Fall comes whether the days get colder or not. The first signs of fall in Orange County are the pumpkin patches popping up all over town. We’ve gathered our favorite OC pumpkin patches that include family-friendly activities like corn mazes, apple cider donuts, bounce houses and hay rides. Scroll through to find one near you!

photo: Mimi V. via yelp

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch
Entrance to this pumpkin patch is free and included a visit to the hay maze, hay pyramid and haunted house. They also have loads of ticketed activities (but the ticket booklet to save some bucks) like face painting, cookie decorating, train rides and panning for gold. If you plan to visit on the weekends, arrive early to avoid parking lot closures.

One Irving Park Rd.
Orange, CA
Online: irvineparkrailroad.com

Enchanted Country Pumpkins
You’ll find loads of perfect pumpkins at this Brea patch with spots for photo opps, carnival games, a petting zoo and more. Come back in the winter to grab your Christmas tree. They also have a sister lot in San Dimas.

480 N. State College Blvd.
Brea, CA
Online: enchantedcountrypumpkinsandtrees.com

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The Pumpkin Factory
This pumpkin patch opens for the season on October 3. You’ll find exciting rides, fun games, delicious food and even a petting zoo. You’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin here!

Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, CA
Online: thepumpkinfactory.com

photo: Lorri F. via yelp

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
This spot wins out for most authentic feel as it actually is a working farm! Wander through the pumpkin patch to pick one off the vine and enjoy free wagon rides on Tuesdays-Sunday. Parking passes are required on the weekends so be sure to purchase yours before you head over.

5380 3/4 University Dr.,
Irvine, CA
Online: tanakafarms.com

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza
Bring your family this autumn and experience a full pumpkin patch on this historic farm. Hop aboard the kiddie train and giddy-up on the horse ride. Travel back in time to the old Western town and try your hand at gem mining.

31791 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Online: zoomars.com

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Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
Come join a parade of people gathering for activities, games, rides, pumpkins and all around fun in this country fair atmosphere. This patch offers a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. They also have a snack bar, pony ride, a petting zoo and a variety of games.

6701 E. PCH
Long Beach, CA
Online: paspumpkinpatch.com

Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
Meander through thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes in a charming farm atmosphere.  Enjoy a host of amusement rides, game booths, and activities all set under the canopy of the beautiful autumn sky. Admission is free and the fun is guaranteed!

24203 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA
Online: pumpkincity.com

—Kate Loweth

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