Happy October friends! October is one of my favorite months of the year -- cooler weather, fall colors and so many fun activities to do with the kids. This weekend we got out our Halloween decorations and took our first pumpkin patch trip of the year.
Living in Northern California, we are surrounded by farms and naturally, great local pumpkin patches. And these aren't just parking lots with pumpkins thrown on the ground. These are real working farms that grow the pumpkins. And also happen to have fun kid-friendly activities.
Now I don't know about you, but my kids love anything that has to do with (1) getting dirty, (2) train rides, or (3) farm animals, so pumpkin patches are their jam!
Below I've listed 10 great local pumpkin patches in the Yolo County and the Sacramento Valley area, including some in Davis, Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, Wilton, Elk Grove and Wheatland. The farthest one from Davis is only about 45 minutes away. You could go to a different pumpkin patch every weekend in October and still not hit every one!
What's your favorite local pumpkin patch?
1. Bobby Dazzlers (Between Davis and Woodland)
This is our favorite local pumpkin patch located between Davis and Woodland that is a mix between a fall carnival and a pumpkin patch. It's small enough to enjoy in one afternoon, but there are enough activities to make a return trip for. Kid friendly activities include a corn maze, the cow train (a toddler/preschooler favorite), face painting, hay maze, and the ever popular corn kernel sand box. There's also a petting zoo hosted by neighboring non-profit TROTR (therapeutic riding and off-track rehab) and weekend pony-rides.
Parking, admission to the pumpkin patch and some activities (hay pyramid/maze and corn bath) are free. Other activities range from $4-7.
Take Highway 113 North from Davis, exit Road 29 and follow the signs.
Weekday Hours: noon - 7pm
Weekend Hours: 10am - 7pm
2. Cool Patch (Dixon)
Cool Patch, just off Interstate 80 in Dixon, is known for it's huge corn maze, a world-record holder (of some sort). Cool Patch also offers other family-friendly activities such as a corn bath, mini maze, hay rides and pedal cars. Fridays through Sundays they also offer tri tip sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, soft serve, pumpkin pie, kettle corn, cookies, and hot and cold beverages.
Admission to the corn maze is $15. Other activities range from $2-3.
6150 Dixon Ave West, Dixon
Open daily 9am to 8pm
3. Silveyville Farm (Dixon)
While I grew up going to Silveyville Farm in Dixon for the Christmas trees, it's also a fun pumpkin patch in the fall. They offer farm tours and new this year is a walking path for an up-close encounter with goats, hens, roosters, lambs and other farm animals.
6248 Silveyville Road, Dixon
Open daily 10am - 6pm
4. Impossible Acres (Davis)
Good for the toddler crew, Impossible Acres is located just outside of Davis (on the way to Winters) and includes a petting zoo, small corn and hay mazes, and tractor rides. It's only open the month of October, but if you plan on going more than once the "season pass" is well worth the investment.
37945 County Road 31, Davis, located on the corner of Covell (Road 31) and Pedrick (Road 98)
Open everyday in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Dave's Pumpkin Patch at Vierra Farms (West Sacramento)
If you're unable to make it up to Apple Hill for the beloved hot apple cider donuts, check out the donuts at Dave's. While first and foremost a pumpkin patch, Dave's offers a wide variety of family friendly activities throughout the month of October.
Dave's features a Cornival which includes attractions like Hay Rides, Kiddie Hay Maze, Jumping Pillow, Pig Races, Chickensville, Baby Goats, The Pumpkin Princess Castle, Pumpkin Chunkin and Corn Maze. Note that not all of the features of the Cornival are open on the weekdays.
Dave's also offers a family camp-out night (October 6th) and weekly Friday farm-to-fork dinner.
They also offer movie night in the pumpkin patch every Friday and Saturday during October. Movies including It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Coco, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice. Great Halloween movie picks!
Tickets to the Cornival are $7 on weekdays and $16 on weekends.
3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento
Sunday through Thursday: 10am to dusk
Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm
6. Uncle Ray's (Near the Sacramento airport)
Located on Garden Highway, on the way to the Sacramento airport (from Woodland), Uncle Ray's offers 30 acres of pumpkins, hay rides, a pumpkin cannon, and corn maze. On the weekend they also offer a petting zoo and snacks.
Admission and parking are free.
5610 Garden Highway, Sacramento
Open September 29- October 31 (closed Mondays October 1 and 15)
Weekday Hours: 10am - 6:30pm
Weekend Hours: 9am - 6:30pm
7. Western Railway Museum's Pumpkin Patch Festival (Between Fairfield and Rio Vista)
The Western Railway Museum is the home of electric trains but also offer unique fun during the fall including train rides, live music, hay rides, hay bale fort and pumpkins of course! This is a great day-trip at any time of year, but extra special during October.
Admission for adults is $14, children 2-14 are $10 and train museum members are $4. Tickets are available for advance purchase online.
The Western Railway Museum is located on Highway 12 in Solano County, between Fairfield and Rio Vista.
Open Saturdays and Sundays, October 13-28, 9:30am - 4:45pm
8. Fog Willow Farm (Wilton)
Fog Willow Farm is geared towards education and fun for families with children 12 and younger and includes hay rides, petting zoo, adventure course, Flying Swine Barrel Train, pony rides (weekends only), and The Big Dig Family Mining Experience.
Admission is $6.00 per person and children 3 years and under are free.
Located 20 minutes from Sacramento, off Highway 99. Detailed directions are available on their website.
Weekdays Hours: Noon to 6pm
Weekend Hours: 9:30am - 6pm
9. Bishop's Pumpkin Patch (Wheatland)
This is the big-daddy pumpkin patch in the area, the one that is worth the drive if you want to venture a little farther out of town. Bishop's is a 72-acre pumpkin patch that offers hay rides, an open-air diesel locomotive, carousel, zip lines, corn maze, farm animals, and sweet and savory treats. I like to think of Bishop's as the Disneyland of pumpkin patches.
Admission to the pumpkin patch is free but activities require tickets and there are parking fees during most of October.
Sept. 15th - Sept. 27th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sept. 28th - Oct. 30th
Sunday-Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Halloween - Nov. 4th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration and has grown into Elk Grove's largest family festival. Activities include a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a kids zone, contests and a pumpkin regatta (yes that's pumpkin boat racing). A portion of the proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations.
October 6 & 7 at Elk Grove Park. Free admission, parking is $10.
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