Green Acres Farm
Another day another maize....Green Acres is the life for me....oh, so many great ways to start this post.
Whatever way it starts, this is a post about a great little outing right in Cary (really close to Apex). Sarah C. and I were invited to this farm during special hours because of our fantastic blog readers. Technically Green Acres is only open on Friday afternoons and weekends. But one of you out there set up a special tour and invited us. And we have to say a big thank you! We had a great time.
Although I will point out that there were many other groups and families there when we went. And the blogette who set this tour up was not required to promise a minimum. So I would say that if you want to go at any point during the week, just call them. Ok, that said--
Our day on the farm started with a hay ride. Not much hay on the ride, but it was a lot of fun to see the kids feed the cows corn right off the trailer. The cows came up, we were given corn cobs, and we got really close to the big animals.
After the hay ride, we went through the corn maze. I had just been to McKee's corn maze, so was a little biased. But it was pretty contrasting to see McKee's artsy maze one day and then the Green Acres "advertisement" maze the next-- the entire corn maze was drawn out by a construction & development company complete with their name in it. Of course, not that you can tell that while going through. It was nice that they gave us little flags to carry and wave. And they do offer the same checkpoints game as McKee's, which is nice. You could run jogging strollers through the maze if you wanted, the paths are well-trampled. If you go for the night maze, bring a flashlight.
The part of Green Acres that I really appreciated was all the extracurricular activities. There was a bounce for kids, a large sand pit with some very nice Tonka trucks, a station where you could "milk a cow," and a large hay stack with tunnels going through it. On the weekends, they also offer face painting, pony rides and even mechanical bull rides. These cost extra, are not available during the weekdays, and probably are nothing like a Sex in the City scene folks. I was amused to see that they even offer corn hole games.
Green Acres is a working farm, and only opens to the public during certain seasons (note that they also sell Christmas Trees). And this working farm has some serious equipment: there were a lot of large tractors for C to climb on
They offer concessions for purchase, as well as some other fun toys (mini John Deers tractors), pumpkins, and mums.
A lot of picnic benches as well as a covered area for picnicking.
The cost to get in is $8 for ages 4 to adult. Three and under is free. We have covered other spots on this blog that cost the same amount, but I felt like we got much more activity and adventure here.
Even though this is off of Morrisville Carpenter Road, with townhouses right next door, this farm was beautiful. It has been a family farm since the 1900s, and I personally hope that they remain so. It was a gem in the middle of a burgeoning suburbia. I also like that Green Acres farm always gives a portion of their proceeds to some great charity. I look forward to heading here again in the future.
Green Acres Farm
1132 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Fridays 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (night maze offered during the month of October)
Saturdays 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (night maze offered during the month of October)
Sundays 11:00 am - dark
Open other times by appointment only
Stay tuned to the website for openings and availabilities outside of the Fall festivities