Tickets to this event were generously provided by Gull Meadow Farms. All opinions are my own.
Is it Really Fall Until You Visit Gull Meadow Farms?
Fall has arrived and for my family that means it’s time for our annual trip to Gull Meadows Farms. Gull Meadow Farms has been a fall family favorite since 1985, offering activities for the whole family.
This year, we went to Gull Meadow Farms during the Touch-A-Tractor and Grandparents weekend event. There were a variety of John Deere tractors as well as Antique Fire trucks, dating back to 1941. It was interesting to see how Fire trucks had changed over the years. Everything was interactive – my kids loved climbing up tractors and pretending to drive.
Touch A Tractors/Grandparents day is a kick-off for the Fall Season at Gull Meadow Farms taking place the weekend after Labor Day each year. The Touch-A-Tractor portion is completely FREE as it’s located in their main parking lot.
Find Fun in Pumpkin Lane
Pumpkin Lane is full of exciting activities – the Zip Line was a favorite for my older children. They said it was exhilarating and kept running back in line to get on the Zip Line again and again. It’s important to note that the zip line is best suited for children ages 12 and under due to height and weight restrictions.
My three-year-old son loved the Pumpkin Lane Train. He is fascinated by trains and enjoyed the chance to sit in a cart all by himself, steering the wheel for the five-minute ride. The Pumpkin Lane Train is also best for ages 12 and under due to height and weight restrictions. This and the Zip Line are the only activities that adults cannot participate in at the farm.
The Jumping Pillows were a big hit and the kids and I loved jumping as high as we could. This area is great for children of all ages as Gull Meadow Farms has two Jumping Pillow; one for kids below 42” and one for kids over 42”.
The Duck Race is engaging, my kids loved it. I had to drag my kids away to allow other kids to play (yes, there were tears).
Pumpkin Lane has activities for the whole family and this is where we spent the majority of our time. The kids had a blast trying out:
- Zip Line
- Pumpkin Lane Train
- Straw Jump
- Corn Crib – think giant sandbox, but corn instead of sand
- Obstacle Course
- Jumping Pillows
- Duck Race
- No Left Turn Maze
- Giant Rocking Chair (great photo spot)
Don’t Forget to Visit the Back Forty
The Petting Farm was a sheer delight and the goats weren’t shy about coming right up to be petted (or for food). Feed is only twenty-five cents and a must for visiting the barn animals. They also have alpacas, miniature horses, zebu’s, a Scottish Highland cow named Shaggy, a pic names Daisy, and sheep. Make sure to watch for the pig racing event at various times throughout the day located next to the large animal barn. Pig Races run on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
The Grain Train in the Back Forty area has no height restriction. We loved the fact that the entire family could take a scenic ride through the orchard. Make sure to try out the Apple Cannons which shoot apples over 150 yards into the air. On weekends, you can also watch the pumpkin cannon shoot a pumpkin far off into the distance.
The Back Forty has loads of other fun activities:
- Giant Tube Slide
- Petting Farm (hand wash stations available)
- Pig Races (Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays only)
- Steer Roping
- Pumpkin Checkers
- Corn Hole games and Giant Corn Hole
- Grain Train
Get Lost in the Corn Maze
Don’t forget to save time to experience the corn maze. Gull Meadow Farms is partnering with Michigan Awesome this season and features a maze in the shape of an apple. The five-acre maze will leave you guessing at each turn. Make sure to grab a map when you enter!
The maze opens up at night for their Family Friendly Flashlight Maze Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 5. No haunting or scaring allowed, just good old family fun with flashlights. The last admission is sold at 9 PM. If you purchase an activity wristband on Friday and Saturday it is included in your admission price. If you come just for the flashlight maze, it’s $8/person.
Apple Orchard Bound
It wouldn’t be a visit without some apple picking while at Gull Meadow Farms. The wagon rides out to the apple orchard are included with your admission wristband or you can choose to purchase a wagon ride only wristband for $1/person along with your U-Pick bag purchased (U-Pick bags are required to enter the U-Pick Orchard).
Save the Best for Last – Donuts
Stop into the market for apples, baked goods, caramel apples, candy, decorations, and gifts. We bought some Gala Apples; they were fresh and crunchy. You can’t visit Gull Meadow Farms without having a donut, they were hot and delicious – the perfect treat to end your family day at the farm.
And, have you seen the new Gull Meadow Farm t-shirts and hoodies for sale?
Special Events Planned at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms is offering a number of special events you won’t want to miss this season:
- September 21/22 and September 29/30: K9 Crew Show (NEW this year)
- October 13/14 and October 20/21: Magic Show with Brain Penny (NEW this year)
- October 5 – 27: The Family Friendly Flashlight Maze held on Friday and Saturday nights
Make sure to check out their Facebook page for updated information.
Make the Most of your Visit to Gull Meadow Farms
- Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
- The terrain around the farm is mostly wood chips, gravel, and grass – something to keep in mind if you have a stroller or wheelchair.
- Don’t forget to check out the Grain Train located in the Back Forty.
- Purchase admission tickets in advance online (don’t forget to use the special discount code below for $1 off each admission ticket), on-site at the admission shed or in the market.
Activities at the farm are perfect for all ages. It’s a great place to spend quality family time where you can play and create lasting memories.