We Return Every Year for the Maze, Donuts, Jumping Pillows and More
In our family, the arrival of fall means one thing: time for our annual trip to Gull Meadow Farms in Richland. There is so much to do here and everyone has a blast each year.
This year, we visited during the Touch-A-Tractor and Grandparents weekend event. There were a variety of John Deere tractors as well as Antique firetrucks, dating back to 1941. Everything was interactive – my kids loved climbing up tractors and pretending to drive.
Touch A Tractor/Grandparents day is a FREE kick-off for the Fall Season at Gull Meadow Farms and you can check out out the weekend after Labor Day each year.
Find Fun in Pumpkin Lane
After we got our tractor fix (okay, my kids may never have their tractor fix) we headed over to all the activities at Pumpkin Lane.
This year the Zip Line was a favorite for my big kids. They said it was exhilarating and rode it several times. (The zip line is best for children ages 12 and under due to height and weight restrictions.)
My three-year-old son loved the Pumpkin Lane Train. He is fascinated by trains and enjoyed the chance to sit in a cart all by himself, steering the wheel for the five-minute ride.
The Jumping Pillows were a big hit for the whole family. We all loved jumping as high as we could. This area is great for children of all ages, especially as there are two pillows – one for kids below 42” and one for kids over 42.”
We spent most of our visit at Pumpkin Lane.
The kids loved:
- Zip Line
- Pumpkin Lane Train
- Straw Jump
- Corn Crib – think giant sandbox, but corn instead of sand
- Obstacle Course
- Jumping Pillows
- Duck Race
- No Left Turn Maze
- Giant Rocking Chair (great photo opp!)
Save Some Time and Energy for the Back Forty
The Petting Farm was a sheer delight and the goats weren’t shy about coming right up to be pet (or for food). Feed is only twenty-five cents and a must for visiting the barn animals. They also have alpacas, miniature horses, zebu’s, a Scottish Highland cow named Shaggy, a pic names Daisy, and sheep.
Make sure to watch for the pig racing event at various times throughout the day located next to the large animal barn. Pig Races run on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
The Grain Train in the Back Forty area has no height restriction. We loved the fact that the entire family could take a scenic ride through the orchard.
Make sure to try out the Apple Cannons which shoot apples over 150 yards into the air. On weekends, you can also watch the pumpkin cannon shoot a pumpkin far off into the distance.
The Back Forty has loads of other fun activities:
- Giant Tube Slide
- Petting Farm (hand wash stations available)
- Pig Races (Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays only)
- Steer Roping
- Pumpkin Checkers
- Corn Hole games and Giant Corn Hole
- Grain Train
The Five-Acre Michigan Awesome Corn Maze
Don’t forget to save time to experience the corn maze. Gull Meadow Farms is partnering with Michigan Awesome this season and features a maze in the shape of an apple. The five-acre maze will leave you guessing at each turn. Make sure to grab a map when you enter!
The maze opens up on Friday and Saturday nights for their Family Friendly Flashlight Maze. No haunting or scaring allowed, just good old family fun with flashlights. The last admission is sold at 9 PM. If you purchase an activity wristband on Friday and Saturday it is included in your admission price. If you come just for the flashlight maze, it’s $8/person.
Take a Wagon Ride out for U-Pick
It wouldn’t be a visit without some apple picking while at Gull Meadow Farms. The wagon rides out to the apple orchard are included with your admission wristband or you can choose to purchase a wagon ride only wristband for $1/person along with your U-Pick bag purchased (U-Pick bags are required to enter the U-Pick Orchard).
Do NOT Leave Until You’ve had Donuts
No visit to Gull Meadow Farms is complete without a delicious donut (or three). The market also offers apples, baked goods, caramel apples, candy, decorations, and gifts. We bought Gala Apples and they were fresh and crunchy.
Make the Most of your Visit to Gull Meadow Farms
- Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
- The terrain around the farm is mostly wood chips, gravel, and grass – something to keep in mind if you have a stroller or wheelchair.
- Don’t forget to check out the Grain Train located in the Back Forty.
- Purchase admission tickets in advance online (don’t forget to use the special discount code below for $1 off each admission ticket), onsite at the admission shed or in the market.
- Check their Facebook page for special events (like Flashlight Maze and Magic Shows).
Activities at the farm are perfect for all ages. It’s a great place to spend quality family time where you can play and create family memories.