(Further afield, just East of Raleigh in Bunn, NC.
Editor's Note: From our Carrboro/Chapel Hill location the drive
took a little under an hour; it is a pretty drive to Bunn -- not far
from Raleigh -- and the fantastic day on the Farm is well worth the
drive! The Vollmer Farm Fall Festivities are a great local family
tradition, and kids will want to come back every year -- and in the
Spring also for organic strawberry, blueberry and blackberry picking!)
617 NC Hwy 98E, Bunn, NC 27508.
(East of Raleigh).
to Vollmer Farm. Directions: Go 10 miles past Zebulon on 64. Take the
Middlesex/Spring hope Exit onto Hwy 98 and head north for 4 miles.
The farm is on the right. This is 1 mile south of the intersection
of Highway 39 and Hwy 98 just south of Bunn.
Vollmer Farm is a
Certified Organic Farm, and is a working farm producing strawberries, blueberries,
vegetables, and pumpkins! (The Vollmers have been farming here for
five generations; previously the family farmed tobacco but switched over
to organic strawberry and berry farming in the early 1980's, before most
people had even heard of organic farming.) Your visit to the farm
supports LOCAL AGRICULTURE and gives your children the gift of an
easy-going, fun-filled, day on the Farm.
Vollmer Farm Fall 2016 Season:
through October 30th
Open EVERY Weekend
Saturday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Check for updated 2016 hours;
as of 9/8/2016 TBD
Vollmer Farm Photo
Vollmer Farm Back Forty
(Admission to the Back Forty Includes:)
Hay Ride: A great, old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hay ride takes
you from the front of Vollmer Farm back to all of the fun activities in
the "Back Forty" (The hay ride is covered-wagon-style - so nicely shaded
from the sun. As you go through the woods look up and enjoy the
moving nature show put on by the shadows of the leaves on the fabric
2 Playgrounds with lots
of fun playground equipment: slides, see-saws, wooden climbing
structures that look like a choo-choo train, a jeep, a pirate ship; a
giant sand-box with sand-box toys; swings, rubber tires for climbing and
balancing... and lots more!
Great Pumpkin Jump:
Everyone LOVES the
at Vollmer Farm!
We could have bounced ALL DAY! (But there are too many other
fun things to do at Vollmer Farm -- read on below!)
Animated image courtesy
of Vollmer Farm
The Great Pumpkin Jump is
like nothing we have EVER experienced; something like a giant bouncy
house, without walls or a roof. The Great Pumpkin Jump is a 40
foot x 70 foot in-ground jumping pillow (filled with air) that is a
fabulous fun and fitness activity for ALL ages! According to
the Vollmer Farm website, "Jumping Pillows have been popular for years
in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and have been gaining popularity in
campgrounds and farms across North America. The Great Pumpkin Jump is
the largest pillow in North Carolina; we hope you'll agree it's
Puzzle Corn Maze: Get
the family together for an adventure as you make your way through the
cornfield maze together.
Vollmer Farms Udder Run Barrel Train - Each Cow has
it's name painted on the Cow Car.
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Udder Run Barrel Train
-- The Udder Run barrel Train ride is a thrill for children and
adults. The "train" cars look like cows (adorable!), and the train
is pulled by a tractor, around and around, here and there, up and down
hills and around in circles. (Each cow car has the cow's
name painted onto the cow car. Cow Cars alternate in larger (fits
adults) and smaller child-size cars. Just about the cutest ride
ever. When the friendly tractor driver goes in a circle, the
riders smile and giggle and wave at one another in a happy circle of
fun, then zip back up and down gentle hills. A gentle but
No Left Turn Rope Maze:
The only rule is -- guess what? NO left turns!
Duck Races -- Pump water, set your rubber ducky in a lane and see
if your duck is the fastest!
Vollmer Rat Racers (kid-sized hamster tunnels!)
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Rat Racers -- Like
Hamster Ball/Wheels, but for kids! Kids get into the large
tunnels, and push, crawl, roll around like kid-size hamsters. Lots
of laughter and fun all around!
Tot Rocket Zip Line -- Kids LOVE this person-powered ride.
Pop your child into the rocket seat, give the rocket a push and the
rocket car takes off, zipping along the zip line and back again.
This is one of those, "Again, Again!" rides -- but then so is everything
at Vollmer Farm!
Farm Animals --
Visit and feed the goats, and watch them climb to the top of the goat
ramp; feed the ducks; we enjoyed visiting a baby cow.
great FALL FARM FUN photos at the
Vollmer Farm Photo Gallery
Windmill Mountain - 100 Foot Underground Slide: Go up to
the top of the mountain/hill, hop on a burlap sack, and go for a
thrilling ride down the slide, underground through the mountain, and
right out the bottom where we slid along to a gentle stop. Again!
Again! (The Windmill Mountain Slide is great exercise for the kids
as they run up and slide down over and over again. LOVE IT!)
Corn Crib - Over 300 Bushels of Shelled Corn - (like a giant sand box
(but even more fun: Kids could spend hours in the Corn Crib --
like a giant sandbox, but filled with freshly shelled corn, rather than
sand. Kids make corn angels (like snow angels - except that it's
corn); they dive; they swim through the corn; they bury their feet and
legs in the corn; they moonwalk in the corn. Truly the fun is
endless! Who knew swimming around in heaps of shelled corn could
be so much fun!
Pumpkin Sling Shot:
See if you can hit the target -- a lovely, Great Pumpkin hanging high in
the air, or other Halloween Themed targets, with a giant sling shot (and
tennis balls). During our last visit to the Farm, kids were
cycling through, taking turns getting a shot at the Great Pumpkin target
over and over again. They just couldn't get enough of the target
shots -- A great time was had by all, and we watched the camaraderie
develop as the kids were complimenting one another on their terrific
shots. Again! Again!
During your visit to Vollmer Farm, visit Uncle Russell's Snack Shack and
Aunt Mary's Market and Ice Cream Shop for great Fall gifts, 8 flavors of
ice cream made fresh on the farm and homemade waffle cones.
When you first arrive at Vollmer Farm, you will see Aunt Mary's Market
and Ice Cream Shop, as well as a great big pumpkin patch where you can
choose pumpkins still growing on the vine. The Market offers
really fun and lovely Halloween (and Christmas) decorations, toys, and
treats. We LOVED the fresh, homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream (made at
Behind the Market there is a cool pumpkin house for Fall: a wooden
house structure, filled in with pumpkins of all sizes rather than walls.
The Hay Ride to the "Back Forty" leaves from here (behind Aunt Mary's
Market). Parking is available in front of the Market, with more
parking available behind the Market.
Russell's Snack Shack is located in the Back Forty (fun zone!), and
offers delicious barbecue, hot dogs, sweet potato chips, Pumpkin Coolers
(lemonade in adorable orange pumpkin sippy containers), homemade
cookies, and lots more. YUM! We enjoyed a fun lunch at the
picnic tables in the shade next to the Snack Shack.
during the Fall Season, the Farm is open until 8:00pm (except closes at
5pm on Sundays). As the sun sets,
you can gather around one of the bonfires, and enjoy roasting
marshmallows (and hot chocolate!) from the Farm's Nibble Nook.
Saturday Night Movies at Vollmer Farm (included in price of
Check the Vollmer Farm website
for special events; on Saturday Nights they have movies under the stars
(included in Admission). Be sure to bring warm coats and blankets
with you if you are planning to cap off the day with a fun outdoor movie
at night on the Farm. Sunny Fall days turn into lovely cool or
chilly Fall nights! (In prior years, Discount admission begins at
5pm (check Vollmer Farm website for up-to-date info). Bonfire and Sing-Along begin at 6pm; Family Movie begins at
2016 outdoor-on-the-farm movies at Vollmer Farm will feature
Oct. 1st The Good Dinosaur; Oct. 8th
Cinderella; Oct. 15 Finding Dory;
Oct. 22 Jungle Book; Oct. 29
Vollmer Farm Fall Saturday Night Movie Schedule.
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