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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are exploring pumpkin patches, family farms, and more Fall fun! When I think of Fall fun, one of the first places that comes to mind is Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster County. The kids and I first visited the farm 6 years ago, and it’s been a favorite fall field trip ever since.
When we think of Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, we think of the Amazing Maize Maze, but there is so much more to do at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.
The Corn Maze
Each year, the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Amazing Maize Maze has a new theme. This year’s theme is THANK A FARMER. The maze is shaped like a tractor. Sounds easy, right?
There are 3 different challenge levels that you can choose from – Easy offers a quick trip through the maze (20 minutes), Intermediate takes a bit longer and involves more problem-solving skills (45 minutes), and Difficult is the ultimate challenge (and could take 2 hours or more).
Because we didn’t arrive until after lunch, the kids and I all agreed that we’d do the Intermediate level maze. However, we may or may not have gotten lost in there! After spending probably an hour and a half in there and doing way more of the challenges that the Intermediate level suggested, we finally had to accept help from a guide (if we hadn’t, we might still be in there!) We had a blast, though!
Throughout the maze, in addition to the maze hints, there are all sorts of activities to participate in. Even though my kids aren’t so little anymore (at 10, 16, and 22), we all enjoyed playing throughout the maze.
We were hot and sweaty and worn out ’til we got out of the maze, but there were so many more fun things that we wanted to see and do!
One of the first things that Ian wanted to do was to check out the Pedal Kart Tracks. Unfortunately, it didn’t take him long to learn that this type of race isn’t a good fit for him! The girls and I had a great time laughing at his antics on the track, though.
The Farm Experience Center was next up on our agenda. We bought a cup of goodies to feed the animals, and all four of us enjoyed getting up close and personal with the goats and alpacas on the farm.
In the Discovery Barn, the kids each got to hold a baby chick. How light and fluffy they are!
We took a Farm Tour Wagon Ride and learned about the history of the farm.
There are other activities in this area, including a bucking bronco, a neat spiderweb maze (where you can test your Spiderman skills), a straw bale maze, rubber ducky race, and the ‘lil wagon express (for little ones).
In this section of the farm, my kids enjoyed the Relaxing Air Chairs, the Giant Slinger, Straw Bale Races, Post Pounders, and the Straw Bale Hoist.
Other activities in the Barnyard are the Lil’ Cabin Builders (think giant Lincoln Logs), Barnyard Animal Grove, Barnyard Activity Tent, Hay Chute Slide, Singing Chicken Show, Lil’ Farmers Playland, Barnyard Jump, Big Ball Corral, Corny’s Barnyard Ball-cade, and an Obstacle Course.
Food & Drink
There are lots and lots of great food, snack, and drink options at Cherry Crest Farm, including the Corn Cafe, located right inside the Corn Maze!
The Home Cookin’ Cafe has burgers, fries, pork bbq, etc. The Chuck Wagon Cafe and Grill has pork nachos, chip sticks, and more.
Ice cream can be found at Maizie’s Dairy Barn. Other snacks include Kettle Korn, Apple Cider Donuts (which smelled so good we couldn’t resist bringing a half-dozen home with us), and all the fudge and candy your little heart could desire from the School House Sweet Shop.
I absolutely LOVE the General Store at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm! In addition to having all kinds of fun souvenirs, they also carry a great line of country decor for your home. You can also purchase Kettle Korn and locally made jams and jellies in the store.
There is also a Trading Post with more kid-friendly souvenirs. You can make arrangements to mine for gems here too.
Admission is required for everyone ages 3 and up. 2 and under are free.
- A Fall WEEKDAY Pass (good from September 16 – November 4, 2016) is $17.
- A Fall SATURDAY Pass (good on Saturdays during the same dates) is $20.
- A $15 Twilight Admission Pass is also available.
For more ticket information, please see the website, where you can find out about group rates, season passes, military discounts, and combination tickets with the Strasburg Railroad (another fun field trip destination in Lancaster County).
4-5 hours is needed in order to really appreciate the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, but you could definitely spend an entire day here and not get bored! If you’re in the central PA area, I’d definitely recommend a visit.
Here is the map of our Blogorail Peach | Family Adventure | Fall Fun
- 1st Stop – Adventures in Familyhood | New York’s Best Pumpkin Patches
- 2nd Stop – Love Our Crazy Life | Fallon At The Farmstead
- 3rd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Fall in Phoenix? It Must Be Time for the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party
- 4th Stop – Heidi’s Head | Adventure Awaits You at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm