Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Haunted Houses in the Raleigh/Durham area


This post is just for my peeps in the Raleigh-Durham area.  If you aren’t in the area, stay tuned for another post soon…..or come for a visit.  NC is beautiful in the fall!

Every year I search for the best pumpkin patches to visit in the Raleigh-Durham area and I always feel like I am piecing together snippets from here and there, never to find one good consolidated list. These are mainly farms with pumpkin patches and corn mazes, but a few haunted houses and haunted corn mazes too.

Jim didn’t want me to post our favorite one because he doesn’t want more people to know about it.  I told him I just won’t say which one it is.  He doesn’t like crowds, can you tell?

If I missed anything, please let me know and I can add to this list.

Have a fun fall and a wonderful Halloween!

Apex/Cary/Holly Springs

DJ’s Berry Patch – Pick your own pumpkins and Mums


Green Acres – Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Play Area


Phillips Farms – Corn Maze, Haunted Farm


Green Level Gourd Farm – Pumpkins, Spooky Hayride, Play Area




Page Farms – Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides




Museum of Life and Science – Pumpkin Patch Express

Train ride, Pumpkin Picking, Museum Access


Ganyard Hill Farms – Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayride



Gross Farms – Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch



Wake Forest/Youngsville

Hill Ridge Farms – Train Ride, Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch, Gemstone Panning, Barnyard Animals


Haunted Forest at Panic Point – HauntedForest, Maze, Hayride (Scary, but for all ages)



Willow Springs/Fuquay-Varina

Porter Farms – Pumpkins and Mums


Naylor Family Farm – Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Play Area, Farm Activities, Hayrides, Corn Play Barn



Vollmer Farms – Pumpkins, Play Area

(this is a bit of a hike from Raleigh/Durham area, but it is supposed to be a good pumpkin patch)



 Ken’s Corny Corn Maze – Corn and Rope Mazes, Play Area, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Mini Golf


Clayton Fear Farm – Painted 3d House, Hayride, Pumpkins, Play Area, Haunted ScreamPark


Chapel Hill/Hillsborough

McKee’s Corn Maze – Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Play Area


Educational Websites My Kids Love

Are you looking for some new education websites or fun math games for your kids that are not only educational but fun as well?  These are some of the sites that my girls have used and really enjoyed over the years.  Some educational websites are definitely better than others, but these sites have gotten the stamp of approval from  Ella and Taylor.

Thumbs Up!

All sites listed on this page are free unless otherwise noted….

All Grade Levels (K-5)

Spelling City – A great website for spelling at all ages – we particularly like the spelling test on this and use it every week.  This is our favorite way to work on our spelling words.  Hangman is fun, too.
Spelling city

 BrainPop – this is a fun site with activities math games, social studies games, science games for various ages with cute videos and activities.  Much of this is a subscription site, but there are still some fun free learning activities.

Brain Pop

National Geographic – I could spend hours here, too. Great site for kids of all ages particularly if they are doing a research project on countries or other cultures. Also great for animal loving kids.

National Geographic

Grammaropolis – For older elementary kids who are starting to learn grammar. This site has memberships that aren’t too expensive, but there is a bit you can do for free.


Sumdog This is a fun site as kids can compete against others online in learning and math games. There is also a way for parents to set their kids up so they can track progress. Kids can earn outfits for their avatar.  Fun!


Younger Kids – Elementary

Starfall – This is a great site for young kids just learning to read.  The girls used this site all the time when they were in Kindergarten and 1st grade.


www.abcya.com – All types of activities and apps that you can download.


Storyline Online – SAG actors reading books along with fun activities/questions to go along with the story. Cute!

Storyline Online

PBS Kids – We spent lots of time on this site when the girls were little. They recognize the characters and learn at the same time.

PBS Kids


If you have websites that you have really enjoyed, please let me know about them and I will add them to this list.  I will keep this info on a page in the menu above under Home and Family -> Educational Websites my Kids Love.