Last year Lilly and I were invited to visit Black Island Farms with the Hearts Apart program at Hill Air Force Base. On their site they claim:
“We’re home to Utah’s largest corn maze! Our mazes (yes, we have more than one!) are on a combined 26 acres. We have multiple mazes with varying difficulties for the young and the old. Come on down to see if you can conquer Utah’s largest maze! Black Island Farms has 20+ attractions for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Corn Box – Animal Alley – Bonfires – Bounce House – Cow Train – Corn Cannon – Grain Shoot Slide – Straw Mountain – Giant Straw Slide – Pig Races … and more! The Nightmare Acres haunted house is for older children and brave adults. Since each child is different, we leave it up to parents to decide if your child would enjoy the haunted experience. Our rumbling tractor-pulled hay wagon will pull you merrily through the Pumpkin Patch, where you might even see “The Great Pumpkin”! Hayrides operate continuously during farm hours. Each hayride ticket comes with one free pumpkin — you pick it yourself during your visit to the Pumpkin Patch. This is always popular with kids of all ages”
We didn’t stay long last year but we did have a blast participating in the hayride for pumpkins and the bouncy cow.
This year, however, Lilly was prepared for a long day at the farm. After researching to ensure that they were, in fact, open on Sunday (Utah is known for basically being shut-down on Sunday’s) we headed out to Syracuse for a day of play.
We arrived about 10 minutes before the ticket booth opened and thankfully Lilly was very well behaved. She started talking with a little girl behind us about princesses and Halloween.
We purchased our tickets (Combo #1) which included:
Corn Maze and Courtyard + Hayride: Adults $16 & Kids (Ages 12-3) $11
Now, in my opinion, this price appears to be high. But you could spend the entire day here playing with your kids and we certainly got our monies worth this weekend. The hayride includes a free pumpkin of your choice from the pumpkin patch. And they have some seriously massive pumpkins to choose from in the patches. My shoulders hurt from carrying them back.
After I purchased our wristbands and put them on, we immediately went straight to the hay ride. The lines here grow exponentially as the day passes, and even though it was Sunday I did not want to wait long with Lilly. We were able to board the first tractor to the patch.
We arrived at our location and Lilly quickly picked out the largest pumpkin she could find while I chose a smaller pumpkin for carving. I carried them back to the tractor and we watched the as the other folks chose their pumpkins. On our arrival back to the loading area I lugged the massive pumpkins back to my car, stopping every few feet to rest. My shoulders hurt this morning.
After loading up the car we headed to the courtyard, a large field where there are various activities for families, live music and the entrances to the corn mazes. Lilly immediately headed straight to her favorite activity from last year, the bouncy cow. 10 minutes in, she was ready to do something else.
Last year she had a tough time climbing the gigantic haystack pyramids, but this year she was a pro. We spent at least an hour at the first pyramid, where climbed and slid repeatedly, down the slides with the other kids, pretending she was Dorothy talking to her Scarecrow friend.
An hour of play made the kiddo hungry and thirsty, so we headed to the food carts and ordered a pretzel and Tummy Yummy for Lilly, and a hamburger and Diet Coke for me. The food is reasonably priced and the hamburgers are grilled right there – fresh. It was very tasty.
It was after lunch that Lilly discovered her favorite attraction, The Tractor Train. She rode this tractor pulled train at least 20 times while we were there and insisted that it was her favorite part of the day. A word to parents, depending on the tractor driver, this attraction can be very fast and very bumpy, not all children may enjoy the experience. Lilly, however, had a blast. I did ride with her three times and enjoyed the experience. There are smaller carts as well as larger carts that can accommodate two children or an adult and a child.
I finally convinced her that we needed to complete the corn maze before we left and we headed to the entrance for maps. She truly enjoyed being the navigator, despite the fact that I kept track of our turns and twists, to ensure we didn’t get too lost. We spent about a half hour in the mazes before she wanted to return to the train.
Lilly rode the train several more times before I bribed her with ice cream to head home. We had been there for 4 1/2 hours and I knew she had to be getting tired since she’d woken up at 4AM that morning. Before we left we purchased 4 mini-pumpkins for $2 at their farmers market and went to our favorite ice cream shop before heading home. Lilly fell asleep early that night after the long day of playing.
I recommend Black Island Farms as a yearly family tradition for locals. While it can be expensive for families the activities and enjoyment of the kids is worth the cost of admission. You can also choose pumpkins so heavy that two people need to carry them back to your car. For more information,you can visit Black Island Farms on their website.