Fall Fun at Blessington Farms
As fall sets in, a favorite outing for many families are trips out to the huge pumpkin patches. There are a few outside of Houston that are so much more than just a pumpkin patch. A lot of these places are filled with rides, activities and food to fill up the whole day.
Every year, my family ventures the 40 or so miles out to Simonton to Blessington Farms. We’ve made it an annual tradition for all of the cousins, ranging in age from 9 to 11 months. I’ve checked out a few of the other pumpkin patches, but Blessington is always our favorite. It feels smaller, more family-run and the lines are not as long.
There is so much to do at Blessington in the fall that spans so many ages. Our three kids are all under the age of 4, and this year felt like it was easier than last year where our baby was just 9 months old and stayed in the stroller a lot of the time.
Admission is $20/person to the “farm funland” (2 and under are free). This includes unlimited access to all of the rides, games, petting zoo and more. It does not, however, include any pumpkins (the pumpkins are 50 cents per pound in the fall). You can pick up pumpkins on your way out of the gates. You can also pay $3 to do some flower picking out in the fields.
Some of the attractions in the farm funland are the sand mountain, hay rides, barrel train rides, slide mountain (my kids’ personal favorite), pedal cars, the fossil dig, tug-o-war, trolley swings, and the goats, chickens, pigs and dogs in the petting zoo. While there are plenty of staff on-site, it definitely requires parent supervision for the activities (for example, there’s not a dedicated employee for the big slides, so kids are going one after another so you really have to make sure you get out of the way).
Last year, I picked up some delicious homemade blackberry jam from the Blessington Farms Country Store. It closes at 5 on Saturdays and Sundays. Another fun fact is that Blessington is not just open in the fall - check the website for seasonal openings.
A few tips and tricks I have learned along the way:
- Enjoy the drive there – it’s beautiful!
- Wear tennis shoes or even rain boots (if it’s been raining, the grassy areas may have mud)
- Snacks and drinks are allowed from home or buy some delicious cheesy fries and more from the food trailers
- If you are bringing a stroller, consider bringing a jogging or all-terrain friendly stroller though a regular stroller is fine
- Tthere are lots of photo ops with sweet benches andold trucks set up around Blessington. Snap a family photo or two!
- Parking is free
- You will feel like a kid there so have fun!
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