It’s no secret that Bates Nut Farm is one of the best Pumpkin Patches in San Diego, and our recent trip over the weekend solidified that thought. So what has made Bates so popular for so many families? Maybe it’s the picturesque landscape of the Big Macs, which seem much bigger, and more plentiful this year. Maybe it’s a fall craving for that down-to-earth, simple farm feel, where you can wear your cowboy bots and eat corn on the cob on a hay bale. Whatever it is, Bates has got it. For over 30 years, families have made a tradition of visiting the Bates Pumpkin Patch during the month of October, and you should too!
Bates started out as a walnut farm back in 1921, and although they don’t grow walnuts anymore, they do sell a variety of quality nuts in their retail store, along with homemade fudge, old-fashioned candy, farm antiques, collectibles, and other seasonal items. Their little shop really is the cutest!!
Visitors to Bates Nut Farm can enjoy SEVERAL activities, providing you with a full days worth of fun. The little zoo is open daily from 9a-5p, and you can visit and feed donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens & ducks, sheep, a tortoise, an alpaca, and more! Bags of feed can be purchased for $0.50, or you can get a handful of corn for a quarter from the dispenser.
During the week, Bates offers Hay rides, a straw maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, and of course, the pumpkin patch. On the weekends, families can also take advantage of live music, face painting, animal encounters, food trucks, and kids inflatable slides.
This October, make sure Bates Nut Farm is on your fall family bucket list, so pack a picnic, or grab some BBQ on site, and dress those kiddos in their farm best! We want to help you get started in making Bates a new family tradition, so to do so, we are giving away a family package of 4 tickets to use for either the straw maze, hay ride, kids slides, or petting corral, as well as tickets to collect 2 jack-o-lantern pumpkins from their patch!
To be entered to win our Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Package, just comment below with what your favorite fall activity is! A winner will be selected Friday evening, October 5th!