It’s that time of year when the air is getting cooler, pumpkins are everywhere, the ghosts and goblins start to appear. Yes, it’s officially fall! If your family is like mine, we start to decorate the home with gourds, pumpkins and leaves in mid-September (even when the weather is anything but fall-like). My kids are already deciding their Halloween costumes and my daughter is already planning her Trick-or-Treating route!
With the fun of the season here, we need to find the best pumpkins in town…and that means we have to visit one of the many local pumpkin patches in the area.
Sacramento has an abundance of pumpkin patches, petting zoos and fun things to do this time of year. With my kids being a little older now, we want to find the most exciting and entertaining patches to keep them busy on our outing. I have made a list of my top 5 pumpkin patches in the area to visit with your family (based on activities at the farms):
1. Goblin Gardens (Bastiao Farms): 3845 El Centro Rd, Sacramento
Open 7 days a week from October 1- October 31, 10am-7pm.
They have plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained all day long. Some of the activities include: pick your own pumpkins, hay rides, hay maze, haunted train rides, haunted miners cabin, play area with giant slides and more!
$7 admission into the farm and children ages 2 and under are free.
2. Bishops Pumpkin Farm: 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland
Open 7 days a week from September 17- October 31: 9am- 7pm Sunday- Monday and 9am-8pm on Saturdays.
Free Admission, but parking is $10 on Fridays and $15 on weekends. Free Parking Monday-Thursday.
This place has is it all: zip line for the adventure seekers, play areas for kids of all ages, Coyote Mountain with giant slides and “gem panning”, petting zoo, train ride, hay ride, corn maze and so much more! Bring your appetites as they have plenty of food on site and spend the day at this fun pumpkin patch!
3. Dave’s Pumpkin Patch: 3010 Burrows Avenue, West Sacramento.
Open Sunday- Thursday 10am- dusk and weekends 10am-9pm.
If you are searching for something a little more frightening for your Halloween lovers, then check out their famous Haunted Corn Maze. Opens in the evening for those who love a good scare!
Prices for activities are “a la carte” and can be found on their website. They have everything from the corn maze, to hay bale climbing, jumping pillows and petting zoos. Other activities include pony rides, BBQ, pumpkin picking and even a farmers stand. It’s the perfect afternoon (or evening) to get your fall festivities going.
4. Branco Farms: 1033 Reserve Drive, Roseville.
Open 7 days a week from 12pm-9pm, October 7- October 31.
If you don’t want to head out of the city too far, this is the place for you! They offer a huge assortment of pumpkins to choose from, pony rides, jump houses and even laser tag!
5. Fog Willow Farms: 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton.
Open Monday- Friday 12pm-6pm and weekends 9:30-6pm from October 1-October 31.
Admission is $4 and they offer a variety of activities including: hay rides, pony rides, family mining, petting zoo, and pumpkins galore! This is a fun place for kids who are for good old-fashioned family fun!
So grab a caramel apple, your camera and make memories this fall at one of our local pumpkin patches!
By Heather Crivellone