White Post Farms
Located just a quarter mile east of Route 110 on Old Country Road, White Post Farms has extensive parking areas that can handle a lot of visitors. If you're visiting with children and intend to walk around the farm, skip the first parking lot and head over to the easternmost parking area. This will provide you with the best access to the farm and avoid some of the crowds that go to the farm stand area for lunch or shopping.
Once you've paid your admission, you will have the opportunity to buy some different kinds of animal food. It's not necessary to buy this right away, there are spots to purchase the food in the farm. You enter through a covered area where you will find pens of small animals that are your best bet for feeding. There are bottles available as well as food pellets. One thing you will find here, there are a lot of ways to spend two dollars here and three dollars there, so it's best to head in with a budget in mind.
The pens at White Post Farms let you get really close to the animals. They all know the drill: when you approach they come right to the fence to see if you have any food for them. There are plenty of areas for kids to wash their hands after feeding the eager livestock.
In addition to the standard pigs, goats, cows and deer, there are a number of exotic animals to visit as well. You will find monkeys, kangaroos, zebra, llamas and even a chinchilla. Most of these animals are on special diets, so feeding them is off limits. As such, they're not always as eager as the domesticated animals to come over and say hello.
You will find plenty of shady areas to take a break at White Post Farms. Near the snack concession and picnic tables there's a singing animal show, The Barnyard Singing Chicken Show. It's a cute musical review featuring animatronic chickens singing familiar children's songs. The show plays continuously and there is plenty of bench seating.
A large pond is the home of White Post Farms aquatic animals. There are a number of fish and turtles living here, and the nicely landscaped area is perfect for taking a rest. This is also the area where you will find the public restrooms.
A terrific spot that sets White Post Farms apart from other animal exhibits is the playground area. This is a huge play space that features large wooden jungle gyms and trucks, as well as a pirate ship. The gravel play surface is not ideal, but the equipment is in great shape.
Adjacent to the playground sets is a playhouse village. Each of the houses is individually landscaped and kids have a ball running from house to house and exploring. There are pretty gingerbread houses, a barn and a log cabin among the many styles of house. On the opposite end of the playground area is a SpongeBob-themed play area for smaller children. There is also bounce area with a separate admission price that only inflates on weekends.
The White Post Mining Company is an old west-themed play area with a cutout main street and a large working sluice that winds its way around the whole space. Kids can buy bags filled with sand and "treasure" to sift through at the sluice. The winding troughs provide working space at many different heights to accommodate children of all ages. The main street set is a great spot for taking pictures.
There are rides at White Post Farms as well. The train winds its way through an imaginary Indian village, and kids who ride in the engine can ring the bell. You have to purchase tokens to go on any of the rides, and White Post Farms will steadfastly refuse to refund any unused token -- so if you're not sure if your children will like the rides (or pony rides), don't purchase more than you're sure you are going to use. This somewhat puzzling policy (NO REFUNDS is printed right on the tokens) was the only visitor-unfriendly complaint we had during our trip. The train ride tokens are $2.00 and the tokens for the rockers are fifty cents.
Horse and pony rides are available for adventurous children. Tokens must be purchased for $5.00 each and the ride winds its way around the center of the farm, led by a handler. The choice of a pony is perfect for smaller children, while kids up to 60 pounds can ride on the horse.
White Post Farms is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 per person, and coupons are available for $2.00 off if you sign up on their website. If you're visiting on a weekend and want to take advantage of the inflatable bouncers, you can buy a $12 combo ticket. In the summertime, they mix in bouncers that spray water. Feed options for the animals range from twenty five cents for a handful from a vending box to $5.00 for a souvenir pail. Bottles are $2.00 each. A visit to White Post Farms can easily last three to four hours, longer if you pack a picnic lunch and your kids can't get enough of the playground.
White Post FarmsOfficial website: http://www.whitepostfarms.com/
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