Dewberry Farm Seasonal Fun and Festivals for the Whole Family
About an hour's drive from the bustling Houston city traffic is a farm that combines festival-like fun with down home charm. Dewberry Farm is open to the public in the spring, fall, and winter seasons for a pastoral variety of family activities. Picking wildflowers, exploring the eight-acre corn maze, seeing baby barnyard animals, and taking a train ride through the 15-acre Christmas tree forest are a few experiences that Dewberry Farm offers. These and about 30 other things to do make an outing to Dewberry a must-do for every Houston family.
What Is There To Do at Dewberry Farm?
The Fall Fest at Dewberry is not to be missed.
My family owns a 50-acre farm in Louisiana, and when I visited Dewberry the first time, it immediately brought me back to my childhood days of running in fields of hay and eating blackberries straight off the vine. Those are some of my best memories and I’ve always dreamed of recreating those fond adventures for my children. Dewberry Farm is one way I give my kids those everlasting memories.
Activities at Dewberry extend beyond the average farm, of course. At this farm, kids can ride trains, ponies, or pedal carts; they can play human foosball, tetherball, or hoppy ball; they can choose between a variety of swings, slides, and carnival rides; and yes, there is plenty of hay to play in.
Dewberry Farm is only open seasonally, so be sure to catch one of the three big seasonal festivals. In May Dewberry opens weekends for the exciting Spring Fest (May 7 is 2021 opening day), featuring fields of flowers, baby animals to pet, gemstone mining, carnival rides, blaster cannons, rubber duck races, food around a fire pit, and more. One of the most popular highlights is a beautiful four-acre sunflower patch.
So many ways to play outside!
Fall Fest runs from September through November and adds an eight-acre corn maze and a legendary pumpkin patch into the mix; seasonal highlights also include pig races, the carousel, and some impressive pumpkin displays. Finally, at the end of the year, Winter Fest offers a 15-acre Christmas tree farm along with a spectacular twinkling lights holiday display.
All seasons offer more than 40 activities including giant slides, climbing forts, train rides, haystack mountain climbs, sports ball zones, corn hole games, a Ferris wheel, pedal carts, and more. Various holiday photo props are located around the farm for capturing a perfect family photo.
Tired little legs love a ride on the farm's train. Photo courtesy of Dewberry Farm
The farm offers plenty of food options as well. Think festival food: street tacos, nachos, corn in a cup, funnel cakes, chopped beef BBQ sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes, nachos, hotdogs, Frito pies, chips, drinks, and more. There’s a huge pavilion available to enjoy lunch while sitting in the shade.
While in previous years visitors could not bring outside food or drink, families can now bring their own picnics. Coolers are checked, though, because absolutely no alcohol or glass is permitted on the farm.
Other options to check out at the farm are private parties and school field trips. And if a campfire appeals, you can reserve your own fire ring for your family's barbecue.
Photo ops are everywhere you look.
General Information: Know Before You Go
- Make sure you have your camera. The scenery and several designed photo stops cry out for family photos.
- There are plenty of places to get great food at the farm, but you are also allowed to bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks, which can be a great way to save a little cash.
- There are plenty of bathrooms, including a dedicated baby changing station in a whole separate facility–it is amazing.
- Speaking of little ones, yes, strollers and wagons are allowed and recommended. Pets, on the other hand, are not permitted. The adorable animals in the petting zoo will have to suffice!
- All major credit cards are accepted online and at the farm.
- Bring plenty of sunscreen, and maybe a stroller fan. Much of the farm is not covered by shade and can get extremely hot.
- Bring bug spray and a change of clothes for the little ones. (Ice-cream eating and haystack playing do not make for a clean combination.)
- Dewberry is about 46 miles away from the heart of downtown Houston.
- Parking is free.
Tickets and Reservations
Reservations are normally not required to visit the farm, but purchasing tickets in advance online saves standing in line at the farm. Different ticket options are available depending on how many people you have, what activities you want to do, and how long you want to stay. Ticket options are typically referred to as Activity Day Passes or Season Passes.
The best thing about Spring Fest may be the baby animals. Photo courtesy of Dewberry Farm
Due to Covid-19 attendance is currently below normal capacity. Guests are asked to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals who are not part of the same household. This is easy to do since the farm is big, but at the entrance it can be a bit tricky if it is crowded. Masks are required where social distancing is not possible and inside any buildings.
For more information, visit the Dewberry Farm website.
Photos by Molly Montag, unless otherwise noted