If you’re yearning for a full-fledged farm experience, forget the humdrum pumpkin aisle at your local grocery store and head straight to Tanaka Farms. It’s the ultimate haven for all your favorite family-friendly fall activities and—dare we say—worth the trek to Irvine.
Nearly all activities are included in the admission price meaning you can access unlimited wagon rides, the Barnyard Educational exhibit (a.k.a. petting zoo), the corn maze and the U-pick pumpkin fields for $22. Plus, on weekends you can jump in on additional fun for $6 apiece with games, arts and crafts, mini ATVs, face painting, the veggie patch, shooting the pumpkin cannon or riding the bee train.
Just note that this patch gets very busy, so parking reservations are required in advance on weekends ($10). Look out for a sister patch in Costa Mesa that promises a more mellow experience (open Sept. 30).
Sept 16–Oct 31: Mon–Thu 9am–6pm; Fri, Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 9am–6pm; Halloween Day 9am–3pm