Every Fall, we try to make it out to a pumpkin patch to get into the spirit of the Halloween season. Last year, we went to the Little Farm (which was actually the first farm I ever went to as a child–we even got to milk a goat!)
This year, I thought we’d check out a different place I’d heard good thing about: Pinto’s Farm.
We went on a Sunday afternoon, closer to closing time (4 p.m. in hopes of avoiding the heavy crowds). I’d bought our tickets thanks to a Living Social deal (always check Living Social/Groupon befor attending events–never know how much you’ll save) and went to pick them up while my husband ventured to a play area just outside the entrance with our son. There was a bounce house, some random hula hoops, and a giant dirt mound my son didn’t seem to care much for.
At the end of the path, there are two covered sections from which to pick up a pumpkin (or simply take photos with pumpkins).
Turn the corner and you’ll encounter a hay bale maze. It was cute but would’ve preferred it were a bit taller and wider since people seemed to all cluster here, making it hard to get through with my toddler and the stroller.
From there, it’s up to you which activities to pursue. My ticket deal offered 2 free tickets for either the paddle boats or the hay ride (considering we had a 20-month old, we opted for the hay ride,which he loved–and my husband and I did as well).
They’ve also got a “race track” for kids to race on big wheels/trikes, a petting zoo, pony rides, and another “race track” for these mini tractors (basically big wheels in the shape of tractors that are big enough for adults to ride). We opted to buy extra tickets for the tractor race ($8 for 2 FYI so bring a little bonus cash if you want to enjoy these extras).
Our son was also happy to run around the on-site playground (though we were slightly less enthusiastic running after him to make sure none of the much larger kids knocked him over), and spent a ton of time in this sandy area with animal bouncy toys. He quickly became BFFs with this kitty.
Pinto’s is scenic, with lots of trees for shade (a must in blistering hot Miami). They also serve fruit shakes and smoothies, ice teas and coffee drinks, plus empanadas, arepas, and even alfajores (Argentine sweet treats).
It gets busy , especially on weekends, but if you go late you can avoid the mid-day rush (plus we left at around 6 p.m., an hour after their official closing and folks were still coming in). Parking is free and not too much of a hassle. We may be back for their Holiday theme days (which should include festive décor and pictures with Santa). Check them out at Pinto’s Farm or on Facebook.