Posted Oct 03, 2018
We sent one of our MOM Squad ambassadors and her family to experience Oregon Dairy's Corn Maze and fall festivities, located near Lancaster, PA. She received free admission in exchange for providing an honest review of her experience.
Getting There and Getting In:
It took us about 90 minutes to get to Oregon Dairy from Littlestown, PA, which is just over the Maryland/Pennsylvania line. It was very easy to find right off the highway. Parking was right at the entrance of the corn maze and was free. The restaurant, market, and ice cream shop were close by and had a paved parking lot. We were there shortly after they opened at 10 a.m. There was no line and it was not very busy yet.
Recommended Age Range:
I would recommend Oregon Dairy for all ages. There are activities for everyone. My daughter is 5 and my son is 2.
Recommended Time to Enjoy Experience:
We were at the farm from 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. I would allow a full day in order to fit in all of the activities they have to offer.
Special Features for Families:
When we went to lunch at the restaurant, there was about a 20-minute wait. They had pagers that reached far enough that we could take the kids to the on-site playground to play while we waited.
Food and Drinks:
There is a supermarket where a lot of locals seemed to be doing their grocery shopping. There is a restaurant where we had lunch. They offer a good kids menu, lots of choices for adults, and also a buffet. On Sundays, they have a brunch buffet until 2 p.m. Next door to the restaurant is the ice cream shop. At the corn maze, there is a food truck.
Features & Activities:
At the corn maze, there are 16 check-in spots throughout the maze. They gave us a map with spaces to indicate each check-in spot. We did about six before the kids were ready to move on to something else. After we came out of the maze, they had prizes for everyone. The kids each got coupons for free ice cream at the ice cream shop. Adults could choose from magnet, pen or coupons to use at the other location or for a next visit.
Also available at the corn maze were a variety of games including pumpkin bowling, pumpkin skee ball, and pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe. At an additional cost, the kids were able to enjoy the jump pad, barrel train ride, pedal tractors and there is also a hamster wheel. The extra rides were $2 each, but they have an unlimited pass for $8, $5 on Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The unlimited pass was the best deal for us. Both of my kids did the barrel train ride several times. My daughter loved the jump pad and the pedal tractors.
Next to the pedal tractors, they had several hay bales stacked like a mountain that my daughter loved climbing on.
My son saw nothing else once he discovered the tire pebble playground. Instead of sand, they had tire pebbles for the kids to dig in and play. They had several buckets and trucks for them to use.
They also had goats you could feed, along with a calf to pet and chickens in a coop.
There are two barns available with tables to use to eat or rest out of the sun. One of the barns had table games, pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe and checkers. It also had a tunnel for the kids to crawl through. We spent about 2 hours at the corn maze location.
Next door, they have the supermarket, restaurant and ice cream shop. We had lunch at the restaurant. The food was good and the bill was around $40, which is pretty reasonable for a family of four. The kids meals include the main, side, drink and ice cream.
While we waited for our table, we were able to take the kids to their on-site playground. The playground has a silo slide, swings, and other areas of play.
They also had animals on display -- a goat, pig and several deer (including two albino deer).
After lunch, we went to the ice cream shop and ate on the attached deck overlooking the playground. After ice cream, we played on the playground more.
The Turkey Hill Experience is on the way to/from just off the highway. Lancaster and York have lots of shopping.
Tips for Families:
You can bring outside food. We had several snacks packed with us. We saw a couple dogs there, though the website states they would rather you leave pets at home. The corn maze is only open on weekends, and there is the additional cost of the extra rides such as the jump pad and the barrel train.
Would Your Family Visit Again?
We would definitely go again. There were various activities to keep the kids active and engaged. They also have anything we would need to enjoy the whole day there. Fun, food, bathrooms. Complete package.
~ Jill Mollard, CertifiKID Subscriber
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