The Bay Area may not have the cold weather Fall but it does have fall activities. There are farms where families can pick fruit and sample some of the tastiest fall desserts. The Bay Area has Dungeness crab season, gardens that have subtle fall colors and beaches that allow for nighttime bonfires. Read on for 5 Bay Area fall activities for families!
Fall Activities in the Bay Area for Families
Pick fall fruit at Gizdich Ranch
A list of Bay Area fall activities wouldn’t be legit without mentioning the U-pick fruit at Gizdich Ranch! Gizdich is an affordable and fun outing for the entire family. Bring your own bags for the picking! They have buckets but are hard for little kids to carry. The trees are the perfect height for all ages to pick from. My 5 year old could reach apples which was nice. Pack a picnic lunch to eat in the orchard and finish off lunch with a delicious piece of apple pie.
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Lemos Farm Pumpkin Patch
Lemos in Half Moon Bay is famous for its pumpkin patch which means it’s crowded during October. Lemos offers a unique mix of pony rides, hay/train rides, feed-the-animals and lovely scenery. It is located about two miles from the junction of Hwy 92 and Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay. Try to get there during the week to beat the cars trying to get into Half Moon Bay (hint: there is only one way in from the Peninsula!)
Host a fall Bonfire ON Manresa BEACH
Manresa beach is one of the few beaches in the Bay Area that allow bonfires. Parking is $10 and you can pay cash or card. There are stairs to get to the beach so if you have things to carry be careful making your way down to the sand. Temperature suddenly drops after sunset and gets windy as the fog rolls in. So be prepared with warm clothing – jackets, gloves and caps!
Discover the Bay Area’s Fioli Gardens activities in the fall
Walk the grounds and enjoy all the foliage at Fioli Gardens. The Fioli Garden is so beautifully landscaped with multitude of colors, shapes and textures. You’ll find rows, radials and spirals. Admission is a bit pricy at $22 per person but the beauty of the Gardens is well worth it. The admission to the Fioli House is also included, although you only get access to the ground floor. Parking is free and each fall this location hosts a Harvest Festival, Orchard Day and Fall Tea Service times.
Sample Some Dungeness Crab at Alioto Lazio Fish Company!
Hit up the Alioto Lazio Fish Company to sample some of the best crab at Fisherman’s Wharf. Shooters are $1 and the staff is friendly and helpful. The family who runs Alioto Lazio is operating the last commercial fish-processing business on the Wharf. You can also ship fresh crab to anywhere in the United States!