Halloween is right around the corner, and National Pumpkin Day is October 26th! I’ve spent the last month visiting every pumpkin patch I could in the Inland Empire, getting lost in corn mazes, milking cows, holding baby chicks, eating pie, and going on hay rides, all so I could present you with this list of the 10 Best Pumpkin Patches in the I.E.!
Amy’s Farm in Ontario – Open 9am to sunset, except for Sundays, through October. Great for field trips! Take the “Pumpkin Tour” and visit a real, working farm. “We’re small, quaint, kind of hard to find….and we like it that way,” says Amy.
Big Horse Corn Maze in Temecula – Largest corn maze in Southern California! Pumpkin bowling, wagon rides, gem mining, bouncing air pillow, pig races, beer and wine garden, pony rides, and yes, even a big horse.
Corona Pumpkin Farm at CJ’s Ranch – Pick your own pumpkin right from the vine! Corn maze, crafts, bounce slide, baby chicks for adoption, and PIE. Seriously. Pick up a homemade pie.
Greenspot Farms in Mentone – Family owned and operated. Haunted hayride and trail, kids’ maze, lots of farm animals.
Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch in Temecula – Carnival rides and games, petting zoo, face painting, kids’ hay maze.
Pelzer Farms in Temecula – Family-owned farm and garden-oriented pumpkin patch (nothing mechanical). Corn maze, petting zone, pony rides, Peltzer Train, food trucks, and pig races (my favorite pig names: Miranda Hambert and Bacon Shelton). Also, they play K-Frog there, so you know we LOVE that!
The Pumpkin Factory in Corona – Petting zoo, carnival rides, and games.
The Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Canyon – now through November 2nd. Corn maze, kids rides, petting zoo, quad races. Helpful Hint: “The uglier the pumpkin, the better it tastes.”
Riley’s Farm at Oak Glen – Pumpkin, strawberry, pear, and apple picking, cider pressing, hay rides. A good reminder to keep your hands to yourself if you visit the chicken coop: Kids love chicken fingers, and chickens love kid fingers!
Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch – various locations, including Eastvale, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta, and Victorville. Mechanical rides, carnival games, bounce house and slide.
BONUS (since it’s only open the weekend of October 18th-19th): Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. Corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, pancake breakfast on Saturday, and an earthquake simulator on Sunday.
Do you know of an awesome pumpkin patch? Let us know about it in the comments. And Happy Halloween!