Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

Santa Cruz Pumpkin PatchesRodoni Farms

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, find your way out of a hay maze, and snag some perfect photo ops along the way!

Highway 1

Swanton Berry Farm

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 call for the latest news. 125 Swanton Rd., Davenport, (831) 458-5410 Author’s Note: We were too late for apple picking this season and there’s no pumpkin patch this year, but we still recommend keeping this place on your radar for next year.

Swanton Berry Farm After all your hard work pumpkin picking along Highway 1, some pumpkin pie at Swanton is in order, along with 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

Arata’s Pumpkin Farm About a 45 minute drive from Santa Cruz on Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, Arata’s is open during the day with plenty of activities including hay rides, a petting zoo, and children’s train rides. But, for something different and a little scary (think older kids), try the hay maze and haunted barn at night! Be sure to visit Arata’s online for a full list of attractions and prices. 185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay 650-726-7548

Around Town

Post Street Farm

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) The Great Pumpkin Patch is also a great place to have a lunch or dinner picnic, carve your pumpkins, and even catch a fun movie (Fridays & Saturdays 7pm). Bring the littles to enjoy the petting zoo, chalkboard fence, and hay bale climbing fort. 2831 Daubenbiss Ave., Soquel

Crystal Bay Farm If you haven’t already, get this one on your radar. This year, Crystal Bay’s pumpkin patch is their largest ever. In addition to lots of pumpkins, there’s a labyrinth, squash tower, and mini corn maze. On weekends, you can enjoy live music and a Makers/Craft Fair, plus fresh produce, food, and beverages. 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. Be sure to say hi to Speeder, the resident farm pup, and strike a pose with all the spooky Halloween decorations. 122 Post St., Santa Cruz (831) 251-2946

Floating Pumpkin Patch at Simpkins If you’ve ever wondered if pumpkins sink or float in water, spoiler alert…they float! On Sunday, October 14, 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 27 & 28, for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson. Get more info here.

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.

If you want to donate pumpkins, you can drive directly down to the barn, tell the person at the parking lot kiosk that you are dropping off a donation and you won’t need to pay. Walk into the barn and the last stall on your right will have a sign for pumpkin donations. Collect your neighborhood jack-o’-lanterns and make one trip. The farm animals thank you in advance!

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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.