What does admission cover? What activities cost extra?
The $12.50 admission covers entry to the grounds for as long as you’d like to stay, and includes almost all activities, such as the corn and hay mazes, the hayride to the pumpkin patch, the Critter Barn, the giant slides, and many more. Certain activities require additional charges, including the Gem Mine (you get to keep the gems you find!), the Pumpkin Slingshot, the Cow Coaster, and on-site food and beverage. We also offer pumpkins for sale to our visitors at great prices.
We accept cash as well as Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards.
How long do people usually stay?
Most families spend 3 – 4 hours at the farm, although you are certainly welcome to stay longer. We close at 7pm, so you’ll want to arrive early to enjoy the full range of activities.
Are there bathrooms?
We have clean, indoor, air-conditioned bathrooms, so you don’t need to “go back in time” when it comes to your personal comfort during your visit. Don’t worry — no outhouses, no portable toilets.
How large are the grounds? Should we bring a stroller?
Although you are certainly welcome to bring a stroller or wagon, all the activities are located close together, so even younger children should be able to walk around without too much help. Families with younger children may want to avoid the full 4-acre corn maze, but all the other activities are designed with shorter legs in mind. If anyone gets tired, you can always rest in the shade in our picnic area and enjoy a cool lemonade.
Is the farm handicap accessible?
Yes, McDonald Farm is handicap accessible. The parking lot is on a level ground with all the activities, and our indoor bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Most of the area is grass surfaced or gravel, with (very) mild slope in some places. We have an especially designed handicap-assessable hayride for patrons needing assistance traveling to and from the pumpkin patch.
When is the best time to visit?
There’s plenty of space and lots to do, but if you’d prefer to avoid the crowd, our busiest time of day is between 2pm and 5pm, so you may want to arrive earlier in the day. Our busiest weekends usually occur in mid-to-late October.
Do you allow pets?
Because we have barnyard animals here at the farm, we don’t allow pets on the grounds. Although you’ll need to leave your furry friend at home, we’re sure you’ll love to play with the goats, cows, rabbits, and horses you’ll find here.
Can we bring our own food to the picnic area?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently allow outside food or drink. We offer a menu of tasty items at our Calf-e that we hope you’ll enjoy during your visit:
- BBQ sandwiches
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream
- Fried pies
Do you offer group rates?
Yes! We offer a discount admission price of $11 per person for groups of 25 or more for weekend visits.
We also offer group rates for scheduled weekday visits (Monday – Friday). To schedule a visit for a school field trip, home-school group, or other group during the week, use the contact form or call (423) 531-2676 to inquire about our weekday group visits. For more information, visit our Groups page.
Do you have first-aid on site?
Although we make every effort to ensure a safe visit, accidents sometimes happen. If anyone in your family gets a scrape or bruise, we have a first-aid station at the entrance.
Are you still open if it rains?
Due to mechanical, weather, or other safety conditions, we may have to close certain areas or attractions. We will usually remain open through light rain, but heavy rainfall may make areas of the farm unsafe for our visitors due to mud. If we feel that we can’t offer a safe experience, we will have to close for the day. We will do everything possible to re-open as soon as safety and weather allows.
If it has rained recently or if rain is in the forecast on the day you plan to visit us, check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about weather closures or call ahead at (423) 531-2676.