Lancaster County (PA) – Now in its 16th year, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has earned a place in agri-tainment history as home to America’s longest-running Amazing Maize Maze®”. . .and a fun place for all ages to enjoy life on the farm. A 175-acre cattle and poultry operation, Cherry Crest offers over 50 farm fun activities, games and rides – including the popular Farm Ed and Farm Animal Centers with baby chicks hatchery and Goat Mountain. It's so much fun you can easily spend the day.
Reflecting the theme “Once Upon a Time,” this year’s maze invites trekkers to step into the pages of a magical storybook and castle – facing both danger and delight as they navigate their way through a series of high-stalk adventures. Plus there are many decisions and fun diversions to tickle your funny bones. Flee through the Quick Escape Door, or face the ultimate challenge by finding 15 hidden puzzle pieces that complete a map.
Cherry Crest offers a full roster of farm fun stuff to do. There are several new games to entice friendly competition, from Barnyard Ga Ga (a 24’ octagon for Dodge Ball), the strength-testing Post Pounder and a giant Game Station to Corn Hole and Poly Pong (a 4-person Ping Pong game with fun variations).
There’s also Corny, Cherry Crest’s mascot who loves posing for photos, plus new additions like the Cider Donut Shop, Chuck Wagon Cafe, Barnyard Food Corral – and the School House Sweet Shop that is the new home to Lancaster’s Best Fudge. Of course, the farm’s fresh roasted sweet corn still tops the list of favorites.
Location: 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572– in the heart of PA Dutch Country about 12 miles east of Lancaster, off of Rt. 741, Paradise Township.
Hours of Operation: Spring Farm Fun Days May 28-June 25, Saturdays only, noon to 5pm. Maze and all activities open July 2. Summer Hours: (July 2-Sept. 3) Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am until dusk. Fall Hours (Sept. 5-Nov. 5) Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am until dusk, and every Thursday Oct. 6-Nov. 3 10am-5pm. Always closed Sundays and Mondays (except for holiday Mondays including July 4, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
The popular night-time Flashlight Mazes & Hayride (where your own flashlight guides the way) are Friday-Saturday Oct. 1-Nov. 5 from 6:30-10pm. Open weather permitting.
Special Event Dates: Pedal Tractor Pull Aug. 2-6; Military Appreciation Day Sept. 10; Train Week Sept.19-24; Sukkot Holiday Oct. 18 with a special menu by Central PA Kosher Mart; Pick-Your-Own To Take Home Sept. 24-Oct. 29 Friday-Saturday 10am-dusk, and Saturday Harvest Festivals Sept. 24-Oct. 29 10am-dusk with special kids activities (at additional cost) like pony rides, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and more, and our zany Pumpkin Madness Festival Nov. 5.
Food: New this year is a Chuck Wagon Cafe and Cider Donut Shop. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers Food Corrals in the Courtyard and Barnyard for burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and wraps, garden and fruit salads, funnel cakes, hand-dipped ice cream and snow ice, beverages (including our Fresh Squeezed Lemonade), Cherry Crest Kettle Corn, Lancaster’s Best Fudge (now offered in the new School House Sweet Shop), and the ever popular fresh roasted corn on the cob. Inside the maze there is the Castle Cafe with umbrellas and tables with seating, plus a selection of snacks and beverages.
Group Outings: The farm is the perfect destination for both large (up to 1000 guests) and small (minimum 125 guests) group events. For smaller groups there are two party barns available for rent. Ideal for corporate events and team-building programs, family reunions, parties and fellowship events – with all of the amenities and facilities required for a full day of fun! Visit CherryCrestFarm.com/outings.asp for details.
Group Campfires: Packages with food options are designed for groups large and small. Includes Fall visit to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and 2-hours at a campfire from 3-5pm, 5:30-7:30pm or 8-10pm. Available dates include Friday or Saturday Oct. 1-Nov. 5.
Scout Campouts: designed for Cub Scout troops and includes overnight camping trip, campfire, corn maze, wagon rides and more. Friday nights Oct. 14 and 21.
Overnight lodging for up to 8 guests is available year-round at Cherry Crest Meadows Farmhouse Suite. Call (717) 687-5656. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information and a brochure contact: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572. Tel: (717) 687-6843. Toll Free (866) 546-1799.
The Discovery Channel has named this “the World’s Biggest Free-Standing Mind- Bender.” In 2004 the annual Amazing Maize Maze featured a five-acre cornfield sculpted in the shape of an Amish horse and buggy.
A visit here begins with a staff member who explains it all to get you started. Then try to find your way out of the maze. As you work your way through, you’ll come upon clues, tunnel slides, watering stations, all nine planets, rest areas, the “waters of Neptune,” and more. There are two bridges that afford a complete view of the maze.
Average time to complete the maze is about an hour, but you could spend much longer exploring the farm. Watch for different designs in coming years. There are also four smaller mazes, a petting zoo, hayride, a “snack shack,” and special events. Many people arrive to explore the maze by way of the Strasburg Rail Road.