Saturday, September 13, 2008

Agritainment at its finest

Today we visited Cherry Crest Farm in Ronks (really), PA. Our friend, Jake, was all excited about this place yesterday, because the Strasburg Railroad goes through the farm every 40 minutes or so.

It took less than an hour from our place to picturesque Ronks (which is near Lancaster). We saw a few Amish buggies on the way out, which was very exciting for the kids, and somewhat disruptive to traffic.

When we crested the hill and saw the farm, it was quite impressive. According to their website they have 32 farm-related activities. We didn't even come close to doing all of them today, but the kids loved it!

What we did:
  • Saw goats walk on an overhead bridge
  • Saw baby goats
  • Saw ducks, chickens, pigs, and cows
  • Held baby chicks (Tater wanted to bring one home - I should check his pockets)
  • Rode in wagons pulled by a tractor through a corn field (many times)
  • Watched the train go by (many times)
  • Went down an enormous slide
  • Used a huge slingshot to shoot tennis balls
  • Panned for gems
  • Jumped on a huge "air pillow" - like an open-air moonbounce
  • Saw a singing chicken show
  • Took a tour of the farm on a bus/wagon
  • Held another baby chick
What we didn't do, but might go back for:
  • A huge corn maze (which apparently takes over 2 hours (!) to go through - I will continue to pass on that!)
  • Pedal cars
  • Pony rides
  • In October you can pick your own pumpkins and fling them with the big slingshots
  • Also pick-your-own popcorn
The website claims that someone in Massachusetts described Cherry Crest Farm as "Better than Disney". I don't think I'd go that far, although the absence of dressed-up creatures made it more fun for Tater. This is definitely a fun day for the kids. Lots of active stuff for them to do. I had very tired kids tonight!

1 comment:

Good life changes.. said...

Thanks so much for all the great ideas.. loving this blog !!.. and this farm sounds awesome.. we might go this w/e. Keep blogging... I'm reading :)