Along with fall, comes pumpkin lattes, jack o lanterns and of course Halloween! Halloween is such a fun holiday to prepare for with kiddos. Of course there is one tradition that is a treat to kids and adults alike — finding that perfect pumpkin. Sonoma County has many amazing pumpkin patches to visit. From neighborhood patches to full blown farms, there is something out there for everyone. Here are a few suggestions:
Adobe Pumpkin Farm, Old Adobe Road, Petaluma. Driving into Petaluma from Sonoma, you’ll likely pass by Adobe Pumpkin Farm. With rusty old tractors decorating the pumpkin patch, kids can have fun running from tractor to tractor. After kids find the perfect pumpkin, then you can do other things like harvest veggies, taste some local goodies, or shop for holiday (even Christmas) goods. If you plan your visit on a weekend, then you will benefit from additional kid friendly activities such as pony rides, face painting and jumpy houses. http://www.adobepumpkinfarm.com/
Peter Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma, 4235 Spring Hill Rd., Petaluma. This pumpkin patch is out by Spring Hill Cheese Co. (also known as Petaluma Creamery.) Let kids explore the patch, go for a hay ride, dig potatoes, milk cows, and climb pyramids made from haybails. Then, treat them to some organic ice cream while you try some of Spring Hill’s organic cheese. Definitely a trip worth making! http://www.springhillcheese.com/holiday.html
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Right off of the 101 is another pumpkin patch – the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch. This patch has a fun corn maze (and animals too!). So, hurry up and pick your pumpkin, then get lost in the maze. http://www.petalumapumpkinpatch.com/
Petersons Pumpkin Patch, 636 Gossage Avenue, Petaluma – Pumpkins, animals and bees are on the agenda for those visiting Peterson’s Pumpkin Patch. This farm is stacked with things for kids to do. From a kid friendly exhibit on bees to feeding cows and watching chickens, this farm has lots to offer. http://www.petersonsfarm.com/index.html
Stanly Lane is another local gem. It has lots to offer in addition to pumpkins, including baby pigs!
Tolay Fall Festival has loads of fun on the menu. Tractor rides, creatures barn, petting zoo, lawn games and crafts are a few of the things to do. This festival has only select hours, so make sure to check the calendar before you go – available at http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_tolay_fallfestival.htm