In southern California “Fall” is a relative term. It’s still hot out, and who knows when it will cool off, but I think that makes us crave the season even more! I know I do! As soon as mid-September hits I have this craving to decorate the house for Halloween, put on the spooky pandora station, and cover everything in cobwebs and pumpkin spice! Haha. One of the most fun and memorable parts of the whole autumn season is our family visit to the pumpkin patch. We’ve been to a few different ones over the years and have found some fantastic ones in the process. This year is special because we’re sharing them all with you! The following are the 10 best pumpkin patches in the Foothill Communities… and some adjacent areas if you want to make a day of it! Some of these are totally worth it!
10 Best Pumpkin Patches in the Foothill Communities
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark: Fall Harvest, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay maze and more u-pick veggies!
La Verne Heritage Foundation Pumpkin Patch at Memorial Park in La Verne with tractor rides, petting zoo, tour of the ranch and pumpkin patch too!
Pumpkin Fest at Cal Poly Pomona: corn maze, pet a goat, pumpkin picking, and farm demonstrations like cow milking & beekeeping!
Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch: Train rides, hay rides, moonbounce, giant pumpkin contest, face painting, panning for gold, john deere races, carnival games, cookie decorating, face painting, and pumpkin decorating!
Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms in Irvine: Wagon rides, arts & crafts, and pick your own pumpkins from one of OC’s only “real” pumpkin patches! They also have on weekends: ATV rides, a pumpkin cannon(!?), u-pick veggies, and some educational displays as well as food available from Tanaka grill.
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch in Costa Mesa: Also owned and run by the team at Tanaka Farms, but in a smaller location in Costa Mesa for a more relaxed experience. Roam the pumpkin and flower fields for as long as you’d like to get the perfect selfie! Wagon rides, a strawbale maze & mountain, and some arts & crafts will be available for the kids.
Pumpkins in the Pines in Big Bear: Visit Skypark at Santa’s Village for a fall festival unlike you’ve seen before. Costume contests, muppet shows, trick or treating, face painting, light shows, skate nights, pumpkin patch & pumpkin painting. Every weekend in October!
Live Oak Canyon: So Cal’s Largest Outdoor Pumpkin Patch in Redlands: Pick your own pumpkins, take selfies near the house-of-pumpkins, go for a ride on the train, and so much more!
Pumpkin Patch at Amy’s Farm in Ontario: Visit this charming farm to not only pick your pumpkins for the fall season, but shop their produce stand, visit the numerous animals, and just to marvel at the many plants growing!
Frosty’s Forest Pumpkin Patch in Chino Hills: This might be the best patch for the big kids in your life- they have all the pumpkins, hay mazes, and photo-ops! Also pony & camel rides plus events throughout the season like pumpkin carving demos and costume contests!
Do you know of any other wonderful pumpkin patches? Please let us know in the comments below! We would love to find out about other charming pumpkin patches in the foothill communities. Thanks!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do, check out this post on the best restaurants in La Verne and this one for Claremont!