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Visiting Lemos Farm Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay

When Labor Day arrives, that means the pumpkin patch at Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay, California is on the horizon. This family-owned farm in Half Moon Bay has been around for over 50 years. The farm is open year-round, but Autumn is an especially great time to visit.

Everything at Lemos Farm is decked out with Fall-themed decor, and it’s a great place to take photos of your kids for your holiday cards or just spend a relaxed weekend day with friends.

The Lemos Farm Pumpkin Patch

Beginning with Labor Day weekend, Lemos Farm adds a wide variety of autumn-themed activities to the farm. The highlight is a pumpkin patch that spans the entire farm space. You can walk around, find pumpkins, put them in a cart that Lemos Farm provides, purchase them, and take them back to your car.

You can also enjoy fall-themed treats, like homemade pumpkin pie. The pie is delicious! It’s the perfect thing to have as a little snack after carrying tons of heavy pumpkins around.

Lemos Farm also has a fun train ride that takes you through a whimsical and silly Wild West city. The “train” is actually a decked-out tractor pulling a set of small cars, but it’s super fun for tiny rail fans.

The Animals

One of the highlights of the farm, though, is its set of friendly baby goats. You can visit the goats, feed them, and walk into their stall. Goat yoga is a must-do as well. I tried it in 2019 before the pandemic, and it was one of the best things ever.

Goats at Lemos Farm

If you’re visiting with kids, you can also do a pony ride. Lemos Farms’ ponies will gently walk in a circle with your kid aboard. Note that pony rides require a higher-priced ticket than the standard admission. Lemos Farm moved the ponies from their location near the road to a more secluded setting near the middle of the farm.

Food at Lemos Farm

In addition to the seasonal pumpkin pie, Lemos Farm has a few food options available. The farm has a new deli that operates out of the indoor barn they formerly used for goat yoga.

You can get hot sandwiches, chips, and other deli items. You can also grab a soda or sparkling water, and dine outdoors at picnic tables around the farm.

Lemos Farm also has a more traditional concession stand. It sells foods like tiny fried donuts, ice cream, and other snackier fare. The deli is great for a quick lunch, and the concession stand makes a great place for a quick stop or a treat for your kids.

Other Lemos Farm Activities

In addition to visiting animals and riding the farm’s year-round “train”, you can enjoy a hayride.

Boarding the hayride at Lemos Farm

You’ll also find rotating attractions including:

  • A classic haunted house
  • A giant inflatable “barn slide”
  • Holiday-themed displays at the farm’s fountain
  • A car garage with slow-moving go karts that your littlest kids can ride in a big, lazy circle

Visiting Lemos Farm in the fall and into the holiday season is a great family activity. Especially with high temperatures in inland areas of the Bay, Half Moon Bay is a cool respite from the heat.

The only thing to remember is that traffic can get intense coming into Half Moon Bay. If you’re heading to Lemos Farm on a busy weekend, leave plenty of time. The good news is that the farm has tons of parking, which is often in short supply elsewhere in Half Moon Bay.

After visiting the farm, enjoy a walk along the scenic bluffs near the Bay itself, or head to Sam’s Chowder House for a heartier lunch or dinner.

Make sure to check out this Bay Area classic throughout Autumn, and all year round. Although the pumpkin patches are seasonal, Lemos is always there for you and your family.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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