Updated with info on how pumpkin patches are handling the Pandemic.
The fall is always a time to come together as family as we dive into holiday season one month after another. School start craziness is over, and we start to get into our rhythms again. This year is different though. The rhythm we are encouraged to have has been the same since mid-March. The fatigue has set in, but we continue to take it one day at a time. In some ways, we know what we have to do, and we can be at peace with wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and in general keeping to our small bubbles. With fall and all the family activities it is hard to know for sure where to draw the line. For sure, it will be a smaller bang Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas but is it still possible to do a few things?
I explored the interwebs and all the pumpkin patches around, looking to see if any would be possible. Encouraged by the idea that it is an outdoor activity, I was hopeful, and we are hopeful that this weekend visiting Barton Hill Farms will be a good experience.
Fall is here and it is time to pick out some pumpkins, go on hay barrel rides, get lost in corn mazes and enjoy the cooler nicer weather!
Our Fall tradition is visiting Barton Hill Farms. The year that we went on their opening weekend and had a blast. It was a warm day but we still enjoyed the train rides, giant jumping pillow, concessions, and pumpkins.
1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX
Barton Hill Farms updated their website with a number of precautions for the pandemic. They are opening later in the season, are cashless for all the refreshments, and are only doing tickets online. They are restricting the amount of people at every time slot with the reservations online. We have done Barton Hill Farms early in the season and it was great with no crowds at all. We are hopeful that going their opening weekend we will encounter the same idea for crowds and can still enjoy the festival. Read more about the policies in place to keep everyone safe.
This farm in Bastrop is open every fall from late September to early November (depending on when Halloween falls for the Fall Festival & Corn Maze. Activities include giant jumping pillows and barrel train rides for the kids. Kids can also go through a 5-acre corn maze, play in a frontier fort or climb on the giant shipwrecked sandbox. Enjoy live music, farm animals, and of course, pumpkins, too. Concessions are also sold onsite.
1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, TX
I could not find any specifics on the website on any special restrictions or precautions. They did have this on their news page, my fears though that with busy times there will just be too many people. “We did have a complaint today that there were too many people, some were not wearing a mask, and we misrepresented. Please know, there is no way we can keep you from interacting with other people from time to time. We want folks to be as comfortable as possible. Mondays and Tuesdays are the least attended days. 10am to 2pm seems to be the busiest time of Saturday and Sunday can be all busy.“
The Fall Fun Harvest is open daily from late September through early November. They are CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY. There is no cost for entry and you can pay from $2.50 – $5 per activity. Activities include hayrides, a train, a maze, sand art, horse rides, stuff a scarecrow, face painting, giant jumping pillows and homemade ice cream made with the goods from the farm.
Their long list of activities includes:
- Candy Corn Kid Maze
- Pumpkin Painting
- Scarecrow Stuffing
- Face Painting
- Pick your own Flowers
- Sand Art
- The Sweet Berry Express Barrel Train
- The Berry Bounce
- The ‘Texas’ Maze
- Horse Rides (Weekends Only)
- The Pumpkin Grill (Weekends Only) serves Grilled Corn, Hot Dogs, PB & J sandwiches, drinks, and chips.
3780 White Owl Ln, Temple, TX
The Robinson Family Farm has a page dedicated to COVID-19 and their protective measures. They do not require masks to be worn but encourage social distancing throughout the farm, “We do not require guests to wear masks as we are an outdoor farm with acres and acres to spread out. We are asking all guests to socially distance while on the farm, and masks are strongly encouraged when in indoor locations or in places where distancing is not feasible.“
This Pumpkin Patch not only has pumpkins to choose from but also activities including a corn maze, arts & crafts, hayrides, and baby animals. There is no cost for admission and you can purchase individual tickets at $1 each for activities or a $10 wristband that allows unlimited turns at all the activities. Activities cost 2 – 5 tickets each.
120 Natures Way, Elgin, TX
The Fall Fun have limited their activities to those that can be done safely. The website states, “Due to COVID and CDC guidelines we will not be able to offer some activities we have offered in the past. There will be lots of pumpkins on the farm for the fall atmosphere and picture taking; however, due to COVID we will have limited pumpkins for sale during the 2020 season. “
This farm that is known for it’s amazing Christmas Trees turns into a pumpkin wonderland in October with their October Fall Fun. They are open daily starting in early October and have several special events in October. Admission includes access to mini pumpkin decorating, playgrounds, hay jumps, mazes and animals to visit.