pumpkinsIt’s October and that means it’s time to go the Pumpkin Patch! My family had our first pumpkin patch visit of the season this weekend. Irvine Park Railroad invited my family and I to attend the 10th annual Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch is located inside of Irvine Regional Park. I always feel as if I am completely outside of the city when I’m here.

PumpkinPatchIrvineParkRR1Attending the The Pumpkin Patch was a wonderful way to welcome in the fall season. When you arrive you see a beautiful display of pumpkins, fall colors and photo ops throughout the park.

PumpkinPatchIrvineParkRR4There’s plenty to do before picking out the perfect pumpkin, my girls were delighted to start the day running through the straw bale maze. game booths (which I love because everyone wins a prize).


The hay rides look fun, although due to my oldest daughter’s allergies we can’t go on them. The train ride is always enjoyable and takes you on a ride through the Irvine Railroad Park with views of the lake, peacocks running through the park and families enjoying their afternoon fishing and picnicking.


Other things to enjoy are the John Deere tractor racers, panning for gold (that was fun), bounce houses, a kid friendly (and mommy friendly) haunted house, cookie decorating, face painting and a lot of great photo ops.


What I love about Irvine Park Railroad is that it’s free to enter. You do have to pay to to enter Irvine Regional Park ($3.00 weekdays, $5.00 weekends). Some of the activities do require a fee but things such as the hay bale maze. the haunted house and all the photo ops are FREE. The pumpkins are gorgeous and reasonably priced.


While your at Irvine Regional Park take advantage of the day, visit the Interpretive Center, go for a hike one of the many trails, visit the OC Zoo, play at one of the four playgrounds or rent a bike or a paddle boat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Irvine Regional Park has plenty of picnic benches, so pack a lunch or visit the Lakeside Snack Shack for a quick lunch.

  • When: Open daily (weather permitting) at 10:00 am through October 31st.
  • Where: Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
  • Cost: Entrance into Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 on weekdays, $5.00 on weekends, Entry into the Pumpkin Patch is FREE, some activities have fees that vary according to activity. Activity tickets are $5.00 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60.00 ($15.00 savings).

Don’t forget to print these coupons before you go. 

Disclosure: Irvine Park Railroad provided complimentary tickets for me and my family to take part in the media weekend. My opinions of the event are entirely 100% my own and in no way had any impact on my review. 


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