Enchanted Valley Offers Fall Fun for Whole Family

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Katherine Perreth
Enchanted Valley Acres is more than a pumpkin patch, offering a corn maze, games, a super slide, petting zoo and more.

CROSS PLAINS–Now in its seventh season, fun outdoor activities at Enchanted Valley Acres have expanded seemingly exponentially. The family-friendly farm may also be one of the area’s best kept secrets.

“A lot of people in Cross Plains don’t even know we’re here,” said one of the owners, Chris Kirsch.

Located at the corner of Highway P and Enchanted Valley Rd., about a mile north of Cross Plains, the farm caters to kids and adults alike. Especially people seeking autumn entertainment, including, but way beyond, the typical pumpkin patch. Although there is no fee to access the patch, playing on the rest of the property requires an agricultural-tourism entry fee.

The massive farm features a petting zoo, farm themed playground, gigantic corn-kernel “sandbox,” Big Red Barn to explore, and the popular eight-acre corn maze. 

One section of maze is geared for kids or those wishing for a shorter walk, and the other covers over three miles of trail. The maze this year commemorates the 50thanniversary of the lunar landing, Kirsch said. 

“We wanted to celebrate Apollo 11,” Kirsch said of his planted design, including 50 YEARS, the landing craft and U.S. flag, stars and the view of earth from space and Neil Armstrong and his iconic footsteps.

In addition, each maze has a sleuthing component. “They both have a purpose (in educating participants),” Kirsch explained. Farm Scene Tracks, for the younger crowd, and Farm Scene Investigation.

Upon exiting the maze, the Hart family of four played with the rocket ship cut-out. It was their first time to the farm, by all accounts a successful one. Four-year-old Lilyenne said she liked the hay wagon ride pulled by a tractor and the trike racetrack, trikes sized for anyone. Her brother, seven-year-old Cameron, loved the steep and over 200-foot long burlap-sack Giant Slide, as well as the maze.

“It’s a lot of fun,” offered parents Erin and Jonathan Hart. “We just played, ‘Which animal stole the farmer’s pie?’”

Duck Races are another popular activity, equipped with kid-friendly pumps and a looping aspect, easily piquing the imagination of youngsters. 

“I’d seen duck races before,” Kirsch said, “but I came up with the idea to bring the ducks back to you.”

Enchanted Valley Acres is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays until Oct. 27, and on Thursday, Oct. 24. Admission is $11 per person; two and under are free. Season passes are also available, as are concessions.

Looking ahead, for the first time the farm will offer cut-your-own Christmas trees, white pine and several varieties of fir. Opening-day is November 29.

But there’s still plenty of time to play outdoors this fall at Enchanted Valley Acres, before it’s time to say, “Let it snow.”

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