We visited the Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch in Redlands over the weekend looking to pick from what they call the largest u-pick pumpkin patch in Southern California. Sadly we never got to see the pumpkin patch due to confusion within the live oak staff while we were there. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll touch back on that later.
Thankfully, Live Oak Canyon Farm is huge. So we can still talk about what we experienced during our 3:30 hour visit.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch Farm is comparable to the LA Fair
We arrived at 9 am and it’s easy to see that Live Oak Farms is Gorgeous. Trang really loved the farm’s ascetics and it’s full of great photo opportunities. Other than that everything else in there costs tickets. Having to use tickets to do anything makes the Live Oak Canyon farm visit feel more like the LA fair. They even have the exact same foods, rides, and signage. That being said, some of our favorite ticketed things to do included the train, which had a surprisingly long track and a pumpkin blaster that launched pumpkins into targets downrange. Those cannons were no joke. As for the girls, Emree loved the petting zoo and Kairi has a blast riding her first carnival rides.
The cost adds up quickly though. Everything costs anywhere between 4-8 tickets. So a family of four should plan to spend at least $100 if they do the minimum. We managed to get out of there only spending $80 in total, but we didn’t buy any food and opted not to go on rides as a family to save money. It actually worked out well since our girls like different things.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch entrance
Pumpkin Patch Confusion
While all the additional content was nice, we were really only there for the pumpkin patch. So missing out on that was a bummer. Seriously, We got to the pumpkin selling area and asked where there u pick pumpkin patch was and the first few people told us there wasn’t one. A third told us, the tractor will take us out there but he didn’t think we could pick the pumpkins. We asked the folks at the ticket booth and they told us the U-pick patch wasn’t happening.
It was confusing for sure. After getting home we actually called Live Oak Canyon to double-check for this video and they apologized for the confusion, saying the u-pick pumpkin patch is currently open and they were disappointed to hear that many of the working staff didn’t know it was. We just had to ride the tractor out to the patch.
So the pumpkin patch is open. If anyone watching this checks it out, let us know how it went in the comments below.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch Farm visiting info
- 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands, CA 92373
- Mon-Thurs 4pm-9pm
Sun 9am-9pmDates and hours of operations may change. We recommend calling them beforehand to confirm their business hours.
- Adult $10-$25
Children ages 2 and under are freeAdmission price varies. You can view prices here: https://liveoakcanyon.com/events-unplugged/month/
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch Farm Parking
Random Tips from our visit
What we observed:
- The pumpkin patch is more like a fall carnival festival.
- The pumpkin tent area has a variety of pumpkins for purchase.
- Farm is spacious.
- Lots of great photo opportunities.
- ATM machine onsite.
- Best to bring cash to avoid long lines.
- Take the free tractor ride to the u-pick pumpkins.
- Most of the ticket booth machines only dispense $20 prepaid card increments.
- Rides and attractions require about 4-8 tickets. Each ticket cost $1.
- Children 2 and under are free on the rides/attractions with a paying adult.
- A family of 4 could easily spend over $100 with admissions, tickets, and food.
- Best to budget each family member for the rides/attractions.
- They do offer ticket deals. Spend $40 for 45 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
- Food options are like the Los Angeles or Orange County fair and could be pretty pricey.
- Bring lots of water.
- Lots of picnic tables but only some are shaded.
- We recommend bringing a hat or umbrella to avoid the sun in the afternoon.
- Bring hand sanitizer to use after rides.
- Wear closed toe shoes.
- We recommend visiting early to avoid crowds and long lines.
- Petting zoo
- Carnival games
- Carnival rides
- Train ride
- Corn maze
- Tractor ride to the u-pick pumpkins
- Lots of great photo opportunities
- 3 ½ hours
- Yes, if you are okay pushing through wood chips. Best to have an all-terrain stroller/wagon.
- Porta potties
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Should you go?
While things didn’t play out as we expected on our trip to Liv Oak Canyon Farms we still had a good time. The farm has the potential of being one of the best pumpkin patches in SoCal because of all its additional offerings. But its pumpkin doesn’t seem it’s the farm’s main focus. If you think of it more as a fall fair you’ll have a great time. Just be prepared to spend a bit more than you might be used to for a pumpkin patch around social.
A trip to your local Pumpkin Patch is one of the most popular things to do in October as a family. While small ones tend to pop up in empty lots in the city we always recommend heading into more rural areas to get a much more genuine Pumpkin Patch experience. This year we checked out Live Oak Canyon Farm in Redlands, CA. The farm was jam-packed with things to do in addition to its homegrown pumpkin patch. It has so much in fact we didn’t even make it back to the u-pick pumpkins.
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