Fall is here and that means back-to-school, a little cooler weather, fall harvest, and plenty of pumpkins. While North County boasts some of the most temperate weather, we don’t let that get in the way of our fall fun. There are so many pumpkin patches to choose from throughout North County. Whether you want tons of activities to go along with your pumpkin picking, or you want the traditional u-pick pumpkin patch experience, North County has it all. Here’s our guide to Pumpkin Patches in North County San Diego.
(Del Mar to Oceanside)
1. Pumpkin Station Del Mar
Pumpkin Station is part of a group of pumpkin patches with amusements rides, inflatables and more. An antique carousel, a petting zoo, and game zone dot the acres of fun. While parking and admission are free, all of the games, rides, attractions, and pumpkins cost money. So, if you want to do more than buy a pumpkin, bring spending money. It’s particularly beautiful at night with all of the market lights against the Del MAr sunset. The Del Mar site is across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They are open from Sept 29th – October 29th. For additional North County locations, see below.
2. Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch – Encinitas
Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch in Encinitas is full of the all of the fun you expect of a seasonal pumpkin patch. There are rides, slides, petting zoo, bungee jump, inflatables, and more. There is even a coloring contest for kids to submit their best-colored pumpkin (see the patch for details).
3. Tom’s Adventures Pumpkin Patches North County
Tom’s has two locations in North County. The Encinitas location is on Rancho Santa Fe Road. Tom’s has plenty of rides and attractions as well as pumpkins galore. The way the patch is set up, there are plenty of areas for family photos. There is a petting zoo, an inflatable pyramid for climbing and more.
4. Carlsbad Strawberry Fields Pumpkin Patch
You may have noticed the pumpkin patch signs along the 5 freeway in Carlsbad highlighting the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields Annual Pumpkin Patch. Back beyond the strawberry fields, there is a designated section for pumpkins. There is also a corn maze, depending on the year’s weather. Pumpkins are available mid to late September.
5. Armstrong Gardens
Not exactly a pumpkin patch, but the relaxed garden atmosphere and dedicated space for pumpkins make for a fun outing. We love their deal on all-you-can-carry pumpkins for $24.99. Some YNC’ers have told us that they’ve walked away with 7-10 pumpkins for that price.
- 5702 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
- 701 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
- 2840 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
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6. ABC Tree Farms “Pick of The Patch”
This Pumpkin patch resides on a lot next to the Oceanside DMV during the season. There are inflatable bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. There are plenty of pumpkins, gourds and more. Ask about their free pumpkin stencils or no-carve pumpkin decorations. Pick of the Patch is open this year on October 11th.
(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)
7. Pumpkin Station Rancho Bernardo
Pumpkin Station is well known in San Diego as a fun amusement pumpkin patch. There is plenty of fall fun for kids of all ages. Parking and admission are free. However, all activities cost money. See above for more details about the patch. Open September 29th – October 29th.
8. The Farmstand West and Fran’s Original Farm Stand
This charming Escondido farm’s history dates back to the 1920’s. It’s a family owned business. Farmstand West and Fran’s hosts an annual u-pick pumpkin patch all throughout the month of October. There are two rock labyrinths and one huge jack-o-lantern labyrinth made out of small pumpkins. Perfect for the quirky photo op and definitely fun for kids. There is also an old timey tractor. The patch opens September 30th.
9. Bates Nut Farm
Bates Nut Farm is a farm jewel in North County that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It’s history dates back to the 1920’s. What started out as a walnut farm has transformed over the years into a family friendly farm location for the whole North County Community. The Fall Pumpkin Patch is one of their most popular draws. There are acres of pumpkins, a straw maze, old fashioned tractor hayrides, pony rides, and vendors on the weekend. Bates is definitely an old fashioned pumpkin patch experience. Parking is $5 on October weekends. Traffic can be a bit of an issue since the entrance to the farm is on a two lane road. Plan accordingly. The pumpkin patch festivities begin September 23rd this year.
10. Lavender Hill Pumpkins
Lavender Hill Pumpkins is a step back in time. This charming pumpkin patch is in the northernmost North County town of Fallbrook. There are over 10,000 pumpkins at Lavender Hill! That’s a lot. The Pumpkins of Lavender Hill are organically grown and watered with well water directly from the farm. There are around three dozen varieties of pumpkins grown on Lavender Hill. That makes for a fun learning experience. You can also bring the family to pick your own pumpkin from among the ambling vines.
11. Kenny’s Strawberry Farm
While Kenny’s is known for their strawberries, they also grow and harvest pumpkins in the fall. This one of a kind North County location has a charming red barn, picnic tables and is perfect for young families. Kenny’s is definitely a traditional pumpkin patch. Be sure to see out write up on Kenny’s here.
12. Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch – San Marcos
Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch has two locations in North County San Diego. The inland San Marcos location is back after a brief hiatus. There are rides, bounce houses and plenty of pumpkins of all sizes. And don’t forget about the pumpkin coloring contest for kids. Open late September through the month of October.
13. Tom’s Adventures Pumpkin Patch
The Tom’s Pumpkin Patch along E. Vista Way is on the outskirts of Vista near Ciao’s restaurant. There are hay bales, inflatables, and other activities as well as charming market lights that make for great night time atmosphere. Open very late September through October 29th.
Do you know of any missing pumpkin patches in North County San Diego that should be included in this guide? Contact us here or comment below.
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