by Amy Travels
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
October 29, 2001
Simmons Farm can be very crowded on fall weekends, but the staff had everything well-organized. Parking attendants directed us to a parking space. The tractor-drawn hayride left from there within a few minutes. The scenic hayride took us to the pumpkin patch and one of the activity areas. My sister had advised me to "go early in October, before the pumpkins are picked over." Judging from the 1000s of pumpkins I saw, I don’t think that could happen.
Activities in the pumpkin patch area included a hay maze, hay slide, corn maze, and pony rides. Food is also available in this area. Once in the pumpkin patch area, tickets for the hayride to the market are for sale. If you do the hayride without selecting a pumpkin, the cost is $5 per person. If you do the hayride with pumpkin, the cost is $7.75 per person. All the activities are included in this price, except for the pony rides, which are a nominal charge.
In the market area, there are even more activities—a petting zoo, nature challenge trail, tattoos and balloons for the kids (weekends) and a fiddler along with a small band (weekends). Apple picking is also available for an extra charge based on the quantity that you pick.
My family and I enjoyed our afternoon at Simmons Farm so much that we plan on making the hayride an annual tradition. Even if you don’t live in southwestern Pennsylvania, I’m sure there’s a farm with hayrides and other activities within a day trip distance of you.
Hayrides and other activities run from late September through Halloween. Hours are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The Simmons Farm website is www.simmonsfarm.com.
Directions: From Route 19, take East McMurray Road to Thomas. Go 3/4 of a mile or so and you will see a sign for Simmons Farm on the left. Turn left and follow this road to Simmons Farm.
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