This is a list of pumpkin farms near Hayward, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been to most of these and they are fun for adults and kids alike, and very reasonably priced. Most important, one does not have to partake in all the activities that have fees to still have a fun time. These are farms, out in dirt, so bring older walking shoes and appropriate yard clothes. You will get somewhat dirty, or even muddy if it has rained recently. Most farms have easy parking.
Perry Farms at 34600 Ardenwood, Fremont, CA will be featuring its annual pumpkin patch. This patch also has a tractor ride, corn maze and other Halloween events. This farm is located on the Ardenwood park grounds. Perry farms welcomes school visits and is great for families as well. You can choose pumpkins of varying sizes as well as other fall gourds. The corn maze is large, and a parent should accompany a young child in the maze. The farm features different educational and artistic programs each weekend during October.
G &M Farms in Livermore, CA at Airway Drive features a pumpkin patch and other produce for sale, a huge corn maze, pony rides, a cow tram ride, a haunted house, petting zoo and other harvest fun. The pony rides are especially popular with the grammar school age group. The tram ride is popular with all ages. This pumpkin patch was featured several times on the David Letterman show. This farm has plenty of different activities to keep all ages in the family interested. Some events may be too scarey for young children, such as the haunted house. Don’t forget to go through the maze for yourself.
Make sure you visit Arata Pumpkin Farms at 185 Verde Road, off of Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay. This farm features a train ride, petting zoo, haunted barn, and hay maze besides its pumpkin patch. This is the oldest pumpkin farm in San Mateo County. Arata Farms welcomes people of all ages. The farm is most crowded during the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, this year on October 16-17, 2010. Some attraction only run on weekends. You can find more information out at www.aratapumpkinfarm.com
A sad thing is each year there are fewer farms to visit because they get swallowed up by cities. So, don’t wait too long to visit. Happy Pumpkin Farm Visiting!