Farms and fall seem to go hand in hand. There are hay rides, pumpkin patches, hay mazes and oodles of other fun to be had. Here, in central Texas, we are especially lucky. We have several wonderful farms within an easy drive, and each one has something fun and special to offer.
First, as a family type outing let’s review the basics. You want to dress yourselves and the kids in closed toe boots. It keeps mud and dirt off, but also adds protection from walking out in the pasture. If boots are an option they are highly recommended. Remember to talk to kids about steering clear of anything like snakes or abnormally large bugs. Teach them what an ant hill looks like. Many of us from other areas don’t really grasp what an ant hill is until we have a first hand experience of “wish I hadn’t a done that” as my Papa would say. Long pants are best. Think about what will hold up to dirt and rough play. Pretty lace things aren’t good for sitting on straw bales, you get poked that way. Remember that while these places are all cleaned up and user friendly that they are still farms and are not your backyard. There can be critters out there.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get to the fun! Last year we went out to Robinson Family Farm for their fall festivities. They had musicians playing and friendly staff all over. I will say that they decide rather last minute sometimes if the mud is too much. So, if it rained the night before check Facebook frequently if they are opening as you drive out. Truly though, that is the only thing, and a lot of mud isn’t fun anyway. The corn maze is a fun time. I would rate last year’s as having been more easy than hard. It is smaller than many I have done, but good for younger kids. Their hay maze for kids was a good time according to my then 8 and 2 year olds.
If you are looking for a more rugged and educational atmosphere, check out Matt Stephens Family Farm. He and his family have recently opened their place up to the public. Their goal is to provide educational opportunities and let people relax and enjoy nature as it is. They have set up a Farm Ninja course that is fun for all ages. Their Easter Egg Hunt is on my can’t miss list. For any photographers that are looking for a beautiful backdrop for photos I recommend getting in contact with Matt and asking about pricing for having a session out there.
If you are looking for some amazing strawberries, I am told Sweet Berry Farm is wonderful. They also boast an amazing Texas maze in the fall. Though I have not yet visited, it is on my list this fall. They offer field trips for groups of up to 20 kids at a time. They also have several white pumpkins available for sale, hurry before they are all gone! While Strawberry season and fall mazes are great they also offer Blackberry picking, and in April they have a lawnmower race that sounds like a hoot!
Hopefully something on this list fits what you are looking for. Each has its own special flavor and ambiance. However, if you are looking for a good time outside and enjoying the family you can’t go wrong with any of the area farms that host events. While these three made my list, there are so many more to go out and enjoy. Best wishes finding your favorite farm.