Special thank you to Visit Henry County for hosting my visit. I fell in love with Southern Belle Farm and high recommend visiting! All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the farm or Henry County.
Relax on a porch rocking chair, enjoy some family time, pick your fresh produce and treat yourself to a slice of Ms. Kathy’s pound cake. Southern Belle Farm, in McDonough, Georgia, is a can’t farm that offers plenty of old-fashioned fun. It’s a 4th generation family-owned farm that’s just twenty minutes south of Atlanta. Each year the owners have added even more activities because it’s grown so much in popularity.
The Four Seasons Of Fun At Southern Belle Farm
Originally, Southern Belle was a dairy farm. When being a dairy farm was starting to be too expensive in the 1980’s, it sat unused for many years. New generations of family members came home from school with the idea to re-open it as a produce farm.
In Fall 2006, they started with just one corn maze. Now, Southern Belle Farm has four seasons and they’re open yearly from April through December. They offer the following four seasons:
- Christmas Trees
They pride themselves on being an overall “family experience” and offering fun for the whole family. I recommend setting aside at least a half day for activities. There’s no admission fee to come pick your produce – just the cost of your purchase. However, there are small fees for the annual activities offered. They do offer a military and group rate, while children under two are free. Check their event calendar for special themed weekends.
Planning Your Visit
Be sure to wear your play clothes, dress according to the weather and be comfortable. Tennis shoes or boots are recommended because there is plenty of walking. The majority of Southern Belle Farm is outside. Consider bringing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
They’ve got some great photography spots for family photos. Be sure to bring your camera and capture your special memories. The U-Pick flower patch and pumpkin patch offers a beautiful Insta-worthy backdrop for your family photos. They’ve also got a vintage truck and porch full of rocking chairs. Take your family photos first, before playing because (of course) you’re bound to get a little dirty on the farm.
The Country Market
Probably my favorite part of visiting the farm is stepping into their market. It’s stocked full of seasonal canned items, gifts, local country art and fresh baked goods. One of the best selling canned items they offer is the Strawberry Five Pepper Jelly. I love serving it with cream cheese and water crackers.
During the Strawberry and Peach season, you can order one of their seasonal cobblers (slices of pound cake with fresh cream & fruit on top) or fried pies. They also serve fresh ice cream that’s made right on the farm. It’s known as Mimi’s Bakery and definitely makes your visit worth the drive.
Things To Do At Southern Belle Farm For Kids
Each season offers an array of fun activities for the kids. The farm is home to chickens, donkeys, cows, calves goats, horses, pigs and more. They offer a variety of activities during each season, but fall seems to offer the most family fun.
The Farm fall Admission includes the following activities:
- Cornfield maze(s)
- Hayride, Cow Train ride
- Corn Cannon – 3 shots
- Jumping Pillow
- Racing Pedal Carts
- Giant Tunnel Slide
- Kiddie korral
- Corn Box
- Rubber Duck Races
- Belle’s Barn Barnyard Animals
- Pig Races
If you’ve never seen a pig race, I highly recommend this spectacle. It’s one of my “must-do” recommended activities at Southern Belle. Try getting a spot in the front and capture the fun on video. It’s hilarious and kids love to cheer on the pigs.
As the sun sets, make a reservation for Belles Campfire. You can purchase the campfire rental packages online and you can purchase a two-hour rental. Additional food options for your campfire experience includes hot dogs and s’more kits.
Christmas Season At Southern Belle
During the winter season, they’ve got some great offering that are fun for the Christmas season. Celebrate Christmas at Southern Belle Farm by picking one of their fresh Fraser Firs. Kids can also meet Santa Claus, go on a hayride and enjoy hot cider or cocoa. Don’t forget to order your Mimi’s Bakery goods ahead of time – they’re even more popular during the holiday season.
Birthday Parties At Southern Belle
Skip the over-rated commercial options and find fun on the farm for your child’s next party. They’ve got three tiers of birthday party packages that can take the stress off of parents. They range from a basic package that’s just rental space and cost per child to a full-service package that includes more food options. It’s definitely a great option if your little one loves animals.
Field Trips and Tours At The Farm
Think of Southern Belle Farm as an outdoor hands-on classroom experience. Field trips can be arranged ahead of time and it’s an agricultural learning experience that’s fun for both teachers and students. The field trip activities are seasonal, but they’ve got plenty of fun for everyone. We love the milking demonstration in the dairy barn and the demonstration on how plants grow from just a seed. They even provide teachers with resources to help plan the trip and activities to excite the kids before the visit.
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