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About Me & My Family

We are a French family who has been living in the US for 15 years. We spend all our summers in France, visiting our family as well as other European countries. I write travel books and I am having lots of fun doing that. So far I published two: 'Your Guide to Visit Paris for Free' and 'Your Guide to Visit San Francisco for Free', both available on Amazon.com
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, structured, independent, energetic, scheduled, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Venice, Italy, Paris, France
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Spain
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Japan
Favorite Vacation Memory
Australia. It just felt perfect and we got to see Ayers Rock: a dream come true.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Thais having a very smelly bowel movement in her diaper while listening to our guide at the Sydnedy Opera House and throwing up right after that on the beautiful Sydney Opera Floor (she was 4 months old)
Websites I Like:
www.visitcitiesforfree.com www.visitparisforfree.com www.visitsanfranciscoforfree.com www.travelismorefunwithkids.com

Pumpkin patches in the San Francisco Bay Area

Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of the San Francisco Bay Area.  You should go to one of their pumpkin farm at least once but be prepared for the crowd. Other places have also fantastic pumpkin farms where you can have as much fun picking your pumpkin and getting lost in the corn maze.

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1620-7th Avenue
@ Lawton San Francisco, California

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Not up for a long drive. One of San Francisco’s favorite city pumpkin patches is Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch. You will find pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn are in abundance. Come see the ghosts in their trees, the scarecrows in their patch, and crawl through their hay maze.


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850 North Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, California

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Farmer John grows a diverse variety of pumpkins including the Atlantic Giants. You will have fun with the hay pyramid. And you may even run into Farmer John in this family run pumpkin farm.


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Highway 1, 5 miles south hwy 92
Half Moon Bay, California

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At this pumpkin patch, you’ll be picking pumpkins right out of the field where they are grown. Kids will love seeing the unwieldy pumpkin vines and the wide variety of pumpkins that come in all shapes and sizes.


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185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Arata is a pumpkin farm with tons for extra entertainment. From pony rides to haunted barn, petting zoo, hay maze, ChooChoo Train, Hay Rides and even Gladiator style sword fights.



333 Tunitas Creek Rd
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
A sweet low key farm that is great for small kids and toddlers. They also have some friendly goats that are popular with kids.


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4414 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, California

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You will find over a dozen varieties of pumpkins and a haunted house.


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14485 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, California

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Families love to ride the two trains, shop in acres of gorgeous pumpkins, and visit the giant 4000-pumpkin pyramid. Take a tour on Pumpkin Pete’s Enchanted Hayride, enjoy a pony ride, and more!


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2478 E Washington Street
Petaluma, California

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Enjoy a day at the farm picking pumpkins under the sun or explore the 6 acre corn maze. Looking for some spooky fun, Adobe Pumpkin Farm sets up a haunted house that operates only during the weekend.


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550 Stony Point Rd
Petaluma, California

Comment:
This is our family second favorite pumpkin patch after Joan's farm. It is not that big but provide enough for the children to be entertained. My children really like the pony rides and the corn maze is not the easiest, so that provided for some family fun and discussion. The only drawback: the lack of shade.

reviewed on: October 12 2010

"Great Maze"
You need to go there for the maze. It is quite something, and I can not imagine what it would be to do it at night. Buy the postcard with the map... Our children rushed into the maze and we ended up lost but my husband got the situation back on track and there were smiles again.
They had inflatables, food, photo ops, small mazes, there is fun to have for every age. The reason I give it only 4 stars is that there is a big giant place with nothing in it in the middle of all of it. It breaks the feeling.

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4351 Mines Rd
Livermore, California

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Joan's Farm is ideal for families with small children. It is popular but never too crowded and the little ones can have fun without you having to reach your wallet. This has been our family favorite pumpkin patch for years.

reviewed on: September 20 2010

"Best place to pick pumpkins with little ones"
We went to that particular farm twice over the years with our children and friends and that is definitely on the top two of the best pumpkin patches we have experienced. It does not have a commercial feel, it is just old plain fun with kids running around, petting goats, playing with games, exploring the patch. You have to pay for a couple of things but it is not constant. Last time, we went our oldest daughter was 11 and I would say that from now on, this is not the best place for her to have fun. But till that age, this is the best place to go pick your pumpkin.