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Dell'Osso Farm Pumpkin Maze
26 Stewart Rd., Lathrop
Reviewed 10/05/13 by Hauntmistress
Pumpkins take a backseat to the myriad activities available at Dell’Osso Farm Pumpkin Maze.
Visible from the freeway, Dell’Osso’s occupies a large plot of flat land in Lathrop. It’s not the most visually appealing place, but it is packed with activities that kids and adults will enjoy.
More amusement park than pumpkin patch, Dell’Osso will keep you busy. The activities include a haunted house ($8); a spinning pumpkin ride that is similar to the teacup ride at Disneyland ($2.50); a tractor ride out to the fields to learn how the corn maze was created ($1); a bounce house, jungle gym, and more in Kiddie Land ($5); gem mining ($8); a tire pyramid (free); three corn mazes ($10); a mile-long ride on an 1863 replica express train ($3); pillow jumping ($2.50 for five minutes); zip lines ($6); tram ride to hear the history of Dell’Osso ($2); hay ride (free); a speedway where kids and adults can race around a small track on bikes – tricycles for kids and 4-wheeled bikes for adults (free); a petting zoo ($1); pony rides ($5); a scarecrow ride ($1); and a ropes course ($10-$20). There are combo tickets available for certain rides. For example, for $8 you can ride the express train, tractor train, scarecrow ride, and tram.
A favorite activity seems to be the Pumpkin Blasters ($5) where you shoot mini pumpkins out of air guns and try to hit targets in the distance. Blasting out of the gun at 100 miles per hour, the pumpkins make a nice “spalt” sound and give a very satisfying explosion of pumpkin flesh when they hit the wooden targets in the field.
Finally, turning to pumpkins, there are rows of medium and large orange pumpkins near the back of the grounds, and miniature pumpkins and gourds in bins near the front of the grounds.
A word of warning; it gets hot in Lathrop and the Dell’Osso grounds do not offer much shade. Also, the ground in the parking lot (parking is free) is rocky and the activities area is a dirt plot of land, so closed-toed shoes may be preferential.
Dell’Osso Farms has been around since the 1920s when three brothers from Italy began farming asparagus. In the 1950s they started growing tomatoes, beans, and alfalfa. Pumpkins, melons, and sweet corn were added to their crop rotation in the 1970s. The year 1997 saw the first Corn Maze. Additional Halloween-related activities have been added to Dell’Osso since then. More than 120,000 people visit the farm each October and the entire Dell'Osso family still participates in the fun!
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