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Secret to free fun at the Great Pumpkin Farm

It's fall y'all! And who doesn't love pumpkin picking, hayrides, and apple cider. We are pretty lucky too, with so many fun places to visit during this spectacular time of year. Hopefully, we will make it to most of them - but we started off with The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

It was a gorgeous weekday and we headed over. We've been there on weekends - but to be honest - it's quite busy and quite expensive. By the time you pay to get in, get on the rides, all of the treats the kids will want, and then some, it adds up.

So, we figured the secret to the farm was a nice, quiet, weekday.

What a great idea.

No, there were no rides to ride. No, there wasn't a hay ride to go on. And no, we didn't spend a dime. But yes, we had a great time.

Plenty of pumpkins to buy, too. Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News

There are plenty of pumpkins to buy. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

The Great Pumpkin Farm has a very nice playground that includes slides, a tunnel and a train. The kids played for quite a while. There also is a petting  zoo with goats, mini-horses and lambs - which is also free to enjoy. You can buy some feed for a quarter and let the little ones go nuts. The kids were giggling the entire time.  We went into the haymaze about a million times. We were there for a few hours and can't wait to go back.

The kids loved feeding the farm animals. Emma with friends, Henry and Maddy.

The kids loved feeding the farm animals. Emma with friends, Henry and Maddy.

The baby wasn't overwhelmed with too many people, there were no lines, and we didn't spend a small fortune. They have clean bathrooms, which is a huge plus. It is stroller friendly and a nice family day. I love taking my kids places they can all enjoy.

Don't get me wrong - the farm is fun on the weekends, but it's a lot more low-key - and still fun - during the week.

On weekends - there are many things to do, but most cost money in addition to entry fee ($7 per person). There is a magic show ($3), a hen review ($2), a cornmaze ($6), a hayride, ($3), rides ($1 per ticket with most rides being 3 tickets) and duck races, ($1).

You can buy pumpkins, cookies, snacks, drinks and more any day.

 

The Great Pumpkin Farm

11199 Main Street, Clarence

Hours: 10 a.m. to dusk, daily

Admission: Free during the week, $7 per person on weekends (ages 2 and younger are free)

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