Halloween is right around the corner, and you could just go to any old market and grab the first pumpkin you see, but where’s the fun in that? Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Inland Empire!
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.
Frosty’s Pumpkin Patch in Chino and Yorba Linda: Select your pumpkin right off the vine, or grab a “pre-picked” one! Corn maze, cow train, petting zoo, and inflatable rides, plus “haunted” paintball for older kids!
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. Also, they play K-Frog there, so you know we LOVE that!
The Pumpkin Factory in Corona – Petting zoo, carnival rides, games.
The Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Canyon – Corn maze, kids rides, petting zoo, quad races, and a haunted hayride. 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.
Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. Corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, games, and a farm store.
Do you know of an awesome pumpkin patch? Let us know about it in the comments. And Happy Halloween!
Kelli Green contributed to this article.