Two Hill Country Pumpkin Patches You'll Want to Head to Before They're Gone!
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their fall/Halloween season so far…I know we are! We’ve been getting out and about in this wonderful town as much as we can to soak it all up. We’ve made it out to the German Wine Tour, Boerne Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, The Key to the Hills Rod Run, Market Days, and this week we went to TWO different awesome pumpkin patches!
The first was the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) pumpkin patch that’s located in Boerne on the front lawn of the Patrick Heath Public library (UPDATE FOR 2018: this patch has moved to The AgriCultural at 102 City Park Road). This was our first year to go to this patch and from what I know about it, all of the fun vintage tractors, truck, and photo backdrops were new additions this year. The kids had so much fun running through the pumpkins, climbing on the tractors, and doing the scavenger hunt. Of course we had to pick a few pumpkins to bring home to carve as well! This patch is a great option if you’re looking to stay close, are on a budget, and just want something super fun for the kids to do in the spirit of the season. It's open until 7:00pm so when schedules are tight, it's really easy to just throw the kids in the car and go play for a bit before dinner (like we did!). There are no admission fees so you only pay for the pumpkins that you choose to buy and the prices vary on those, depending on size. Also, this patch is run by the youth department of FUMC and all proceeds go to support their activities: fun for the whole family and you’re supporting a great cause in our community…win/win!
The second pumpkin patch we went to was at the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm and this is one we go to every year. I can’t even begin to explain how much fun this place is! But before we get to photos of all of the fun activities, can we just take a moment to enjoy just how beautiful of a setting this is??
You do have to pay for admission here (but no worries...there's a Groupon for that!) then you purchase tickets for food, drinks, and some of the activities such as roasting marshmallows, the barrel train ride, pumpkin painting, face painting, and ducky races. There are also plenty of free activities, to include a hay jump (our kids’ favorite every year!), a hay ride through the Christmas trees, feeding of the animals, bouncy ball court, sand box, scarecrow dressing, and a giant tube that the kids just have a blast running through over and over again (crazy kids!).
I feel like I say this all the time, but we really feel so blessed to live in such a fantastic community. There is never a shortage of fun things to do with the kids around here and I just couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! Have you been to either of these pumpkin patches yet? Are there any others nearby in the Hill Country that you recommend? And if you’re from out of town, what sorts of fall/Halloween activities does your family enjoy in your community?
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