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Barton Hill Farms ~ Bastrop, TX {Giveaway for Family 4 -pack!}

Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop, TX opened this past weekend and it's the perfect place to have the quintessential harvest experience!  With outdoor games, pumpkin patches, play areas, big swings and the best corn maze around, Barton Hill Farms is a fun place to spend an afternoon with the family.

We visited the farm last year and loved it and already have our weekend planned to go back. Here's a few reasons why we loved Barton Hill Farms.  And we have a Family 4-pack of tickets to give away for you to go too (at the bottom of this post).
History 
Barton Hill Farms is dedicated to bring outdoor fun and educational events to families in Central Texas.  The history of the farm itself is fascinating, dating back to the 1830s, when it was first settled by Josiah Wilbarger, a survivor of an Indian ambush that left him scalped (read the whole story here).  I loved reading about the history of the land and area on the historical signs that are peppered throughout the farm.
The Swings
The farm itself is hidden by the massive corn stalks when you first arrive.  Once you go through the entrance, you are welcomed to the farm with this huge open area filled with fun things to do with the family.  We had arrived early, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  And the first place the kids ran to......
 These amazing swings!  The farm has several of these wonderful hay-bale swings hanging from these massive oak trees that kids and adults alike enjoy swinging on. We spent a long time just swingin.....
Outdoor Fun 
There are so many fun things to do at the Farm as a family - throw washers, play in the massive pirate ship/sand box, run around like frontier men in the Fort, hula hoop, and take tons and tons of pictures.  Picnic tables are scattered around with great big shade awnings to sit under.  There are a few drink & food tents as well (kettle korn anyone?). This year, they have added a jumping pillow, barrel train, and farm animals.
Willie Nelson Corn Maze
We came to accomplish the massive corn maze. Last year, the 5-acre maze was created in the shape of Texas but this year, it's a Willie Nelson theme (see below - isn't it AWESOME?).  There are themed sets of clues (we chose Halloween History) to help you through the maze.  I had never worked my way through a corn maze before and was overwhelmed with how tall all the stalks were.  It was extremely well done, with just the perfect amount of difficulty to make it challenging.  We never got lost and we never wanted to give up.  It was a ton of fun.

Live Music
But the best part of the farm for mom?  Enjoying live music while rewarding ourselves with a cold drink and warm kettle korn.  The farm has live music all day, which makes for a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  After getting their fill of popcorn, the kids ran off to swing some more (shocker) and allowed us parents to relax and enjoy the farm.  It was wonderful.
Barton Hill Farms is open on the weekends thru November 10th.

Want to win tickets to visit Barton Hill Farms?  Just enter the below Rafflecopter.  Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at midnight.  We will draw a winner and inform them via email on Thursday, October 17.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Texas Travel Facts for Barton Hill Farms:
Location: 1115 Farm to Market 969 Bastrop, TX 
Hours: Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm  Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm (Open until November 10)
Admission: 11 and up: $10
                    3 - 10: $7
                    2 and under: free
                    Buy tickets online in advance and save $1!!
Recommended Time: 2+ hours
Good to know: All ages welcome, lots of walking, bring a picnic lunch (tables are available), no pets, bring your camera - lots of fun pictures to be taken!

18 comments:

Chrissy Bricker said...

Hi there! I love your blogs and posts!im new to Texas and am a huge family girl, so I always look to your page for recommendations! Thanks for all your help, you're fam is adorable :)

Laurie said...

I just told a friend yesterday I wanted to take my kids to a place like this! It looks like so much fun!

melissa said...

We would love to win!! Love your blog!

sara fuentes said...

Would love to take my kids for their first time

Sheili G. said...

We love going to pumpkin patches.

Hilary said...

I'd love to take my family here-- we are always looking for fun things and I feel like we've exhausted SweetBerry Farms, the pumpkin patch in Medina, etc. This would be great! Thanks for the opportunity!

Christina Linnell said...

Our favorite fall activity is usually Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. Kicks off the season!

MSHELL MINTON said...

We went last year. It was a lot of fun. Lots to do and we were not nickle and dimed to death. Going back this year with a group of friends

Brandi Summers said...

My favorite fall activity is carving pumpkins for Halloween!! I'm looking forward to the trip to the pumpkin patch to pick ours out for this year!

The H Fam said...

We love visiting Pumpkin Patches each Fall, making chili and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips.

The H Fam said...

We love visiting Pumpkin Patches each Fall, making chili and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips.

obscure_thoughts said...

I love the Thanksgiving!!

B said...

I love everything about fall - pumpkin patches, cooler weather, Salted caramel mochas from Starbucks, but this year, my favorite part is getting this baby out! We need to get to the pumpkin patch ASAP before that happens :)

Mommas Bacon said...

My older daughter is really into jumping in leaves. I was never a huge fan of raking until now. Ha!

Kristin said...

I love this farm in the fall! Please send me. :)

michele trevino said...

Hi, I just want to say" your blog ROCKS! I have found so many places to my kids. We love family time! :) Thank you

MelissaS said...

Love going to fall festivities with my family!

Kathryn Stacer said...

Can my favorite fall activity be getting a PSL at Starbucks?? :) That and pumpkin patches of any kind.