November 8, 2012

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival & Corn Maze

My family and I took a little adventure to the Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival & Corn Maze, and the kids had so much fun that we had to bribe them with ice cream to get them to leave! There's so much to do, that everyone is sure to find something they enjoy... adults, children of all ages, even your teenager!

Pick out the perfect pumpkin.
Share a bag of kettle corn with a friend.
Or just keep it all for yourself!

Try your luck at the bean bag toss.
Play a quick game of washers.
Hop your way to victory in the sack races.

Wiggle your hips for some hula hoop fun.

The highlight of the festival is the 5-acre corn maze shaped like Texas. They have several "trivia" guides to help you choose the right paths to take in the maze, and my older kids loved answering the questions and trying to figure out which way to go. We had to venture through the maze twice, because once just wasn't enough!

My 3-year old's favorite thing to do was swing on the hay bale swings, big enough for two adults or three kids. My arms started getting sore from pushing her (and whatever new friends she made in her time on the swings) higher and higher... at least until I figured out that my 5-year old son enjoyed pushing the swing as much as his little sister liked getting pushed. Score one for Mom!


Another fun feature is the sunken pirate ship sandbox, which has plenty of sand toys to go around.  Your little munchkin can pretend to be captain of the Lively, Stephen F. Austin’s lost sailing ship fabled to be taken by pirates, lost at sea, or perhaps even shipwrecked on the high banks of the Colorado River outside Bastrop, while you grab a refreshing beverage--bottled water, soda, or a locally brewed ale from the Bastrop Brewhouse. Or, you can climb up to the end of the bow and re-enact the famous king of the world scene from "Titanic." I promise, that wasn't me and my husband you saw... that's our story and we're sticking to it.

In a nod to local history, there is also a life size replica of the ol’ Wilbarger frontier fort, where Josiah Wilbarger, famous for having been scalped by Indians and living to tell about it, lived for many years, on the banks of the Colorado River in the 1830's.

And, like any good Fall Festival, there's a pumpkin patch, overflowing with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Plus, there are hay bales, which are perfect for sitting down and resting in the shade by the banks of the Colorado River or for capturing that perfect fall family photo.

And did I mention the live music? Barton Hill Farms has done an excellent job of lining up a variety of local favorites, including the Peterson Brothers Band, the Rian C. Band, the Jeff Whitehead Band, Slim Bawb, the Emmy Award winning Biscuit Brothers, and so many more! Click here to see their live music schedule.

Something new they've added is a schedule of "after dark" activities, including Movies at the Maze and the Flashlight Maze. Bring flashlights, blankets, and lawn chairs. Concessions will be served throughout the movie, and food and beer will be served until movie begins. here's the movie schedule:

  • Saturday, Nov. 10th, 6:30pm – "Elf"
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th, 6:30pm – "Polar Express"
  • Friday, Nov. 23rd, 6:30pm – "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation"
Barton Hill Farms is located at 1115 FM 969 in Bastrop, TX. They are open Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 18th, as well as the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, 9am-9pm. Admission is $10 for Adults (ages 13+), $7 for Children (ages 3-12), and FREE for Children (ages 0-2). You can print the coupon below for $1 OFF admission. Visit for more information.

Photos were taken by the very talented Sleeping Owl Photography.

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