This past weekend, our family had a chance to visit Nickajack Farms to check out everything they have to offer at their Fall Festival. The festival is open to the public daily from mid September through the end of October.
We had a blast and I know you will too!
Fall Festival Activities at Nickajack Farms
Admission to the Fall Festival includes a 30 minute hay ride, two different corn maze challenges, petting zoo, discovery barn with lots of hands on activities, gourdville games, a straw maze, pumpkin bowling and various carnival games.
Our first stop was Gourdville where we played pumpkin plinko, pumpkin putt-putt golf, pumpkin bowling, and had pumpkin races.
Who knew you could play so many different games with a mini pumpkin!
The straw bale maze is perfect for young children to navigate on their own. There are a variety of tunnels, twists and turns that make it challenging but not too difficult for kids to figure out.
Also in Gordville is the Youngins Pumpkin Patch a mini pumpkin patch filled with small pre-picked pumpkins. Toddlers will love exploring a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins that are just their size. It's free to explore, and costs $2 per pumpkin if you want to take one home.
For a dollar guests can also purchase a rubber duck and race it down a chute using a water pump. And they aren't just plain rubber ducks. They are in costume. My daughter instantly fell in love with the duck with a pink tiara and my son liked the fireman duck. If you purchase a duck to race it is yours to keep and you can bring it back anytime during the season to race again.
Two Corn Mazes
There are two corn mazes at Nickajack Farms this year. Each maze covers approximately 7 acres and have many twists, turns and dead ends. At each intersection there is a question. Answer correctly and it will lead you to the correct path and closer to the exit. Answer incorrectly and you'll find yourself at a dead end!
Don't worry if you need additional help navigating through the maze. Just use the answers provided on the paper you receive when purchasing your tickets. It's so nice having a cheat sheet!
Tractor Pulled Hay Rides
We love hay rides! And the one at Nickajack farms did not disappoint. The entire ride lasted about 30 minutes and gave us a good tour of the farm. We drove past the fields, cow pastures, got a glimpse of the new pedal cars (pictures and details below), and saw some HUGE pumpkins.
At to top it all off, we drove through the corn field! Talk about a fun (and bumpy) grand finale!
After our hayride, we headed up to the top section of the farm to continue the fun. There are parking areas at both the top and bottom sections of the farm so you can either walk or drive between the two areas.
We started in the Discovery Barn were guests learn all about how food gets from the farm fields to the grocery store and then to their homes. It is full of interactive hands-on activities that make learning fun. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed moving the corn cobs up the conveyor belt, removing the kernels from the cob and then grinding them in the hand grinder.
It is obvious that a lot of careful planning and thought went into creating the Discovery Barn to ensure that it is both educational and fun.
There were about a dozen animals including a pig, goats, a handful of sheep, lots of horses including a miniature horse (my favorite), some donkeys, rabbits, some alpacas, and a few cats.
All the animals were very friendly and seemed to enjoy having the kids pet them. While we were visiting, most of the animals were in the barn, but there is also a pasture where you can see them as well.
Picnic Tables, Playground & Midway Games
By this point in our visit, we were getting pretty hungry. We spotted some picnic tables near the playground (isn't the tractor play area cute?) so we stopped to rest and eat the snacks I brought.
If you'd rather purchase food, concessions are available during the weekends and offer a nice selection of sandwiches, chips and drinks.
After our snack break we headed over to the Midway Games, an area were you can test your luck with various carnival games including knocking over milk jars with bean bags, tossing balls into a basket and a baseball game.
Rascals Roundup Pedal Car Track
This is the new activity for 2012 and it was so much fun! The course has a number of different turns and bumps which make for a great experience. My kids could have spent hours racing around the track. And it gets even better, because….
There are pedal cars for adults to ride too! My husband and I did our fair share of racing. There is an additional $3 charge to ride the pedal cars, but it is definitely worth it!
Overall we had a great experience at the fall festival and highly recommend it to anyone looking for family friendly fun this fall.
Nickajack Farms Fall Festival
2955 Manchester Avenue Northwest, North Lawrence Ohio 44666
Open mid September through end of October
Planning Your Trip
- Plan to stay at least a couple hours or more. We were easily there for four hours.
- Check the weather and dress accordingly. It’s always helpful to dress in layers so you can add/remove items it you get too hot or cold. This is especially important if you are going to be staying into the evening. As the sun sets it will get colder. Make sure to bring a jacket
- It's a farm so there will be mud in spots, especially throughout the corn mazes. Bring shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. You may want to pack an extra pair for the car ride home and a plastic bag to put the dirty ones in.
- You and your kids will likely burn a lot of energy playing so either bring some snacks and drinks with you, or if you're visiting on the weekend purchase food and beverages while you are there.
- There are lots of fun photo opportunities, so be sure to bring along a camera to capture the fun!
- Remember to check out all the great fall fall decorations, pumpkins and gourds available to purchase.