October is here and that means it’s pumpkin time! One of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is to visit a pumpkin patch where we can pick our own pumpkins and enjoy hay bale forts, corn mazes, and so much more. There are two pumpkin patches in Napa Valley: Pick of the Patch Pumpkins in American Canyon and Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch in Napa, plus we share some of our favorites from Petaluma to Dixon. Let us know your favorites—and what you like about the ones we’ve shared!
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
4225 Broadway St, American Canyon, CA 94503
Sunday-Thursday, 10 am-9 pm; Friday-Saturday until 10 pm
Family owned and operated by ABC Tree Farms, Pick of the Patch doesn’t offer the traditional hay rides or corn mazes, but it does have a great selection of inflatable amusements for ages 2-12 and a large pumpkin selection decorated “memory zone” to take pictures of your little ones. Admission is free; however, there are additional fees for inflatable amusements, pony rides, and other activities.
Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch (open through November 1)
3100 Golden Gate Dr., Napa, CA 94558
Wednesday-Sunday, 9 am-dusk
Family owned and operated, Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch is an annual favorite. This charming pumpkin patch features a variety of pumpkins in all sizes, a climb-up haystack mountain with a tunnel slide, and live animals. And if you’re hungry, the Stanly Lane Smokehouse Deli is right next door to the pumpkin patch and serves authentic pit-smoked meats – a perfect stop for lunch!
Some of our favorite pumpkin patches nearby:
Cool Patch Pumpkins (open September 22-October 31)
6585 Milk Farm Rd, Dixon, CA 95620
Daily, 9 am-8 pm (weather permitting)
Explore this fun, you-pick 40-acre pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins, gourds, squash, and more of all varieties and sizes. Some activities have a small fee – purchase your $1 tickets and choose what you want to do around the patch (children one and under are free). Play in the gian corn bath and experience the mini maze. Take a grand tour of the patch on an old-fashioned hay ride or take a drive in a pedal car.. Don’t miss the world record corn maze, which has a completely unique design every year. Admission for the corn maze is $15, children 5 and under are free.
4606 Suisun Valley Rd., Fairfield, CA 94534
Open daily, 9 am-5 pm
Larry’s is well known for its great (and reasonably-priced) selection of fruits and vegetables, but it’s also a great spot for pumpkins! You’ll find many varieties of specialty pumpkins, as well as regular pumpkins, giant pumpkins, and mini pumpkins. The pumpkin patch also includes many free, fun, family activities including a corn “bath,” straw pyramid, corn maze, and more. Hay rides and “cow train” rides are offered on the weekends.
McClelland’s Dairy Farm (September 29-October 28)
6475 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952
Saturdays-Sundays, 10 am-6pm
Through the month of October this organic dairy farm becomes McClelland’s Organic Pumpkin Patch! Wander through over seven acres of pumpkins and pick your own pumpkin straight off the vine! Admission to Fun Zone! gets you a day of fun and includes the petting farm, haunted house, hay maze, corn pit, bounce houses in Jumpy Land, wheat sand box, giant slide, tire swings, life sized games and more!! We have additional options for Farm Tours, Hay Rides, and Pumpkin Blaster.
Pumpkin Patch Festival at Western Railway Museum
5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585
Saturdays & Sundays, October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 band 28, 10 am-5 pm
(doors open at 9:30 am)
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 2 to 14, and includes unlimited train rides, museum admission, and use of the family picnic area. Ride an historic electric train (trains depart every half hour between 10 am and 4 pm) to the pumpkin patch. Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore the huge hay bale fortress, and enjoy an old-fashioned tractor ride.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze (September 28-November 1)
450 Stony Point Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Sunday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm; Friday-Saturday, until 10 pm
The Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze has over 5 acres of pumpkins, with all produce locally and sustainably grown by 4th generation Petaluma Farmer Jim Groverman. Wander the fields to find your perfect Halloween pumpkin or choose from the pumpkins that are on display. There are lots of free activities including a straw mountain with over 500 straw bales to climb, farm animals to pet, a little kids’ maze, rubber duck races and a giant sandbox filled with dried corn. Some activities have a fee, like the pony rides or the corn maze, but this is no ordinary corn maze! Think of walking through 10-foot tall corn stalks and there is only one way out! With only one way out—and it’s four acres—the course usually takes at least 45 minutes to complete, and offers everyone a challenge, young and old alike. The pumpkin patch stays open late on Fridays and Saturdays so you can enjoy the Night Maze, yup, the Corn Maze with only the moon and stars to light your way, spooky! The Petaluma Pumpkin Patch also hosts a number of special events throughout the season.
Peter Pumpkin Patch (September 29-October 31)
4235 Spring Hill Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952
Daily, 9 am-4 pm
Peter Pumpkin Patch is located in the Two Rock Valley area just outside of Petaluma. It’s a real working farm and your kids are certain to get dirty milking a cow, digging for potatoes, and petting baby farm animals. There are also hay rides, a hay maze, and a corn pit (so much fun)—and kids and adults will enjoy the free samples of Spring Hill Jersey cheese and the homemade ice cream available for sale.
You can find other North Bay pumpkin patches here.