We've been in Austin a little over a year and one of the first things I wanted to do was go to Barton Hills Farm. We weren't able to go last year because of weather and work conflicts so when I got the opportunity to visit and share a review for ya'll. Again, it had been raining, but I called before we went and they said it was sunny skies and that they would stay open and shut down just a few of the attractions if it really started pouring. So we packed up our things and headed over. Luckily it's only about 15 miles from where we live and seemed like we got there in no time because the scenery is so peaceful. You can see grass farms and cows all along your drive. It's located in Bastrop, Texas and if you're coming from Austin or surrounding cities it will probably take you a good hour, but well worth the drive.
I was complimented 4 tickets to take my girls and babies (2 and under) get free admissions. I hope ya'll saw my post about their discounted tickets on my Facebook Page, $12.95 versus the $15.95 at the gate. If you're not a fan of my facebook page yet, click that LIKE button. I share coupons, deals and other family friendly events all around the Austin metro area. I also have a YouTube channel where I share vlogs and other parenting/mom videos. Our Barton Hill Farms vlog will be up later this month, so be sure to click Subscribe and the notification bell to get notified when I put out a new video.
Barton Hill Farms is currently having their "Fall Festival" till November 4th and you can visit Saturday or Sunday till about dusk. And I bet you will have a blast because we sure did. At first I thought I would be overwhelmed going with my four kids, but I love how every activity is in it's own area so that the kids can focus on one thing at a time.
Speaking of activities they have something for the whole family. First off, there is plenty of parking and the staff is so nice and easy to park; second, it's easy to pay or redeem your online tickets. Just show them your ticket on your phone, they scan it and you are good to go. Everyone gets their own wrist band and you pass the gates and it opens up to the view of the amazing view of the farm. Huge trees for lots of shade and picnic tables for you to enjoy their delicious food.
If you have been looking to take some great fall photos, Barton Hill Farms is the place to visit. Their pumpkin patch has so many photo opportunities is hard to pick just one! Can you take home a pumpkin? Of course, you can purchase your pumpkin before you leave the farm. Two birds with one stone!
Up next, how about some friendly competition with corn hole, duck racing or bowling!? Maybe someone has to go potty, there are plenty of portable bathrooms near the entrance of the farm, which were surprisingly clean, we visited them 3 times during our visit! They have some delicious lemonade that we gulped down after my girls defeated me at almost all the games.
What you do next is up to you, but towards the "back" of the farm there are more games for bigger kids or kids at heart as well as the Wilbarger Willage, which is a huge tree house that everyone can climb. Watch out for those super fast slides. They have these slides all over the farm, go ahead, let the kids try them all! So many other things to do, when you look at the website you may thing it doesn't sound like much, but you can literally spend a
t least 30 minutes at each attraction, so you can easily be there all day, which makes it a great family fun filled day at Barton Hill Farms!
As I mentioned before, they do have FOOD! There's always a spot to sit, or make a friend and sit with another family. You can even walk over to the entertainment stage and sit under their tables with umbrellas and listen to some great music. Ohh and you have to try out their bench swings under their huge trees. Beautiful views of the farm and of the Colorado River as well.
We got to talk about the corn maze! We did pretty good, I thought it was going to take us at least an hour. I made everyone go potty before we started, lol. But before you go in you get to choose your route and a map with the "hints" to help you get out. It's like a scavenger hunt/trivia! Super fun for the whole family. The staff is super friendly and will give you hints if you ask for help, or just want to get out faster. You have to go through the Corn Maze before you leave.
There are other farms like Barton Hill Farms, but I highly suggest and have suggested Barton Hill over the other ones. We have yet to visit the other ones, but I don't think we are missing anything and they have all you need in one stop. Check out their website to see all the fun things you can do, I didn't name them all!
Want to visit? Here are some links to check out before you do.