This is a great place to visit around Halloween for families that are looking to find a fun pumpkin patch experience. There are TONS of awesome pumpkins to choose from, both in the patch, handpicked with your little one pulling or riding along in a wheelbarrow, or off the tables from small to massive. They also have very unusual pumpkins, gourds, and fall decorations for sale. The pumpkins are a bit pricey compared to a supermarket, but the selection is fantastic.
It is free to get in the patch, but the pumpkins and activities cost money. There is a petting zoo, horse ride, small carnival rides and bounce houses for kids of all ages. Free activities include strolling through the patch, climbing a huge hay stack, and looking at a variety of farm animals through the fences. On certain days, they have trick-or-treating in the parking lot, and we went on one of those days, so it was also fun.
The bathroom situation is less than desirable. They only have porta-potties and there are no changing table areas as far as I could find. Plan ahead and make sure your little ones go to the restroom before you leave or you might have a problem.
Other than that, it is a lot of fun.
I want to love this place. There is a hay pyramid, jumpers, petting zoo, pumpkins, photo spots and more. Everything you need for a perfect fall outing. But it is just too expensive. Even with coupons that are freely available in the fall I find it a stretch on my pocket book.
I will say that if you are able to do the tractor tour the staff is so knowledgable about what they do it is a fantastic learning experience.
In December they convert to a Christmas Tree Farm. Again, fantastic but expensive.
Overall a great place to go and take pictures but leave your money in the car.
Being a military family, we have learned to create new annual holiday traditions. My most favorite and anticipated tradition each year is the Live Oak Pumpkin Patch in Yucaipa. I grew up in agricultural Northern California, so to find this piece of farmland in the middle of the Inland Empire has been a return to my roots. For the past six years, my in-laws come in from the OC and we make a day at the patch. Located off the 10 freeway, the pumpkin patch is a family owned business that includes not just pumpkins on vines that they grow themselves, but a mass selection of other varieties that you can choose from. My favorite is the Fairytale variety. In fact I don't think I've chosen an orange pumpkin in years; they are usually white or blue and tend to "glow" on our front porch when the moon is full. The prices are a little higher than say a grocery store, but knowing I'm supporting a local, family business, makes the extra amount worth it. The patch has bouncy houses to mini ATV rides and mini john deer tractors for the kids to ride. The ride prices are a little high, so be sure to get the newsletter that includes coupons. Although my kids love the rides when Grandma is paying, they are just as fine climbing the hay stack or going through the petting zoo. The petting zoo does have an entry fee, but again there is a coupon. The goats are pretty aggressive, so try to go in with your children just in case they get a little scared. There is food available (hot dogs, pizza, chips, etc) to purchase and fresh coffee to drink if you are lucky enough to be there on a cold day. (It just seems wrong to be celebrating fall on a 90 degree day which does happen often here.) My mother-in-law and I always end the day at the gift shop, selecting little decor to make our homes feel a little more like Autumn. The pumpkin patch is open for the month of October and then changes over the day after Thanksgiving to a Christmas Tree Farm. But that's a completely different (and fun!) review.