We’ve Scoured Orange County and Found the Best Pumpkin Patches for Families to Visit.
Searching for the perfect pumpkin is a wonderful family tradition kids of all ages enjoy. Although it may not quite feel like sweater weather yet (with the lingering warmth in Southern California), apple spice scented homes adorned with scarecrows and bright-orange pumpkins set the mood for cozy autumn fun. Today Pumpkin patches have become so much more than a simple lot with pumpkins strewn about. In fact most patches have a variety of activities that make the hunt more like a destination—a nearby family getaway that kicks off the holiday season. Here are our top picks for Orange County pumpkin patches your family will be sure to enjoy—you may even want to visit more than one! Pumpkin Patch Orange County
Just a few minutes from UC Irvine, Tanaka Farms has been a family operation since 1940. Sprawled over 30 acres of pristine OC farming land, Tanaka Farms offers kids the chance to see how pumpkins really grow. Along with other fruits and vegetables, Tanaka Farms has hundreds of plump pumpkins ready to be picked. Additional activities include a corn maze that’s free with admission, wagon rides around the farm and a petting zoo, as well as pick-your-own vegetables. Admission is $6, but free for children under two and active military personnel.
Open: September 18th – October 31st, Daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Don’t miss these fall events this October
This historic park in Orange, with its iconic Orange County pumpkin patch is open 7 days a week and has free admission. As soon as fall begins, enjoy these seasonal activities in Irvine. While the older crowd might enjoy a hay ride in the oversized tractor, pumpkin ring toss, a haunted house, a hay maze and John Deere Tractor races, there is fun to be had for all. For younger visitors, there are bounce house jumpers, cookie decorating, carnival games, panning for gold and face painting. All of these treats are in addition to the year-round favorites of pony rides and train rides. Most activities require a ticket and a book of 15 tickets is $80.
Open: September 18th – October 31st, Weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Much more than a pumpkin patch, this Laguna Hills getaway is like a carnival. In addition to pumpkins, there are gaming booths, pony rides, a petting zoo and carnival rides, which are sure to delight both little ones and big kids. Along with these activities, Pumpkin City’s diner offers classic American treats such as hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and churros. Locals consider churros an American classic now, right? Definitely do not miss this pumpkin patch, which is next to the Laguna Hills Mall.
Open: October 1st – 31st, Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Called the Pumpkinpalooza, San Juan Capistrano’s Zoomars Petting Zoo turns into a pumpkin patch party for the little ones. With pony rides, a maze, friendly animals to pet and discover, and, of course, pumpkins everywhere – it is an outing not to be missed. Open daily children under age 1 get in free, ages 1-17 get in for $12, and adult admission is $15. All prices include admission to Zoomars in addition to the pumpkin patch.
San Juan Capistrano
Open: September 18th – 31st, Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.