For the first time we were invited to Tanaka Farms for the Watermelon Tours. We have never been and since the kids love watermelon I thought why not try. I was so surprised by how big it is. Here are my tips before you go:
- Wear closed toe shoes
- Wear a hat
- Wear sunglasses
- Wear sunscreen
- Bring a grocery bag, reusable of course
- Get there early
- Bring water
Did you see my live feed from there? Check it out if you didn't.
The first thing is they have you wait for the next tour. Check their site for times. You don't have to make a reservation unless you are a big group. You take a tractor ride around the farm and make several stops. At these stops they provide veggies for you to taste. If you don't like it just toss it over. There are times that you get extra veggies so that is where the grocery bag comes in for you to take home with you. The favorites were carrots and corn.
The last stop you stay under a tent where they give you tastings of different melons. It was so good and you will leave with a belly full of veggies and fruit. This was nice for my kids to try new things. They will pass lots of plates around and if any leftovers they let sit at the main table for you to grab at your leisure. After that they give you a small seedless watermelon to take home.
If you live far from the area like we do make a day of it and go to the following places:
- Great Park
- Adventure Playground Irvine Park
- Boomers in Irvine
- Irvine Park Railroad