With the fall season upon us, it’s a wonderful time to get outdoors. When you’re looking for a great way to take advantage of one of these beautiful fall days, set your sights on Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne. Here your family can find the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride, and make your way through a corn maze.
The fall harvest delivers the season’s most popular vegetable, pumpkins. Grab a wagon and head off to the field. Walk between the rows until you find your perfect pumpkin then pick it right off the vine. Don’t forget to have your camera on hand because there are plenty of photo opportunities with these giant orange vegetables.
Every kid loves a hayride and Hall Family Farm has one pulled by a tractor. This is a slow roaming ride throughout the farm so, climb aboard and sit back to take it all in. It’s an easy-going ride which is suitable for all ages. Translation, it’s a crowd pleaser for both young and old.
If navigating through 5 acres of corn fields over 2 miles of paths is your idea of outdoor fun, Hall Family Farm has a corn maze to satisfy anyone’s craving for adventure. To get started, you are given a simple map, an outline of the cornfield and a flag. Scattered throughout the maze are 9 hidden mailboxes, each containing a piece of the map. Match the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph on the map piece to the same symbol on the grid. Using the tape they provide in each mailbox, tape them on your map to reveal paths to aid you in finding the exit. You don’t necessary need to find all 9 mailboxes to solve the maze.
If you find yourself stuck and need help, just take your flag and wave it back and forth. There are staff in a tower that overlooks the entire maze. Over a set of speakers, they can provide directions to help you find a mailbox or the exit. There is also fun music played and words of encouragement given out while you are making your way through the corn maze. To get out, you will need to find the Bridge of Freedom that will take you directly to the exit, and give yourself 1 to 1 ½ hours to finish the maze.
If you’re group includes some younger kids, there are a bunch of activities set up in the front field to keep them entertained. Kids can climb on a big red tractor, race ducks by pumping water, zigzag through a mini maze, ride tricycles, and move sand around using dump trucks in a sand patch. All of these activities are free.
Food and Drinks
Getting hungry? If all that fun gets an appetite worked there are funnel cakes, popcorn, slushes, and hot beverages available for purchase. Or, you can stock up on some good food from the farm’s bounty. Homemade breads, jams, salsas, fritters, ciders, and honey are for sale to take home and enjoy. The prices are reasonable with bottles of water costing just 50 cents and they have tent covered tables set up for a place to sit and eat.
My Daughters’ Take
My ten and eight-year-old daughters went through by themselves and found the corn maze to be fun, yet challenging. A staff member asked them, “Will you girls be okay without an adult?” My youngest daughter responded, “I’m not scared.” In spite of that declaration, at one point my younger daughter wanted to raise the flag for help, but suddenly she saw a mailbox and chose to carry on. After being in the maze for 45 minutes, I asked the staff member on the tower if he could see my daughters. Being able to see the entire maze, he spotted them right away. I gave them their names; he called out to them to see if they need help, and then guided them to the next mailbox. It took them an hour and they found 7 out of the 9 mailboxes, but were able to find the Bridge of Freedom and their way out. Both daughters had a great time and look forward to giving it another try next autumn.
For More Information
Log onto www.hallfamilyfarm.com