The 2020 Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch experience is very much scaled down from past years. Please consult Irvine Park Railroad’s website for specific info regarding safety and details for October 2020.
Past Years at the Pumpkin Patch (Not Representative of the 2020 Experience)
2019 Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad – is a family tradition at Irvine Regional Park. Our family tries to visit every year. We always take the kids photo next to the pumpkin ruler to see how tall they’ve grown. HINT: Best time of day to visit is about 2 or 3 hours before closing. The light is so pretty then! Just make sure you get on the train and the hay ride first, so you don’t run out of time.
You do have to pay $3-$5 for parking at Irvine Regional Park, but you do NOT have to pay to get into the Pumpkin Patch. You can easily spend the entire day at Irvine Regional Park by adding a trip to the Orange County Zoo ($2 per person) and putting in some good playground and nature time. Their are 4 playgrounds here! Try them all. The bike and paddle boat rentals can add even more fun to your day outdoors. Grabbing some lunch or dinner at the kid-friendly snack stand next to the train station ticket booth or packing a picnic means there’s no reason to rush your time spent here.
FREE activities include:
- Haunted House
- Straw Bale Maze
- Hay Bale Pyramid
- Take your own fall photos of the kids near pumpkins or at the painted picture stands (where you peek your head through a mural)
- Walk through Irvine Regional Park on a fall day where you can see peacocks, horses, ducks, and even a flock of wild green parrots if you’re lucky
TICKET activities requiring purchased tickets include:
- Train Ride (one ticket)
- Hay Ride (one ticket) – my husband LOVED this
- Bounce Houses (one ticket)
- John Deere Tractor Racers for 5-8 year olds (one ticket – and younger kids may ride as a passenger for an additional ticket)
- Carnival Games (2 games for one ticket – and everyone wins a prize)
- Pumpkin Ring Toss (one ticket for small prize, two tickets for big prize – everyone wins a prize)
- Pumpkin Decorating NEW (two tickets)
- Bank a Ball NEW (one ticket)
- Cookie Decorating (one ticket – and they are BIG cookies!)
- Panning for Gold (requires two tickets)
- Face Painting (requires two tickets)
Tickets are $6.00 each or you can save $15.00 by purchasing a book of 15 tickets for $75.00. This is the first year they’ve raised the prices since we’ve been coming (so ONCE in 10 years is understandable). So if you are used to paying $5 per activity and $60 for the book of tickets, expect to pay more this year. Children 12 months old and younger do not require a ticket for the train or hay ride.
Check out the price guide as you head into the patch for an idea of pumpkin pricing. The pumpkins are clustered together around the trees and along the fences, making for great photo opportunities.
- Parking at Irvine Regional Park is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Entrance to the pumpkin patch is free. Arrive early in the day for a more convenient parking space and a shorter line for the ever-popular train ride. Their website warns: “As Halloween nears, we encourage visitors to plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend.”
- Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch will be open daily at 10:00, closing at 5:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends, through Halloween.
- Visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch page for coupons and more information.
- Visit this post for info on playgrounds or go to the official Irvine Regional Park online for official information about the park itself.
Disclosure: My family has received complimentary tickets to past pumpkin patch experiences during media previews. Irvine Park Railroad never requests or requires that I state any particular point of view. Some photos courtesy of Lisa Lasater.
Originally published a post on this Pumpkin Patch back in 2009!