Preston Trail Farms Pumpkin Patch in Gunter, TX

With two kids now, it’s been hard to visit all the cool places I’d like to go and share with you. So today, I’ve teamed up with Kimie, who is a family photographer in Richardson, Texas, to share her trip and review of Preston Trail Farms Pumpkin Patch in Gunter, TX. Here’s Kimie: Thank you, Jill, for having me on the blog today! I am a Dallas Newborn Photographer, but when I’m not in the studio, I am always on the look out for a fun outing or activity for my three little people, ages 4 and under. This week we tried out the pumpkin patch at Preston Trail Farms!

For starters, let’s just acknowledge that Gunter, TX is a drive from Dallas proper. It took us about 50 minutes from Richardson to get there, with no traffic. But it is mostly highway, so the drive itself wasn’t too bad. The Preston Trail Farms pumpkin patch has 4 main events (all included in the cost of admission):

1.  Feeding the goats, sheep, and cows
2.  The Hayride
3.  The Hay Maze
4.  The Pumpkin Patch

Your admission ticket ($8 at the time of this post) includes a small cup of animal feed for the animals in the barn.  My 1-year-old was terrified, but the 3 and 4-year-old loved this part of the experience.

Besides being a little slobbery, the animals were easy to feed and didn’t cause us any problems.

The hay ride is tractor-pulled and includes several chicken-wire enclosed trailers with rows of hay–meaning there is plenty of seating and you don’t have to worry about your little ones falling or jumping off.

The tractor makes one large loop around the property.  There are a few cute signs to look at and a couple of cows out in the fields.  It’s not the most exciting hayride ever, but if you engage with your kids during it, they won’t be bored.
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The hay maze is impressive.  The walls of hay are thick and tall.  My kids loved it, but it would have really stressed me out if it had been crowded with people.  It’s easy to lose sight of your kids if you have more than one, and you can’t hear well through the thick hay.  I don’t know what to advise about the maze, other than keep up with your kids or have a 1:1 parent to kid ratio.  Or be okay with them getting out of your sight.

The pumpkin patch itself is about 8-10 rows of pumpkins, some still growing on the vine, and some picked.  If you go during the week, your admission price includes a pie pumpkin for each person.  My kids loved seeing the yellow pumpkin blossoms and the green pumpkins not yet ripe enough for picking.  They also really enjoyed choosing a pumpkin of their own to take home.

It was 97 degrees when we were there this week.  It was hot, and the hay ride and pumpkin patch were in full sun.  But the kids still really enjoyed it, and I did, too.  I loved the exposure to farm animals and actual, growing-on-the-vine pumpkins.  For us, it was worth the drive; and we’ll probably visit again next fall.

I hope this information is helpful!  If you’ve been or are planning to go to the Preston Trail Farms Pumpkin Patch, please leave a comment or question below!

Happy Fall!

Thanks for sharing your trip to Preston Trail Farm Pumpkin Patch! I know before I drive an hour away with the kids, I like to know it’s worth the trip 🙂

Kimie Pruessner is a newborn and family photographer in Richardson, Texas.  She enjoys teaching Spanish to her 3 young kids, playing piano, cooking, exercising, and documenting her family’s journey through photography and blogging.

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