Fall brings a season of family fun, and Middle Tennessee pumpkin farms provide a great way to embrace this time of year. From picking your perfect porch pumpkin to finding your way through a corn maze and enjoying myriad activities at fall festival events, these Middle Tennessee pumpkin farms are sure to get you in the spirit!
3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro
Sept. 30 - Oct. 30
Hours: Fri 4 - 11 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 1 - 8 p.m. (last tickets sold one hour prior to closing)
Admission: $8 ages 10 & older, $5 ages 4 - 9, free ages 3 & younger
Hayrides, you-pick and pre-picked pumpkins and a 14-acre corn maze with a Charlotte's Web
theme. Fun fact: Batey Farms is home to "Wilbur" the pig, who was the piglet on the cover of the republication of E.B. White's beloved book in 2006.
BOTTOM VIEW FARM
185 Wilkerson Lane, Portland
Sept. 24 - Nov. 1
Hours: daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 ages 3 & older
This working farm has all kinds of things for kids to see and do. Enjoy live animals, slides, hayrides, the giant rolled hay maze, train rides, pumpkin patch and all sorts of children's activities. Hungry? Visit the farm's new restaurant. All activities take place on weekends. If you're planning to go on a weekday, call ahead to see what activities will be available that day.
2900 Old Nashville Hwy., McMinnville
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Fri 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. (Mon - Thu by appointment only)
Admission: $10 adults, $9 children
One-hundred acres of fun includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own (pumpkin included in price of admission), a corn maze, cor crib, two petting zoos, tire swings, food and more.
FIDDLE DEE FARM
7526 Swift Road, Greenbrier
Sept. 24 - Nov. 6
Hours: Fri 6 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 8 p.m.
Tickets: $11.85 adults, $10.93 ages 3 - 12; season passes are $21.96 adults, $18.30 children
Fiddle Dee Farm is the new permanent home of the popular Shuckle's Corn Maze. The maze boasts seven acres of twist-and-turns fun — try it at night by flashlight! There's also the Kids' Mini Maze in the farm's Fiddlesticks Hollow area that's perfect for small children. Your family can also enjoy hayrides, bonfires, the 40-foot super slide, ziplines, a corn cannon, Paintball Blast, corn hole, a ropes maze and more.
1974 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin
Oct. 1 - 30
Hours: Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 ages 2 - 65
Explore the four-acre corn maze and smaller mini-maze, and your family can also enjoy hayrides, the nature trail, wooden tractor playground, hands-on barn activities, farm animals and more. Don't forget to pick a pumpkin before heading home.
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This year's corn maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm has a Charlie Brown theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts animated special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"[/caption]
HONEYSUCKLE HILL FARM — EDITOR'S PICK
1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield
Sept. 24 - Nov. 5
Hours: Fri 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.
Admission: $13.95 ages 3 & older
Honeysuckle Hill has lots for kids of all ages, including animal exhibits, a petting farm, zip lines, the 30-foot rock-climbing wall, bungee trampolines, pumpkin train, spider slide, the tractor tire playground and more. This year's corn maze is a Charlie Brown theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Honeysuckle Hill is also home to Scream Creek Haunted Woods & House of Terror — creepy, frightful fun for older kids who love an awesome scare (Scream Creek is NOT suitable for young children). Honeysuckle's fall festival season includes several special events, so mark your calendars for these:
• Oct 1: Hometown Hero Day
— a tribute to Middle Tennessee's firemen, police, and active and retired military.
• Every weekend: High-Flying Trick Dog Show
— Rescue dogs trained to do acrobatic stunts.
• Oct. 8: Second Annual Fireworks Show
— A 30-minute professional show to add lots of spark to your season.
• Oct. 15: Peanuts Character Day
— Kids can meet their favorite members of the Peanuts gang and have their pics taken ... don't forget your cameras!
• Oct. 22: Movie Night
— Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy an outdoor screening of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
• Oct. 24: Hillbilly Pig Races
— Squeely Nelson, Leigh Ann Porkrines and other swift swine race for an Oreo cookie.
• Oct. 29: Halloween Fest
— Kids can wear their costumes for trick-or-treating fun from 2 - 5 p.m.
• Nov. 5: Pumpkin Destruction Festival
— This no-pumpkin-left-behind mission invites kids to join Farmer Jeff to smash, trash and blow up all the farm's leftover pumpkins.
KELLER'S CORNY COUNTRY
542 Firetower Road, Dickson
Oct. 1 - 30
Hours: Tue/Thu/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays (Oct. 16 & 23 only) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $7 ages 3 and older
Visit the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, find your way through the corn maze, glide down the monster slide, enjoy a hayride, play in the corn bins and more. New this year is a child-friendly zip line (120-pound weight limit).
LUCKY LADD FARMS — EDITOR'S PICK
4374 Rocky Glad Road, Eagleville
Sept. 23 - Oct. 30
Hours: Sept. 23 - 30 are Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 55 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; Oct. 1 - 30 hours are Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12
Middle Tennessee's largest petting farm features hundreds of friendly animals, including goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep, llamas, alpacas, ducks, cows, donkeys, horses and more. More than 75 activities are available for kids of all ages in the AG-venture Fun Park area. There's a new massive sand yard with digging backhoes and dump trucks — including a wheelchair-accessible digger. There are also new ADA-compliant swings, a new barn loft racing slide, turbo tunnel slides, and a gigantic rocking horse gallops onto the farm in October.
Lucky Ladd's corn maze has a new design this year, and it comes with a Corn Maze Master Challenge — Everyone who conquers the maze by finding six hidden checkpoints inside it will be entered to win an iPad!
A winner will be randomly drawn in November. Aside from the Master Challenge, the corn maze features two other fun games for kids: FSI - Who Dunit? and Animal Tracks - Who Stole the Farmer's Pie?
Select your pumpkins in the patch. Prices range from 75 cents to $10. Additional fun includes pony rides ($5), Pumpkin Slingshots (2 shots for $2, 5 for $3) Corn Cannon (2 shots for $2, 5 for $3) and Bullseye Archery (12 arrows for $5).
Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct 29 for the annual Pumpkin Princess & Corn Maze King Pageant starting at 11 a.m. Ages 12 months - 10 years can participate in age-specific contests with prizes for each age grouping.
LYON FAMILY FARM
130 Bellview Road, Taft
Sept. 23 - Nov. 5
Hours: Wed - Fri 2 - 7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 ages 25 months & older on weekends; weekday admission is $8
Take a hayride to the 15-acre pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, explore the interactive corn maze with a "farm scene investigators" game, have fun on the giant pillow bounce, pet farm animals, enjoy inflatables and more.
MRS. B'S PUMPKIN PATCH
1946 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon
Oct. 1 - 30
Hours: Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 children, free for adults
Farm animals to pet, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, kid-sized hay bale maze, witch hat ring toss game, great ghost ball toss game, a hillside slide, pumpkin slingshot and dance floor fun with Disney and Halloween tunes.
861 Benders Ferry Road, Mt. Juliet
Oct. 8 - 30
Hours Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission: free; hayrides are $4, pumpkins are $2 - $8 (cash or check only)
Embark on a hayride and select your autumnal goodies like pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, pie pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, gourds and more.
2628 Greens Mill Road, Columbia
Oct. 1 - 30
Hours: Fri 4 - 11:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun 2 - 11:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 ages 3 & older
A 10-acre corn maze, the Rat Race Giant Pipe, slides, wagon rides, a petting zoo, car-tire climbing wall and more. The Zombie Paintball hayride and Haunted Corn Maze for older kids have additional fees.
WALDEN PUMPKIN FARM
8653 Rocky Ford Road, Smyrna
Sept. 24 - Oct. 31
Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.
Admission: Free to enter the farm; most activities require minimal fees
Pick a pumpkin, go on a hayride, visit farm animals, make sand art, climb Hay Mountain, zip down the 40-foot slide, have a blast in the Toddler's Town area for little ones, enjoy face painting, food and shop in the country store.