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 during a beautiful MEA break a few years ago, 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:
Included with Admission
- Children’s Playgrounds – The play equipment in the Barnyard Play Area is appropriate for young children. The tot lot has a wonderful collection of slides, swings, and a giant birdhouse to play in. Send the older kids over to the two-story tube slides instead. There is also a spider web and skyhigh slide as well as ladder ball.
- Superslides – While the little kids play on the playground, the big kids will love these large super slides. Kids need to be at least 45 inches tall to ride the slide.
- Corn Maze – A large and challenging maze for school-aged kids and families.
- Petting Zoo – The Kritter Korral is full of goats, sheep, emus, horses, birds and even a mini cow. Bring quarters for the vending machines.
- Tractor-Pulled Trolley Rides and Grain Train – Families can take a trolley ride into the fields to search for the perfect pumpkin or ride the tractor pulled train through a tunnel and around the corn fields.
- Jumping Pillow – kids can bounce to their heart’s content on the jumbo jumping pillow – if they don’t mind waiting in line (weekends will draw a crowd).
- Pedal Trike Track – the sturdy trikes appealed to my older kids because they can race and dodge obstacles.
- Ziplines – Bigger kids (at least 45 inches tall) will love trying out the 100 foot ziplines.
- You and Me Swings – Swings made for two are perfect for mommy-and-me rides.
- Cluck Truck! – Visit the chickens who live in a truck.
- Touch-A-Tractor. You’ve done the touch-a-truck, now get up close to tractors of all types.
- Tug-of-War. Play a game of tug-of-war with your friends and family.
- Corn Pit. What kid doesn’t love jumping in a corn pit?
- Barrel Broncos. Play cowboy and take photos on these broncos made of barrels.
- Giant Rocking Chair – Another photo op.
- New in 2022: Dinosaurs! – Nine colorful dinosaur sculptures are scattered around the farm. Go on a hunt to find them all. (If your child loves this, check out all these places where you can find Dinosaurs Around the Twin Cities.
- Special weekend events – such as the pumpkin-eating dragon show (my kids LOVED this when they saw it a few years ago). Captain Jack Sparrow, a Halloween party and other special events are held select weekend dates. See the complete calendar of special events here.
Extras not included in the admission fee:
Bring cash if you think you might be interested in firing the picking pumpkins ($5 per pumpkin), gem mining ($7-$25), Pineducky Derby ($1/duck), Corn Cannon ($3/5 shots).
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, weekends 10am – 6pm starting 9/26/2020..
Admission: $13-$19/pp depending on the day. Save by pre-purchasing online.