We stumbled upon a gem this year in our search for a fall pumpkin patch. Naylor Family Farms was just the perfect size for the boys and much more manageable for us as parents. Here’s how our favorite activities stacked up in order of best to less awesome.

  • Hayride & Pumpkin Patch – This was by far our favorite activity. It took about an hour for the hayride to be ready because we arrived at opening but it was worth the wait. A giant spider surprised us mid-ride and the kids love that part. They had pumpkins of every shape and size too.
  • Playground – Swings, they never fail us.
  • Bumpy Slide – The baby must have taken daddy on this over a dozen times.
  • Barrel Train – Each train was painted with a different scheme and the kids loved getting in and out of the cars so they could try new ones.
  • Popcorn Snacks – The farm has a great little concession stand and the $3 popcorn really hit the spot.
  • Cornhole – The day we went was pretty hot and shade was limited so it was nice to take a break in the shade and play corn hole.
  • Water Racing Ducks – In the middle of the field, there was a cool racing duck game. I feel like that’s not the official name but the boys enjoyed getting all wet trying (and failing) to beat daddy.
  • Animals – The farm was full of animals that you could feed. Oddly, my kiddos could have cared less about the real cow, real goats, and real pig. At least we know animal noises?
  • Cornmaze – The cornmaze looked pretty cool but the children were a little scared of it. I’m hoping next year we can give it a shot!

Verdict: It’s a short ride from southern Wake County and made for an awesome Saturday morning. They take credit cards, have clean restrooms, and a ton of great activities on a smaller “campus” which is perfect for kiddo size legs. It’s an A+ in our book!

Images shot using a Pentax 67 on Ektar 100 + Lomography 100 and a Canon EOS-1N on Portra 400.

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