Friday, October 11, 2013
Pick the perfect pumpkin at one of these 5 North Texas patches
Remember to take advantage of the photo ops, too.
The time is getting ripe for picking a Halloween pumpkin (not to mention those cute-as-a-button photo ops). Check out these five fun places to try.
Country Critters Farm: Kids can pick out a pie-size pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and families can take home one jack-o-lantern-size pumpkin at this Mansfield attraction. You can visit their new animal barn with goats, sheep, a mini cow, pigs, chickens and a rabbit all ready for petting. There’s also a bounce house, a train playground and wooden maze.
Autumn at the Arboretum: The Dallas Arboretum's fall fest features thousands of pumpkins on display, four pumpkin houses and a pumpkin carriage (photo op!). You can also buy a pumpkin to take home at the Tom Thumb pumpkin patch, try the hay bale maze and buy German favorites in the Oktoberfest Garden.
The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch: Expect pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bale mazes, baked goods, bounce houses and refreshments at this Flower Mound attraction on the Double Oak Ranch.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm: For wide-open spaces and fresh country air, pack a picnic and head for this farm attraction owned by the Kimbrell family in Celina, northwest of McKinney. The quietest time to visit is early afternoon during the week. You’ll find plenty of pumpkins off the vine, or you can peruse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. There are also animals.
Hall's Pumpkin Farm: Plenty of pumpkins, yes, but it’s the two-acre corn maze that’s the standout attraction on the Hall family farm in the heart of Grapevine. The stalks are as much as nine feet tall. Take an adorable fall photo with the scarecrows, haystacks, farm animals or even a vintage farm tractor.
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