Friday, October 3, 2014


Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop, Texas {Coupon}

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.  I want to tell you all about why you need to plan a Saturday or Sunday to go AND make sure you take advantage of the Coupon link at the bottom of this article.

Let's face it, here in Central Texas, we don't get a traditional fall.  In fact, we are down right HOT most of September & October.  So it is really great that we can still experience some fall fun with Barton Hill Farms so close to us.

We have visited Barton Hill Farms the past 2 years and plan on doing so again this year.  Here is some of the fun you can experience:

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.

Photo Credit: Barton Hill Farms
Go Horns Corn Maze
In honor of Coach Strong's first year coaching the University of Texas Longhorns, Barton Hill Farms created this AMAZING corn maze (see above - isn't it AWESOME?).  The maze is my family's favorite thing to do here, as it is a challenge. 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 when we tried it 2 years ago 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 really was a great family time. And every Saturday night, they host a Flashlight maze!

Outdoor Fun 
The best part about Barton Hill Farms, other than the corn maze, is the relaxing atmosphere.  There are so many fun things to do at the Farm as a family that you can take your time with and really enjoy yourselves.  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. This year, they also have a jumping pillow, kayaking on the Colorado River, calf roping, John Deer Trike Track, and farm animals.

Photo Credit: Barton Hill Farms
Pumpkin Patch
Barton Hill Farms also has a great pumpkin patch to select the perfect one to carve or decorate for Halloween.

Live Music
We loved the fact that we could sit as parents and enjoy live music 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 and allowed us parents to relax and enjoy the farm.  It was wonderful.

Barton Hill Farms will be open on weekends through November 9.

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 9)
Admission: 11 and up: $11
                    3 - 10: $8
                    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!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Barton Hill Farms.  All opinions of the farm, including how amazing I think the corn maze is, are all mine.  

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