We visited Coleman's for the 1st time the other day. We went as part of a large group that was holding an event there in their pavilion. When we arrived, we parked on the grass/dirt lot and made our way up towards the playground & pavilion. At that time we noticed that they have a really nice LARGE play area for the kids. They have swing sets, large wooden ships and a teepee. Only downside was that they only had one baby swing & the inside of the teepee was a dirt floor that looked wet. The rest of the stuff was great!
Our group had arranged to have hayrides and a bonfire/dinner on location. So, we rode one of the hayrides around the farm. It was really nice. It started out by the playground, took us around the pond (with ducks, geese, peacocks) and around the Christmas tree farm. It was probably a 45-60 minute tractor pulled wagon ride. The grounds were pretty and really relaxing. They have tons of trees! The pond area was decorated for fall/Halloween. It was pretty neat. During our ride, the driver stopped once to give us a brief history of the farm, owners and area. He was really friendly. Plus, we learned some interesting tidbits about muskrats since they live on the farm. He even told us about a restaurant, the Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant, in the area that serves up muskrat one night a week should we want to try it!
After our hayride, we made our way over to the pavilion and bonfire area. Our group decided to roast hot dogs and s'mores over the open fires. We used the pavilion (wrapped in plastic to keep us warm) to dine. It was nothing special...just a covered pavilion and lots of picnic tables, but we enjoyed it. Plus the plastic did keep us warm.
On location, we also saw that they have Woodside Farms ice cream that they sell in their ice cream shop. We wanted to get some ice cream, but it was closed by the time we were done our dinner (around 7pm). According to their website, it stays open until 8:30pm, but it was DARK. So that was a little disappointing! We saw a BBQ when we arrived, but it too was closed up when we were back from our hayride. It may have been Young's Pig Pickin' since that is advertised on their website. We saw a Santa house and a Gift & Ornament Shop on location that is probably open during the winter holiday season. While we were there they were selling pumpkins out of their pumpkin patch and offering wagon rides to their everyday visitors. So it just depends on the season as to what is going on there. Their website says they offer helicopter rides for a fee, but I didn't see that going on either.
Overall, we had a good time at Coleman's. It is a nice place for the family to spend an afternoon. The wagon hayride was enjoyable, the grounds were pretty and the kids playground is super (and FREE). I will probably visit Coleman's again...but next time I hope to get some ice cream or some baked goods from the bake shoppe!! I probably won't go here for a tree though since it looks like all they offer is Douglas Firs. They have a huge selection of them, but we prefer Fraser Firs or Blue Spruce.
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