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The Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in the Bay Area

The Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in the Bay Area

October is flying by faster than anyone thought it would, which means there are only a couple of weeks left to visit a pumpkin patch, take all of those adorable Instagram pics, and, most important (we think), pick the perfect pumpkin to turn into a jack o’ lantern.

The Bay Area has a bunch of great pumpkin patches to choose from, and most of the farms have gone all out with the activities—like hayrides, petting zoos, and (our favorite) corn and hay mazes.

(Fun fact: the first corn maze, also called a maize maze because OF COURSE IT IS, was created in 1993 in Pennsylvania. Can you believe people have only been getting lost in labyrinths made of corn for less than 25 years?)

Grab your friends and family, and plan an afternoon at one of these nine pumpkin patches. You’re guaranteed to have a very gourd time. (We had to slip one pun-kin in there.)

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch

INNER SUNSET

If you don’t have the time or means to go to a pumpkin patch outside of the city, don’t fret, because Clancy’s, which opened in 1979 and was SF’s first-ever pumpkin patch, has all of your pumpkin “picking” needs covered.

There are all kinds of pumpkins for cooking, carving, and decorating, including mini pumpkins, decorative pumpkins, Sugar Pie pumpkins, and Cinderella pumpkins, as well as gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn.

There are also fun decorations, like scarecrows and ghosts in the trees, and best of all—hayrides!

Open through October 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Arata’s Pumpkin Farm

HALF MOON BAY

Set aside a few hours to visit this pumpkin farm where you can find any kind of pumpkin you could imagine (prices start at $1), and there’s also a two-acre Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze, a six-acre corn field and pumpkin river, a haunted barn, and hayrides.

There’s also tons of stuff for kids to do, including a playground with a kid-sized hay maze, a train ride, a petting zoo, and pony rides.

It’s free to visit the pumpkin river and corn field, but you’ll have to pay for the other stuff. $25 for adults and $35 for kids gets you unlimited attendance to the hay maze, hayrides, petting zoo, play land, and train rides, as well as one entry to the haunted barn and pony ride.

Bring a picnic to enjoy inside one of the Tahitian huts (or anywhere on the property) and make a day of it.

Open through October 31, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m, and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch

PETALUMA

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to milk a cow, this pumpkin patch on a rural, working farm is the pumpkin patch for you. There’s also a corn pit, hay maze, and hayrides, all of which are totally free.

You can also dig up your own potatoes, pick your own organic (this is the Bay Area after all) pumpkin, taste cheese, and indulge in homemade pumpkin ice cream.

Open through October 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

 

Lemos Farm

HALF MOON BAY

If you have little kids, Lemos Farm is a great place to spend a couple of hours tuckering them out. There are tons of activities geared towards them, a couple of things for the grown-ups to do, and you’ll find plenty of pumpkins to take home.

Of course, looking for pumpkins will only entertain a little kid for so long, so there are also pony rides ($10), hayrides and train rides ($5 each), a petting zoo with pygmy goats ($1), an air jumper and playground ($5), hydraulic digging machine ($2), and, the best of all, two haunted houses ($5) (one for little kids and scaredy-cat adults, and one for people who enjoy being spooked).

You can also get an All Day Pony Pass, which basically gets you unlimited access to everything. It’s $20 for kids and $10 for adults.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through October 1.

 

Speer Family Farms

ALAMEDA

You can feel good about visiting Speer Family Farms because it’s family-owned-and-operated by third-and-fourth-generation Oakland natives, and all of the pumpkins are locally sourced from small farms.

There’s also a ton of fun stuff to do, like a four-story ship slide, petting zoo, jumpy houses, and mazes. Just know going in that this pumpkin patch is located on the old waterfront Naval Air station, so if you’re looking for nature, this isn’t the patch for you. That being said, it’s also right next door to Spirits Alley, where you’ll find St. George Spirits, Faction Brewing, and Rock Wall Wine Company—and nothing helps you get over a lack of trees like a couple of delicious adult beverages.

Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through October 31.

 

Perry Family Pumpkin Patch

FREMONT

J.E. Perry Farms is a family-owned organic vegetable farm that grows a bunch of crops, including pumpkins, and offers adults and kids an opportunity to learn about California agriculture in the (literal!) field.

Once you’ve gotten some knowledge, you can also pick out pumpkins to take home, take a hayride, go through the kids’ maze and tire patch, climb a hay pyramid, and find a spot for a picnic.

Open Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. (no admission) and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($1 admission; children under 2 are free).

 

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

NICASIO
You can pick pumpkins and take a hayride at this pumpkin patch every day of the week during October, but the kids’ activities are limited to the weekends. The good news though is that on the weekends there’s also live music and barbecue.

Here’s what to expect on Saturday and Sundays: hayrides, a giant slide, pony rides, a petting zoo, a trackless train, face painting, hay mazes, and a rock wall, plus a six-piece country Americana band, Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ, and Tara’s Organic Ice Cream.

Open every day in October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch

SANTA ROSA
This family farm has tons of attractions, including a barnyard ballzone; a hay bale pyramid for climbing; a tire swing; bounce houses; inflatable slides; a petting zoo with bunnies, calves, goats, pigs, and more; a pumpkin blaster; hayrides and a 10-acre pumpkin patch with 45 different varieties of pumpkins.

There’s also a ton of stuff to eat and drink, like hot dogs, chili, nachos, caramel apples, apple cider, and hot chocolate.

But the reason you’re going is for the eight-acre corn maze, because that thing is awesome.

The attractions do cost money; a $2 wristband gets you access to the basic stuff, while a $19 wristband gets you everything—including a chance to explore the corn maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and three shots at the pumpkin blaster.

Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch

PETALUMA
This pumpkin patch has over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 500 straw bale mountain to climb, farm animals to pet, corn kernel sand boxes to play in, and a really cute corn stalk-covered area where you can sit on hay bales and have a picnic.

That being said, the star of the show is the four-acre corn maze with 10-foot tall corn stalks and only ONE way out. It usually takes about 45 minutes to complete, and though there isn’t any lighting, they’ll even let you go through it at night.

Most of the activities are free, but the corn maze costs $6 during the day and $9 at night (only available on the weekends).

Open through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.