Ardenwood Historic Farm is a working farm, located across the bay in Fremont. One of the oldest working farms in California, you can take an easy half-mile walk through the park to learn its history and to meet some of the resident animals.
Along with typical farm activities, Ardenwood offers Victorian gardens, a blacksmith shop, the original homestead and organic vegetables.
They are one of the few growers of organic pumpkins open to the public and they offer other family-oriented fall and Halloween activities including a giant hay pyramid for climbing, a hay maze and a tractor ride.
The Bay Area is home to several fabulous and award-winning pumpkin farms, though most do not list themselves as organic, they are local, and most have been around several decades and engage in sustainable practices. Red Tricycle San Francisco has a good list of these family-friendly pumpkin patches around the bay.
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