Situated on 55 scenic acres, this living history museum is complete with a lake, ponds, a meandering stream, an arboretum ... More
Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village
Situated on 55 scenic acres, this living history museum is complete with a lake, ponds, a meandering stream, an arboretum with over 200 varieties of trees, and historic agricultural gardens. The village contains five large museum collections and visitors can enjoy period craft demonstrations, train and hay rides, and a gift shop while at this village.
So much to do, yet very managable for young children. Once you pay to get in the kids can ride the train, ponies, etc over and over again. There has never been a crowd and it is beautifully landscaped which makes it very pleasant for adults. Only once when we went very early in the season some of attractions were not open yet, however we were still charged full price. I would highly recommend this outing. FYI: Splash Country Water Park is straight across the street.
My two year old grandson is from the area. We strolled up the Gilman Trail and paid our $10.00 or so to enter. Blackberry Farm is well worth the effort and resources. We particularly enjoyed the train, the ponies, the hay wagon ride and the carousel. My grandson could not get enough of the minature train village in the depot.
We appreciate the kindness and gentleness of the staff. Even the gruff-looking train engineer takes especial care of the young/vulnerable, patiently waiting for everyone to safely disembark with no hint of frustration or hurry. The grandfather driving the tractor pulling the hay wagon was fun and full of great advice, pointing out Penelope, the injured turkey. I like the stations where patrons are encouraged to clean their hands on sanitary wipes after petting the animals. Docents were most informative and yes, fun!
The landscaping is lovely, restful, well groomed.
This is a wonderful place to spend a pretty day and we will return again and again.
My daughters 3-8 love to spend 4-6 hours riding the carasol, riding the ponies, taking the train ride and hayride, walking through the farm animals. It's very clean. Take your time and stroll, enjoy the blacksmith, the olde time shoppe. visit the prairie house and peek up at the loft, just like Laura Ingalls. Stop by the schoolhouse and use the chalkboard at each desk. The volunteers dressed in time appropriate clothes are very friendly and full of wonderful information. remember to bring a picnic lunch to eat at the tables.
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