What is Pioneer Farms?
Six themed historic areas are open for self-guided walking tours: an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, an 1868 German Emigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter's Farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. In each area you can step back in time and experience Texas history first-hand. Explore more than 90 beautiful, wooded acres and discover exciting, memorable ways to live Texas' colorful past with your family. Don’t miss the Scarborough Barn where you can get up close with your favorite farm animal friends!
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission daily at 4 p.m. Gates close at 5 p.m. Self-guided school field trips are accommodated on Fridays. Guided programs for schools are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by advance reservation only. Our office is staffed Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations for all programs can be made at all times via Info@PioneerFarms.org. Pets are not allowed, but service dogs are allowed with proper vests.
Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35. Exit I-35 at Braker Lane (Exit 243), go east and follow the signs (left at Dessau Road, right at Braker Lane East, right at Pioneer Farms Drive). From Parmer Lane, a mile north of Braker (Exit 245), go east to Dessau Road (third traffic light), turn right and go to Braker Lane East (first traffic light). Turn left and follow the signs.
General admission prices are $8 for visitors ages 13 and over, and $6 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission for groups of 20 or more is $5 each. Admission prices for special and nighttime events, such as Halloween and Christmas shows and Austin Family Music Festival, are higher. Pay admission in the General Store by the front gate. We accept cash, checks with proper identification, and major credit cards.
Pioneer Farms wants everyone to be able to enjoy themselves as they step back in time to the Blackland Prairie of the 1800s. Most of our historic buildings are accessible by wheelchair. Buildings and walkways are authentic to the 19th Century, which may impose some restrictions. Gravel paths in the historic areas may be difficult in some areas for wheelchair travel. Handicap parking is available close to the Front Gate at Sprinkle Corner.