I’m so excited that it’s finally starting to feel a bit like Fall in San Luis Obispo County! I’m looking forward to crisp air, bundling up, and pumpkin everything! Most of all, I’m excited for an October and November full of family-friendly adventures and events on the Central Coast. Here are some of our favorites:
Family Adventures this fall!
From pumpkin farms to butterflies, this fall won’t disappoint! Add some (or all) of these activities to your Fall bucket list and let me know which are your favorite!
Visit Pumpkin Farms
Fall isn’t complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch!
- My Granny’s Garden at San Marcos Ranch at 775 San Marcos Road in Paso Robles IS NOT OPEN THIS YEAR! This farm was not opened in 2016 due to a water shortage and has not opened for the 2017 season because “granny” had a health issue and did not get the farm planted in time. Granny assures the public that she is doing well and the farm will be open in 2018.
- River K Pumpkin Patch at 5670 North River Road in Paso Robles: The pumpkin patch opens for the season on Sunday, Oct. 1. They have lots of pumpkins to choose from, gourds galore, an awesome corn maze, and a flying witch.
- Jack Creek Farms at 5000 Highway 46 West in Templeton: We visit this farm often and the kiddos love it! They offer a U-pick pumpkin patch and have many pumpkins to choose from at their store. They also have antique farm equipment, farm animals, a hay maze (that we prefer to some others in the area because the hay is lower to the ground and not too scary), a wooden train, lassos and dummy steer, a tractor tire garden, a hay stack, and more. They also offer a few special events over the next couple months that you don’t want to miss, including their Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 7 featuring pumpkin painting, crafts and more.
- Chesebrough Farms at 790 Moss Lane in Templeton: Visit the old fashioned roadside stand, grab some pumpkins and take a picture with a scarecrow or two.
- Brookshire Farms at La Familia Ranch, 4747 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo: Spend an afternoon picking out pumpkins and experiencing kid-friendly activities like the jumping pillow, giant slides, corn cannon, farm animals, and more. The farm opens on Oct. 1. Admission is $10 per person, $7 for seniors, free for children 2 and younger. For military personnel there is a $1 per person discount. Admission includes all day access to kids corn maze, hay rides, grain-cart rides, jumping pillow, inflatable slides, hay climb, pedal karts, steer roping, duck races, tractor teeter totter, swings and viewings of farm animals.
- SLO Creek Farms in San Luis Obispo: Offers U-pick organic apples, flowers and pumpkins. They’ve got a picnic area with several hammocks and even a creek to check out!
- Avila Valley Barn in Avila: We love to visit the barn for the hay rides, animals, chilled apple cider, and U-pick pumpkin patch and more! There’s a deli on-site, as well as roasted corn, ice cream and picnic areas. It’s definitely a place you can go and stay for a while. This year, there is a hay maze–and it’s not easy.
- Nipomo Pumpkin Patch in Nipomo at 662 Eucalyptus Road: Grab the kiddos and head over to see HUGE and exotic pumpkins! Also see its website for lots of creative pumpkin carving ideas!
Visit Apples Farms!
There are lots of apple farms to visit on the Central Coast. Head to SLO Creek Farms or Avila Valley Barn to pick your own or taste and bag your favorites at Gopher Glen, Creekside Apple Farm, and/or See Canyon Fruit Ranch! Read my blog post about apple picking in SLO County.
Visit the Scarecrows in Cambria and San Simeon
Stroll through Cambria and San Simeon to see the hundreds of whimsical scarecrows on display throughout the month of October. The theme for this year’s Cambria Scarecrow Festival is “Where Whimpsy Runs Rampant.” Use your smart phone or tablet to scan the QR code on each scarecrow to learn about it, track your favorite scarecrows, and rate them.
Enjoy a Fun and Safe Halloween!
- There are a TON of Halloween-related events happening in October rall over the county. CLICK HERE for the most comprehensive list of events.
Visit the Monarch Butterflies in Pismo Beach
Thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach each year from October to February, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. You can see them clustered in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove anytime, but be sure to head over on Nov. 4 for a special event, “A Brush with the Butterflies” to kick off the 2017-18 season. The grove opens for the season on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Family-Friendly Events – Fall 2017
Our Events Calendar is a great resource for local family-friendly events year-round, but here are some of our favorite events happening in October and November 2017. For all Halloween-related events, CLICK HERE.
- Central Coast Railroad Festival, Oct. 13-15
- Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Paso Robles Pioneer Day, Oct. 14
- Nipomo Oktoberfest, Oct. 7-8
- City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K & Kids’ Fun Run, Oct. 8
- Pismo Beach Clam Festival, Oct. 20-22
- Atascadero Colony Days, Saturday, Oct. 21
- Golden Oak Honey Festival in Paso Robles, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving Day Fun Run in SLO on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Hope this helps you plan your family’s October and November activities on the Central Coast!