I never feel very stocked for Fall season until this year where I can begin to truly experience it. From the West LA to San Bernadino, here are 5 spots where you can actually see fall in LA or simply celebrate the season. I write this based in my own experience, therefore the places might be limited.
1. Oak Glen, Yucaipa, CA
Fall takes celebrity status in Oak Glen where the mile-high climate lends itself nicely to the brightly colored black walnut and oak trees found during autumn months. Snuggled in the heart of apple country, Oak Glen is worth the 1.5-hour drive from Los Angeles to get a taste of fall and not just for the leaves. See why we love this destination for apple picking, fresh-pressed cider, and other quintessential fall favorites. If you come here in Fall to go apple picking at the orchards, you’ll know just how incredible it is this time of year. In fact, it’s probably one of the best ways to experience fall—you can wander through the orchards under the leaves picking a few apples, then finish off the day with a cider before you head back to LA.
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Be sure to check out the library, but it’s the gardens here that are truly amazing. There are 12 in total with over 15,000 plant varieties—from a Chinese garden to a lily pond to a subtropical garden. Even though the plants are variant, I was still very excited to enjoy Fall in several corners of the garden.
3. LA Farmer Market, West LA
You might not be going to be seeing leaves turned orange color here but they do have a Fall Festival as a way to celebrate the fall harvest. The market is decked out with all of the fall themes and colors, complete with hay bales and face cut out characters, so there are plenty of opportunities for that perfect fall photo.On top of their already great year-round food vendors, there will plenty to do and see. With events such as All-Alaskan pig racing, petting zoos, and kid tractor pull competitions, there will be fun for the whole family to enjoy. Also on the docket are extra pop-up shops, and as fall requires, a pie eating contest! Even if you don’t want to take part in the contests there will be heaps of live music throughout the weekend and there will be plenty of sights, sounds, and smells for the whole family to enjoy.
4. Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch, Pomona, CA
Every fall for more than 20 years, thousands of people have come to the festival and picked pumpkins out of this patch. The event also features a four-acre corn maze specially grown for the occasion, a petting zoo for the kids, and horse rides. Visitors can play games at student-run booths, listen to live music, taste fresh-squeezed orange juice at the Farm Store or sample delicious treats for sale.
5. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Far from those kid-friendly rides through a pumpkin patch, this hayride unleashes all sorts of demons and bogeys on Griffith Park. It’s an actual hayride—a long one—paired with a “scary-go-round” for wee ones (and ‘fraidy cats), a number of scare zones and a pitch black maze filled with “demons and maniacs,” and probably lots of frisky teenagers. This year, the attraction celebrates its 10th anniversary, so be prepared for an even more epic night that will haunt your nightmares to come.