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Things to do at Bates Nut Farm

Things to do at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is a great location to take your family for Halloween, Christmas & to see their petting zoo and craft fairs! Lots of stuff.

Bates Nut Farm Valley Center

Bates Nut Farm is one of the first nostalgic places my husband took me to early on in our relationship. His family went there several times a year as a child to feed the animals (year round), pick their pumpkins around Halloween time, visit the ol’ country store,”candy store”, and have picnics. (affiliate links present)

Bates Nut Farm Valley Center

I soon discovered why he loved it so much and now it has become a tradition in our family to visit when we feel like a little drive. We go every year to get our pumpkins, and now we visit the Easter bunny

They get to ride on the hay bales and visit Santa Claus in early December as well. Bates Nut Farm, is located just south of us (we live in Temecula) in Valley Center.

You travel on a tree lined country road to get there and during the busy season (Oct.) get ready to get a bit dirty. Their parking lot is still just a dirt field, but it just wouldn’t feel right any other way. It’s FREE too, which is fantastic. Halloween time is our favorite time of year there!

Bates Nut Farm events

How much does it cost to visit Bates Nut Farm?

It is free to get in!! Keep in mind that everything you do there, other than having a picnic will cost you something. Many times they have food trucks to buy yummy street food, but typically just the weekends and not always. You can bring your lunch though and sit on picnic benches for no cost.

How much does it cost to park at Bates Nut Farm?

We have never paid to park there, but things may change I suppose. Visited since 2004 and there has always been a large dirt lot in the front, without designated lines, where parking is allowed. I suggest you wear closed toe shoes as it is dirty all over, but fun.

Are there animals at Bates Nut Farm?

You can feed their animals year round! There are animals such as donkeys, sheep, lamb, turkeys and ducks there you can feed (feed bags bought in the store for a min. amt.). You can kinda’ pet them thru the bars or over the top but can’t go in like a petting zoo persay.

Quite often they have craft fairs on the grounds with wonderful handmade goods, and occasionally a food festival and/or outdoor concert you can attend as well (full list of events at the bottom of the page).

Bates Nut Farm petting zoo

How Much Does it Cost to get into Bates Nut Farm Valley Center?

It’s free!! It doesn’t cost an entrance fee or a cost to even park here, you just pay for the activities and food you want there. Each season and holiday they have different events such as:

Easter: Easter bunny available to take pictures with your children for free (use own camera), holiday inspired trinkets inside the store to purchase as well as Easter candies inside as well.

How much are the pumpkins at Bates Nut Farm?

Halloween is a great time to visit, probably the most popular. They have: A corn maze, hay rides, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, scarecrow & costume contests, holiday inspired candies and trinkets in the country store. Pumpkins are charged by the pound so keep that in mind when choosing as they are not super budget friendly.

There are always lots of fields and fields of pumpkins (from tiny to hundreds of pounds). The pumpkin picking season starts on Sept. 25th typically and it is suggested that you go by the first week of October or it is really busy.

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Events at Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Christmas: Santa Claus is available to take pictures for free (use own camera), arts & crafts fair, holiday inspired candies and ornaments in the country store, and a free tractor ride with hay bales while Santa rides along.

They truly have a great History & have Educational Tours as well. Check out the special events above, and visit when there is something your family would enjoy! It is truly a hidden gem in Southern California and a great place to take your kids when you’re in the area.

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