If you live in the Charlotte area and have young kids, Wise Acres Farm is a great annual fall activity to add into your schedule! This was our second trip to the organic, family-owned farm in Indian Trail, and already it has grown a lot in two years. There is plenty to do, delicious food offerings, and a cute pumpkin patch as well. It is completely free to park and play on the play areas that are set up, one of which is primarily made of recycled items.
I love the quaint red barn in the background! In that barn is where you can purchase admission to the hay ride, barrel train, giant corn pit (a huge sandbox filled with corn kernels!), as well as organic cotton candy and slushies. We had the apple cider slushie and it was REALLY good! There’s a little gift shop as well with locally sourced gifts and treats.
My goofy boy.
Henry was not so sure about being up on the pallet swing!
Sometimes I wish my baby would stay like this forever!
This is a whole second play area further back on the grounds. There was a much bigger zip line here, as well as a few other play areas, including a small train that Henry loved!
The barrel train rode around the perimeter of this play area. We didn’t buy tickets for this attraction, but it looked cute!
The kids went on the tractor hay ride on their own. Side note: I was a little panicked about letting them go without one of us, but that is why David is the perfect husband for me. I would prefer my kids to wear helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads (and mouth guards) before they leave the house, and he is basically the opposite. So we balance each other out really well! He encouraged me that the bigger kids could take care of Henry on the ride, and that they would all be fine. He also reminded me that at Sienna’s age he used to take a public bus to school by himself, but that’s another story. (“When I was your age….” statements are coming out of David’s and my mouth more and more frequently now! Which means that basically, we are getting old!)
The kids loved the hay ride, and I think the older two felt really proud about doing a good job taking care of their little brother too! If my memory serves me correctly, the tractor ride was $3 each.
If you do plan a weekend trip to Wise Acres Farm, I highly recommend the brick oven pizza that they offer! We got the cheese pie and it was soooooo good! They also locally source some of the ingredients, including the mozzarella cheese, pesto, and whole wheat flour. Check out more info. here. The crust was nice and doughy, giving it a delicious chewy texture. Combine that with the slightly charred flavor you get from the brick oven, the fresh toppings, and…mmmmmmm it was so good!
If you go in the fall, you have to visit the pumpkin patch! We ended up letting each of the kids pick out a smaller pumpkin, and getting one big pumpkin to carve. Although we paid a little more than we would have at the supermarket, our Wise Acres pumpkins are still in pristine condition weeks later, and I have had to throw away a supermarket pumpkin already because it started rotting badly!
They have a row of wagons you can use to cart your pumpkins around.
I would highly recommend that you visit Wise Acres Farm! They also have strawberry picking in the spring time, so I know I’m marking my calendar to go this spring. It’s all organic, and my friend who went this past spring said that the prices are better than organic strawberries at our local supermarket!