I will be posting the same review about the Strasburg Railroad, since the experiences were intertwined and it is important to realize what may happen to you if try to buy discount tickets at one site for the other.
My friends and I spent some time investigating these 2 attractions and noted that the websites talk about being able to buy discount tickets at one site for the other site and vice versa. In addition, you can go directly to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm or you can take the Strasburg Railroad to the farm. So, we were not without information. We chose to take the train to the farm. When we purchased our train tickets we were told that they were sold out of Cherry Crest tickets. It was not quite noon, and they were already sold out! So, the Strasburg Railroad ticket person told us we could 'take our chances' at the farm that they would still give us the discounted tickets upon our arrival there.
The train ride was enjoyable and Strasburg Railroad is just beautiful. It is a nice ride, where you go all the way out to the Paradise stop and then the train takes you back to the stop for Cherry Crest. Upon our departure from the train and arrival at Cherry Crest -- where it is a specific stand only for people arriving from the train -- we were told that they would NOT honor the discount because it is the Railroad's responsibility to buy Cherry Crest tickets and if they run out, TOO BAD! (The discount was for $4 off of $18 -- so a good deal.) So, who cares that they publicize this great relationship between the 2 attractions and who cares that it's obvious you came off the train. After putting up a little fuss (there were 3 off us, so again the discount was substantial), we were given a coupon for free roasted corn (while supplies last...). My friend did ask to speak to a manager and the manager was much more pleasant than the girls working at the ticket stand. He explained that it is the Railroad's responsibility to buy the tickets and that he had called them to tell them they were sold out and had dropped off more of them at the Railroad. So, it was then clear that the poor saps that showed up during the no ticket time were screwed out of the discount but others who arrived after us would be OK. ???
Anyway, we made our way into the Corn Maze. This year's design is called "Batter Up!" showing a baseball player's head with a bat. The maze itself was stellar and a lot of fun. It was nice to have little word jumbles and tidbits of info throughout the maze and having a game board to fill in with puzzle pieces of the maze gives you not just a feeling of accomplishment but also help with figuring out the maze. They said that the average time to complete the 5 acre maze is 2 hours, and it took us 2 hours and 13 minutes. I will admit that we were getting very tired and were happy to be finished, mostly because we did end up getting 'lost' and kept ending up in the same places before we eventually figured it out. We did not use our rescue flag. It was great fun to go up on the bridges and just take a look out over the corn and see the flags poking up above the corn. And it was a fantastic sight when the Strasburg Railroad came by, passing right next to the maze.
Be prepared to do a lot of walking in the maze; wear comfortable shoes. Little children could get very tired. Adults may get cranky. :) There are 3 different levels to completing the maze so you pick the one you want to do/how much time you want to spend.
I highly recommend the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm for the corn maze. We didn't have time to do any other activities while there so I can't speak to those. I understand that Cherry Crest and Strasburg RR have a deal with each other, and I appreciated the manager talking to us, but try as I might - I truly do not understand why Cherry Crest couldn't have given us the discount.
Wrapping up the story, when we returned to the Strasburg Railroad station, my friend spoke to a ticket person who provided the name and number of the Trainmaster. The Trainmaster did refund $4 to each of us so we were happy with that. I understand that Cherry Crest and Strasburg RR have a deal with each other, and I appreciated the Cherry Crest manager talking to us, but try as I might - I truly do not understand why Cherry Crest couldn't have given us the discount. I also don't understand how Strasburg so grossly underestimated the need for tickets. And if these 2 places are truly working together, then they should work out a better plan for doing these discounts. Why not provide each other with a bulk pack of tickets and then allow each other to pay for what was actually purchased, or allow for unused tickets to be returned.
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