The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, and pumpkin spice is making an appearance in everything from the usual lattes to artisan goat cheese. (Give Hillsborough Cheese Company’s a try for a true delight to your taste buds!)
It’s time to dig out the cozy sweaters and colorful scarves and get out and enjoy some of the fun fall festivities this season has to offer. Soon winter will swoop in and force us to hunker down and hibernate inside more, so take time now to revel in the crisp autumn air and enjoy one or more of these distinctly local activities.
Ever wanted to carve a pumpkin with a goat? Not something one probably ever imagined doing, but now that it’s an option, sounds super fun, right? Spring Haven Farm is giving you the opportunity to do just that at their peaceful farm located just outside of Chapel Hill, where according to them, you can ‘experience all the joy and fun of the farm with none of the work’. Bookings run this week through the 31st, but are filling up fast, so lock down your time to explore your creative carving skills under the watchful eyes of several playful goats. (They are rumored to moonlight as art critics, so if your jack o’ lantern earns an appreciative bleat, give yourself a pat on the back.) You may also get the chance to meet and show off your pumpkin creation to some of the other resident animals as well, like Peppa Pig, Huck the Horse, or Annie the Donkey.
More of a traditionalist and just want to hit up a great pumpkin patch offering the opportunity to peruse all the different sizes and shapes available before finally selecting that perfect pumpkin(s) to take home to adorn your front porch? Smith’s Family Fun Farm in Hillsborough has been around for several generations and is a great place to take the family as they also offer a play area for kids. And although they, unfortunately, will not be offering their usual hayrides this year due to Covid, they do have a beautiful sunflower maze. Less of a challenging obstacle to escape and more of a great photo opp for your various social feeds, it is a great attraction nonetheless. Make sure to indulge in some Whit’s frozen custard on your visit as well! @whitshillsborough
If you are the more adventurous type and looking for a frightful delight that may leave your heart hammering in your chest, check out Xtreme Haunt in Durham. They have six unique attractions to choose from, including creepy escape rooms and a maze you must navigate while fighting off zombies with a laser gun. Due to Covid precautions, they are only open 3 days this year: October 23rd, 24th, and 30th, so book now to reserve your adrenaline rush!
Sadly, McKee’s Corn Maze, which has been a favorite activity for many since 2001, decided to cancel their season this year. Their intricate process is quite fascinating which is why it deserves a mention here. Check it out and mark your calendars for 2021!
As we are all very aware by now, Covid has had impacts on all social activities, indoors or out, in one way or another. These places have taken many precautions to ensure they can provide a safe environment without detracting from the fun. Make sure to call or check the websites for the latest updates on rules or restrictions and possible limited hours. At the time of posting, all hours and prices were up to date, but as always, that is subject to change.
Hopefully everyone is able to get out and enjoy at least one of these activities or any number of other local fall attractions celebrating one of North Carolina’s most beautiful seasons. Please comment and share other favorite places to go to experience fall to the fullest. Also, if you get a chance to check out the places mentioned, let us hear about your experience!
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