Wednesday, October 12

THE FAIRMONT FIVE nearby pumpkin patches

'Tis the season for all-things-pumpkin! From pumpkin pie to jack-o-lanterns to roasted pumpkin seeds to pumpkin spice lattes--pumpkins are the quintessential fall ingredient. Celebrate fall with a family trip to one of these great local pumpkin patches. You're guaranteed to find the perfect pumpkin, and make some lasting memories too.

Tanaka Farms is conveniently located in Irvine and offers a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch open daily through October 31st from 9am to 6pm. Admission and parking are free. In addition to a vast selection of pumpkins and fresh vegetables, there are wagon rides, a petting zoo, and a corn maze. Enjoy games, arts & crafts, and a Food Open each weekend too!

Irvine Park Railroad offers the ultimate pumpkin patch experience--complete with train rides, hay rides, tractor races, face painting, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, great food, and more. Irvine Park Railroad is open 7 days a week from September 17 to October 31 from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends. Admission is free and parking is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

Johnson Brothers is also centrally located in Irvine and boasts a harvest decorating headquarters. You can pick up all sorts of goodies to make your house festive for fall. There are also pony rides, barnyard animals, and a pumpkin graveyard to enjoy. Admission is free and the pumpkin patch is open every day until Halloween from 9am to 9pm. 

Pumpkinpalooza at Zoomar's Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano offers all sorts of activities and is included with admission to the petting zoo. Visit Zoomar's Facebook page for more details about this year's event and consider taking the train to San Juan for an added adventure! 

Big Horse Corn Maze in Temecula boasts the largest corn maze in Southern California, which just may make it worth the drive. Also unique are its pick-from-the-field pumpkin patch, hay wagon rides, corn cannon, and pumpkin bowling! Enjoy these Harvest Festival activities  Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 from 10am to 4pm. 

Contributed by Alyssa

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