Kid-Friendly Austin – The Fall Festival at Barton Hill Farms

The Fall Festival at Barton Hill Farms
The Fall Festival at Barton Hill Farms

As summer wanes and the temperature drastically drops into the mid-eighties (brrrrrrr), one thing is certain: Fall is in the air in Austin. Or maybe it’s just the ragweed. Either way, October means it’s time to pay a local farm for the privilege of waiting in lines to look at large, orange squash-y things. Hooray!

Year to year pumpkin patch comparison

Someday he will smile in his pumpkin patch photo, I just know it

This year, we went to The Fall Festival at Barton Hill Farms near Bastrop. It features all the basic Autumn accoutrements: A pumpkin patch (seen above), a huge corn maze, a mini corn maze, barnyard animals, lots of food, live music and various games to keep kids from getting bored.

That Poore Baby plays tetherball at Barton Hill Farms

Like this fall favorite (Insert your favorite Napoleon Dynamite quote here)

For a few more bucks, you can feel like a true VIP and get yourself an Adventure Pass. This gives you access to the grain train, tricycle racing, a huge jumping pillow and Bessy’s cow train. For us, it was worth it for the jumping pillow alone, the little man couldn’t get enough.

Riding the cow train at the Fall Festival in Bastrop

Not quite sure why he’s giving me the stink eye (on Bessy’s cow train)

All in all, it was a great way to spend a few hours (and a few bucks) on a chilly (it was totally in the 70s when we headed out) autumn day in the Central Texas area.

That Poore Baby picking a pumpkin

While this looks innocent, a second later he tried to bounce it like a ball

That Poore Baby almost sits still

This was as close as we got to a posed fall photo

Regular admission is $8 for kids (3-10) and $11 for everyone else (11+). The Adventure Pass will set you back $13 (3-10) and $15 (11+). Under 3 is totes free. I recommend ponying up the extra few bucks for the Adventure Pass.

Barton Hill Farms
1115 Farms to Market 969
Bastrop, TX 78602

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