No bucket list of fall family fun is complete without a hayride. Grab your dungarees and pull on those boots as we’ve gathered a list of five of our fave spots to catch a ride. Yee-haw!
The Kinsey Family Farm
The Kinsey Family Farm is a longtime favorite for pumpkin procuring and hayrides. You can swing by this family owned and operated farm and enjoy the fall farm beauty all afternoon long. First browse their beautiful selection of pumpkins and gourds, and maybe grab a hot apple cider. Then hop on the cozy, tractor pulled hayride which meanders around the farm and makes a short stop at a lake. Here the kiddos can feed the catfish with the free cup of fish food Kinsey provides. Nice! After the hayride, your little ones can enjoy the Barn Animal area, where they can cozy up to cows, goats, horses and more. Stay and make use of their free picnic area. Lounge on a blankets, or set up at one of their tables, this is the perfect spot for lazy fall day with the family.
The Details: $3 per person (Kiddos under two are FREE!) Monday-Friday hayrides start roughly at the top of each hour. The last ride of the day is at 4:00 sharp. Saturday-Sunday hayrides run almost all day. The last ride of the day is 5:00 sharp!
7170 Jot-em Down Rd., Gainesville, 770-887-6028, www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com
Sleepy Hollow Farm
The name Sleepy Hallow conjures up images of hayrides, Halloween and crisp fall nights, but this Sleepy Hallow got its start thirty years ago as a family owned Christmas tree farm (read about their cool history here). What started as a Christmas tradition has grown into a fall tradition for families throughout the Atlanta area. Aside from the main attraction: the hayride, kiddos will love the corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and farm animal feeding. Check out their country store and scoop up a teacher gift with a homespun feel. Thinking about a photo of the kiddos in the stunning Sunflower Field? You can opt to leave it to the professionals and maybe get in the photo too! Sleepy Hallow has teamed up with Split Second Photography and with photo packages starting at $10 they can cover all you fall family photo needs.
The Details: Hayride & Corn Maze – $8 per person. October 4th – November 2nd from 10AM – Dark.
628 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Powder Springs, 770-942-6770, www.sleepyhollowtrees.com
Berry Patch Farms
Just a short drive to Woodstock, you’ll find a fun and friendly place for the kiddos to catch a (hay) ride. You’ll pay $2 to park, but admission and the hayride is free. You’ll take a short tractor pulled hayride out to a field where you’ll find an enormous section of pumpkins, gourds, plenty of photo ops and a $5 dollar pony ride. Once you make your way back to the main area, you’ll find a playground, face painting and some farm animals for looking (sorry- no touching these guys!) Of course, you can grab your obligatory farm snack on the way out. Grab some boiled peanuts or popcorn, but many swear by the fried pies which are homemade and delish!
The Details: Weekends: October 5th-October 27th 10:00-7:00pm Weekdays: October 14th- 30th 3:30pm-7pm Parking on weekends is $2.00 and the hayride is free.
786 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, 770-926-0561, www.berrypatchfarms.net
Just north of Atlanta in Milton, you’ll find Scottsdale Farms, a 55 acre family owned Garden Center and Cafe. Sure, the kiddos will have a blast, but you may enjoy this place as much or more. Whether your gardening and crafting is limited to Pinterest, or you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money, you are sure to find this place inspiring. We’re talking about freshly grown veggies, beautiful cut flowers, shopping, classes, lots of free entertainment for kiddos and all of this is happening next to readily available cappuccino? Whew. Now, on to the hayride!
The Details: Starting in late September and going until early November enjoy free hayrides, face painting and a petting zoo in the pumpkin patch with the purchase of a pumpkin. Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. There are many things here to check out, think story times for kiddos and limoncello making class for mom, keep up on their fall events here.
15639 Birmingham Hwy. Alpharetta, 770-777-5875, www.scottsdalefarms.com
The Buford Corn Maze
As the name suggest, there is much more to do here than just the hayride. Like, maybe a corn maze? But the hayride really is a highlight! Known as Atlanta’s longest hayride, not only is it a long leisurely ride into the woods, but the drivers are super friendly and entertaining too. After the hayride, prepare yourself, because there is a LOT to do. Older kiddos may want to do the corn maze too. Just know it’s a lot of walking so if you’re not up for carrying your little one through the corn, opt for the new playground, or bounce house which are free with admission. Look for pony rides, face painting and karaoke too.
The Details: Admission is $14 for the corn maze and includes the hayride. Just the hayride is $10 and kids under three are free. Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-midnight Sundays: noon-10 pm. Hours are extended and weekday hours are added too, check the website, or call for the most up to date info.
4470 Bennett Rd., Buford, 678-835-7198, www.bufordcornmaze.com