Fall Family Fun at Barton Hill Farms

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Fall Family Fun at Barton Hill Farms

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.

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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.

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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).


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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!

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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.

Corn Mazes

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Barton Hill Farms has two corn mazes — one for little kids and another that takes more thought to get through (5-acres!).

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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.

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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 😉


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There are several of the classic drainage pipe slides throughout the property.

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My boys spent a good while just going down the slide — over and over and OVER again 🙂

Rat Rollers

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Another fun thing you can do with a drainage pipe is run in it like you are a rat on an exercise wheel.

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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 😉

Backyard Games

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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

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Then there is an area for ball fans. That’s all boys, right?

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My boys threw balls till their heart’s content — baseballs, basketballs, and footballs.

The Jumping Pillow

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Now, this is super fun for all ages — even for adults!

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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 😉

Wilbarger Willage

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My boys also loved playing in this neat, GIANT tree house at Barton Hill Farms.

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There are several ways to get in and out of this wood masterpiece.

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Not to mention, fun holes you can use to spy on your parents 😉

Flower Fields

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You won’t want to miss the fields of flowers either!

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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.

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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!

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That’s right I am already planning on going again next year — it got me. It fulfilled my Kentucky Fall fix!

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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.

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Hopefully next time we won’t have baseball taking up our morning!


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I’ve always wanted to take family photos with sunflowers. It’s already on my to-do list for next time!

Pumpkin Patch

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And of course, there are pumpkins!

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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!

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  1. Barton Hill Farms does look like a lot of fun. I’ve not been out west at all, but I would miss the fall extravaganza in the country areas like we have here. Nice activities for all ages, it sure looks worth the trip to Texas. I had lived in FL for a while, and I soooo missed “real” fall!

  2. My family and I did something similar last weekend, but in Illinois! We missed out on the flowers, though and your farm looks like it has a few more things. It really is a great family fun-filled time!

    We never got to go out into a field to pick our pumpkins, but we haven’t lost out on much. I’ve grown them at home, and those things are sharp!

  3. Hard to beat the comfort a farm can bring during this time of year. Glad you guys had so much fun!

  4. This looks like a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ve ever done a corn maze but they look fun .

  5. The farm looks so clean! I would want to explore such place like this. Perfect for family bondings.

  6. During the fall we always go to the local farm to pick pumpkins. We also enjoy taking road trips to look at the fall foliage.

  7. It looks like such an amazing little place in the fall. My daughter and I love going to Oak Glen out here which is very similar. Although I love the lake there and the play area looks so fun.

  8. These are the kind of places i love in the fall. A bit organic with a splash of kid fun. YEah I would be sad too if I had to pick my pumpkin from a stash instead from a patch.

  9. We have something similar here and I love it. I don’t have kids so it is not so fun without children. But still a great day trip!

  10. We love to go to pumpkin patches, they are always nice. We also love to go apple picking and pick some delicious apples.

  11. There are a few apple orchards near our house and we have gone there many fall seasons. I then have apples galore and I make, bake and eat apples.

  12. We love to go apple picking at a local orchard. This has been a tradition ever since I was a little girl!

  13. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks like a fun place to visit. I enjoy apple picking and baking in the Fall!

  14. Looks like so much fun such great photos. I know my kids to love to visit the farms in Fall.

  15. It definitely looks like a whole lot of fun, I’ve never been out that way but may need to add it to my bucket list after this fabulous read.

  16. Paula Pennachio says:

    This is my family’s favorite time of year. We love to ride in the country and look at all the trees with the beautiful leaves turning color

  17. This fall was decorated our porch for Fall & Halloween more than past years. It was very fun and festive. We also created a “Haunted Garage” for our friends and family to tour the weekend before Halloween. It was a blast

  18. Vicki Rains says:

    Fall is my favorite season.

  19. Tamra Phelps says:

    I live in KY, so I know the pumpkin patches that you miss! But it looks like you found a fun one in Texas!

  20. shannon fowler says:

    This looks like it was so much fun. I love fall activities like this.

  21. Debbie Boyd says:

    We love to go to the corn maze in Buford, Georgia. It is a great way to educate our children about agriculture and farming! It is a family-friendly atmosphere where we go on hayrides and pick a pumpkin.

  22. I don’t have chlidren and I am disabled so my fall activities are limited. I talk on the phone to my niece and her children around our birhday times in the fall. Halloween is nice as I get to see pictures of the kids in their costumes. This year they went out to a farm to go apple picking so I was able to see pictures of that 🙂

  23. Colleen Boudreau says:

    We like to go to the apple orchard in the fall. Lots of apple cider, donuts, and apple picking!

  24. My family loves to take fall drives to see the color changes. We also like to take bike rides or walk on our local trails.

  25. We love to have the kids and grand kids over for a campfire. Generally it turns into smores for the kids and wine for the adults

  26. Tamra Phelps says:

    We usually hit up a pumpkin patch, too. We live near an apple orchard, so it’s always nice to go pick up some really good apples, too.

  27. Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun!!! I’m putting on my wish list so we can vacation in the area at the right time. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. SHIRLEY SYMON says:

    CORN MAZES are my favorite fall activity. Plus picking out pumpkins for homemade pumpkin pies; caramel apples: fresh cider and donuts.

  29. I live in NY, and we are basically the “Big Apple” for a reason. So in the fall my family and I enjoy going to the farms in fall, one of our favorites is Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard. They have a festival all September and October, and you can take home a twenty-five pound bag of apples plus ride hayrides, listen to live music and pet the animals!

  30. Michele Pineda says:

    That looks like tons of fun! I like to rake leaves into a pile and let my grandsons jump in them, I used to do that as a kid and so did my own children, and they sleep well that night after getting rid of all that energy! I also like to go apple picking and to the local pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin to carve.

  31. This looks like the perfect fall activity. Corn mazes are so much fun, and I just love the farms by me.

  32. kathy pease says:

    We love to decorate the house and go apple picking. We also like to go hiking the trees in Vermont are gorgeous.

  33. Trisha McKee says:

    We love visiting fall festivals and getting a start on holiday shopping. We also love carving pumpkins with friends and having a game night.

  34. My family has two traditions during the fall. One go apple picking! Two make apple pies! I love using apples picked straight from the tree. It always tastes better than the ones I just buy at the store.

  35. LeAnn Harbert says:

    We go camping at the lake sometimes. We watch football games together too.

  36. We like to take walks with our dog. We also like to road trip up north.

  37. Trisha McKee says:

    I love fall. It is a time to relax and enjoy family time. We love the fall festivals. This looks like fun too though! Such a warm, welcoming place!

  38. Molli Taylor says:

    we love pumpking picking anda nice camping trip

  39. Abigail Gibson says:

    I love taking my dog to the dog park in the Fall as the weather is much more favorable as I live in Florida. Those Summer days are just way too hot for me and my dog.

  40. My children and I enjoy bike riding in the Fall. We live in the desert…far too hot to enjoy outdoor activities in Summer. 🙂

  41. We enjoy all the Fall festivals and events here, lots to do! We also enjoy being able to enjoy the outdoors in our yard as the Summer is just too hot.

  42. In my younger days, I used to take my son to pick out pumkins, carve and decorate for the season. Recently I’ve been very ill and there’s not much I am able to do other than to admire things that others have done.

  43. My niece and her family like to visit a local farm in the fall. The farm has produce for sale, and it’s own pumpkin stands around Halloween. They also have corn mazes and horse rides. Sometimes the farm will have apple picking times too.

  44. Deb Pelletier says:

    We like to take photos of the leaves. Later in the month we may buy a pumpkin and get ready for Halloween. I like the smell of the wood burning in the stove. And the feel of cold weather coming.

  45. What an awesome place! Wish I lived near there!

  46. Lyndsey R. says:

    In the fall we like going to the pumpkin patches with corn mazes. We also enjoy haunted houses now that my son is a teenager. Although, this will be the last year for that for a while since we are expecting a baby in December.

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