Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market is just about an hour drive down I-65S to Hodgenville, KY from Louisville and is a young, expanding farm. We checked it out during their annual PumpkinFest which included live music. This is a very kid and family friendly place. It only costs $5 for hay ride and the corn maze for people 3 years and older. If you only want to participate in one: the hay ride is $2 and the corn maze is $3. Since we have younger children we opted out of the 3 acre corn maze this year. They said it takes approximately an hour to finish. The hay ride is not necessary to pick the pumpkins, but it was a bonus for my oldest son. There is not a set schedule for it so you just had to keep an eye out for it which was pretty easy. The play area was free and included a playset, grain bin with ‘corn boxes’ (my son’s favorite), pedal tractors, some straw pile, stick maze and a dirt mound to climb up. They have lots of varieties of pumpkins to pick from and vary from $1.50 to $9. You will need to make sure you try their apple dumpling and pumpkin soft serve ice cream while you are there too. They have a covered picnic area to enjoy your lunch or those treats. On Saturdays they do have some cooking going for lunchtime too. The next several weekends they have special things planned at their farm such as being able to paint or carve your pumpkins at the farm and even a Pumpkin Destruction Day. They are still a fairly young farm that continues to grow with developing new activities and expanding their produce. Be sure to check out their website and facebook page for updates on produce, activities and hope you fun supporting your local Kentucky farmer. We had fun and look forward to returning again.
Since we were in the area we took a short drive from Hinton’s Orchard to Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace National Park. We started out at the visitor center where you can get an informational brochure and watch a 15min movie about Abraham’s Kentucky years. This is all for free too. We then headed to the Memorial Building which reminds you of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. This building houses Abraham Lincoln’s birthhome which is a one room log cabin. We were also able to see the Sinking Springs which is where the Lincoln f
amily retrieved their water. There are two short hikes at the park and picnic areas nearby. There is a program called, Junior Ranger, which is free and you pick up a booklet from the visitor center to help your children learn more about our 16th president as part of the program.