Sonoma County is known for being the heart of Wine Country but along with vineyards and grapes as far as the eye can see are some of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes to be found.
Whether you’re looking for the quaint family farm that brings you up close and personal to the daily operations of the family farm or the one of the largest corn mazes around or something in between, whether you’re a local or someone visiting San Francisco and Northern California, here’s a guide to some of our favorites.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch & A’Mazing Corn Maze
The granddaddy of all corn mazes, the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and A’Mazing Corn Maze has been a Northern California staple since 1993. Boasting more than five acres of homegrown pumpkins, squash, and gourds with so many varieties there’s something for everyone. But the thing that keeps families coming back from year to year, including our own is the four-acre corn maze. Surrounded by ten-foot corn stalks and with only one exit, Sonoma County’s original can take up 45 minutes to complete. On Fridays and Saturdays, take a flashlight to try the maze at night and for those younger children in your life, there’s a mini corn maze just their size.
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
450 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
The first you’ll notice about the Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch is the historic tractors and farm equipment that surround the property. This family run pumpkin patch and corn maze is the biggest around boasting an eight acre pumpkin patch as well as an eight acre corn maze with both a long and a short route to choose from. With hay rides, animals and fun activities for the whole family
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
5157 Stony Point Road
Tolay Fall Festival
The educator in me loves the Tolay Fall Festival located within Tolay Regional Park. For years known as the Cardoza’s Pumpkin Patch, here you will find an all day outing where you can be immersed in the history and agriculture of the region. From hay rides out to the giant pumpkin patch to strolling through a replica Native American village, straw maze, hands on farm crafts such as candle-dipping, wool-carding, and corn husk doll making or take part in their scavenger hunt, or explore the ever popular creature barn where families can learn about and interact with birds of prey, spiders of all types and yes, snakes. Bring a picnic or dine on a wide variety of offerings from local vendors. It’s the perfect all day outing for the entire family.
Oct. 15-16 and 22-23, 2016
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tolay Lake Regional Park
5869 Cannon Lane
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch
One of Sonoma County’s newest pumpkin patches and corn mazes, the Eastside Farm its doors each October and invites you to come pick out your perfect pumpkin in a relaxed, family farm atmosphere. Their pumpkin patch is easy to navigate and or wander through their winding corn maze, petting goats and ducks, and don’t forget to say “Hi” to Wink the donkey. With old-fashioned games to play and a mountain of hay to climb Eastside is conveniently located between Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.
Thursday and Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m.
5834 Petaluma Hill Road
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Nestled in the shadows of the Redwood trees and just outside of the small town of Occidental is Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. Owner and Papa Dave is there to greet you with a smile and help you to pick your pumpkin straight from the vine from the seven varieties that he has growing at this family run patch. In need of corn stalks for the perfect decorations for Halloween, look no further than Papa’s. And keeping it all in the family, located right next door is Ratzlaff Ranch who just happens to be Dave’s brother where you can stop in and taste the best apple juice around and even pick your own apples. For the family feel alone, this is worth the drive.
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
13110 Occidental Road
MUELRATH’S PUMPKIN PATCH
A working farm and ranch since 1946 the unique both for the Muelrath Pumpkin Patch offers some of the most unique varieties in pumpkin stems, and colors that have become their trademark. The perfect size for family fun, not only can you find the pumpkin of your dreams but you and the kids can climb a haystack, traverse the hay tunnel to a dungeon that contains silly and spooky things, follow the maze through tall cornstalks, enjoy a hay ride, or test your aim with our “pumpkin slingshot”. Don’t miss “Friday and Saturday Night in the Pumpkin Patch” every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through the month of October where you can join in the “Campfire in the Corral” which gives you the chance to roast a hot dog or marshmallows, have some hot cider and cookies, and take a night time hay ride. Space is limited for this so be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3800 Walker Avenue
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Grandma’s is the quintessential in the small town family farm, Here you and the family will have the chance to leisurely stroll through the pumpkins, pet farm animals, climb the hay stacks, run through the maze, and check out vintage tractors. To make the day even better, pack a lunch and enjoy it at one of the shaded picnic tables. It’s the perfect in relaxed outings.
Open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk
17740 Healdsburg Avenue
Preston Organic Farm and Winery
The best part of living in the heart of Wine Country is that you can still get into the spirit of the season, even if you’re an empty nester and the perfect place for that is the Preston Organic Farm and Winery. Each October, the pumpkins are ready to pick the Preston Winery in Dry Creek Valley invites you to take a picnic, taste some wine, and browse the other delicious farm goods they have to offer. The setting is just right for a few as no groups more than eight are permitted. Don’t forget to pick up your pumpkin in their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
9282 West Dry Creek Road
Whether you call Sonoma County your home or your visiting for the weekend, there’s truly something for everyone to make the spirit of October come alive. Whether you’re looking for something large or small or in between, there’s a pumpkin patch calling your name here in the heart of the Wine Country.