This farm in Irvine is definitely a little gem. They offer a variety of activities and tour throughout the year such as strawberry tour in Spring and watermelon tour during the summer. Of course, October is the month of everything pumpkin. If you’re living in Orange County and looking for a free and fun activity to do in October or on Halloween, this farm is a must visit.
Things To Do
Not only that you can pick your own pumpkin and purchase one or multiples for your gourmet pie or carving, but there are a variety of things to do at Tanaka Farm. Activities include a wagon ride, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and an organic produce shop.
A few hours at Tanaka Farm is a blast for people of all ages. There are plenty of things for kids to do and young adults won’t find it boring at all. This place is huge and if you have a slight interest for these kind of things, you’re set for a great day.
This place is free to visit. No entrance fee or parking fare. Although some activities cost money, $5 for the wagon ride and $2 for the petting zoo. The wagon ride includes a tour around the farm, one stop at the petting zoo (which you could easily walk to if you don’t want to do the ride), and a stop at a pumpkin canon shoot.
Parking was an ass when we visited because it was an afternoon on a Sunday. Now, if you visit during the week or any other weekends not during October really, this farm is not that crowded at all.
You will simply take the 405 south down toward San Diego and get off at University, turn left and you will see a sign says Strawberry Road and you’ll just turn into the farm. It doesn’t say Tanaka Farm but it says Strawberry Farm, which is the same place. You will then proceed through the main entrance and there will be someone there to direct you to the parking. On a not busy day, just turn left into the parking area and park.
For more info about the farms, visit their official website here.