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Children's books come to life

What a surprise of kids stories made into life sized art out in nature: the little old ladies shoe... read more

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SylviaTourstein
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nice place to spend time with kids

I live very close to Clark's Farm. So usually I do pumpkin patch and egg hunting there with my... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

For the $5 Admission fee - it was 'ok' for about 2 hours, but I wouldn't go back.

The 'parking lot' was a big, unpaved lot. No fee.

The admission building which also houses the 'gift shop' was cluttered, and had three large metal shelves behind the 'reception' desk that seemed to house misc. junk. It was like your grampa's workshop without the smell or Old Spice and cigars. The best thing about the 'gift shop' was the $2 cold drinks.

Activities include feeding goats & sheep, taking a wagon ride, playing with old dirty toys, viewing old plaster nursery rhyme characters and taking pony rides.

This place is based on the old Enchanted Forest from the 40s/50s - and not much improvement has been done since. The OLD plaster attractions are scattered around the property - although several are just there for looks.

We went on a HOT Sunday... and the only place for cooling/shade was the main building, and a few scattered trees.

The "petting area" of the farm consisted or four goats and a bunny (in a cage). A couple of the goats looked underfed.

The 'pond' down toward the back of the property wasn't worth the walk, other than the shade provided by the woods that you have to transit to get there. The water in the pond was stagnant and gross, and the 'character' in the building was just pure creepy.

The 'cooling tent' was a joke and only had one small section that was actually providing a drizzle of mist, and the 'education building' had old farm equipment and posters that looked like a 7th grader made them for a science project. Not too exciting for an adult, and definitely not so for a youngster/

The 'kid play area' was dirty, and had old, beat-up toys from the late 70s/early 80s. Most kids seemed to bang around for less than 5 minutes and then depart. Our little one (2 yrs old), walked in and turned around and walked out. The one broken chair was quite indicative.

Three of the four slides at the farm were SO hot from being broiled in the sun that they were unusable.

The signs on 90% of all the animal displays are cheap paper signs stuck into document protectors. Those that weren't faded from the sun were blurred from the rain.

The 'restroom/bathroom' facilities are basically port-a-johns with a fence around them. Oh - and they're located centrally in the middle of the park.

There are several tents for picnics/birthday parties - but I kept thinking "WHY would you come here??!" After an hour, we were ready to go.....

The staff - well, I'd say half care/were helpful/were friendly; and the other half were disengaged. No staff were walking the grounds to see how customer/visitors were doing. Some were assisting with the pony rides, one was reading a book to kids in a tent - but the rest just seemed to be wandering around. At one point a staff on a lawn mower drove right through the main-side of the farm with kids waling around. Not sure where they were going, but it just seemed odd.

Would recommend: No
Would re-patronize: Probably not.

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Clark's F, Owner at Clark's Elioak Farm, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2014

I have read and reread your review for over a year now. At the time you sent it, it was my first Trip Advisor review and I didn't know the protocol for responding. But you may want to know that it made a very big impression on me (the owner). I shared it with my staff as soon as I read it and used it to make some immediate changes (there is no excuse for broken chairs). I also used it when I made plans to make improvements over the winter. We now have very nice permanent metal signs with the animal information on them. I understand that the place is fine for some people but may never meet the standards of others, but it is important to me that it is as clean, safe, and enjoyable as it can be for all our visitors. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments with us.

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Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile
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