I received free tickets to Anderson Farms in exchange for this post as a member of US Family Guide Moms Connect. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
The flooding in Colorado hasn’t slowed down Anderson Farms! The Fall Festival may have started a few days late, but it is fully accessible and operational. I took my family on Friday in hopes of doing some fun fall activities. We were not let down. We could have spent all day at Anderson Farms. There is so much to do!
I have never been in a corn maze, so it was the first thing I wanted to do. When we got our tickets, we were given a map of the maze which clearly outlines the paths, checkpoints, and how many miles each section is. There are four sections, and each meet at the entrance, so you can do one or all, depending how much time you want to spend in the maze. The average person spends 2 hours in the maze! We are also given a Secret Clue Book for one part of the maze called The Farm Scene Investigation.
Farmer Joe is missing. There was an accident, and it appears to be foul play. There are seven farm animal suspects that we need you to investigate. Collect the evidence to find the weapon, the suspect, and the location where the crime took place. You will find six location scenes within the corn maze. At each scene you will find an animal, weapon and location to eliminate. Punch your card to keep track of your clues. Hurry! Solve the mystery. Put the guilty farm animal behind bars and save farmer Joe.
How fun! We only completed one section of the maze because the weather was not cooperating with us and we wanted to see as much of the farm as we could before it started raining. The paths are nice and wide, but I recommend bringing your mud shoes. You can also bring a flashlight and do the maze at night!
After the corn maze we were pretty hungry so we decided to stop for lunch. There is an indoor concessions, very much like a cafeteria, with many food options. We noticed there was also a food stand outdoors called Nana’s Famous BBQ & Grill and had what I like to call “fair food.” I couldn’t resist. We shared BBQ chicken on a stick and steak on a stick. They were so delicious. And of course we had to finish with a funnel cake! We were the first customers of the day, so the ladies behind the window were nice enough to make us a “monster” cake with extra powdered sugar! Yum!
After lunch, we visited the animals. They have chickens, goats, alpacas, and cows. The cows are over by the pumpkin patch. I loved the sign on the chicken coop: Hen House Saloon – Cutest Chicks in Town. How clever! You can buy chicken feed to give to the chickens. We were able to feed the goats, and they were very eager! One even enjoyed a head massage from my sister. hehe
There are many other attractions at Anderson Farms, including Pumpkin Launching, Mine Cars, Barrel Train, Farm Animals, Kiddie Korral, Pedal Karts, Gem Mining, Private Campfires, Hay Bale Maze and the World’s Largest Cornucopia. They also put a huge pumpkin on top of a silo which you can see from the road. We didn’t get to see any Pumpkin Launching. I was really looking forward to seeing the cannons and trebuchets shoot pumpkins, but maybe it was too foggy. My sister squealed when she saw the Cinderella pumpkin coach! She had to sit in it and do her princess wave.
Unfortunately, we never took the hayride to the pumpkin patch. 🙁 It started raining, so we went into the gift shop to look around. There were so many homemade butters, jams, salsas, pie fillings, etc. that I had to get some! I can’t wait to try them.
Even though we had to cut our trip short due to the weather, I am sure we will return to Anderson Farms every year. There are activities for children and adults of all ages, everything is well organized and marked clearly, it is easy to navigate, and it is very beautiful. Even the trash cans are made out of old barrels that look really cool. I give Anderson Farms an A+!
Anderson Farms Fall Festival runs until November 2. You can print a coupon for $1 off Fall Festival Admission Monday – Thursday. Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Road 3 1/4 Erie, CO 80516. Their telephone number is (303) 828-5210.