Visiting the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine, CA 2020

It’s Pumpkin Patch season, and since there aren’t many other safe outdoor alternatives for kids right now, we decided we would check out some of the more well-known Pumpkin Patch Farms around Socal.

First up is Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine, CA. On weekdays the farm offers tickets for a more socially distanced experience. Which they accomplish through specified time slots and smaller capacity. The entire visit takes about 45-60 minutes. It includes a wagon ride tour of the farms, some lightning-fast vegetable picking, and a chance to walk the patch to find your perfect Pumpkin. All for $25 a person. It’s not cheap, but it’s also not a parking lot full of hay. If you go, consider getting the earliest available tickets to avoid the crowds.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch visiting info


Hours (Sept 19th- Oct 31st)

U-Pick Pumpkin Wagon Ride
Monday – Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Drive-Thru Pumpkin Farm
Saturday, Sunday –  9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m


5380 3/4 UNIVERSITY DR., IRVINE, CA 92612


U-Pick Pumpkin Wagon Ride

  • Regular – $25 (3-Over)
  • Military – Free (ID required at Check-in)
  • Under 2  – FREE

Drive-Thru Pumpkin Farm

  • Regular – $20 (3-Over)
  • Military – Free (ID required at Check-in)
  • Under 2  – FREE



Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch field 2020

Random Tips from our visit

What we Observed

  • Free parking 
  • Clean porta-potties
  • Organized and social distancing
  • Fast-moving Guided Tour
  • They do not recommend a stroller or wagon because we will be on their wagon ride most of the time

What we Brought

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Bug Spray
  • Umbrella
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Water wipes
  • Baby carrier

Covid-19 Precautions?

When considering covid-19, The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is the safest pumpkin patch out of the 4 we visited this season.  Everyone there wears a mask; tickets are sold in time increments to stop overcrowding.  Wagons aren’t filled, and your group is limited in size.

Other pumpkin patches are seriously the wild west, so we were very thankful to see the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch’s steps to protect its visitors.

Should you go?

Yeah, we enjoyed our visit and the farm really does a lot to follow the covid-19 safety guidelines.  As a result, we felt safe and had fun for the hour visit.

Looking for more things to do with the kids?

We travel all over California searching for fun places to take the kids. Be sure to check out some of the other places we’ve visited that are good for kids. Things to do with Kids in Southern California

If you have any suggestions on where we should go next please let us know in the comments below!

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