We have been going to Hillcrest since my 23 year old granddaughter was around 3 years old. I could not believe the difference we experienced with our newest granddaughter, 2 years old. The price to go to the children's activities, even though scaled down during the week was $7.00 per person. There were kittens (unsupervised by staff being handled roughly), goats, 1 calf (you couldn't pet) a pig we never saw, chickens that looked sick, and baby chicks. There was chicken wire sticking out in the cages at children's height, VERY dangerous. There was a nursery rhyme path that was in disrepair, very run down. They had a run down playground. Very disappointing! NO MAINTENANCE here. We went during the week so there was no apple picking, which is fine, I get that. However, I would not buy the apples that were on the tables available for you to fill your own bags. There were flies everywhere (get it, it's open door place) but it was not clean, no apple tasting, many of the apples looked bruised & not fresh. The jars of apple butter, chow chow, etc were so dusty, I didn't want to touch them. We used to love this place but not anymore. My biggest concern, the animals. We actually had a conversation with someone that used to work there for 15 years but moved on because they didn't like how the animals were treated. Maintenance is critical in any business. Torn wire (chicken wire) is a walking time bomb for some small child to get severely cut or worse an eye injury! Compare them to the orchards down the street. We didn't even buy any apples from them this year. If you want activities for children that involve animals, seek them out somewhere else where the animals are protected and well taken care of.
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