ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Not even pumpkin patches are escaping the coronavirus in 2020. The ongoing pandemic means many of the region’s pumpkin patches have had to adjust hours, regulations and activities as they head into fall.
Fortunately, the coronavirus has only changed — not completely closed — your favorite pumpkin patch and its offerings this fall.
You may be picking your pumpkin up at the local grocery store, but if you want that true fall experience, there are some places you can still go even amid coronavirus social distancing regulations.
Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches near Lake Forest.
Nearby Orange County Pumpkin Patches:
Name: Tanaka Farms
Address: 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine
Season opening/closing dates: Saturday Sept. 19 through Oct. 31
Drive-Thru Pumpkin Farm Experience: Monday Sept. 21-Oct. 30
U-Pick Pumpkin with Wagon Ride: Mon. Sept. 21 through Oct. 31
Curbside Pick-Up Order Available
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Name: Irvine Park Railroad
Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange
Season opening/closing dates: Thursday, Oct. 1 through Oct. 31
Attractions: (review COVID-19 restrictions before you go!)
Details and activities: https://bit.ly/2FDhbWv
Selling pumpkins: https://bit.ly/2FDhbWv
Hours of operation: https://bit.ly/2FDhbWv
COVID-19 details: https://bit.ly/2FDhbWv
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Irvine Regional Park parking fees: https://bit.ly/2GNQT4v
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends
Pumpkin Patches, Worth The Drive:
Name: Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Patch
Address: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula
Season opening/closing dates: Saturday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 31
Attractions: (review COVID-19 restrictions before you go!) Entrance to the farm may CLOSE while we wait for current guests to exit
$2 per person / Pumpkin Pass for Monday through Friday, $50 for family of 5 all season* (Monday-Friday) must be from same household. Includes petting farm entry all season, discounts, tickets to additional attractions not included
$3 per person Saturday & Sunday, under 2 is free with paid adult.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends
Name: Bates Nut Farm
Address:15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center
Season opening/closing dates: Saturday, Sept. 19 through Oct. 31
Hours: September Hours: Weekdays 9am - 5:30 p.m. • Weekends 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. - Free Admission
Attractions: Petting Corral-weekdays, Hayrides, Straw maze, Pony rides, Farm Zoo, Picnicking, Farm Store
More fall fun in Orange County:
If we missed your favorite pumpkin patch, be sure to share it with readers in the comments section.
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