[note] Tickets for this review and for the giveaway were provided by Gull Meadow Farms. Gull Meadow Farms is also one of our business sponsors. We appreciate their support. All opinions are my own. [/note]
by Jill P
Fall has arrived and it’s time to get out there and enjoy all of the fun that our region has to offer. One of our favorite family fall traditions is a visit to Gull Meadow Farms. We love Gull Meadow Farms and all of the great family activities that it has to offer!
This year, we went to Gull Meadow Farms on their opening weekend which also happened to be their “Touch-A-Tractor” event. It was the perfect day to enjoy all of the fun activities and even do some apple picking.
We love all the activities for the whole family. Pumpkin Lane is my son’s favorite part of Gull Meadow Farms and we normally spend a few hours doing these activities. Pumpkin Lane activities include:
- Duck Races
- Jumping Pillow
- Tube Slide
- Fence Maze
- Zip Cord
- Pumpkin Lane Train
- No Left Turn Maze and more!
What’s New This Year-Back Forty Area
This year, they have built a new barn for the animals and moved the location of the Back Forty. Plus, they’ve added some games and other activities. One of my son’s favorites is the apple cannon which shoots apples over 150 yards into the air. Apples for the apple cannon can be purchased in the Back Forty area.
We did not do the corn maze on the day that we went, but we have in the past. The Corn Maze is six acres and it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more to navigate through. You are given a map when you enter and can choose how long to spend inside (unless, of course, you get lost). There are punch stations throughout the maze to try and find. This will add a bit of challenge for the tweens, teens, or adults in your family.
Make sure that you do some apple picking while at Gull Meadow Farms. The wagon ride out to the apple orchard is included with your pumpkin lane wristband or you can chose to purchase a wagon ride only wristband to take you out to the apple orchards. Make sure you purchase the bags for picking the apples in the market. When we were there, we picked a large bag of Honey Golds which are one of my favorite varieties of apples. Yum!
Special Events Planned At Gull Meadow Farms
We’re excited that Gull Meadow Farms is offering a number of fun activities this year. We already mentioned the Touch-A-Tractor event on their opening weekend which was super fun!
Here’s the additional events planned for this year:
- THIS WEEKEND ONLY, September 20th and 21st is U-Pick Honeycrisp Apples.
- September 27th is the Taste of Gull Meadow Farms. You’re invited to sample products that are offered inside the market.
- The Pumpkin Princess will be making her guest appearance on Saturdays and Sundays beginning October 4th from 1:00-4:00 pm. The Pumpkin Princess will be available for pictures at the farm.
- November 1st is Pumpkin Destruction Day where you can destroy pumpkins in a variety of different ways including pumpkin t-ball, mallet smashing, ooey-gooey pumpkin walk, dropping pumpkins from a lift, and much more!
- The Family Friendly Flashlight Maze will be held on Friday and Saturday nights starting September 26th through November 1st (weather permitting) from 7:00 pm with last admission sold at 9:00 pm.
Tips From A Parent
*Dress for the weather (everything is outdoors). Wear comfy shoes to play (adults and children).
*Don’t forget about the Grain Train located in the Back Forty. It’s like the Pumpkin Lane Train, but for the whole family.
*Terrain around the farm is minimal pavement and is mostly wood chips, gravel, and grass.
*To avoid the busy crowds, I would suggest thinking about going on a weeknight when activities are open from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. If you go on a weekend, you may want to think about arriving right when activities open (i.e. 10:00 am). You’ll get to do the activities with minimal lines before the crowds arrive.
*You can purchase wristbands for activities at the admission sheds OR inside the market at the registers.
*There are only 2 activities that Adults can NOT paticipate in (due to height/weight restrictions) which are the Pumpkin Lane Train and the Zip Cord. Go prepared to play along with the kiddos if you’d like. Bouncing on the jumping pillow, tackling the obstacle course, riding the grain train..all are great experiences to make memories that will last forever!
*Starting September 26th, the maze will be open at night for our Family Friendly Flashlight Maze. Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7:00 pm with last admission being sold at 9:00 pm. No scaring allowed – just fun flashlight family fun! Note: the night maze is a separate admission charge from Gull Meadow Farms daytime activities.
Admission Costs and Hours
Gull Meadow Farms has both market hours and activity hours. Click here for more information on hours and activity wristband prices.
We give Gull Meadow Farms a thumbs up for all of their great family activities, super apple picking opportunities, and of course, their delicious freshly made donuts.
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Enter to win four Fun Passes to Gull Meadow Farms. We told you some of our favorite parts of Gull Meadow Farms, now it’s your turn to tell us. To enter to win, leave a comment in the section below about your favorite activities at Gull Meadow Farms or let us know if you’ve never been there before. Contests end midnight on October 1. Good luck!
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