Pumpkin Patches Further Afield
While there are plenty of awesome pumpkin patches to choose from in Marin and southern Sonoma counties (see our list of those here), you can find other great places to pick up pumpkins and other Halloween and autumn treats throughout the greater Bay Area. Maybe you're headed on a road trip to the south bay, or bound for the grandparents' house in Sacramento this October—there's probably a pumpkin patch on the way. Here are a few out-of-town pumpkin patches, in Solano, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, that we've visited at one time or another or had recommended to us.
Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Festival
5848 Highway 12
Saturdays and Sundays, October 13–28, 10 am–5 pm
The Western Railway Museum in rural Solano County holds its celebrated annual Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday from October 13–28. Ride a vintage electric express train to the pumpkin patch at Gum Grove Station for pumpkins, tractor rides, games, music, a hay fort, a pumpkin launcher, and pumpkins for sale, of course. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, and $10 for children 2–14. Admission includes museum entry, unlimited train rides, picnic area use, and parking. Reservations are not accepted.
Cool Patch Pumpkins
6150 Dixon Avenue West
Open daily, September 22–October 31, 9 am–8 pm
A humungous u-pick pumpkin patch out in Dixon. Several varieties of pumpkins, squash, and vegetables, a 45-acre corn maze (the largest in the world, according to the Guiness Book of World Records), food, hay rides, a teepee village, pumpkin cannon, and pedal karts and tricycles for rent. Activity tickets $1 each or 10 for $12. Corn maze admission $15 adults, free for kids 5 and under.
Contra Costa County
Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm and Christmas Trees
1060 Pine Lane
Open daily in October, 9 am–7:30 pm
Many pumpkin varieties, squash, plant nursery, gift shop, and farm animals. There's also a "Plumpkin Playland" with tunnels of straw and a big pot full of a ton of lima beans to play in, a Farmer's Phonebooth, and more. Other attractions include fresh-baked pumpkin treats and the Pumpkin Farm Express train. They also offer birthday parties and group tours.
Smith Family Farm
4430 Sellers Avenue
Open daily in October, 9 am–6 pm
The Smith Family Farm's annual Pumpkin Harvest includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, live music, educational displays, a corn maze, a replica Miwok Indian village, farm animals, a country store, and a picnic area. Admission: $11 on weekdays and $12.50 on weekends.
San Mateo County
Arata's Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Road
Half Moon Bay 94109
Open daily, Monday–Friday 9 am–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am–8 pm
Arata Pumpkin Farm has been selling pumpkins since 1932. They offer numerous varieties, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, a hay maze, horse- and tractor-drawn hay rides, a miniature locomotive, haunted barn, and more.
Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm
850 North Cabrillo Highway (Highway 1)
Half Moon Bay 94109
Weekdays, 9 am–5 pm, weekends, 9 am–6 pm
Located off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, the pumpkin capital of the world! Diverse pumpkin varieties are offered here, including Atlantic Giants. Farmer John's has been in business since 1947.
12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92)
Half Moon Bay 94109
Open starting September 15; call or check website for hours
A Half Moon Bay fixture since 1942, Lemos Farm hosts its Halloween on the Farm Pumpkin Patch every fall. Includes a famous "Scare Zone" and haunted house, pony rides, train rides, hay rides, and other attractions.
San Joaquin County
Del'Osso Family Farm
501 Manthey Road (off I-5)
Open September 29–October 31, 10 am–8 pm (last entry)
Attractions at this Central Valley farm include giant corn mazes, pumpkin field, pumpkin blaster guns, haunted house, scarecrows, an aerial ropes course, zip lines, pony rides, tractor and hay rides, a petting zoo, pedal car speedway, food court, country store, and much more. Admission: Monday–Thursday $14.95, Friday–Sunday $18.95, Early Bird Monday–Friday (10 am–2 pm) $11.95, children 2 and under free.