The crisp air this past weekend could not have been more conducive to beginning the “Summer-to-Fall” transition process. Orange, yellow, and brown mantel decor? Check. Apple scented candles? Check. Pumpkin spice everything? You know it.
So, we decided it would be the perfect time to take advantage of the last few rays of sunshine, pack up the family, and head to one of our favorite fall hangouts – The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.
Best spots to visit at the Great Pumpkin Farm:
- Pumpkin Patch. What’s a pumpkin farm without a giant tower made from hundreds of beautiful, orange pumpkins? Visible from the street, we all cheer from the car when we see it. It’s the perfect spot for fall photo op, and there are plenty of perfect pumpkins to choose from.
- Petting Zoo Area(s). The goats, camel, alpacas, and geese are eagerly waiting for you to spend 25 cents on a Dixie cup full of feed. Our four year old loves this part of the visit, and squeals with delight as the animals stick their mouths and noses into her little hands. (Don’t worry. There are plenty of hand sanitizer stands scattered throughout the farm.)
- Pony Rides. For $5 (or $10 if you want a cowboy hat and Digital Photo), the kiddies can take a few laps on one of the two available ponies. I recommend having an adult walk with the child, as our pony was a tad faster than I anticipated – but Emma had a blast and would have stayed on for hours if she could.
- The Pumpkin Palace. This is (not so) secretly my favorite part of the farm. When you first walk in, you can immediately smell the bakery. (Do not leave without trying a fresh made pumpkin donut, and be sure to wash it down with some hot apple cider.) This year, as we were browsing the rows of Halloween/fall decorations for purchase, we came across something NEW – a bar and cafe called “The Witches Brew” serving fall-themed adult beverages, sandwiches, and salads. We were thrilled to find such a great lunch spot.
There are so many other activities and events for you to choose from: Hayrides, a magic show, mazes, a zombie train, and even a pumpkin cannon! There are also carnival games and rides (at an additional cost), allowing you the option to spend the entire day at The Great Pumpkin Farm if you wanted to. (Tip: Your kids WILL want to. Prepare your excuses in advance accordingly.)
After four years of visiting the Great Pumpkin Farm, I give it 5 stars without hesitation. For only $7/ticket, it’s the perfect spot to start (and continue) a fun fall family tradition.
WRITTEN BY KRISTEN
Kristen Cronyn is a lover of technology, memes, and emojis. She spends most of her time documenting the ridiculous antics of her daughter on social media; in hopes to one day score her own reality TV show.