As with most things in life, finding the perfect pumpkin is all about the journey, not the destination. Fortunately, the Bay Area is full of pumpkin patches that make searching for that glorious gourd as much fun as possible. More than just a parking lot filled with pumpkins, these patches feature hay rides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and pumpkins of every shape and size. This fall, scratch “pumpkin” off your grocery list, and visit one of these Bay Area pumpkin patches instead! Click through to see them all.

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch

For urbanites who want the traditional pumpkin patch experience without trekking out of the city, head on over to Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch in the Inner Sunset. Open yearly since 1979 (it was the city’s first pumpkin patch), Clancy’s offers pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, along with gourds, corn stalks, and Indian corn. They even offer tractor-pulled hay rides around the patch!

Bonus: Free parking (yes, free parking). Small fee for hay rides.

Location: 1620 7th Ave., San Francisco, Ca
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.–9 p.m. through Halloween.

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What’s your favorite pumpkin patch? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Ana Picazo