Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Ronks, Pennsylvania, opened its 2017 season with five new attractions. The farm’s mix of family-friendly “agri-tainment” was already a sure-fire hit with kids and adults, but the new Round Barrel Racers, Country Road Carts, Paint Ball Range, Battle Zone with Nerf balls, and Twisted Tail Rope Maker add to their arsenal of fun.
My family visited the farm on a beautiful Saturday in August, and after a fun-filled day we are excited to return on a fall evening for pick-your-own pumpkins, flashlight nights in the corn maze and campfires.
Here are our tips to help you enjoy your day at the farm!
Age Range for Fun
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has activities for all ages and interests. Have a sports fan in the family? Try Corny’s Ball-cade, which includes a football toss, baseball throw, and soccer shots section. Love animals? Feed the goats and hold a baby chick. Want to relax? Grab lunch and picnic on the hill with a scenic view of the farm and the Strasburg Rail Road. Have a need for speed? Whoosh down one of the slides or race your family on the pedal cart track.
Our Favorite Activities
My 5-year-old daughter loved the Apple Blasters. There’s something very satisfying about using a gigantic cannon to hit the broadside of a barn with an exploding apple. It made her collapse into giggles after each launch.
My husband, the avid gamer, loved the new battle zone as he converted some video-gaming tactics into real-world actions by hiding behind haystacks and massive tractor tires while being pursued by a 5-year-old assailant.
My favorite activity was the slides. I’m a kid at heart, and the thrill of a fast slide never gets old. Luckily, there’s a soft barrier at the bottom, because I had to use it!
My 1-year-old loved painting in the water-play area in the Lil’ Farmers Playland. I loved the fact that she was using a paint brush dipped in water, and she dried quickly with no mess.
Our Favorite Food
Homemade cider donuts – they melt in your mouth!
Know Before You Go
Prepare for a full day of fun! The time passed quickly, and before I knew it, we had spent the entire day at the farm. Picnic lunches can be brought in, but the delicious scents coming from the food stands had us trying a variety of farm-fresh foods.
Strasburg Rail Road runs right through the park, and you can even purchase a discounted ticket for the train and board at the park! The train runs frequently, and it’s cute to see the kids stop playing momentarily to gaze in awe at the train.
Enjoy Cherry Crest Adventure Farm with your family now through early November.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks, PA 17572
Fridays and Saturdays through September 16
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through November 4
Farm Fun Pass: $17 Weekdays, $20 Saturday
Twilight Pass: $15 Fri. & Sat. after 7 p.m.
Children 2 and under are always free!
Round Barrel Racers and Country Road Carts are included with general admission. Paint ball, battle zone, and the rope making are upcharge attractions.
Karen Bumbaugh is an Information Technology professional who enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, ages 1 and 5. Outside of her family and career, her passion is helping parents find places to have fun with their children. In 2014, she founded “Been There Done That with Kids” a website and blog that includes trip reports, tips, and ways to prepare for family outings. Follow Karen and “Been There Done That with Kids” on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and BeenThereDoneThatWithKids.com.