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. School field trips are accommodated on Fridays. Special programs for schools are available on 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.
Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35. Exit I-35 at Braker Lane, go east and follow the signs. From Parmer Lane, a mile north of Braker, 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, but not all, of the historic buildings are accessible by wheelchair. Buildings and walkways are authentic to the 19th Century, which may impose some restrictions. Graveled paths in the historic areas may be difficult for wheelchair travel. Handicapped parking is available close to the Front Gate at Sprinkle Corner.