Central Ohio has some amazing farms to visit in the fall for pumpkins, activities, and agri-tourism, and Van Buren Acres in Hebron is one of the best for fall farm fun!
If you’ve driven east on Columbus on Route 70, you’ve probably seen this fun farm in the Columbus area. New in 2017, Van Buren Acres is a family-owned farm featuring activities for every age. This year, explore the Pac-Man themed Pac-Maize, and the new 9 acre Sunflower patch!
The farm also features a soy bean maze, pig and duck races, cow train barrel ride, hay ride, farm animals, gem mining, giant jumping pillow, pedal carts, putt putt, huge corn bin with tons of toys, hay stacks to climb, and other activities. Corn boxes are closed in 2020. Animals to visit include emus, miniature donkeys, goats, peahens and a beautiful peacock, bunnies, pigs, Easter chickens who lay green and blue eggs, and more!
Flashlight Maze Nights: Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. from 7- 10 p.m. (last entry into the maze will be at 9:30 p.m. weather permitting. Must bring 1 flashlight per every 2 people in your group.
Regular admission for guests 3 years old and older is $8 and includes ALL activities except the mining sleuth, concessions, and pumpkins. You can also purchase a season pass for just $22, which includes a u-pick pumpkin. Pumpkins are $5 for u-pick, and up to $8 for pre-picked. The Barnyard Cafe offers plenty of concessions, and there are lots of tables where you can sit to enjoy your food.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate if available. They are also offering Bounce Back Passes that can be purchased when you exit. The cost is $4 and these can be used on a future visit. One bounce back pass per paid admission can be purchased.
You do not need to pay admission if you are just visiting the Barnyard Cafe, Nellie’s Country Store, or just purchasing fall decor/pumpkins (including U-Pick).
Van Buren Acres opens on Saturday, September 8, and are open on Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm. Please check the Facebook page or call if you are unsure about the weather. Don’t let a cool day deter you from visiting! There are several buildings with activities and animals to get out of the wind; and the kids will be running around too much to notice a chill!
Activities are spread out nicely to eliminate crowding, but are still an easy walking distance, and the path is stroller friendly. There are tons of awesome photo ops, including lots of wooden props, pumpkin stacks, and fall displays.
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