Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

With fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to visit a local pumpkin patch, or two.

We’ve put together our guide to pumpkin patches in Santa Cruz to help you channel your inner Charlie Brown and find a great pumpkin.

So carve out some time this season to pick your future jack-o-lantern or pumpkin pie, and snag some perfect photo opps along the way!

Highway 1

Rodoni Farms With ocean views, a sprawling hill of pumpkins, stacked hay bales, wooden photo props, and a corn maze, there are endless photo opps at Rodoni’s. After capturing some family memories, enjoy the great selection of pumpkins, specialty squash, and fresh veggies—Brussels sprouts, artichokes, and leeks, oh my! Plus, dog-friendly. 4444 Coast Road (Highway 1) 831-426-0666

Seaside Pumpkins If you thought Rodoni’s ocean view was spectacular, try their second site just a 1/2 mile north of Davenport. Located on the sea side of Highway 1, the ocean backdrop and farm fields make for great pictures. Sometimes you can pick pumpkins off the vine.

Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce Stand Located about 3 miles south of Davenport, Fambrini’s is famous for their strawberries and lavender bouquets. We’re big fans of their picnic area and excellent pumpkin prices.

Swanton Pacific Ranch Talk about best kept secrets! Everyone with kids should know about Swanton Pacific Ranch, a working ranch that provides hands on learning, research, and professional experience to the students of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. An organic U-pick apple orchard is open to the public seasonally, followed by an organic U-Pick pumpkin patch. Best to follow their Faceboook page for the latest news. 125 Swanton Rd., Davenport, (831) 458-5410

Swanton Berry Farm After all your hard work pumpkin picking, some pumpkin pie is in order and any other cobblers, shortcakes, and seasonal deliciousness on hand. While not an actual patch, sometimes there are U-pick pumpkins in the field and a selection of pumpkins at the farm stand. 25 Swanton Rd., Davenport

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Around Town

Capitola Produce Pumpkin Patch Come for the pumpkins. Stay, or rather walk across the street, for Gayle’s Bakery. After wrangling the kids for a picture perfect smile, you deserve a treat! 700 Bay Ave., Capitola 

The Great Pumpkin Patch (aka Ken’s Patch) After 50 spooktacular years of family-friendly holiday fun, the Great Pumpkin Patch kicks off this season under new management. Let us know what’s new. 2831 Daubenbiss Ave., Soquel

Crystal Bay Farm If you haven’t already, get this one on your radar. From what we’ve heard, there are farm animals to visit, live music on the weekends, a movie night, and the location ain’t to shabby—in between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches. Pumpkin picking followed by the beach sounds like the perfect family outing to us! 40 Zils Road, Watsonville (831) 724-4137

Post Street Farm Don’t miss this hidden gem! Set in a lovely urban garden near Costco, variety is the pumpkin spice of life at Post Street Farm, where heirloom and unusual pumpkins reign supreme. Speaking of Costco…have you tried their pumpkin pie? 122 Post St., Santa Cruz (831) 251-2946

Pumpkins for Recovery New Life Community Services, a nonprofit organization providing help for individuals and families facing addiction, is hosting its annual pumpkin patch on the corner of Thurber Lane and Soquel Ave., near Dominican Hospital.

Floating Pumpkin Patch at Simpkins If you’ve ever wondered if pumpkins sink or float in water, spoiler alert…they float! On Sunday, October 22, bring the whole family for an afternoon of swimming, games, waterslide fun, and pumpkin picking with a twist from the floating pumpkin patch. There will be prizes, popcorn, pumpkin decorating, and costumes are encouraged. Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch And now for something totally different…head to the Live Oak Grange on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson.

Not a pumpkin patch, just a really good tip: Keep an eye out for the “All Pumpkins $5” sign on Lower Bay Ave. heading toward the Dream Inn. It’s worth a stop for some great carving pumpkins at a great price.

Post-Halloween Public Service Announcement: Donate your pumpkins (carved, slightly rotten, broken, or even just guts!) to Wilder Ranch. They make a healthy, delicious treat for the chickens, goats, sheep, and cows. Place your donation in a wooden wheelbarrow in the back of the barn. Collect your neighborhood jack-o’-lanterns and make one trip. The farm animals thank you in advance!

Did we miss your favorite pumpkin patch? Shoot us an email or comment below to let us know.

About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.