Known for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, cozy socks, crackling fireplaces, and this season’s “it” color, “rust” (also known as “burnt orange”), fall is a beloved season, serving as the unofficial kick-off to the holidays.
Although Southern California isn’t well-known for its four distinctive seasons, residents still go all out for Halloween. With that in mind, here are some of the best pumpkin patches in Orange County.
Family-owned and operated Tanaka Farms opened in 1940 and sprawls over 30 gorgeous acres of farmland, just a few minutes from UC Irvine.
Along with pumpkins ripe for picking as well as other fruits and vegetables, Tanaka Farms features a corn maze, wagon rides, and a petting zoo.
Open: September 18 – October 31, Daily 9am – 6pm
Address: 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Admission: $6, but free for children under two and active military personnel
Irvine Regional Park
A family favorite during the fall months, Irvine Regional Park turns into a throwback pumpkin patch from September to October, offering iconic tractor hayrides, and a wonderful little train ride around the park. Additional activities include panning for gold, face painting, John Deere Tractor races, as well as bounce houses, cookie decorating, and more.
This historic park in Orange is open seven days a week and has free admission, but each activity averages around $5 per person, with ticket books available for purchase. A book of 15 tickets is $80.
And, if you want to be wowed, be sure to check out the pumpkins at the pumpkin weigh-off!
Open: September 18 – October 31, Weekdays 10am – 5pm, Weekends 9am – 6pm
Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd. Orange, CA 92869
Admission: Free, but ticket books are sold for activities. Pony ride costs are separate. Vehicle entry fees apply. Monday – Friday $3 per vehicle entry. Saturday and Sunday $5 per vehicle entry.