My search for Fall in Southern California brings me to the Hana Field Pumpkin Patch. My Autumnal bucket list in and near Orange County is a trifecta of apple picking, pumpkin patches and fall foliage with iconic fall activities in-between. Unlike apple picking in Southern California, finding pumpkin patches turned out to be a much easier feat.
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch & Flower Fields
Tanaka Farms is one of Southern California’s most popular farms for all sorts of produce and activities. Hana Field in Costa Mesa is the newest location in Orange County from Tanaka Farms and amongst all the pumpkin patches available. Depending on the season, you may visit the farms for a variety of U-Pick harvests. I was here earlier in the summer for the start of their sunflower season. Be sure to keep checking their schedule.
Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Hana Field
Here’s a quick guide to all the essential information for your visit.
437 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA92626
When to Visit:
From September 30-October 29 (2023)
Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-6pm
General Admission – $10 (2 years and under are free)
Flower picking – $15 for 15 stems
Activity Tickets – $6 each or 6 for $30
Pumpkins – $1.39 per pound
Activities Available at Hana Field by Tanaka Farms
Luckily I currently live in Costa Mesa, so the Hana Field Pumpkin Patch was only 5 minutes away. Admission tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or in-person. Within Hana Field there are plenty of activities to keep you busy for the day, both free and paid.
Activity Tickets are required for the Cow Train, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and the Pumpkin Cannon. Otherwise, feel free to wander the fields of sunflowers and marigolds, peruse the U-Pick Pumpkin patch, enter the Barnyard exhibition, explore the corn maze, stop for the many photo-op locations, and shop the market.
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch
Find the perfect pumpkin to bring home or just walk the pumpkin patch for the fall vibes. If you are planning to pick your own pumpkin, be sure to bring the proper shears for it! There is a cute haystack pumpkin photo-op setup in the field along with other cute festive fall decorations.
Blooms at the Sunflower Field
Similar the pumpkins, you will need your own shears for cutting the sunflowers or marigolds. If you forget them at home, it is available to purchase at check-in. I went to the summer opening of the sunflower fields and the plants were much taller!
Get Lost in the Corn Maze
This is my first corn maze! My inner kid was so happy to wander into this puzzle. Although it was not too difficult, it was still a very fun time.
Barnyard Education Exhibit
Truly getting my fix of farm activities here. The Barnyard exhibition had chickens, bunnies, goats, sheep and cows! Yes, I said hello to every single one of them.
I believe you can purchase food to feed the goats and sheep. They were so adorable. The chickens and bunnies kind of just minded their own business, lol.
Shop the Market
Finally, on your way out, you will find the market full of goodies for purchase. They have smaller pumpkins available in front and other farm goods.
The crowd situation here was very mellow, which leads to a much more relaxing pumpkin patch vibe compared to the others in Orange County. I didn’t feel like it was overpacked or too high energy which is great if you’re looking for a chill day of fall activities. October can still be quite warm in Southern California, so dress accordingly and wear sunscreen. It’s also good to note that Hana Field is a working farm so the grounds can get bumpy, dusty and full of surprises. I highly recommend wearing closed-toe shoes.