Every October we make a visit to the pumpkin patch. Here in San Diego, we have a lot of options for pumpkin patches, ranging from a pop up patch in a mall parking lot, to real homegrown patches out in the country. I like to keep our pumpkin patch trips a little more “real” so we try to avoid the parking lot setups in favor of sticking to the country. We usually visit 2 different patches each year, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch in Lakeside, and Bate’s Nut Farm in Valley Center. Check out our trips to some of our San Diego Pumpkin Patches from this past week!
Oma’s is located on the real working Van Ommering dairy farm in Lakeside, California about 30 minutes east of downtown San Diego. It’s a perfect pumpkin patch for little kids, and we’ve been here a few times of school field trips. The $10 entry fee includes an education presentation of how pumpkins are grown, and a hay ride around the farm, and through the stables the dairy cows are kept in. You might even get to see a brand new baby calf (or even one being born!) as the dairy farm averages about 1 new calf a day! Accompanying parents are only $5.
There are loads of fun games to play, a petting zoo, hay maze, cotton seed “sledding” hill, playgrounds and picnic areas (including a snack bar) and you even get a pumpkin on your way out.
Parking is free and space is limited, which makes this place great for a low key trip to the pumpkin patch.
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Reservation book now open for 2015
September 29-October 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Child admission: $10 (1 year to 13 years)
Child admission includes pumpkin and water bottle
Adult admission: $5.00 (13 years and up)
Bate’s Nut Farm is located in Valley Center, California about an hour north of downtown San Diego. My husband’s brother lives about 5 minutes away from there, so we go up the night before, spend the night and have cousin time and go the next day as a big family! We’ve been going to Bate’s as a family for the past 7 years!
I will warn you that Bate’s is a lot bigger of a pumpkin patch, and almost like a fall carnival. The closer you get to Halloween, the busier this patch gets. Traffic on the little country road that leads to Bate’s is a nightmare and parking is now $5 on the weekends, cash only.
Bate’s is free to enter, and has lots of food stands, games and entertainment! Some of it is free! There is also lots of grassy areas to enjoy a picnic lunch, or the food you grab from the stands. This is a rain or shine event, so check the weather before you come and plan accordingly.
They even have a petting zoo! The have an additional petting corral which costs $3 each, cash only, but this farm zoo is free. You can also purchase corn to feed the animals out of little vending machines. The animals are very sweet and friendly.
They have hay rides, a corn maze and carnival rides. Tickets for each are available for purchase starting at $2.50. Packages are available on the weekends and include tickets to attractions and a pumpkin.
Before we leave Bate’s we always stop by their general store and grab a few bags of snacks for the road! Don’t miss it!
Bate’s Nut Farm
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 to Saturday, October 31, 2015
Weekdays 9:00 – 5:30
Weekends 8:30 – 6:00
Friday Nights 10/9, 10/16 & 10/23 we are open until 8:00
OPEN RAIN OR SHINE!