Sunday, October 19, 2014

Denver Downs Farm - Corn Maze and Punkin' Patch

This baby goat stood up and instinctively butted heads!
Though they are open from September thru November, it was the month of October that brought me to the Denver Downs Farm. Located in the Piedmont section of South Carolina, along the road to Clemson University, the rolling terrain is well suited for hayrides, hay romps and the like. Every day here is a fall festival, but they have fine-tuned the grounds to include lots of games for kids to enjoy, which extends the family fun time spent in the outdoors.

How 'bout a hey ride past the Punkin' patch!
A sunny and unseasonably warm day had visitors in shorts rather than fleece garb, but some Indian summer conditions are to be expected in the Palmetto State. A large parking lot in a field can handle crowds, and the kiosk to enter Denver Downs accepts both cash and credit payments. The ticket is all inclusive for games and rides but excludes food, beverage and pumpkins to take home. The day of our visit a nanny goat gave birth to two kids - and you can't put a price on the excitement and cuteness of such moments!

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Youth activities included a climbing wall, zip line, hand-pumping water, a corn crib, tennis ball launcher, rolling races and jumping station. Livestock on display included multiple goats, a large sow pig, and a team of horses on a buggy ride option. Even some piglets ran in a four-way race, making the crowd 'squeal' with approval. Other activity stations provided the kind of variety where there is something to appeal to just about anyone.

2014 Corn Maze at Denver Downs
The corn maze and the hayride take the longest amounts of time and make good group excursions. Inside the corn maze of fresh green corn stalks offer plenty of directional options and everyone can take turns leading their people either deeper into the web of the maze, or perhaps to the Exit point. The hay wagons are pulled by large tractors and travel around the perimeter of the corn maze, giving visitors a different look at the splendid rural grounds at Denver Downs.

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