Corn and Hay Mazes in Pensacola & Surrounding Areas (2011)

*This is our 2011 list.  See the updated 2012 list of Corn and Hay Mazes in Pensacola and Surrounding Areas.

October already?  Am I the only one saying this?  It seems like the kids just started school the other day and now it is time to start looking for Halloween costumes and holiday decorations.  One of our favorite things to do in October is visit the corn and hay mazes in the area.  We usually try to visit one a weekend.  The kids absolutely love it and my oldest has gotten quite good at getting out of the maze!

Be sure to follow the links or phone ahead of time to confirm dates and times.  Most of the corn mazes take cash or check only so be sure to check before you go.  They are listed in alphabetical order.

Beaver Creek Maze, Baker, Florida – Beaver Creek Maze offers a corn maze, a hay bale maze for the younger kids, and a pumpkin patch.  Beaver Creek Maze is open Saturdays 9 – 5 and Sundays 11 – 5 during the month of October. Admission is free for children 3 and under and $5.00 for everyone else.  They are located at 278 Dusty Trail in Baker, Florida and their phone number is 850-537-1981.

Dixon Primary’s Haystackular, Pace, Florida – Haystackular is the largest hay bale maze constructed in Northwest Florida!  There is a maze, food for sale, hay ride and more.  Haystackular is open during the month of October on Fridays from 4pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.  Admission is $5 and some activities have an additional cost associated with them.  They are located at the field across from Dixon Primary in Pace.

Magnolia Corn Maze, Magnolia Springs, Alabama – Magnolia Corn Maze offers the maze, corn cannon, cow train, hayride, petting zoo, pony rides and more.  Magnolia Corn Maze is open during the month of October on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays 11am to 9pm, and Sundays 12pm to 5pm.  Admission is $10 and there are other activities with some additional cost associated with them.  They are located on CR49 in Magnolia Springs.  Directions are available on the website.  Their phone number is 251-605-7216.

Seward Farms, Lucedale, Mississippi – This corn maze is probably the furthest away but it came highly recommended last year so I thought that I would keep it on the list in case you were headed that direction!  Seward Farms offers a corn maze, pig races, hayride, farm animals, corn cannon, jumping “pillow”, and more.  Seward Farms is open Saturdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 5, from 10 am to 9 pm.  They are closed Sundays.  Admission prices begin at $12.  They are located at 10836 Tanner Williams Road in Lucedale, Mississippi.

Sweet Season Farms, Milton, Florida – Sweet Season Farms offers the corn maze, haybale maze, cow train, playground, corn cannon and more.  Sweet Season Farms is open October 1-November 6th on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.  Admission is $5 and there are additional activities available at an additional cost.  They are located at 2260 Horn Road in Milton and their phone number is 850-675-3573.  

Did we miss any fall mazes?  If we did, please leave us a comment or send us an email and we will add it to our list!  Also, last year we shared information for Maizing Family Fun Farm but their website has not been updated this year.  If you have any info as to whether they are open this year, please let us know!

Sweet Season Farm & Giveaway

What: Sweet Season Farms; Where: 2260 Horn Road; When: Saturdays and Sundays from October 1 to November 6; Cost: $5

Sweet Season Farms is opening up on October 1 for their fall season.  They will be open on Saturdays from 9 to 5 and Sundays from 1-5.  They will be open October 1 until November 6th.  I have been in touch with Sharon from Sweet Seasons and she has said:

**Update: I just got an email from Sharon and she said that the corn has grown to 4.5 feet in most spots! Perfect for kids to get lost in!

And so is the plight of the farmer! Unfortunately, this year our corn is only 2-4 feet tall due to drought.HOWEVER – We will still be OPEN and still have your favorite farm activities at a discounted price! $5.00 for EVERYONE (ages 3 and up) gets you in the farm! Included with admission: maze, corn cannon, cow train, hay ride, playground, hay bale maze, picnic areas, corn picking, games and more!  Visit our website at www.sweetseasonfarms.com or Like us on Facebook for more information!

Visiting a farm is the perfect family activity!  Even though the corn isn’t tall enough for adults and big kids to get lost in doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fun time at the farm!  We think there are lots of reasons to visit Sweet Season Farms!

  • There aren’t too many other times during the year that you can shoot corn out of a cannon!
  • The kids will love being whipped around in the cow train.
  • Let the kids run around and get some fresh air while you rest at a picnic table.
  • The farm is the perfect place for family pictures with a fall theme.
Read a review of Sweet Seasons Farm from our visit last year! 
The Giveaway
Sweet Season Farms generously gave us a family 4-pack of tickets to the Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze for one lucky person!  The giveaway includes four tickets for maze admission and three activities per ticket.  The giveaway certificate is good for one visit during the 2011 season (Saturday or Sunday only, no extra events).
How to Enter

If you would like a chance to win, leave one comment in this post before 5:59pm CST on Monday, October 3, and tell us about your favorite fall activity.  Don’t worry about being creative with your comment, the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.  Please make sure that you fill out the required fields by putting your first name (you don’t need to put your last name) in the name field and your email address in the email address field.  I do not share email addresses and you will not receive mail from Pensacola with Kids unless you win.   

Winners

We will choose ONE winner randomly and announce the results here on Pensacola with Kids after Monday, October 3.  Giveaway certificate will be mailed to the winner.

Rules

One comment per person per giveaway post.  Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded.  Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid so that we can contact you (email addresses are never made public).  Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize.  We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology.  No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Pensacola with Kids reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.  Relatives of Pensacola with Kids are not eligible to win.

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**If you haven’t already, be sure to enter to win tickets to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales.

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: pumpkin patch; Where: 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton, Fl; When:  Monday through Saturday 8 am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm; Cost: $8 for pumpkin and all activities or $5 for pumpkin

Beginning on October 1 and continuing through the month of October, Holland Farms will welcome people to their pumpkin patch for a fun family outing.  Last year, we were so excited to find a real pumpkin patch where you can go out and pick your own pumpkin!

Holland Farms is a family owned peanut, produce, and row crop farm.  It is located in Milton, Florida.  It isn’t located too far from Sweet Seasons Farm (which we will be talking about tomorrow!) so you could plan a whole day of farm visits!

All month long, Holland Farms will be offering visitors a chance to pick their own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, take a hay ride, walk on the hiking trails and just relax and enjoy farm life!  Visitors receive a cup of boiled peanuts to eat on the front porch or take home for later.  For $8 a person, you will receive a wristband that will get you a hay ride, all other activities, and one pumpkin.  For $5 each, you can purchase a pumpkin.

On October 1, Holland Farms will hold their Customer Appreciation Day with live music and a cup of boiled peanuts.

See our review of our visit to Holland Farms last year.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Holland Farms is a peanut farm.  They sell peanuts of all kinds.
  • Pumpkins ready for harvest have been cut from the vine already.  This is to ensure that you are picking the ripe pumpkins.
  • You might want to wear closed toed shoes as you will be walking around the farm
  • A trip to the pumpkin patch is good for children of all ages.
If you have additional questions, you can visit Holland Farm’s website or connect with them on Facebook.

 

2nd Annual Milton Fall Rodeo and Frontier Days

What: PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo; Where: East Milton Recreation Park; When: September 23rd and 24th at 7pm; Cost: $10.00 Adult (12 and up) $ 5.00 Youth (6 – 11) Free (5 and under)

This weekend I am joining a group of travel writers and bloggers who will be visiting Santa Rosa County.  I am excited to play tourist in my own area and learn about some places and attractions that I might have otherwise overlooked.  One of the activities on the itinerary is the Milton Fall Rodeo and Frontier Days.

The Milton Fall Rodeo and Frontier Days will be held on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, at 7pm at the East Milton Recreation Park.  There will be a rodeo clown, a calf scramble, live music, concessions, a mechanical bull and more.  This is the 2nd annual rodeo.  Did you go last year?  If so, let us know what you thought of it!

Cambridge Farms – Milton, FL

What:  Cambridge Farms; Where: 3200 Deloach Lane, Milton; When: Hours vary daily, check their FB page to confirm; Cost: FREE

Today I am welcoming Ashley to Pensacola with Kids with her guest post about Cambridge Farms!  I was so excited when she offered to write up a post about Cambridge Farms because it is on our list of places to visit but we just haven’t gotten there yet.  Thanks for your post, Ashley!

I really love the simple life of a farm, don’t you? That’s why on a mid-Sunday afternoon we decided to venture out to Cambridge Farms in Milton, Fl.  It looked like quite a drive on my phone’s map, but it was a nice scenic ride through the country! Newly planted fields in prep for the fall crops surrounded the road. We saw cows, horses, and even had a few opportunities along the way to stop and buy the farms produce out by the road. And I spotted Holland Farms, which is a great place to visit in the fall.

Once we found the farm, (they have little signs posted) we drove down a long bumpy dirt road. At the end, there was a cute small house with a big nice porch, and a barn-like structure. The really nice owners immediately greeted us, and offered to give us a tour of their animals. We saw lots of ducks, geese, huge turkeys, chickens, etc. The goats greeted us as we walked up, and one of their potbelly pigs! We got to see the peacock resting under a tree. And the best part is, most of their animals are rescues. They really educate you about the animals, and you can really tell they love what they do. The animals were so well taken care of! This farm is one of the most natural farms I’ve seen, they use zero chemicals/pesticides and make their own compost. They are one of Florida’s few natural vineyards!

The blueberries from Cambridge Farms were awesome! They had huge bushes with sweet delicious berries. They were full with ripe berries but still had plenty of ones that will be ready over the next couple weeks. For a 5lb buckets its $7.00. We filled ours up ¾ of the way and bought a bumper sticker all for $7.00. They also had a nice porch with plenty of seating. L and I sat here while hubby broke into our car with the keys locked inside. L Tom even sent me an e-mail saying they now offer “moonlight pickings” on Friday evenings. They have live music, and blueberry picking from 6-9, so it’s cooler in the evening to pick. I’m sure this farm as much more than what we saw, we will be visiting again in the fall for the U-pick grapes! 

Things to know before you go:

  • Bring sunscreen even though they have great places to pick in the shade!
  • They did offer us drinks several times, but I still prefer to bring my own.
  • There are free-range animals on the premises, so watch out for everything they leave behind!
  • Hours are 7-4 Mon-Sun, or call for appointment.

Cambridge Farms has a very active Facebook page and if you ask a question there, they are quick to respond.

Ashley C. is a mom to a 13 month old little boy.  She was born and raised in Pace. They are an outdoorsy kind of family and they love to go on new adventures (even though L is so young!).  She is also very active in the MOMS Club of Pace/Milton where she serves on the board. 

Weekend Roundup – March 4th, 5th, 6th

It is Mardi Gras time!  Here is your weekend roundup.  If you have a family friendly activity to add, please leave us a comment or send me an email!  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 4th

First Friday in Downtown Milton

Clydesdale Visit

Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff

Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, March 5th

Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

23rd Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival

Teen Movie Lounge

Storytime at Westside Branch

Storytime at Barnes and Noble

Bayview Flea Market

Home Depot Build and Grow Clinic

Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff

Sunday, March 6th

Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Top Ten (Family Friendly Activities in Pensacola) of 2010

We spent a lot of 2010 exploring Pensacola and the surrounding areas.  We made an effort to find more free activities and to try new places that we usually skip over.  Over the past year we had a few family favorites and in honor of the new year I would like to share them with you!  There is no scientific data to this post…I just asked my kids and my husband what they liked to do the best!  Here is our top ten activities of 2010 in no particular order:

Arcadia Mill – Of all our nature walks this year, Arcadia Mill was our favorite with boardwalks, a swinging bridge, and lots of wildlife and plant life.

Picking blueberries and strawberries – We loved picking blueberries at A and N blueberries and strawberries at Andrew’s Sod and Fruit.  I still have a freezer full of both because I have been rationing them out!  In 2011, I hope to visit both places again to stock up on strawberries and blueberries.  I have heard from a friend about a place nearby where you can pick grapes so we are going to try it out. 

The opening of the Roger Scott Pool – We were only able to make it three or four times, but the whole time we were at the newly remodeled Roger Scott Pool we all laughed, and splashed, and played.  I hope to make it a regular outing when it opens in the summer of 2011.

Picking our own Halloween pumpkins out of a real pumpkin patch – For years, I watched with jealousy as my friends living in more northern areas got to go to real pumpkin patches.  They picked their pumpkins (and usually apples, too!), took pictures and drank hot cups of hot cider.  I was so excited to hear about Holland Farms and the pumpkin patch that they had available to the public.  We spent several hours running around and looking at the pumpkins.  I hope that it was such a success for Holland Farms that they decide to open a pumpkin patch this year!

Aviation Discovery Park – As we explored new park after new park this year, my kids asked several times to go back to the “airplane” park.  Even though there isn’t much to do as far as playground equipment goes, it has the allure of sitting on the flight line of the Pensacola airport.  You can listen to speakers blasting the air traffic control chatter as you watch planes of all sizes land and take off.

Bellingrath Gardens – If you haven’t made the drive to Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, I highly recommend that you put it on this year’s list of activities.  It is perfect for the child that loves to be outside and explore. 

Blackwater Heritage State Trail – We loaded up the kids’ bikes and made the drive to Milton to ride them!  The kids loved all the stop signs and bridges we saw while we explored a very small portion of the trail.  Hopefully, this year we can explore some of the more rural areas of the trail.

Geocaching with the kids – We spent an afternoon wandering around the UWF campus and going where our GPS (and 5 year old) led us.  We had fun treasure hunting and are looking forward to more geocaching in the future!

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center and Park – I think this park has one of the most beautiful views in Pensacola.  Who can complain while you are sitting under a shady tree, looking at the water, and letting your kids run off some serious energy at a great park!

Waffle Cone Wednesday– This was one of our tasty finds…every Wednesday, TCBY offered a full sized waffle cone for NINETY NINE cents!!!  What a deal!  It was a great way to get a cool treat on a super hot summer day.  I haven’t been in awhile, so call before you go, but I believe they are still running this special!

Pensacola with Kids hopes that you had a wonderful time exploring our great little city and we hope for more adventures in 2011. 

What was your favorite place to explore in 2010?

First Night Santa Rosa – Family Friendly New Year Celebration

What:  New Year’s Eve Celebration; When: New Year’s Eve; Where: East Milton Ball Park; Cost: $5 in advance, $7.50 at the gate, children under the age of 5 are free

First Night Santa Rosa is a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.  There will be an outdoor concert, a talent show, and a Kid’s Fun Zone with inflatables, rock climbing walls, crafts and more!  There will also be a firework show! 

Admission is $5 in advance, $7.50 at the gate. Children under the age of 5 are FREE!  Tickets can be purchased in advance at any Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Fine Things on Dogwood in Milton or Addie’s on Highway 90.

The event will be held at the East Milton Ball Park, 8600 Bobby Brown Drive, Milton, Florida. 

Veterans Day Activities

Most of the schools are out in honor of Veterans Day.  Here are some family friendly activities that you can attend on this Veteran’s Day, November 11. 

Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow – Activities will occur Thursday through Saturday at various times throughout the day at Pensacola NAS. 

Veterans Day Parade (Pensacola)

Veterans Day Parade (Milton)

Barnes and Noble Veterans Day Event (special storytime for children)

Free entrance to National and Florida State Parks

To see more activities, visit this PNJ article.

Our Visit to Holland Peanut Farms Pumpkin Patch

Last week I shared the information about the pumpkin patch opening up at Holland Farms.  On opening day, we headed out there to check it out.  I had a free morning and to be honest with you I wanted to make sure those pumpkins were in a patch or we would have had many disappointed readers!  The farm seemed much farther away than it actually was.  It only took us about 30m (it might have been closer to 45…we were chatting the whole way!) to get there from the Target shopping center on 9m Road.  It probably would have been a quicker trip if there wasn’t construction on the road we took and if we hadn’t gotten lost!

Once we arrived, we were greeted and given a large cup of boiled peanuts.  I am not a fan of boiled peanuts (I blame it on the fact that I spent many formative years growing up in California) but my husband likes them so I just brought them to him.

There are about ten rocking chairs on the front porch where you can sit and enjoy your boiled peanuts.  The pumpkin patch is close to the store area.  We walked over to the pumpkin patch and strolled around for about 30m. 

We could have spent an hour letting the kids run around the patch and spot the different sized pumpkins.  A lot of the pumpkins are cut off of the vine but they are still in the patch.  They are cut off of the vine so that you know which ones to pick and which ones still need more time to grow.  We liked hunting for the dark green pumpkins hidden in the leaves. 

After wandering through the pumpkin patch, we took the tractor pulled hay ride through the property. 

The hay ride goes through the peanut fields and around back to the pumpkin patch and store area.  The kids loved the hay ride which was a lot longer than I thought it would be.  It is bumpy so be ready! 

After the hay ride, we took a walk through the pumpkin patch again.  Maybe they were secretly trying to find the Great Pumpkin! 

Holland Farms placed benches all over the grounds so you can plan on spending some time walking around the grounds and and sitting for awhile. 

My daughter and I enjoyed it so much that we are going to try to take the whole family back this weekend.  I think it is close to the Sweet Seasons Corn Maze so you can make it a fall outing!

Be sure to stop by my original post where a couple of readers have left comments about their outing to the farm.

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