Riverbend Farm, located in Midland, NC, is just 30 minutes east of Uptown Charlotte. And, while they've got an abundance of pumpkins for the choosing, it's the other simple attractions that make it a magical experience.
Take a stroll across the covered bridge that runs over one of a couple of bucolic ponds on the property. Take pictures with giant farm animal replicas. Visit the live farm animals in the barn, including a pony, turkeys and (when we were there) a baby pig. Or peruse the goods in the old country store (they have ice cream!).
The farm hours are 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays. If you can swing it, I highly recommend going on a weekday afternoon. Weekends can get pretty crowded.
Admission is $5:50 per person. Pumpkins are $0.40 per pound (which makes them some of the less expensive among pick-your-own farms).
There are outhouse bathrooms on the farm (well kept and clean!) and picnic tables if you want to bring snacks or lunch.
If you're really looking to make a day of it, consider a short, 0.9 mile (one way) hike along the Riverbend Farm Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail.
How to get there:
Riverbend farm is located at 12150 McManus Road, Midland, NC 28107.
Don't forget to pack:
- Money: For admission and your pumpkin. They take both cash and credit cards.
- Comfy shoes: It's a great place to stroll and play. After a heavy rain, consider boots.
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: There's very little shade on the farm, especially in the pumpkin fields.