There’s a place on 20 North where pumpkins float in a sea of orange, ducks race down water pump streams, and kids swim through corn kernel pools. But it’s not one of the 101 Lakes in Steuben County. It’s Ridenour Farms.
My family and I have made visiting this fall attraction an annual event. It may sound cliché but it really does have something for the whole family. For starters there’s a mini play area including a junior corn pool and bouncy castle for the iddy biddies.
The main area consists of huge industrial pipe slides, a giant straw bail climbing mountain, larger corn pit, big kid bouncy castle and two race tracks—one for peddling contraptions and one for bouncy horses.
The corn maze is great for older kids and even more hair raisingly fun at night when it and the surrounding woods become “haunted.” During the day families can enjoy the same area with a hayride or “train excursion” (tractor pulls several mini carts behind it).
The fire pit is always lit and there are a variety of candy confections at the snack bar including something called caramel apple nachos. I’m not going to give away the surprise you’ll just have to go see them for yourself!
Ridenour Acres is open through October 30. Admission is $7 per person, free for 3 and under. For more information visit http://www.ridenouracres.com/.