Fall Fun Favorites: San Diego
Happyly inspiration for seasonal outdoor activities in the San Diego region.
Can you smell it? The crispness in the air, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at your favorite coffee shop, perhaps you’re even breaking out that cozy sweater that’s been in hiding since early spring. Fall is upon us, and it feels good! This is a special time of year as we enter into the holiday season and temperatures start cooling down (thank goodness).
San Diego is a great spot to be with your family right now with access to apple picking and pumpkin patches and, for the brave, haunted corn mazes that will leave you spooked for days! So grab your PSL and slip on your fuzzy slippers as you browse our top picks for you and your adventure-loving family this fall.
Top Five Apple Orchards
Apple picking in Southern California is a favorite fall pastime of locals and visitors alike. The mountain town of Julian is the local hotspot for this activity and it is only a short drive from Central San Diego. Make it a day or weekend trip to Julian with your family - the area is speckled with numerous orchards waiting for you to come and pick the delicious fruits of their harvest!
Volcan Valley is the largest U-pick orchard in Julian with over 7,000 apple trees.
If you prefer a smaller and more intimate family orchard experience, Peacefield Orchard is for you!
Apple picking at Julian Farm & Orchard will give you Honeycrisp apples and Liberty apples.
Nestled in the heart of Julian this organic family-owned and operated apple farm is spread over 7.5 acres and carries Jonathan apples, Golden Delicious apples and Empire apples.
Enjoy sipping on a refreshing cold glass of hard cider while picking apples in the orchard!
Favorite Local Pumpkin Patches
Views of fields covered in orange gourds with beautiful spiraled green tops. Watching your kids race through the vines as they attempt to haul away future jack-o’-lanterns that are bigger than them. Listening to the holler in the distance announcing the next hayride departure. You have made it to the pumpkin patch! San Diego has a lot of great patches scattered throughout the county, how do you choose? Don’t worry, we’re here to make your planning easier so we’ve narrowed down the top locations.
With so many great activities like the pedal carts, animal corral, giant slides, wagon rides, cottonseed mountain and playgrounds, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
With twenty-one years packed with pumpkins, family, and friends, this farm has a lot to offer!
Bates Nut Farm has over fifty years of seasonal festivities under their belt and this farm sure knows how to entertain the entire family.
A true San Diego Fall staple, the Pacific Beach pumpkin patch has been serving the county since 1992.
Looking to capture that perfect social media moment of your family looking glamorous amongst giant pumpkins? Well, your pumpkin hunting adventures should stop here.
This pumpkin patch is accompanied by all sorts of fun activities such as a hayride, cider press, farm animals, ax throw, tent store, fall backdrops, and more.
For more inspiration, check out another recently featured activities, Plan a Picnic, make time for Family Bike Rides or bring out your inner camper and Find a Campsite near you! For a fun activity at home, check out our list of fun Chalk Games. Looking for something different? Enter the rapidly growing world of Stand Up Paddleboarding.
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