We visited Charmingfare Farm with our 7-year-old daughter and her grandparents on a Saturday in August. It was not crowded at all, but it may have been because it was a hot and humid day. Since it was a weekend, the rides were included in the $17 per person admission. Our daughter was able to ride everything without a wait- the pony, the tractor- pulled ride, and the horse-drawn wagon. For only $3 you can buy a big bag of food to feed the animals- much better value than those feed machines that take quarters you see at most places.
It's pretty much divided into two parts. There is a section with farm animals such as goats, sheep and chicken that can be fed. They were a lot of fun and we got to see some tiny baby goats in the Oakhurst barn. One mistake I made was going into the goat area when they were hungry instead of feeding them through the fence. As a result, I got muddy hoof prints on my clothes. My daughter was spared because she didn't have the feed bag! The second part is more of a zoo area with wild animals, many of which are native to the area such as coyotes, foxes, and a wolf. There are also some animals there which you can feed such as reindeer.
There are a lot of places in which to have a picnic, so we brought our lunch. The tables were shaded with a canopy which was nice. We were bothered by flies during our lunch, probably because we were right near the sheep barn, but there were other picnic areas away from the animals.
Lastly, I have to mention the sanitary facilities, which is why I only gave it four stars. Since it lacks indoor plumbing, they have porta-potties. Porta-potties are never ideal, but honestly, these were pretty bad. They obviously were in need of servicing or changing. They did, however, have a real sink outdoors for washing hands, which was much better and stocked with soap and paper towels.