October is the time for all things pumpkin! With a pumpkin patch in nearly every city and town within the county lines, California’s Central Coast is a pumpkin-lover’s paradise. Check out our guide to the best pumpkin patches around for a day of family fun!
1. Avila Valley Barn
Avila Valley’s famous Barn always has something to offer year round, but we think that their fall pumpkin selection rises strongly to the top of the list year after year. Located just minutes from Avila Beach and Avila Lighthouse Suites, the Barn offers guests the opportunity to enjoy both the coastal and pastoral sides of the Central Coast lifestyle. Aside from its unmistakable charm, Avila Valley Barn offers pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, hay rides, horseback riding, a corn maze, and delicious food and treats.
2. Windmill Farms
Just minutes down the road from Avila Valley Barn, Windmill Farms is nestled in the gorgeous wine country of Arroyo Grande. Like Avila Barn, Windmill Farms offers a petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch in addition to their nursery, gift shop, and nearly endless supply of stunning photo backdrops.
3. Jack Creek Farms
Jack Creek Farms is Paso Robles’ most popular (and historic) pumpkin picking place, and for a good reason. Jack Creek goes beyond the typical activities offered at patches. In addition to their lovely pumpkin patch, they offer cider tasting, honey tasting, U-Pick gardens, farm animals, antique farm equipment, a hay maze, a wooden train, water pump barrels, a tractor tire garden, sawhorse broncos, bird watching, a the opportunity to lasso a dummy steer like a true western cowboy. For over 50 years, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the pumpkin experience at Jack Creek Farms. Learn more about their local legacy here.