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Are you in for some serious fun!! Be warned, this will be a photo heavy post. I ended up taking photos of just about everything. Oakes Farm has so much to offer families for a day together. My boys absolutely loved every minute we were there. I highly recommend going!
You have a wristband for your day there so running out to your car is not an issue. Just keep that band on! As you walk through the barn after purchasing your bands, the farm opens up before you. Off to your left is the hayride and to the right are two of the corn mazes, and directly in front of you is tons of fun! Gemstone mining, slides, pedal carts, a sweets/ice cream shop, and so much more! The boys' favorites are the slides and the pedal carts.
When you pay your admission, you can also go ahead and pay for pumpkins at the hayride. They give you a ticket for each pumpkin. It's fairly priced at $5.50 each no matter the size. As I mentioned the hayride is to your left as you walk in. I would definitely do that first. If you don't you could possibly end up waiting in line for quite a while. So first thing, go on the hayride to the pumpkin patch to get your pumpkins. And once you're back you can go put them in your car so you don't carry them around all day.
If the hayride is not your thing, it is a bit dusty but short, the good folks there have pumpkins at the barn for purchase along with mums also grown right on the property. They're beautiful!
You'll also see as you walk in, the main barn is also a gift shop. They have fun toys for kids as well as handmade goods like pottery and soaps available. They don't leave you to starve, there's a grill right there offering burgers and fries and such, Pappy's Fry Shack which also has corndogs, fries, and funnel cake fries(!), and Granny's Sweet Shoppe. They have homemade fudge, a drinks cooler, and ice cream!
If you're feeling froggy and want an ice cream to share, get the hot fudge cake! Holy moley!!! We were so excited I forgot to take a photo of how yummy it looked.... Here's the aftermath:
They have three corn mazes to pick from as well as a kids' hay bale maze. Next to the hay bale maze is a corn box that has, you guessed it, feed corn for the kids to play in. There's the petting farm area where you can feed the goats and meet the famous Doug the Goat.
The main maze this year is Doug for President. Very fun idea! They even got him a new red, white, and blue collar! This year they have the Trail of Blooms. Gorgeous sunflowers!
Kids have the best time... They can rope "bulls", play in the two sand pits, jump on the two giant air pillows, swing on the tire swings, play tetherball, climb a hill, ride the pedal carts, roll in giant hamster wheels (huge corrugated pipe), sit on an old tractor or giant rocking chair, or slide to their hearts' content! There's also gem mining if you so choose.
There are small tents set up along the side of the corn maze where you can have a birthday party, get your family together, or just sit and enjoy. The farm also has a permanent pavilion as well as a larger tent all with tables and chairs. They certainly take care of their customers! The staff at Oakes Farm are all wonderful. Everyone we met was very friendly and willing to help. The owners did an outstanding job with the folks working there.
If you have an afternoon or a day you want to do something with the family, go to Oakes Farm. You really get a lot of bang for your buck. One admission gets you in to do almost everything. It is well worth the drive to Corryton, TN to visit Oakes! The $1 off admission coupon (Keyword: Oakes Farm) is good through Oct 30!