It’s that time of the year again! The Autumn tradition is to head out to your favorite pumpkin patch, and pick your perfect pumpkin! Carve it up for Halloween or turn it into pumpkin pie! It’s something that everyone in the family can enjoy. Silicon Valley has many places for you to choose the best pumpkin, and entertain the kids as well. It’s as American as pumpkin – I mean – apple pie!
No list of best pumpkin patches would be complete without the including some from Half Moon Bay. After all, Half Moon Bay hails as the “Pumpkin Capital of the World” and is home to the annual “Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.” Unfortunately, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival has been cancelled for the 2nd year running, but the farms are still open and hosting their own festivities.
Queen's Pumpkin Patch
There so much too do at the Queen's Pumpkin Patch in Saratoga. Ride the cow train or paddle around in their mini boats. There's also pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, and a hay maze. Take a hay ride through the pumpkin patch and sunflower fields. Last year they added a giant pumpkin slingshot. A ticket gets you 5 pumpkins to test out your skills!
And there's more! Don’t forget Friday is movie night! Free with the price of admission ($4 per person). Grab your loved ones, a blanket and enjoy It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
Address: 12985 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 252-9820
Hours: 9 am – 9 pm (daily)
ABC Farms & Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
You don't have to travel too far to find your perfect pumpkin. ABC Farms & Pick of the Patch Pumpkins has 19 locations in the Bay Area with seven in the South Bay. Each offers a variety of varied and fun activities for everyone, including “inflatable” amusements for children ages two to 12 years old and beautifully decorated “memory lanes” for taking photos. Visit the haunted house at the original pumpkin patch at Tully and East Capitol Expressway. Besides having a lot of fun, there are plenty of different varieties of pumpkins to choose from.
The admission is free to the pumpkin patches, however there is a charge for some amusements, as well as food and drinks. Check their website for a complete list of locations and hours. Some locations offer pumpkin delivery. ABC Farms is family owned and operated.
Address: Located throughout the Bay Area including the South Bay, East Bay and Peninsula, with multiple locations in Santa Clara and San Jose. Click link below for location, activities and hours:
San Carlos: 900 Block NE El Camino Real between Arroyo and Brittan Avenues, 94070 (San Mateo County)
San Mateo: 1863 S. Norfolk St. at Fashion Island Blvd., 94403 (San Mateo County)
Burlingame: 1810 El Camino Real at Trousdale Drive, 94010 (San Mateo County)
Fremont: 4020 Fremont Hub (corner of Fremont Blvd at Mowry Ave.), 94538 (Alameda County)
Santa Clara: 2610 El Camino Real at Moonlite Center Shopping Center, 95051 (Santa Clara County)
Santa Clara: 3590 Benton Street @ Lawrence Expressway, 95051 (Santa Clara County)
San Jose: 1832 Hillsdale Ave (In front of Big Lots), 95124 (Santa Clara County)
San Jose: 2310 Canoas Garden Ave (in VTA Light Rail Parking Lot at corner of Curtner Ave), 95125 (Santa Clara County)
San Jose: 605 Blossom Hill Road (in VTA Light Rail Parking Lot at corner of Hwy 85), 95123 (Santa Clara County)
San Jose: Tully Road at Eastridge Way, 2200 Eastridge Loop, 95122 (Santa Clara County)
San Jose: 450 N Capitol Avenue (At Capitol Square in front of Target), 95133 (Santa Clara County)
San Leandro: 15555 East 14th Street at the Bay Fair Center Mall (in front of Kohl’s), 94578 (Alameda County)
Phone: (408) 393-6303
Hours: Hours vary by location. Click on a link (above) to go directly to the location's website for information about hours and activities.
Spina Farms is located in Coyote Valley between San Jose and Morgan Hill, and hosts one of the largest pumpkin patches in the Bay Area. Select your pumpkins from over 25 unique varieties. Tour the pumpkin patch on the new Spina Pumpkin Express Train, or explore the Sunflower fields on an old-fashioned hay ride! There's even a barrel ride for your "little pumpkins". If that’s not enough, get lost in the corn maze and launch pumpkins from giant cannons! Food and drinks available for purchase. Parking is free on weekdays, and $10 on the weekend. No dogs allowed.
Address: Santa Teresa Blvd at Bailey Ave, San Jose, CA 95141
Phone: (650) 763-6935
Hours: Oct 1 - 30th Sun – Thu 9am – 8pm & Fri – Sat 9am – 9pm, Oct 31st 9am - 3pm
Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch
The family-owned and operated Webb Ranch has a 30-acre pumpkin patch featuring more than 20 varieties of organic pumpkins. Open 7 days a week with additional activities on the weekend, including a hay ride, train ride, corn maze, petting zoo, and reptile exhibit. New this year are the Haunted House inside the corn maze and a farm-themed obstacle course. For the activities, you must purchase an activity pass online before arriving at the farm as attendance is limited. No activity pass is required for just pumpkin picking. No dogs allowed.
Address: 2718 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Phone: (650) 854-6334
Hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
Arata Pumpkin Farm
Established in 1932, the Arata Pumpkin Farm is the oldest working pumpkin farm in Silicon Valley, and has something for everyone! Challenge yourself in their two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth hay maze. Scare yourself silly in their haunted barn. Or enjoy a hay ride. There are picnic areas throughout the farm, for when you want to relax and refuel. Lots of things for kids: Play Land playground with a miniature version of a hay maze, a train ride, guided pony rides and petting zoo! Bring your dog!
Address: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-7548
Hours: Sun – Thu 9am – 6:30pm & Fri – Sat 9am-10:30pm
There’s lots of fun to be had at Lemos Farm! Pick your pumpkins from an amazing pumpkin patch. Enjoy pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, Goat Yoga and more. Enjoy pumpkin ice cream on the ghost train, or dig into pumpkin pie on one of their hay rides. In October the farm converts into a Halloween extravaganza. No wonder it’s considered a Halloween tradition! There is a live band and lots of Halloween-themed activities. Purchase an admission pass prior to your visit to the farm so as not to be disappointed. There are also a limited amount of tickets at the entrance for walk-ins.
Address: 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-2342
Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm is located on a working farm where you can learn everything you wanted to know about pumpkins directly from Farmer John. If all you want is pumpkins without all the other activities, this is the place for you. You will find more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash, including their Atlantic Giant, which can weigh any where from 250 and 500 pounds! Farmer John's sells pumpkin seeds for the green thumb to plant in their own backyard. Take your camera for the many photo opportunities, including the giant pumpkin display, authentic Native American Teepee, vintage tractor and rolling fields of pumpkins. Dogs are welcome on the farm.
Address: 850 N Cabrillo Highway (1 mile North of Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-4980
Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm
Gilroy Ostrich Farm
Find your perfect Halloween pumpkin in the Gilroy Ostrich Farm's Pumpkin Patch, then explore the farm at your own pace! You can make friends with the alpacas and goats, and marvel at the ostriches! They also have a fun hay maze. Come in costume and bring your camera. You'll find many opportunities for photos among the Halloween decorations. Save $3 by purchasing your tickets online.
Hours: 9 am - 6 pm daily