Fun Local Pumpkin Patches
Sure, UC Davis students can buy pumpkins at a supermarket (though Ikeda’s and the Davis farmers markets have more charm), but if you’re looking for more seasonal fun, or cute photo ops, there are several local farms and pumpkin patches that offer great autumn activities.
Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch is located between Davis and Woodland. You can buy dozens of different kinds of pumpkins and other squashes (seen to the left), corn and straw bales. You can lose yourself (or your kids) in a maze, visit the petting zoo, and get your face painted. They are open every day in October from 12-7 p.m.
Cool Patch Pumpkins is open September 15-November 5 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Located in Dixon, they offer a kids play zone, a 53-acre corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a scarecrow contest. Unique to the area is the annual pumpkin smash where the owners wreck something large (like a decrepit car – seen to the right) with a half-ton pumpkin.
Impossible Acres is a favorite among the younger set for its baby animal nursery. In addition to pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and hay rides, Impossible Acres has a barnyard filled with chicks, ducklings, goat kids, ponies, kittens, calves, etc. You can also pick several kinds of fruit for yourself from June-October. They are open every day in October 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and are located to the east of town on Covell Blvd.