I looked it up online and there was a telephone number to call, but no photos or anything, which I thought was a bit odd.
I called the number and got the low down on what was going on for Sunday (the day we went). The recorded message rattled off so many things I called back (I had to hear it again to believe it). There were storybook hayrides, a train ride, a haunted house, a large bounce house area, a playground, dirt hills with slides for the kids, pony rides, hard cider tasting, hot cider tasting, fresh apples or blueberries from their farm (located on the premises), and more things for sale inside than I could even begin to list here (it was like a little mini-mall in there).
When we pulled up it took us quite awhile of circling around the aisles to find a parking spot. I'm not sure if it was because the place was so popular, or if it was because it's so close to the season...but there sure were a lot of people who had the same idea we did.
Everything was fine, but everything cost money (of the two we usually go to, one has things to do that are mostly free, including the tractor/hay ride & the other charges a minimal price for tickets to do things). Five dollars for a pony ride, two for each bounce house ticket, five for the haunted house, and so on and so forth.
We took the in-laws and my son's little cousin who is (3). We spent $50 on a storybook hayride for everyone, the bounce house for the two little ones, and haunted house tickets for three people (I don't do them and the kiddos we had with us are too young). $50.00!
And to top it all off, we didn't even get pumpkins (or donuts & cider for that matter) because the lines were way too long (we're talking 50, 60 people in every line, no joke).
After we left and went to dinner, everyone was talking about how great it was...I was the only one who thought it was too commercialized and missed our homey, comfy pumpkin patch of routine. That's okay, there's one more weekend before the holiday, and we still have to get our pumpkins. You can probably guess where we'll be going. :)
What do you think: Is $5 too much for a pony ride, or am I just being an old fuddy duddy?