2018 Update: Minor’s Farm is permanently closed. Visit our list of 50 family-friendly fall activities in Connecticut for plenty of other places to build your family memories.
409 Hill Street, Bristol, CT 860-589-0861
Fall is in full swing in Connecticut. I’ve been busy crossing off things from my list of fall bucket list and I have one new one to add to the list, Minor’s Farm in Bristol, CT.
Every full weekend in October and also on Columbus Day from 11 am – 5 pm, Minor’s Farm offers fun activities for the whole family. Activities include hay rides, pumpkin picking, trikes, inflatable games, inflatable haunted house, mini-golf, parachute ride, duck races, cow train, wooden train, and gemstone mining.
Some of the activities are free and others require tickets. Tickets can be purchased in the farm market or at the farm market window. Each ticket is $1 or 25 tickets for $20. Some of the activities have age or weight limits. I asked the people at the counter what they thought would be the best for my 3-year-olds and 1-year-old.
We started the day by the farm market. We visited with Daisy the pig while she was sleeping in her crib. Daisy goes out into the community with Farmer Minor to read with children. We also got to “milk a cow.”
Many of the activities are down a large hill. You can walk down the hill but we decided to take the free hayride down. The hayride comes around every few minutes.
Pumpkins, Bikes & Train
Since we already got pumpkins earlier this month we decided to take a quick picture then head straight to the games and activities. My kids were immediately drawn to the tricycles. They were able to ride them around a little track and would have spent all day there if I let them. I guess I know what they are getting for their birthday this year! (Free)
Next to the tricycles are the wooden train and fire truck. Kids can climb in and out of them.
One of the cutest activities was the cow train ride. Kids and adults climb aboard a little cow train that rides around the field. Each cow was named and the last car was a black pig named after the famous Daisy. (3 tickets)
TIP: The cow train only picks up near the tricycles. Tickets can be purchased on the train.
Mini-Golf, Haunted House, Parachute Ride
The mini-golf, inflatable haunted house and parachute ride are also down the hill. Each activity required 2 tickets. The haunted house was for ages 3 and up. The parachute ride was for ages 4 and up to 125 lbs. We skipped these activities since my kids (even though they are 3) seem a little young.
At the top of the hill (behind the store) is the gem mining. We followed the directions posted and uncovered the gemstones. They also give you a key to match your gemstone to find names. I thought my little ones would be a little more excited to uncover their gems since they are always collecting rocks but they were too distracted by the water pumps for the duck races. (7 tickets)
The duck race was a hit with my kids. You get plastic ducks (that you can keep) and pump water out of old fashioned water pumps. The water pushes the ducks down the course. I think the big thrill was using the pumps. (1 ticket)
Inflatable Game Area
One of the biggest attractions at the farm was the inflatable game area. I wasn’t sure if my girls would like it since we were warned that air blows in your face when you first walk into the inflatables, but they insisted on it (I think they thought it was a bounce house). I prepped them about the air and they were fine.
There were several different blowup games in the shapes of a caterpillar, airplane, apple and pumpkin. There was an inflatable obstacle course and maze. My kids’ favorite was the giant pumpkin filled with balloons bouncing all around. (7 tickets. Ages 3 – 9, 90 lbs max)
TIP: Kids have to remove shoes to enter. Make sure to wear socks!
Since we had extra tickets we decided to cash them in for food and water in the farm store. The store features apples, cider, baked goods, jams, and jellies.
We had a great time exploring all that there is to do at Minor’s Farm. I hope you enjoy it with your family as much as we did!