One of the things I miss most about Kentucky are the Fall festival pumpkin patches. In Kentucky, there are real pumpkin patches — you know pumpkins actually growing from the ground on a vine. We would have to take a tractor-drawn wagon out to the massive fields. It was SO much fun! However, in Texas most pumpkin patches are picked pumpkins usually placed on pallets or in bins. It's still fun to 'pick' a pumpkin but it just isn't the same. I guess they aren't a fan of the weather here. This weekend I did get a bit of nostalgia at Barton Hill Farms. Even the drive between San Antonio and Bastrop, Texas where Barton Hill Farms is located had me thinking about Kentucky. A lot of open fields, cows, and of course horses all had me primed for this fun family fall adventure.
Let me tell you — Barton Hill Farms is GORGEOUS. It is all located on the banks of the Colorado River and everything you want in a Fall Festival is here (minus my Kentucky pumpkin patch).
They have several concession stands throughout the property including a station for frozen wine and snow cones. We didn't get a chance to sample any food but it looked good from what we could tell. You are allowed to bring in snacks and water bottles, just no cooler or alcohol. Oh yeah, and there is even live music! Worry about the sun? Barton Hill Farms has plenty of shaded picnic tables with sun shades! And a whole slew of porta potties for when nature calls.
Barton Hill Farms has two corn mazes — one for little kids and another that takes more thought to get through (5-acres!). Normally, I love doing corn mazes but we had to cheat and use the map they gave us. Boo! We were short on time and had to make sure we made it out in a timely manner. It was still a blast but I prefer to do them without a map if I can. It's always fun getting lost in a controlled environment. In the real world, I hate it ;-)
There are several of the classic drainage pipe slides throughout the property. My boys spent a good while just going down the slide — over and over and OVER again :-)
Another fun thing you can do with a drainage pipe is run in it like you are a rat on an exercise wheel. From big to small the kids seem to like this one. It's a great way for the kiddos to get some extra exercise too ;-)
There are a ton of backyard games you can play together as a family at Barton Hill Farms too. We tried our hand at tetherball, but I also saw corn hole, roping practice, bowling, tic tac toe, bean bag toss, and several others.
The Ball Zone
Then there is an area for ball fans. That's all boys, right? My boys threw balls till their heart's content — baseballs, basketballs, and footballs.
The Jumping Pillow
Now, this is super fun for all ages — even for adults! They had two jumping pillows based on height. My youngest refused to go on it, though, because he couldn't go on the same one as his brother. Got to love kids ;-)
My boys also loved playing in this neat, GIANT tree house at Barton Hill Farms. There are several ways to get in and out of this wood masterpiece. Not to mention, fun holes you can use to spy on your parents ;-)
You won't want to miss the fields of flowers either! I hear there are a couple of trains that go through the fields but that's something else we will have to do next year. I could have spent a lot of time messing around with the flowers — taking pictures. It'd be a great spot for a family photo! That's right I am already planning on going again next year — it got me. It fulfilled my Kentucky Fall fix! I suggest coming when they open if you get the chance to. Two hours was not nearly enough to experience everything, but we made the most of it. Hopefully next time we won't have baseball taking up our morning! I've always wanted to take family photos with sunflowers. It's already on my to-do list for next time!
And of course, there are pumpkins! I really like that they are a flat price and not by weight. So you can pick a BIG pumpkin and not worry about it costing $25.
Final Thoughts On Barton Hill Farms
For $12.95 online or $15.95 gate price per person, this Barton Hill Farms Fall festival is well worth it. They have enough activities to keep kids of all ages entertained for several hours. It's most definitely somewhere we will be coming back to! And for how popular it is, I never felt like we were overcrowded and it was quite easy to just jump in and play something. The parking lot had a ton of cars but were guided to a spot really quickly too! Next weekend is the last weekend (through November 4th) they are open this season — so pack up the family and head on out — you won't be sorry!