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Free family fun at Texas pumpkin farms

BR Family Farm is a small Fort Worth farm with a big supply of several varieties of pumpkins.
BR Family Farm is a small Fort Worth farm with a big supply of several varieties of pumpkins.
Keri Houchin

Though the thermometer may say otherwise, it is fall in Texas. That means that Halloween is just around the corner and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here too. One of the best local traditions that many families enjoy is carving or decorating pumpkins. Its easy to pick one up at the supermarket, but your family may find it much more rewarding to visit a farm and pick one yourselves.

Celebrate the arrival of fall by taking your family to a pumpkin farm.
E. Houchin

One of the greatest benefits of living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is not only having everything you could need within a few miles but also having access to rural areas just as close. Patrons of the Cowtown Farmer's Market know that there are dozens of farms within just a few miles of the city. Some of those farmers will bring a pumpkin crop to the market, but a few others host family-friendly activities, including pumpkin-picking, right on their farms.

BR Family Farm, Fort Worth

  • Address: 16 West Bonds Ranch Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76131 (map)
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Other costs: Optional purchase of pumpkins, gourds, hay, corn stalks, Indian corn, chile ristras, and other produce
  • Things to do: Through the entire month of October, the farm will have hay rides, bounce houses, bounce slides, hay mazes, face painting, and photo ops.
  • For more information: BRFamilyFarm.com

Nash Farm, Grapevine

  • Address: 626 Ball St., Grapevine, TX 76051 (map)
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: donations
  • Other costs: Optional pumpkin or food purchases
  • Things to do: Daily visitors can walk through the farm and take non-professional photos. Visit on October 8-10 for the Fall Roundup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include old-timey games, stick pony rodeo, kitchen-gardening, living history, live farm animal feeding, tractor-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations and cotton picking.
  • For more information: NashFarm.org

Pumpkin Village, Flower Mound

  • Address: 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, TX 75028 (map)
  • Hours: Daily through October, 9a.m. - dark
  • Admission: free
  • Other costs: Optional concessions and pumpkins, pony rides, carnival rides, and “Punkin Chunkin”
  • Things to do: Free hay rides, petting zoo, and bounce houses
  • For more information: FlowerMoundPumpkinVillage.com

Mainstay Farm, Cleburne

  • Address: 1004 W. Bethesda Rd., Cleburne, TX 76031 (map)
  • Hours: Saturdays October 8, 15 & 22, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: adults $10, children $9, 2 and under free
  • Other costs: Optional face-painting, food, pumpkins
  • Things to do: Hay rides, three-story tree house, Jumping Pillow, wooden mazes, a hay-play and jump barn, 100 ft. super chute slide, and pedal kart race track.
  • For more information: www.MainstayFarm.com

Assiter Punkin' Farm, Floydada
Note: This one is not in the DFW metroplex, but visitors who have made the drive to this Lubbock-area town will tell you it is worth it.

  • Address: 3399 US Hwy 62 - 207, Floydada, TX 79235 (map)
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Other costs: Optional pumpkin and giftshop purchases
  • Things to do: Punkin Day, Floydada's annual fall festival, entices visitors from across the country. Activities take place downtown on October 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy games and contests, live entertainment, a classic car display, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, lots of pumpkins. Admission to the event is free, but individual activities may cost.
  • For more information: Facebook.com/punkinranch

To find other local farms as well as those across the country, use the locator tool at Pumpkin Patches and More. Gather up your family and head out to the farm. It's time to enjoy fall activities that could only take place here in Texas.

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