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Eleven Adorable Spots to Go Pumpkin Picking in the Bay Area

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Sure, it is easy to head down to the local Whole Foods Market to pick up a pumpkin for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. But wouldn't you rather head a bit farther afield to experience corn mazes, haunted barns, and pumpkin pyramids while picking out your perfect jack o' lantern? Of course you would, because pumpkin picking is just the type of adorable agrarian experience that we all crave. To help you out in your search for the perfect pumpkin patch, we've put together a list of 11 of the Bay Area's best.

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1. Clancy's Pumpkin Patch

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1620 7th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

Since 1979, Clancy's has been offering up pumpkins, hay rides, and decorative corn stalks for city dwellers. They are open every day between now and Halloween from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

2. Arata's Pumpkin Farm

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185 Verde Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Half Moon Bay is famous for its Pumpkin Festival, but the area also has pumpkin picking nonstop leading up to Halloween. Arata's also hosts Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, a haunted barn, a gladiator ring made out of hay, and a children's train ride. Beware the seasonal "pumpkin traffic" around Half Moon Bay.

3. Nicasio Valley Farms

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5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946

Pumpkins are accompanied by barbecue, a Peet's coffee truck, slides, trains, and more at this Marin patch. Children are very welcome but dogs are not allowed.

4. Bay Street Pumpkin Patch

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5600 Christie Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608

Over in Emeryville there are pumpkins aplenty at Speer Family Farms. The offerings also include a zipline and giant orb balls, but the most exciting thing for kids looks to be the farm's giant sinking boat slide. Open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day through October 31.

5. Great Peter Pumpkin Patch

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4235 Spring Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952

There are plenty of pumpkin farms near Petaluma, but this one on a cheese farm offers the most tantalizing treats to accompany the pumpkins. Visitors can milk a cow, dig for potatoes, and taste homemade ice cream and cheese after picking the perfect pumpkin.

6. Lemos Farm

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12320 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Lemos Farm hosts a laser tag set all year round and adds to it at Halloween with two haunted houses (one for kids and one for adults) and a ghost train. There are also pony rides, a playtown, and a petting zoo.

7. Perry Family Pumpkin Patch

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34600 Ardenwood Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94555

This East Bay pumpkin patch is part of J.E. Perry Farm, an organic produce grower. The pumpkin patch includes the chance to see a real, working organic farm that harvests many different crops.

8. Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm

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1060 Pine Ln
Clayton, CA 94517

It may be a bit further afield in Contra Costa County, but this pumpkin farm has a barnyard with Duck Races, bowling and a Barn Ball Toss. There is also a Plumpkin Playland filled with a straw tunnel made with more than 650 straw bales.

9. Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch

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850 Cabrillo Hwy N
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

A giant teepee surrounded by pumpkins is the major draw at Farmer John's. Farmer John is in fact a real person, and he's lived on the Half Moon Bay Coast for his entire life. Dogs are welcome!

10. Uesugi Farms

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14485 Monterey Rd
San Martin, CA 95046

This place has so many attractions that it's practically a pumpkin amusement park. There are pumpkin blasters, a honey hut filled with live bees, a pyramid made out of 4,000 pumpkins, a cow train, and a butterfly valley.

11. The Godmothers' Pumpkin Patch

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1 Saint Vincents Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-785-3264

Our final patch pick sends all of its proceeds to the Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent's for orphaned boys. The farm where the patch sits is used as a learning farm for the students throughout the year. It's open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.

1. Clancy's Pumpkin Patch

1620 7th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Since 1979, Clancy's has been offering up pumpkins, hay rides, and decorative corn stalks for city dwellers. They are open every day between now and Halloween from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

1620 7th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

2. Arata's Pumpkin Farm

185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Half Moon Bay is famous for its Pumpkin Festival, but the area also has pumpkin picking nonstop leading up to Halloween. Arata's also hosts Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, a haunted barn, a gladiator ring made out of hay, and a children's train ride. Beware the seasonal "pumpkin traffic" around Half Moon Bay.

185 Verde Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

3. Nicasio Valley Farms

5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio, CA 94946

Pumpkins are accompanied by barbecue, a Peet's coffee truck, slides, trains, and more at this Marin patch. Children are very welcome but dogs are not allowed.

5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946

4. Bay Street Pumpkin Patch

5600 Christie Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608

Over in Emeryville there are pumpkins aplenty at Speer Family Farms. The offerings also include a zipline and giant orb balls, but the most exciting thing for kids looks to be the farm's giant sinking boat slide. Open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day through October 31.

5600 Christie Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608

5. Great Peter Pumpkin Patch

4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

There are plenty of pumpkin farms near Petaluma, but this one on a cheese farm offers the most tantalizing treats to accompany the pumpkins. Visitors can milk a cow, dig for potatoes, and taste homemade ice cream and cheese after picking the perfect pumpkin.

4235 Spring Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952

6. Lemos Farm

12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Lemos Farm hosts a laser tag set all year round and adds to it at Halloween with two haunted houses (one for kids and one for adults) and a ghost train. There are also pony rides, a playtown, and a petting zoo.

12320 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

7. Perry Family Pumpkin Patch

34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94555

This East Bay pumpkin patch is part of J.E. Perry Farm, an organic produce grower. The pumpkin patch includes the chance to see a real, working organic farm that harvests many different crops.

34600 Ardenwood Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94555

8. Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm

1060 Pine Ln, Clayton, CA 94517

It may be a bit further afield in Contra Costa County, but this pumpkin farm has a barnyard with Duck Races, bowling and a Barn Ball Toss. There is also a Plumpkin Playland filled with a straw tunnel made with more than 650 straw bales.

1060 Pine Ln
Clayton, CA 94517

9. Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch

850 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

A giant teepee surrounded by pumpkins is the major draw at Farmer John's. Farmer John is in fact a real person, and he's lived on the Half Moon Bay Coast for his entire life. Dogs are welcome!

850 Cabrillo Hwy N
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

10. Uesugi Farms

14485 Monterey Rd, San Martin, CA 95046

This place has so many attractions that it's practically a pumpkin amusement park. There are pumpkin blasters, a honey hut filled with live bees, a pyramid made out of 4,000 pumpkins, a cow train, and a butterfly valley.

14485 Monterey Rd
San Martin, CA 95046

11. The Godmothers' Pumpkin Patch

1 Saint Vincents Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903

Our final patch pick sends all of its proceeds to the Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent's for orphaned boys. The farm where the patch sits is used as a learning farm for the students throughout the year. It's open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.

1 Saint Vincents Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903