Pioneer Farms Austin
Where is it at?
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Tel: 512 837 1215
Where are we going today?
If you are a family that LOVE history, farms and animals, you might just be in your element at Pioneer Farms!
Pioneer Farms have five fascinatingly themed historic areas that you family can explore and take you right back into last century!
The 1841 Tonkawa Encampment transports you back to Central Texas back in the day that the state was a Republic! You can get down and boogie to the sounds of the water drum and gourd rattle in what is the farms earliest historic site - a real Tonkawa Indian campground.
A very impressive oak tree (that's over a centuries old!) sits in the center - and what is amazing to think if that this tree actually shaded the Native Texans who camped beneath it all those years ago! What do you think life would have been life then? Can you feel their presence as you sit under the tree? Shut your eyes - can you hear the horses and cattle fording Walnut Creek with the Chisholm Tribe moved?
Then there is the 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, which is teeming with native wildlife. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, and raccoons can all be spotted on the walking trail. You can even see the Texas Pecan trees which have remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
The 1868 German Emigrant Farm lets you peek into the life of the Fritz Kruger family, soon after they emigrated to Texas. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have grown up in one room with all your brothers and sisters? You can see their kitchen - can you smell the biscuits in the Dutch Oven? Perhaps you can imagine the meaty stew bubbling in the cast-iron pot?
The 1873 Texan Farm lets you understand life for the early settlers in the 1850s who can from the nearby states. The 1887 Cotton Planter's Farm gives you an insight into the lives of the wealthy families back when cotton (and not oil!) was the king of Texas, and the 1899 Sprinkle Corner is a recreated rural village with houses, a general store exhibits.
And of course - don't forget the barn! Kids, you can play with all your favorite barnyard animals!
A fascinating step back into living history.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 2
When can we go?
10am - 5pm
Fridays, Saturday and Sundays
There is heaps to do for school groups here - they will be lost in history! Pre-K to high school, as well as home school and collect can explore the past here. They offer history and nature programs every Friday, and via reservation on Wednesdays and Thursdays. .
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye out for special events like the Austin Family Music Festival! Worth noting that the admission is slightly higher for these events. .
Need a little extra help?
Everybody should be able to enjoy themselves! Most (but not all) of the historic buildings are accessible via wheelchair. They want to make sure the buildings and walkways are authentic to the 19th century, so this does impose some restrictions..
Can I get one of those?
There is a period-appropriate store where you can pick up fun souviners! .
What people are saying?
by Luke Smith
Great experience in looking back at olden Texas days. I just wish more of the houses were open and not what looked like in mid-renovation
by Scott Siegel
It was really neat seeing how people got by in the old days. On the other hand, we picked the day that there was supposedly a filming going on and part of the tour was off limits. Don't really understand why there would not be a warning about that. Plus, the people "filming" were douche bags.
by Christy Horton
Step back in time
by A Google User
Great place to explore and experience history. Wear your good walking shoes because there is quite a distance covered to see everything. Period costumes are worn by people who give information at various homes and buildings. There are also animals including a longhorn and there's a barn cat that has been lazing around (almost looking dead) both times we've visited. During one visit we were able to pick cotton!