Thursday, October 11, 2012

Phillips Farm

What it is: When fall arrives there are two things that I always love to do with my family-head to the State Fair and check out a pumpkin patch.  Well, we are headed to the State Fair this weekend (yay!), and last weekend we headed out to a fabulous pumpkin patch.

We have headed to lots of pumpkin patches in the area and they have all been great.  We have headed up to Hill Ridge Farms in years past and had a wonderful experience, but this year we wanted to stay a little closer to home.  One of our great readers recommended Phillips Farm just off of Hwy. 55, so we headed on down.

After only about 15 minutes from our home in S. Durham we arrived at Phillips Farm.  The cost for admission is $10 for adults an $6 for kids 4 and up.  That was nice because our munchkins under 4 were free.  This admission included a hayride, corn maze, cow train, and admission to the playground which includes a corn pit, tube swing, tube slide, bouncy castle, climbing web, duck races, human size tic tac toe games, bicycle track, and more.  They also have some other activities that you can pay a little extra for like pumpkin canons and launchers, picking your own pumpkin for $2.50 for a small pumpkin and $5 for a large, and a concession stand where you can get snacks or lunch.

When we got there it wasn't crowded at all even though it was a Saturday so we paid and headed right over to the hayride.  We got on and rode over to  their pumpkin patch.  There we picked our own pumpkins right off the vines.  We paid for those pumpkins at the patch so make sure you bring cash for those.

When we got back we headed to the playground and had a ball.  My boys had the bouncy castle to themselves.  One of my sons loved the tube slide while the other one like the climbing web.  They both loved the corn box and spend a long time just playing in there.  On our way out of the playground we enjoyed the tic tac toe game on our way to the corn maze.

This corn maze was nice because we really didn't have to use a map to find our way around.  The boys led the way and we just followed the path until we came out the other side.  They loved running through the maze trying to find the path that continued and led us out.

What we liked: We liked that children under 4 were free so lots of the little ones could enjoy the farm while our family's cost was kept a little lower.  We really liked the fact that the kids could actually pick their pumpkin off the vine.  Plus, the playground was a lot of fun for the kiddos and not a lot of work for us.

What we would change: As with all pumpkin patches the admission charges are a little high, but they include a lot.  Plus, remember to bring cash on the hayride to the pumpkin patch because that's all they take.  We almost got out there and couldn't get a pumpkin after all.

Website and other important information:


Dates: September 21-October 28

Hours: : Friday - 3pm - 6:30pm , Saturdays - 10 am - 6:30 pm , Sundays - 1pm - 6:00 pm

Address: 6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary, NC 27519


(Tractors and cow train)

(A view of the farm as we leave on our hayride)

(The bouncy castle)

 (the playground)

(Corn maze!)

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