Seeing Orange: The Pumpkin Patches of the Central Coast
It is that time of year when the city of Pismo Beach is surrounded by the joyful colors of autumn. Children and adults alike enjoy visiting pumpkin patches, selecting the perfect pumpkins and gourds, and decorating homes, businesses and front yards.
While visiting Pismo Beach this fall, don’t miss out on the many beautiful pumpkin patches on the Central Coast. Family outings and celebratory settings are just a short drive away.
Here are 5 of our favorite pumpkin patches to get you started:
1. Jack Creek Farms
Jack Creek Farms is located within the heart of wine country just off 46 West. Fall invites kids to select their perfect-sized pumpkins to fill their wagons. All pumpkins in the u-pick patch are $4.00 or less. The kids will also enjoy endless entertainment with farm animals, antique farm equipment, a picnic area, hay maze, wooden train play structure, dummy steer roping and more.
Bring the whole family to the farm on Halloween day for a special treat. Each person arriving in costume and who poses for a photo will receive a free jack-o-lantern (while supplies last). Open 10:00am to 6:00pm Halloween day.
Before leaving the farm, adults can enjoy honey and cider tasting along with u-pick gardens of almost every crop on the farm. Fall means apple season!
2. Cal Poly
Back by popular demand is the Cal Poly haunted corn maze and pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins and gourds every weekend through Halloween. Find pumpkins priced at $3.00 to $7.00 and gourds priced at $1.00 to $7.00. Stop by Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Enjoy the haunted corn maze October 23rd – 24th and October 30th – 31st. Younger children can enjoy the maze free of fright from 6:00pm until nightfall. The “haunted” maze starts at dark and continues until 10:00pm. Come in costume! Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 4 to 12 years old, and free for children 3 and younger.
The pumpkin patch and haunted corn maze are located on Mt. Bishop Drive. Enter campus on Highland Drive and follow the signs to the field or maze. All sales benefit the Cal Poly Crops Club.
3. Brookshire Farms
The Brookshire Farms Pumpkin Patch brings a wealth of traditions as the Central Coast’s “largest outdoor fall harvest attraction.” Not only do you get to select from a wide variety of pumpkins, gourds, squashes and fall décor (check out the pumpkin and squash varieties here), but you can look forward to the annual corn maze, which now covers seven acres with over four miles of trail. There are also hay rides, slides and a giant jumping pillow!
Farm Adventures and Pumpkin Picking Hours are Monday – Friday 12:00pm to Dusk and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am to Dusk.
4. SLO Creek Farms
Located in southern San Luis Obispo, this unique little farm known for its 44 acre organic apple orchard, delights visitors with a u-pick organic pumpkin season, October through the end of November. Don’t forget to check out their fresh organic apple cider and homemade organic apple sauce. SLO Creek Farms is open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm.
5. Avila Valley Barn
Located within the scenic Avila Valley, the Avila Valley Barn is the perfect family outing. Enjoy a hay ride to one of their many pumpkin patches or opt for a fun-filled walk. After you find your perfect pumpkin, squash or gourd, enjoy the barn filled with animals the kids can feed, including goats, pigs, horses, sheep, alpacas, emus, chickens, donkeys and ponies. Then, pop in the bakery for ice cream, fudge and other sweet treats.
Fall hours are Monday – Friday 1:00pm to 4:30pm and Sat – Sun 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Autumn at the SeaCrest
Fall preparations and activities are fun and at times tiring. After pumpkin picking, haunted house going or trick-or-treating, treat yourself to a night at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. It’s the perfect place to wind down from spook-tacular treats and fall time pandemonium.