With temperatures in the 70s and beautiful clear skies this time of year, its sometimes hard to think about autumn fun. But the great weather is one of the main reasons we love Santa Cruz in September and October! You can still visit pumpkin patches, explore corn mazes and make apple pie when its a perfect, sunny day. We’ve listed the best pumpkin patches in Santa Cruz for you to explore when you come visit us in October. We’ve got plenty of beach houses available for you to relax in during your fall weekend getaway.
Rodoni Farms, located off of Highway 1, is the perfect spot to go pumpkin picking if you like having beautiful views of the beautiful blue ocean as a backdrop while you search for the perfect gourd. There are a variety of pumpkins to choose from at this adorable patch that is also scattered with hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze!
After you’ve secured the perfect pumpkin, stop at Beauregard Vineyards on your way back to Santa Cruz for a little wine tasting in their one of a kind tasting room. It’s located amongst the trees in the rural coastal community of Bonny Doon, just 5 minutes off Highway 1. Their menu features a rotating selection of seasonal and Estate Grown wines and their resident wine educators will guide you through an exploration of the tastes and smell of the historic vineyards. They have a beautiful yard that you can relax in, while you sip your wine. And if your lucky, there will be a pile of pumpkins to sit atop of for a spectacular photo opportunity, much like the one below.
Swank farms grows 21 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, the farm uses and sells a variety of fall produce for this well-known event every year. Producing a diverse CA Pumpkin Patch, some of the other activities families can enjoy include: giant jumping pillow, pedal karts, pumpkin sling shot, corn cannon and mining for gemstones and fossils.
Each year, Swank Farms opens their popular, Hollister CA Corn Maze to the public. Offering a choice of two mazes, the “Spookley Maze” is popular with young children while the “Maniac Maze” offers a more challenging and scary course.
Located in the Capitola Village, this little pumpkin stand has tons of gourds to choose from. The pumpkins are sprawled out on hay bales in the grass in front of the produce stand. There are plenty of sizes and shapes to choose from. And your close to Gayles Bakery to get a delicious treat afterward.
The Great Pumpkin Patch on Daubenbiss Ave. in Soquel
Soquel’s Great Pumpkin Patch is a local favorite. Located in the cute neighborhood of Soquel, its stocker locally-grown pumpkins of a huge size range. This patch is great for Having started in 1966, the patch is stocked with locally-grown pumpkins of a huge size range. Of all the pumpkin picking locales, this one is great for families with its kid-friendly decor.
Stay anytime in October at one of our beach houses and at most of our houses get the off season special where you can stay 3 nights for the price of 2.