Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, located in the heart of PA Dutch Country, launched its Summer Season Saturday, July 2nd, with the grand opening of its 21st Annual Amazing Maize Maze®. Summer hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday (and holiday Mondays), and 10am-7pm on Saturday.
I was thrilled to meet up with some friends and take my cherubs back to our happy place last week! Even in the 101 degree heat, we managed a great 5 hour trip with zero complaints thanks to the misting fans and deliciously cooling fresh squeezed lemonade.
Renown as one of the nation’s finest examples of agri-tainment, Cherry Crest annually attracts around 100,000 visitors from countries worldwide. The 15-acre Adventure Farm features over 60 family fun activities, games and rides. The Discovery Barn – home to the popular baby chicks hatchery and other interactive farm displays – sports an outdoor stage for live demonstrations and entertainment. The Farm Experience Center is filled with friendly farm animals to pet and learn about. The Country Pig Races & Show, in its own arena with special seating, is one of the farm’s newest attractions. Plus a Farm Tour Wagon Ride takes visitors through Cherry Crest’s 300-acre cattle, poultry and farming operations.
What’s new this year? I love how every year we visit Cherry Crest and every year there are new things to look forward to. This year, the maze design, reflecting a “Thank a Farmer” theme, stars a gigantic tractor plowing through a 5-acre field of corn under a blazing sun. Within its 21⁄2 miles of paths and tricky turns there are hidden puzzle pieces to fill in a map, Kernels of Knowledge for clues to a crossword puzzle, a roster of fun diversions, even a Corn Cafe. Plus there are five new activities – from a Tractor Pull, Straw Bale Hoist and Tug O’ War (all powered by humans!) to a Straw Bale Tower to climb on and through, and the Barnyard Blasters that shoot apples at targets with compressed air.
Upcoming Special Events include a Pedal Tractor Pull (included with general admission) Aug. 9-13.
There are 10 different food corrals, food wagons and cafes to catch a snack, lunch or dinner. Cherry Crest is famous for its fresh-picked sweet corn roasted in its own husks, homemade cider donuts, fresh-squeezed lemonade (our favorite!) and kettle corn. The menu also includes Angus burgers, hot dogs, chicken and pork, fries, salads and wraps. And don’t miss the School House Sweet Shop, home to Lancaster’s Best Fudge in over 30 flavors. All food is made on premise from fresh, farm-to-table ingredients.
“It gives us great joy to share our somewhat corny vision of life on the farm,” said Marketing Manager Brian Groff. “Our mission is all about family fun, education, and creating memories that last a lifetime.”
Contact: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is located at 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks (Lancaster County) PA 17572. Call toll free (866) 546-1799 or visit CherryCrestFarm.com. Last entrance to the maze is 90 minutes prior to closing. Tickets can be purchased online.
A $17 Summer Day Pass includes 60+ Farm Fun activities and the maze. Back by popular demand is the $25 Summer Bounce Back Pass that provides UNLIMITED ADMISSION to all activities and the maze through Sept. 16 (including Cherry Crest’s first Flashlight Maze). Children age 2 and under are always admitted free. Free parking is available on premise.
Disclaimer: In exchange for my honest review and press release post about Cherry Crest, they’ve graciously given my family a membership each year. All opinions are my own!