Amador Flower Farm and Nursery
Generally regarded as a haven for daylilies, this Shenandoah Valley flower farm produces scores of pumpkins for the fall season, and there’s no better weekend for a visit than Saturday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 2, during the Fall Fun Days Festival (9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days) with vendors showcasing gourd art, honey, and more. Includes free corn maze (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily), free tram rides (weekends), and picnic grounds. 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth. 209-245-6660; www.amadorflowerfarm.com.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
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Abel’s Apple Acres Farm
During your annual pilgrimage to Apple Hill, stop by Abel’s with your pumpkin pickers for pony rides (11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, $5), make your way through the wooden panel maze (10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, $3), and enjoy the picnic area. 2345 Carson Road, Placerville. 530-626-0138; www.abelsappleacres.com.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Apple Ridge Farms
Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin or a freshly picked apple, find more than handmade pies and berry strudel at Apple Ridge. The farm offers an apple barn, bakery, country store, picnic area, craft booths on weekends, face painting, gem mining, hay maze and nature trails. 1800 Larsen Drive, Camino. Prices range for attractions. 530-647-0613; www.appleridgepies.com.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Although the peak of the lavender blooms is June-July, this lavender farm is open weekends for visitors to pick up pumpkins and fall lavender blooms, visit the llamas and alpacas, and ride the farm’s train. There’s also puppet theater, and a trebuchet that launches on the hour. 2025 Carson Road, Placerville. 530-621-1830; www.bluestonemeadow.com.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends.
Boa Vista Orchards
This spot doesn’t just cater to little Johnny Appleseed. Aside from the face painting, and arts and crafts, Boa Vista offers apple wine tasting for folks ages 21 and older (for a fee). 2952 Carson Road, Placerville. 530-622-5522; www.boavista.com.
8-5:30 p.m. daily.
Cardaini’s Pumpkin Patch
This 10-acre property boasts a variety of pumpkin variations. Carve out time to get lost in the corn maze. 2655 High Hill Road, Placerville. 530-644-2140; www.cardaninispumpkinpatch.com.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch
On the smaller scale, but still relevant for visitors looking to pick their own pumpkins and Indian corn. 3825 North Canyon Road, Camino. 530-622-9299; http://applehill.com/project/goyettes-north-canyon-ranch.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch
Sunflowers never go out of season. Pick your own at O’Halloran’s. While there, explore the ranch’s nature trail and enjoy the picnic area. 2261 Cable Road, Camino. 530-644-3389; http://ohalloranranch.com.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.
The Flower Farm
Take selfies with the Flower Farm’s pumpkin people, and answer the pumpkin people riddles. On weekends: Storytelling, crafts, animals and face painting. Halloween stories by storyteller Ed Lewis at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. every Saturday in October (held in Cafe Garden). 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis. 916-652-5650; www.flowerfarminn.com/slideshow.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays.
Who says the county fair season is over? Visit Poppy Lane Christmas Farm for an harvest carnival setting catering to ages 3-12. It has bounce slides, pony and hay rides, crafts and face painting, straw maze, and picnic area. 12110 Poppy Lane, Auburn. Prices vary. 530-906-6989; http://poppylanechristmasfarm.com.
9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Rickey Ranch Pumpkin
It’s the hay and pony rides (daily), and haunted house (weekends) that make Rickey Ranch a natural draw for families. 6950 Cavitt-Stallman Road, Granite Bay. $3-$5 for attractions. 916-899-3162; www.placergrown.org/rickey-ranch-vineyards-and-pumpkin-farm.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Offering more than sweet corn during the summer months, the best time to get a taste of the Davis Ranch fall products is during its Harvest Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8-9. There will be crafts, music, a bounce house, corn maze ($6 general, $3 children ages 10 and younger), and carving contest (Saturday). 13211 Jackson Road, Sloughhouse. 916-682-2658; www.davisranchproduce.com/index.html.
8-5:30 p.m. daily.
Fog Willow Pumpkin Farm
Fog Willow prides itself for being known as an educational farm. You can meet furry friends in the petting area; hop on the Flying Swine Barrel Train; become a prospector at the Big Dig, a mining experience; and pick out a winner in the rubber duck races. 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton. 916-687-4547; www.fogwillowfarms.com.
Noon-6 p.m. weekends; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
Goblin Garden Pumpkin Patch
Located at Bastiao Farms, it’s ideal for an Old West theme experience, featuring a Western town, haunted barn, haunted miners cabin, haunted ride through corn maze, and more. 3845 El Centro Road, Sacramento. $7 admission, plus extra costs for attractions. 916-925-2496; www.bastiaofarmsgoblingardens.com.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Keema Pumpkin Farm
As with any good pumpkin patch, the great gourds will be widely available via a hayride to the crop field. Plus, farm animals; hay pyramid; corn maze ($4 general, $2 children ages 12 and younger). 6532 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove. 916-684-2334; http://keemaspumpkinfarm.com.
11 a.m.-dusk Tuesdays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-dusk Saturdays; 10 a.m.-dusk Sundays.
Perry’s Pumpkin Acres
Get your dose of fall fun at this 2-acre corn maze. Take a hayride. Pick up corn stalks, Indian corn, different pumpkin variations. 3101 El Centro Road, Sacramento. $5 children ages 12 and older, $2.50 for children ages 4-11, free for adults. Save $1 with maze/hayride combo. 916-929-7546.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The Pumpkin Farm
You won’t leave empty handed after visiting this 17-acre farm, which is celebrating its 42nd season. If you prefer farm activities, it’s all here: corn maze, hayrides, farm zoo, haunted barn, train rides, tower slide and jump castle. New this year is a duck pond. 7736 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights. Passes: $12 kids, $8 teens; $3 single tickets. $5 parking on select weekends. 916-726-1137; http://pumpkinfarm.net.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays (open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31).
Roemer Pumpkin Patch
Includes all the fall faves: 5-acre corn maze ($5), wagon rides, hay maze and face painting for kids (small fee), and lots of photo-ops with festive face cut-out props. 6851 Hedge Ave., Sacramento. 916-381-4331; http://roemerpumpkinpatch.com.
2-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (except 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8).
Helping families make memories since 1976, there are free hayrides (weekends), farm animals, and a children’s play area. 6781 Oak Ave., Folsom. 916-989-2633; http://zittelfarms.com/zittelfarms.
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
Cool Patch Pumpkins
Welcoming visitors to a Fun Zone are two 20-feet tall scarecrows. Designed as the Cool Patch logo, this 44-acre maze offers two path options - an intermediate and advanced. Gather enough artillery to take a shot from a launching cannon, and toss around in a giant corn bath. 6585 Milk Farm Road, Dixon. Maze: $15 general, free for children ages 5 and younger; $5 Fun Zone. 530-746-8725; www.coolpatchpumpkins.com.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch
The Cow Train Moo-Choo lures riders of all ages. The grounds is home to the Milo Maze. They have face painting (weekends), hay pyramid, petting zoo, and a scarecrow contest (deadline to submit entry forms is Sunday, Oct. 2; judging is Oct. 8). Highway 113 between Woodland and Davis (exit 29), follow the signs. Attractions: $3-$5. 530-867-3167; www.yourpumpkins.com/milo-maze.html.
Noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
Located on Vierra Farms, where locals flock. See website for full list of schedule and prices. 2010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento. 916-849-9450; www.vierrafarms.com.
Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch
Tucked away near Sacramento International Airport, Uncle Ray’s offers free tractor hayrides, free hay and corn mazes; and pony rides ($6). 5610 Garden Highway, Sacramento. 916-997-8573; http://unclerayspumpkinpatch.com.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm
Enough adult thrills to entice even the most hardcore Pumpkin Spice Latte fan, Bishop’s features fireworks at dusk (Fridays); zip-lining; sunflower labyrinth; a wine festival (Oct. 30; $25, $30); “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” theme maze; and new this year, fire pits which can be reserved for private use (think fireworks and s’mores – s’more kit included). Also an amusement park paradise for the children, with an expansive list of stage and strolling entertainment, plus parades; farm animals; train rides; hayrides; play areas; carousel; and the Coyote Mountain Mines where they can slide down the mountain and pan for marbles. 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland. $99 for three hours of Fire Pit time. Tickets required for attractions range from $.89 Value Days Fun Tix to $89.99 Anytime Fun Tix/100 pack. Parking is $10-$15 ($5 off after 5 p.m.). 530-633-2568; www.bishopspumpkinfarm.com.
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.