It’s that time of year again when people like to shop for pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns or homemade pumpkin pies. It’s a good thing Los Angeles is home to some pretty good pumpkin patches that turn the usual pumpkin-buying experience into a fun-filled family day activity. You can learn to carve a pumpkin, get lost in a straw maze and feed live farm animals among other activities available at some of the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles.
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
Dates: October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016 from 9am to 6pm
Step foot inside Underwood Family Farms’ Moorpark pumpkin patch and you’ll know why this has consistently been one of the most popular destinations during fall for families every year. Now in its 19th year, The Annual Fall Harvest Festival features all of the activities from past years, plus many more. Featured at Underwood Family Farms is a U-Pick pumpkin patch where you can choose from a huge selection of pumpkins, or take part in a petting zoo, a corn maze where you’re sure to get lost, tractor rides, pig racing, and much more. Make sure not to miss the Antique Tractor Weekend (October 15 & 16 from 10am to 4pm) where you’ll get to check out antique tractors and even a tractor parade. Or, come by the following weekend on October 22, and 23rd for Western Weekend. From 11am to 3pm, stunt ropers, covered wagons, music, magic and much more will be on hand. At 3pm, cowboys ride off, but the festivities continue until 6pm with games, music, rides, races and much more family fun. The last day of the festival is October 31st which will feature tons of live entertainment, pumpkin destinations, and feature displays of pumpkins, squash and gourds as well as ways to decorate them. Admission to Underwood is $15 in the beginning of October and jumps to $20 during the middle and end of the month. It allows you to check out most of the grounds and activities. Some activities can be taken advantage of for a small nominal fee though.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Dates: October 1, 2016 – October 30, 2016
Packed with loads of fun, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch with a strong commitment to creating lasting memories for the whole family. The Patch offers a ton of activities aside from just picking your pumpkin including pony rides, a petting zoo with baby goats, sheep and ducks, their Jumpkin’ Pumpkin bounce, face painting, a straw maze, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin decorating. What sets this pumpkin patch apart from all the others is the Mr. Bones’ Super Slide and Straw Maze to get lost in. Pumpkins range in price depending on size but are all reasonably priced.
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
6701 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Dates: September 30, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is another local favorite great for not only families, but also school field trips and children’s birthday parties. The atmosphere has a very country fair type of vibe which makes it very popular. There are more rides at Pa’s which you won’t find at other pumpkin patches including train rides, roller coasters, slides and even a fun house. While parking and admission are free, you will have to purchase tickets for the rides. They offer a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks and gourds too. Hungry? they have a great snack bar, or take part in their pony rides, a petting zoo, and a variety of games and rides. It’s a fun place for the whole family and a great getaway for the day.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
6815 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Dates: October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Spend quality time with the family getting lost in a straw maze on a quest to find the perfect pumpkin for carving your very own jack-o-lantern. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch is a play land for kids and a local festival for adults complete with snacks, refreshments and a picnic area for lounging. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained too including pumpkin carving, rides, face painting, riding ponies, color sand art and plenty of photo opportunities.
15200 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Dates: October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Forneris Farms prides itself on being home to some of the most beautiful pumpkins in the county. Open daily, this farmers’ market grows all of its produce locally including its main attraction every October during the Fall Harvest Festival which ends October 31st. But, the real draw here is their famous maze which is carved out of corn stalks that reach way above your head. Enjoy a day navigating through it with over 4 acres of turns and deciding the best path to take. To keep the wholesome family fun, they don’t haunt the corn maze and be aware that you should keep 1 hour dedicated to trying to get out of the maze! The harvest festival also includes tractor-pulled train rides, a pumpkin jumper, face painting, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Make sure to visit the website for dates and times.
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