Forget that the name “Wyoming” conjures up a landscape hundreds of miles from the Twin Cities. Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minnesota, is a fairly quick and easy day trip from most Metro locations because it sits right along a major freeway and just off the cusp of the northern suburbs. I took my bunch (ages ranging from 3 to 9) to Pinehaven today because of MEA break (also because it was forecast to be the last 70-degree day this year), but it would make a super fun family weekend outing as well.
I like the convenience of paying an admission charge upfront at a place that offers lots of activities. Pinehaven Farm’s got a plethora of activities to choose from and the entrance fee covers nearly all of them, including these highlights:
- children’s playgrounds – most of the play equipment is appropriate for young children. The tot lot has a wonderful collection of corncrib slides, pony tire swings, junior pedal tractors, and a gravel box to play in. Send the older kids over to the two-story tube slides instead.
- multiple mazes – including a tiny straw bale maze, a short hay bale maze, and a slightly more challenging one for school-aged kids.
- tractor wagon and hay rides – kids up to 12 can ride the wagon train, but the short loops are geared for preschoolers. Entire families can take a hay ride into the fields to search for the perfect pumpkin (priced at 41¢ per lb.)
- jumping pillow – kids can bounce to their heart’s content – if they don’t mind waiting in line (weekends will draw a crowd).
- pedal trike track – the sturdy trikes appealed to my older kids; for the youngest in the bunch there is a small pedal tractor loop in the tot lot.
- large petting farm – including goats, cows, emus, turkeys and more. Bring quarters for feed if your kids are interested in feeding the animals.
- special weekend events – such as the pumpkin-eating dragon show (my kids LOVED this when they saw it a few years ago). Magic shows, a Halloween party and other special events are held select weekend dates. See the complete calendar here.
Extras not included in the admission fee: Bring cash if you think you might be interested in firing the corncob cannon ($1), purchasing a rubber duck for the duck derby races ($1), picking pumpkins ($5 per pumpkin) or other produce, buying snacks or purchasing more substantial concessions (weekends only).
Other things to consider: Keep in mind that weekends, particularly temperate ones, are going to be crowded. If it’s an option for you, consider going during the week when admission is discounted. Teens and/or adults might be interested in the darker side of Pinehaven Farm – the Dead End Hayride runs through Halloween.
Location: Pinehaven Farm is located at 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092 (conveniently along Interstate 35). It’s a little over a half hour’s drive from the middle of the Metro in good traffic.
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6pm and weekends 10am – 6pm through October 31, 2019.
Admission: $9-$14/pp depending on the day – buy online and save $2 per ticket.