WHO: Ginessa (Mom), Selah (2), Elias (3), Eden (5), Judah (8) and Simeon (10)
WHAT: Fiddle Dee Farms
WHERE: 7526 Swift Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073
WHEN: Thru Nov. 3: Fri 6 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: $12.75 + tax adults, $11.85 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 & younger. Parking is free.
INFO: 615-669-MAZE (6293) | fiddledeefarms.com

This past Saturday, my family and I headed north of Nashville to Greenbrier for fall fun at Fiddle Dee Farms.

Home to the popular Shuckles Corn Maze, we found Fiddle Dee to be both easy to find using our navigation apps and a pleasant drive away from the weekend hustle and bustle of the city.

Parking is free at Fiddle Dee. Once we unloaded, we made our way to the admission stand at the front of the farm to wait in line for our wristbands and tickets. On this trip, we brought all five of our children (ages 10, 8, 5, 3 and 2), so we opted for our double stroller in case our younger two needed to rest at some point. General admission to the farm is average for most of the larger farms here in Middle Tennessee. The farm offers a season pass for $23.65. It's a great deal, especially if you plan to visit more than a couple of times during the season.

FARM FUN!

Our family started off at the giant 60-foot corn popper jumping balloon located near the entrance. This was a huge hit with all of my kids! After a car ride out into the country, they enjoyed being able to get some fresh air and had fun jumping around with other children. This activity definitely set the tone and expectation for more fun later.

The farm feels very similar to what you would expect at a small carnival or fair.  There are different game stations and activities all with a seasonal pumpkin or autumnal themes. My younger children thoroughly enjoyed the animal petting corral, pumpkin skee ball and playground fort. My older kiddos were more interested in the Little Fiddler Zip Line, tube swings and the duck races. I found most activities at Fiddle Dee to be perfect for younger children, especially those in  the elementary school age range.

SHUCKLE BUCKS & PUMPKIN TOWN

I  appreciate the variety of options at different price points when it comes to what you can experience at the farm. You can purchase additional “Shuckle Bucks” in order to do some other featured farm activities like paintball blast, go-cart riding, face painting, animal feeding and more. Each Shuckle Buck is worth $1, and most of the activities requiring them are two to five Shuckle Bucks.

There is plenty to choose from in the Pumpkin Town patch. Pumpkins are an additional fee, but the decorating stations are free.

Additionally, it is important to note that the pumpkins displayed in the Pumpkin Town “pumpkin patch” do not come with general admission. If you choose to purchase pumpkins, there is a tent where you can decorate and paint them at no additional fee. Parent tip: wait until the end of your trip so you won't have to haul them all over the farm.

FOOD & MORE

Since most of the play areas and game stations involve a lot of physical activity, be prepared for hungry kids! We packed light snacks from home, but you’ll want to try some of the concession-type food offerings as well, especially if you plan to stay for most of the day. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in for a real treat at the Butterstick Bakery stand. There you’ll be able to find seasonal baked goods like pumpkin pie and hot apple fritters. Yum!

Favorite highlights at Fiddle Dee Farm that everyone in our family enjoyed together include the tractor “Hey Hey Hayride,” making our way through the self-guided, eight-acre Shuckles Corn Maze and taking in the fun-filled, entertaining Magic Show under the pavilion (available Saturday and Sunday only).

Overall, Fiddle Dee Farms was such a great way for us to spend a cool, fall Saturday afternoon. We are so glad we went! With fewer crowds and a wide range of fun activities, Fiddle Dee Farms is definitely a trip that's worth it.