Pumpkin patches are a dime a dozen in the Sacramento Valley, but only a handful are truly thrilling. What once was simply an opportunity to go pick out that perfect gourd has become everything short of a full-fledged amusement park with hay rides, corn mazes, games and petting zoos. Looking for something outstanding to take your kids to this October? These top pumpkin patches in Sacramento are found all over the region, meaning there is likely one within driving distance for your family.
The Pumpkin Farm 7736 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights
Open October 1-31
16 acres of Halloween-themed bliss are found at the Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights. They boast more than 100 tons of pumpkins to choose from onsite, and also sell Indian corn, miniature pumpkins and straw bales. The Pumpkin Farm also brings a bit of Apple Hill down more locally with its weekend food stands featuring BBQ grill items, drinks, pumpkin and apple pies.
· Price: Oustanding – Weekdays and first two weekends of October offer free parking, and affordable family packages are available.
· Attractions: Haunted Barn, Farm Zoo, Hayrides, Jumping Castle bounce house, Tower Slides, Corn Maze, 8-car train and Go-Kart Train Rides.
· Hours: Daily from 9am-6pm, all of October
3010 Burrows Avenue, West Sacramento
Open September 29-October 31
Each autumn, Vierra Farms in West Sacramento transforms into Dave’s Pumpkin Patch. As a working family farm, kids can not only pick out an awesome future Jack-o-Lantern, but learn about life off the land. Dave’s is famous locally for its daily “pumpkin chunkin” – where gourds are launched through a special cannon.
· Price: Reasonable – Wristbands with unlimited ride access are recommended, but not all attractions are open during the week. However, Dave’s offers more attractions than anyone else in the region, so it is still a great deal.
· Attractions: Tractor Train, baby goats, Bunny Barn, Pumpkin Princess City, the Jumping Pillow, pony rides, hay maze, Chickensville, Corn Box, pig races.
· Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-Dusk; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Haunted Maze open until Midnight.
5100 Foothills Blvd, Roseville
Open October 7-31
This sweet little patch is located in Roseville and contributes a portion of its proceeds each year to various non-profit organizations. Branco Farms features plenty to do including face painting, bounce houses and even laser tag. This pumpkin patch in Placer County opens a bit later than most (October 7), but is well worth the visit.
· Price: Best in Town – Admission and parking is always free, and all activities are only $2/each. Please note some amusements are only available on weekends.
· Attractions: Kids’ haunted maze, face painting, jump houses, arts and crafts demo, picturesque locations for family photos, laser tag.
· Hours: Daily 10am-8pm, beginning October 7
6781 Oak Avenue, Folsom
Open daily in October
Zittel Farms is the last agricultural farm standing in Folsom, and welcomes guests year round to purchase local produce. In the winter they transform into a Christmas tree farm and every autumn they host a modest pumpkin patch great for all ages. This is the place to go if you want to start a family tradition that truly goes back to basics with simple amusements and plenty of room to play. You also will be supporting the efforts of Roger and Gail Zittel, who have owned the farm since 1976.
· Price: Practically free – Weekend events are available for a small fee
· Attractions: petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, farm animal visits, corn maze and a children’s play area geared especially toward preschoolers.
· Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm; Call for special hours for school groups
23300 County Road 99D, Davis
Open daily in October
Bobby Dazzler’s pumpkin patch has a fun college-town flair to it that’s great for all ages. Their highlights include the Milo Maze – a corn maze five feet in height and two acres in size. More adults than kids have been known to get lost inside. This year’s maze is reportedly 5-feet 6-inches on average. They also have a great variety of pumpkins and a weekend BBQ stand. Snacks, water and soda are available daily.
· Price: Reasonable – Petting zoo is around $3 per person (does not include animal feed for an extra dollar). Pumpkin painting, face painting and hair tinsel will cost you around $5 per person.
· Attractions: petting zoo, pumpkin painting, face painting, hair tinsel, temporary tattoos, various contests.
· Hours: Weekdays 12pm-7pm; Weekends 10am-7pm