This year’s family destination for autumn revelry and pumpkin harvesting was Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens, which is located on a family farm in North Natomas.
Goblin Gardens has a large pumpkin patch with some great looking pumpkins; a nice hay bale maze (super fun to run through in a crouch, so that it looks to you the way it does to a youngster); a big hay bale pyramid; a mini racetrack for toddler riding toys, which was a great touch; an inflatable giant slide; and lots of farm implements to climb on. They appeared to have a BBQ going and some sort of basic snack bar items, but we brought a picnic and ate out in the blazingly unseasonable midday sun.
At $3 per person, plus $3 for unlimited trips down the inflatable slide (a great alternative to the bounce house), this is an excellent destination for your jack-o-lantern raw supplies and good old fashioned fall activities. Among its virtues is that it is very close to the city and yet you still get a rural feel.
Here are some photos:
This is me, chowing on Sun Chips and thinking about scaling that pyramid:
Old school wagons for carting your gourds:
We ended up taking 3 of these bad boys home:
And by the way this is NOT an outhouse, as I discovered almost too late:
3845 El Centro Rd
Sacramento, CA 95834
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm, 7 days a week