Are you on the hunt for the best pumpkin patch in Sacramento? Well, if you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know how obsessed we are with our pumpkin patches and fall activities. Last year’s goal was 7 pumpkin patches before Halloween and we did it! This year, our goal was 8 and sadly our schedule turned out to be too complicated and we only ended up at five different ones this year. However, we did do Bishop’s three times so, technically, we (physically) went to the pumpkin patch EIGHT times. Totally counts, right?
Below is our comprehensive list of our top 10 favorite pumpkin patches in the Sacramento area so far. Next year we will need to expand our reach, I already have a list going!
8. Zittel Farms
A small patch just out of Folsom, CA. It didn’t have all the bells and whistles that other patches are known for but there are a lot of cute spots for photos and the pumpkins are reasonably priced. They make fresh kettel corn and caramel corn on the weekend, too!
Must do: Check out the chicken coop
Skip: Whole patch if you are looking for a lot of attractions
Photo ops: Lots of them! There are tractors, hay bales and pumpkins everywhere
7. Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival
This weekend-only pumpkin festival at Gibson Ranch is pretty rad. There are inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and a huge inflatable slide that were, honestly, the highlight for Harrison and Sullivan. They could have played there for hours. They also loved the hay bale maze, perfect for climbing! The train ride and hay ride are ok but there wasn’t much supervision with the lines and it led to an awkward encounter with strangers who were trying to get on before us even though we had been waiting a really long time. It all worked out though. Overall, we had a lot of fun!
Must do: Bounces houses. All of them. Forever.
Skip: The attractions that cost extra $–Walking on Water and Bungee Jumping
Photo ops: There is a hay bale set up with a back drop as you enter the festival that is super cute. We even caught Black Panther there taking photos when we passed back by after the hay ride.
6. Flower Farm
Not a “real” patch but there are pumpkins and plenty of space to explore. I loved it because it was low-key and perfect for an afternoon after school. There’s a unique pumpkin people tour where you walk around to find all of the pumpkin people on the property.
Must do: Check out the wedding venue in the back and look for the “funny looking chickens”
Skip: Whole patch if you’re looking to stay for longer than an hour
Photo ops: The haystack and old truck are great spots!
5. The Pumpkin Farm
Family owned and well-loved by the kids. Slides, haystacks, tunnels, a hay ride, haunted barn, bounce houses and more. There is definitely a lot to do! I found this patch to be a bit more macabre with the haunted barn and the backwoods scarecrow scenes. Definitely go during the week (closed Mondays), we went on a weekend day it was crazy.
Must do: The slide area is really great–ranging from 10 feet to 30 feet, the kids loved them!
Skip: The Haunted Barn if anyone in your group scares easily
Photo ops: Photo backdrops throughout but the one at the very beginning on a trailer is super cute
4. Deer Creek Farm
We got to Deer Creek Farm right as they were opening and pretty much had this place to ourselves. It is run by volunteers and all they are a nonprofit–all profits go to aged out foster children. The following is a blurb from their mission statement:
We empower aged-out foster youth and youth from at-risk backgrounds to overcome personal obstacles, achieve independence and reach their fullest potential.
The patch itself is directly behind their adorable retail store. It consists of a small bounce house, carnival games, concessions, seating and a small Instagram-worthy patch (for real, a lot of our fall photos @OkayestMomsBlog came from there!). Harrison and Sullivan really loved it and the volunteers were incredibly friendly and just seemed so happy to be there. It was really refreshing to hang out there for a few hours!
Must do: Check out the retail store (sans kids), it’s adorably styled and perfect for holiday gifts!
Skip: Not applicable, because all of it is great
Photo ops: They are all over: hay bales, pumpkins, fall decor, wagons–you name it, they got it!
3. Rickey Ranch
One of our favorites! They have a hay pyramid, small petting zoo, food, and a hay ride that takes you to the back of the property where there is a lot to see–including a huge pirate ship. The boys loved it.
Must do: The hay pyramid is a crowd favorite over here
Skip: Going on the weekend, if you can
Photo ops: A few poke-your-head through photo backdrops and if you go right before sunset the lighting is incredible
2. Goblin Gardens at Bastaio Farms
We LOVED this cute little patch. It was the boys’ first experience doing a corn maze and… we got lost. But we eventually got out and Harrison wanted to go right back in, of course. The western town and hay bale maze were the favorite activities. It was super windy the day we went so the slide wasn’t up for obvious reasons.
Must do: The corn and pumpkin canon are extra $ but totally worth it
Skip: The haunted barn if anyone in your party scares easily
Photo ops: The sprawling pumpkin field makes a perfect backdrop for a fall family photo
1. Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm
You saw this coming, right? It just really is the best. I love that every year there is something new, too. This year was an adults-only beer garden! Smartest move ever, right? I know Bishop’s can be overwhelming for first timers so if you’re local, here are some hacks:
- Go during the week. It’s way less crowded, parking is free and it’s a great outing for a play date or meet up.
- Get the kid souvenir cup and bring it back with you (if you plan on multiple visits!) for $0.50 refills. We saved our cups from last year and used them again this year, too!
- Unless your kid is an absolute animal lover, skip the petting zoo.
- It is possible to do Bishop’s for free! Go on a week day and there is a whole play area including tire obstacles, slides, tree house, a hay jump, and the kid’s sized old western town that keeps my kids occupied for HOURS. It’s amazing.
Must do: The western town if you have kids under 8. Chances are you might catch my oldest being the “teacher” in the schoolhouse, it’s their absolute favorite place
Skip: The pig races
Photo ops: All over! We love the big pumpkin field behind the train tracks or the hay bales next to the train car
There you have it! Our top Sacramento-area pumpkin patches. We can’t wait to tweak and add to this list next year. Drop your patch suggestions in the comments so we can add them to our list!