Is it Really Fall Until You Visit Gull Meadow Farms?
|Gull Meadow Farms|
8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083
Fall has arrived and for my family that means it’s time for our annual trip to Gull Meadows Farms. A local favorite since 1985, they offer activities for all ages.
Located in Richland, Gull Meadow Farms is much more than a spot to grab some apples or pick a pumpkin (although they do offer both).
This farm continues to grow each year, now offering over 30 fall activities, summer events and Christmas events with Santa.
Plan Your Visit
Ready to head to the farm? Read on for location, packing tips and whether you need tickets for admission:
Do I Need To Purchase Tickets?
Not everyone needs tickets for the farm. Select the visit that applies for your family:
1 – We are picking apples, pumpkins or shopping the farm market
» No Admission Fees, No Tickets Needed
2 – We are visiting on a weekday for farm activities, between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
» Reduced Admission Fees, Pay Admission Upon Arrival
3 – We are visiting on the weekend, or a weekday after 4:00 PM for farm activities
» Purchase Tickets Online in Advance
4 – We plan to visit the farm multiple times this fall for farm activities
» Purchase a Season Pass
Purchasing tickets online for busier times helps the team at the farm spread out visitor traffic and secures your timeslot.
Also new this year, you have the option to switch your ticket date/arrival time up to 36 hours before your initial selected date/time for Friday/Saturday/Sunday tickets.
Anyone 36 inches or taller requires a ticket for admission.
Where is the Farm?
Gull Meadow Farms is located at 8544 Gull Road in Richland. If you live in the Kalamazoo or Portage area, plan for a 20-25 minute commute.
What Should I Bring?
Farms are big places with little shade, so dress for comfort and weather. Sunny days may require sunscreen; humid or drizzly days may need bug spray.
Footwear: Wear covered shoes, irrespective of weather. With grass, straw, corn fields and dirt, flip flops are not a good choice here. Expect muddy spots if it’s rained recently.
Bring socks for the jumping pillows (see #1 below).
Finally, pack quarters for the petting farm (see #3 below).
Can I Use a Stroller or Wagon?
You can definitely navigate the farm with a stroller or wagon. Terrain is flat, but you will be walking through dirt or grass (it is a farm, after all).
If you have more than one option, grab the child transport with the biggest wheels.
10 Things to Do On the Farm
You made it! Now that you’re at the farm, where do you start?
1- Jump, Ride and Play With Farm Activities
Gull Meadow’s attractions keep getting better each year, and 2021 is no exception. They have over 30 activities for families to enjoy on the farm.
Here are some of our favorites:
Picture a massive sandbox, only filled with corn instead. There are some shovels and toys for digging; expect clothes to get dusty.
All ages can ride the grain train, including adults!
These are likely the biggest trampolines you’ve ever seen. No shoes are permitted on these and staff members only allow a few visitors to jump at a time for safety.
Enjoy some carnival-inspired games on the farm, including baseball and basketball tosses.
Conquer this tower of tires; there are also similar spots with haybales.
Gull Meadow Farms does a great job of spacing out a variety of fun activities throughout the farm. Other activities include (plastic) duck races, steer roping, corn hole games, pumpkin cannons, mazes, straw jumps, obstacle courses and multiple slides.
2- Take a Photo in the Giant Chair
Gull Meadow Farms has multiple Kodak-worthy spots, but this giant chair is one of our favorites and is located close to the activities’ entrance.
There is also a giant swing on the farm worthy of a photo op.
3 – Visit the Petting Farm + Feed the Goats
The animals at Gull Meadow love visitors; especially visitors who feed them.
Break out the quarters and feed the very friendly goats and visit with the alpacas, miniature horses, pigs and sheep.
4 – Cheer for your Favorite Pig to Win (Friday – Sunday)
Don’t underestimate how entertaining speedy pigs can be. Catch a pig race on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Shows run every two hours at the Porkchopville Raceway, but will be cancelled if the weather is too hot for the animals. The pigs are rewarded with donuts for their efforts.
5 – Take a Scenic Wagon Ride (New for 2021)
While many have taken the wagons to reach another spot on the farm, Gull Meadow has upped their wagon game this year with a more scenic tour. The new ride features a tour through the woods.
Note: Wagons are handicap accessible; let the tractor drivers know and they will make sure everyone can ride.
6 – Get Lost in the Corn Maze
Like many local orchards, Gull Meadow Farms updates their corn maze theme annually. For 2021, their five-acre’s maze theme is Your Life Matters.
Visit this maze during the day with the other farm activities, or challenge yourself to navigate at night in October.
Corn Mazes at Gull Meadow Farms
5-Acre Corn Maze (Day): Included with activities’ admission on weekends and weeknights. Available for additional fee with early weekday admission (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Mon – Fri).
5-Acre Corn Maze (Night): Requires tickets. Bring flashlights for the night maze, available only 4 nights in October.
- Night Maze Dates: October 22, 23, 29, 30
- The night maze opens at 7:00 PM and last admission at 9:00 PM. All participants must exit the maze by 10:00 PM.
- Admission: $9.00
Mini Maze: Great alternative for younger visitors with fewer turns and less walking. Included in general admission.
7 – Grab Some (Farm) Grub
With so much to see, expect to spend a few hours here which may leave some rumbling tummies. Have no fear- there is food on the farm to refuel and picnic tables to enjoy it.
Gull Meadow offers pulled pork, chicken tenders, hot dogs, chili, fountain drinks, and a pizza truck in addition to their market food.
8 – Go Apple Picking
In addition to the 25+ varieties they sell in the market, Gull Meadow Farms offers nine varieties during U-Pick season: Jonagold, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Rome, Mutsu, Fuji, and Granny Smith.
Apple Text Alerts: If you want to be “in the know” for apple updates, you can sign up for Apple alerts! Be the first to know when varieties are added in the market as well as when they are available for U-Pick. To sign up, simply text Apple85 to 91011.
9 – Select a Carve-worthy Pumpkin
Gull Meadow sells pumpkins in a variety of sizes. You can head out to the fields for U-Pick, or snag your future jack-o-lantern on your way out at the Pumpkin Corral, near the market.
10 – Buy Donuts, Cider and Other Farm Market Fare
No trip is complete without some of Gull Meadow’s donuts and cider.
Donuts come in three different flavors (plain, apple, or pumpkin) and three toppings (plain, iced, or cinnamon sugar). They are made fresh daily and melt in your mouth.
The market also sells apples, baked goods, caramel apples, candy, decorations, and gifts.
Fall isn’t the only time of year to visit Gull Meadow Farms; see what the farm has planned in different seasons: