.
Here are our favorite pumpkin patches in San Diego and throughout the county that the entire family can enjoy together.
Best San Diego Pumpkin Patches
Beachside Fall Fest
- Address: 3146 Mission Blvd
Belmont Park will transform into the fall dreamland you’re looking for. Mr Jack O’ Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch will be front and center so everyone in the family can find their perfect pumpkin, but there will also be live music, a beer garden, special treats, and rides. Every Sunday in October, there is also free trick-or-treating. Fall fest starts on September 9, runs through October 31, and is open from 11 am to 10 pm.
- Address: 1640 ½ Camino Del Rio North
Take your kids to Pumpkin Station to search for the perfect pumpkin. The patch is ideal for families since it has kid rides, slides, bounce houses, and a petting zoo. There are numerous Pumpkin Station locations; some have hay wagon rides and farm animals. The patch opens on September 30 and goes until October 31.
Below are other sites throughout San Diego County:
- 31421 Highland Valley Rd, Escondido CA
- 5354 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita CA
- 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar CA
- 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City
PB Pumpkin Patch
- Address: 870 Garnet Ave
PB Pumpkin Patch has been open since 1992 and has an incredible selection of perfect pumpkins for your kids. Besides pumpkins, you can pick up Indian corn, gourds, corn stalks, and a free pumpkin carving kit. The kids can also grab free apple cider and shaved ice when they’re visiting the farm. The patch opens on October 1 and stays open the entire month. You can visit Monday through Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, and at weekends from 8 am to 10 pm.
Pumpking Patches in Valley Center CA
Bates Nut Farm
- Address: 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center CA
Bates Nut Farm has over 50 years of fall fun under its belt, making it a great patch to visit for family fun. The patch offers tractor hayrides, straw mazes, a petting zoo and pony rides. There is a wheelbarrow for transporting your pumpkins and other fall decors, plus they’re dog friendly. The patch opens on September 17 and goes until the end of October, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Pumpkin patches in Ramona CA
Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin
- Address: 842 Hwy 78, Ramona CA
In the mountains of Ramona is a cute pumpkin patch that is perfect for finding a craving pumpkin. They have a giant corn maze that your kids can run some energy off in, corn cannons, a petting farm, and photo spots for fun fall photos. The patch opens on September 24 and stays open through the end of October. Visit between the hours of 9 am to 6 pm.
Pumpkin Patches in Lakeside PA
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
- Address: 14950 El Monte Rd, Lakeside CA
Family fun is just ahead over at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. There is an admission fee between $13-$21 depending on the age, and the admission includes the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, kid games, a sand pile, and a play area. You can buy tickets online, and the patch opens on September 27. Hours of operation are 10 am to 7 pm.
Pumpkin Patches in Escondido CA
The Farm Stand West
- Address: 2115 Miller Ave, Escondido CA
The Farm Stand West is a homegrown produce stand where you can get fresh produce all year. During October, the stand turns into a u-pick pumpkin patch where your kids can have a blast roaming through the patch. The patch opens on October 1 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Pumpkin Patches in Campo CA
- Address: 750 Depot St, Campo CA
Starting October 8, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum will transform into its annual Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration. There will be themed trains, a pumpkin patch, and creepy ghosts and ghouls. Hours of departure are 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:45 pm, with costs ranging from $5 to $28.
San Diego County is filled with fall fun for the entire family, and there is plenty of time throughout the month to hit all of these incredible patches.
The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival
- Address: 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine CA
Kids and adults will have a phenomenal time at The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival. There is a 6-foot hay maze for adventuring, plus games and a patch where you can get your own pumpkin. You can view admission fees on their website, and it opens on October 1.