Over Memorial Day weekend we headed up to the Pocono mountains to check out the quiet Valley Living Historic Farm. It’s about 45 minutes away from us and we have been getting out and exploring this new state of ours. The farm isn’t always open like it was last weekend but they have events and it happened to be event weekend!
It was $8 a person to get in for adults and $4 for A. B is under two so he was free. We started out by walking up the path to the farm from the parking lot and then exploring the farm. It was a hidden wooden pathway that said “path to the farm”.
Due to it being an event weekend there were fun shows that high school kids put on, baby sheep and chicks to interact with + rabbits and goats. The kids had a great time checking out the turkeys, chickens, and large pigs in the barns and fields too.
The kids were in heaven with all of the animals! Ryan and I walked around talking about having an old Farm like this would a dream of ours. A quiet simple life filled with animals and open spaces. What a dream that would be!
In addition to the animals, they had music being played on old instruments you don’t see anymore and baked goods. The baked goods were homemade bread, cookies – sugar and molasses, and soft pretzels. They cooked them in the outdoor oven right in front of you. The baked goods were affordable which was nice – $.50 for a cookie or bread slice and $1 for pretzels. We got one of each to start our snacking. The molasses cookies were so good we ended up getting a couple more to share!
They also offered horse wagon rides! These were also extra but the kids enjoyed going on adventure through the woods. If I remember right, the wagon ride was $5 each for the three of us and B was free. The ride was 15 minutes along and we learned that it was a trail that was actually cleared many years ago for a railroad but the railroad went bankrupt and it never came to be a reality. We also went past their bee boxes and apple orchard. The path goes through Maple Trees that we learned they actually tap in February and make maple syrup! I should note that you are riding through a heavily wooded area so ticks are a reality! We left we no bites but we did see some!
A local animal rehabilitation center put on a presentation sharing a skunk, peregrine falcon, screech owl, baby opossums, a great horned owl, a porcupine, turtles, and an albino crow! We learned a lot about all of the animals in and around our area. They also shared a lot about the benefits many of the animals provide to our neighborhoods and ecosystem! We had a great time and A got a front row seat that she talked about all day!
We packed a picnic and had lunch in one of the covered picnic areas. They had food options there that were adorable like hot dogs, chips, breads, pies, etc. but we had planned ahead and enjoyed our picnic! They also had homemade ice cream and made it the way it was done many years ago. We considered indulging until we saw the really long line – ha! We also didn’t spend much time in the small merchandise store.
They had running water sinks to wash hands and outhouse facilities. The picnic areas throughout were also very convenient. We spent about $40 with the entry fee, baked goodies, and the wagon ride. Had we participated in the pony rides, making a purchase in the little store or buying lunch we could have spent a lot more. Due there being so many extra costs throughout the farm we felt like the entry fee might have been a bit much. However, we also know that helps fund the farm.
Overall, we had a nice time. We probably wouldn’t go back regularly though. It was a nice experience going once and we enjoyed a great family day!