Bright orange pumpkins are beckoning to be taken home for decoration, jack o lanterns and tasty treats. Corn mazes are waiting to challenge families and friends, and wagons are hitched to the horses for hay rides. It is another beautiful fall in Charlotte, N.C.!
Family fun abounds in Charlotte during the fall months! Hunting for that perfect pumpkin is an annual tradition for a lot of families in the weeks before Halloween. Hall Family Farm features pumpkin picking with a musical hay ride, http://www.hallfamilyfarm.com. The farm is in the Ballantyne Area, at the intersection of Johnston Rd and Providence Rd West. Hodges Farm on Rocky River Road has over 10 Acres of Pumpkins! Hodges also offers hayrides, Hay Mountain, farm animals, and pony rides only on Saturday and Sunday, http://www.hodgesfarmnc.com. Carrigan Farms is offering weekend Pumpkin Hayride Tours to the public. Hours of operation are Saturday & Sunday, from 9 AM to 4 PM (SHARP), with hayrides leaving out about every 15 minutes, http://www.carriganfarms.com. Guests enjoy a hayride to visit farm animals and to the patch to pick a pumpkin. Don’t forget all the local roadside pumpkin patches! One of the most popular roadside pumpkins is outside Carmel Commons shopping center on Pineville-Matthews Road and Carmel Road.
Did You Know?
That Jack O Lantern is a nutritious way to celebrate the fall season! Originating in Central America, pumpkins are fruits – a type of squash in the family of cucumbers, squashes and melons. They are 90% water and are great for much more than carving! For delicious and nutritious recipes go to http://tarheeltastebud.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-pumpkin-bucket-list.html.
Corn Mazes are an exciting adventure for all family members! The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill located in Huntersville, N.C. is a favorite family challenge. Get lost in the giant seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths, http://www.ruralhill.net. One of the largest in the Southeast, the maze is sure to please! Looking for an even bigger challenge? Do the maze in the dark during one of the Family Friendly Friday or Saturday Night Mazes! Bring your own flashlight. With a new design each year, the maze at Aw Shucks® at 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., in Monroe, NC is a popular attraction. The maze claims to never be overwhelming and even young kids do well,awshycksfarms.com/maze. Most visitors take 25 minutes to emerge from the corn! Be sure to bring a flashlight for the maze at NIGHT! Hall Family Farm boasts a new 5 acre corn maze and Hodges Farm also offers corn maize fun to go along with your pumpkin picking and hay rides.
Whether choosing the perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze, or taking an evening stroll, fall is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful Charlotte, N.C.!