2016 Update: Fall Fest runs Friday – Sundays (and Columbus Day) starting September 23, 2016. Check out the complete list of family-friendly fall events around Connecticut.
County Line Drive, Cromwell, CT
I’ve seen the pumpkin display on the side of I-91 for years, but had never visited Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival in Cromwell, CT. When I saw that a Facebook friend posted a picture of her adorable little girl covered in corn kernels I knew that I had to bring the family.
The Fall Festival is about a half mile away from Fair Weather Acres farm stand in Rocky Hill.
I put in County Line Drive in Cromwell into my GPS and had no problem finding it. There are also signs for a corn maze that will point you in the right direction.
We went on a Frugal Friday for half price admission between 2-6 (last ticket sold at 4:30).
When I think fall festival I think of a weekend event with food, games, and possibly some rides. Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival is so much more. It runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the middle of September until November 1st.
Your admission buys you access to a hay ride, corn maze, hay maze, corn pit, farm animals, pedal go-carts, and tire playground. For $3 more you can include the purchase of a pumpkin too. Considering I’ve paid $10 alone for access to a corn maze I would say this was a great deal.
After you purchase your ticket you can board the hay ride that will bring you to the festival. The hay ride comes by every few minutes. While you’re waiting there is someone to explain some of the things to look for in the corn maze. Since we have already visited Lyman Orchards corn maze this fall we chose to forego the corn maze and enjoy all of the other activities.
The area is stroller-friendly (the hay ride has a ramp to enter) which would have been nice to know at the time. I chose to wear Andrew in my baby carrier but regretted my decision a few hours in (this kid is getting heavy!).
As soon as we got off of the hay ride my girls darted for the tire playground. They are really into climbing these days so this was a perfect activity to start off the afternoon.
TIP: Kids will get dirty climbing the tires. Consider that when planning what to wear. I made the mistake of having them in new boots that now have black tire marks!
After the tire playground we headed to the highlight of the day, the corn pit. I had never seen anything like it. It’s resembles a greenhouse, minus the green, but instead filled with corn kernels. It’s AMAZING – and to top it off there is a playscape inside. What could be better?
The corn pit was definitely unique; unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was soft to lay on but hard to walk through — think deep beach sand. It leaves a white powder that will be on everything (another reason to leave the nice clothes at home). Speaking of things being everywhere, I promise that you’ll be finding corn kernels for the next week. They were in our shoes, socks — even our underwear!
TIP: Wear socks! Corn kernels hurt bare feet!
We probably spent an hour in the corn pit. I basically had to pry them out because they were having so much fun.
Our next stop was the kid’s hay maze. We went through a similar hay maze a few weeks ago at Pumpkintown USA and the girls are starting to learn how to navigate the paths.
Another great activity were the pedal go-carts. While my girls weren’t able to pedal alone they really enjoyed being pushed around the track.
We also checked out the farm animals. There was grain available to feed the animals complete with hand sanitizer to clean up after.
Sweet Treats was the food stand. It had plenty of festival food but make sure you bring along cash. They don’t accept credit cards.
There were several picnic tables scattered around to enjoy your food.
There was a diaper changing tent. I didn’t see anywhere designated for nursing but I’m sure it would’t be hard to find a quiet spot.
Before leaving we stopped to pick up our pumpkin. There were several wagons available to carry our pumpkin back to the car.
We decided to take one final hay ride before going home. We had such a fun time at Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival. It was a great way to enjoy fall activities.
Jumping Pillow – New for 2015
New for the 2015 season is the jumping pillow, located next to the pumpkin area. There are two lines for the pillow – below 52″ and above 52″. Kids and adults cannot bounce at the same time. This is obviously for safety concerns but it prohibited me from going on with my one-year-old. He was able to bounce only on the edge since he was a little cautious to bounce alone.
In order to bounce on the pillow everyone must remove their shoes. There was a waiting area lined in hay bales to sit and remove shoes. It was also a good spot to keep strollers (since it wasn’t busy).
The jumping pillow was a brightly covered tarp with air under it. Kids bounced the entire length of the pillow. It’s a great addition to all there is to do at the Fall Festival.
During the busy time on the weekends, jumpers are given a time limit to make sure everyone gets a chance to have fun. Since we went on Frugal Friday, there was no wait to use the pillow.
I’d highly suggest taking advantage of the Frugal Friday offer. It’s a great deal considering all that is included. We will definitely be back next year!