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“Falls For a Festival”
Review of Ball's Falls

Ball's Falls
Ranked #16 of 62 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We have visited this attraction every October for the last 3 years. We come for the long weekend festival. The festival consists of vendors selling their wares. These are arts and crafts. Most of the vendors here offer high quality products. There are also those selling food products which are exceptionally tasty.
The location itself is beautiful. It is down in a valley right near Jordan in the middle of wine country. The name comes from the Ball family which built a mill for grinding grain into flour.
It has been restored and offers demonstrations showing how the machinery works. There is also a small Blacksmiths shop which also offers demonstrations. During this festival, there are demonstrations for weaving and a display of old steam engines.
If you are interested in birds, there is a display of some of the larger birds of prey.

Of course the falls are interesting and beautiful when the water is at the right level.
This year there was enough water to give an impressive display.

Balls falls would be a beautiful place to spend the day even when the festival is not on.
Bring a picnic and the family and enjoy your visit.

Thank Frick01
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"conservation area"
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"hiking trails"
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"lovely walk"
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"historic village"
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"couple of hours"
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"day trip"
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"lots of history"
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"family home"
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"beautiful fall"
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"birds of prey"
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We have visited this site on several occasions and continue to be fascinated by the historical saga and the machinery of the age that people used to make flour. This was a tough industry with hardened individuals to do the labor and make it a success. Pictures and chat aren't enough, you have to go there to appreciate how our forefathers and their wives and children made a go of it. Spinning wheel demonstrations and a lovely walk with nature and the two falls. A must to see!

Thank Magoo819
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Would have loved to see this place because the pictures look beautiful, but after driving around aimlessly for 10 minutes looking for a parking lot, we decided to give up and go somewhere else. For a park that is supposedly supposed to be open to the public, it did not make a good impression on me or my friends.

4  Thank cecilym2727
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

Little day trip to Ball's Falls as I'd never been before. Cute little historical village to visit as well. Easy hike to both lower and upper falls (upper is a bit more difficult, proper footwear is recommended). However at both falls there is a lot of foliage and trees so viewing is not great. Can't get mad at nature but I think that if you're paying admission prices per PERSON, a little better upkeep would be appreciated. Also from a safety perspective.. people will hop fences and walls to get a better view of the falls.. dangerous!

1  Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

This was definitely a trip worth remembering. We set out not knowing what to expect, and was welcomed by a very clean and pristine conservation area. It is absolutely clean and the visitor centre staff were just amazing.

Thank Omar B
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