Farmland Adventures bills itself as “Northwest Arkansas’ newest place for outdoor family fun.” There’s no doubt that friends and family can have a good time with offerings that include a nine-acre giant corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, kids play area, and more.
The nine-acre Giant Maize Quest Corn Maze not only has twisting pathways, but questions, answers and picture rubbings to be found. It’s a maze, game, and fun educational experience all in one. The theme is Outback Adventure and the game inside the maze helps visitors learn about Australia. You must find nine creatures unique to the island continent as you wind through a design that is a giant mother kangaroo with a baby joey in her pouch. Along the way you learn about Australia’s history and native people.
A mini corn maze of a koala bear is hidden within the giant corn maze. The mini maze is about one acre and is great for young children.
After dark Farmland Adventures becomes a whole new experience. You can navigate the maze with flashlights for a more difficult challenge. Bring your own flashlight or buy one there. Groups of 20 or more that go at night can also enjoy their own campfire, and roast hot dogs or marshmallows. You have to make a reservation and packages vary in price.
The petting zoo and pony rides close at dark, so go early if you want to see farm animals up close. The zoo includes sheep, goats, pigs, calves, ponies, a mule, yaks, and zebu. Feed for the animals is available for $1. Pony rides are unlimited for the day for a price of $5.
The farm’s wagon ride for adults and kids takes about 15 minutes and is included with the purchase of a maze ticket. You can pick your own pumpkin at a cost of 50 cents per pound. Both of these close at dark as well.
Kids can also play, climb and dig at the straw bale maze, hay bale pyramid, and corn box. The straw bale maze is created by placing bales in a designed pattern for kids to walk through, much like the corn maze. The pyramid is a mound of bales stack together and is specifically designed for climbing around and over. Kids can dig and shovel in the corn box, which is like a sand box only filled with corn kernels.
Farmland Adventures is already open for the season from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday through Nov. 5. The cost is $9 for ages 13 years old and up and $7 for ages 3-12. A youth combo pack, which includes pony rides, is $10 per child. Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult. Admission includes the giant and mini corn mazes, kid’s corner, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and wagon rides. Farmland Adventures is open to groups of 20 or more by appointment.
Farmland Adventures is owned by LuDonna and Dwain Parsons. The Parsons family came to the area in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and settled in the country on the east side of Springdale by 1910. Over the years, and by different generations, the farm acreage was added to as was the type of farming. By the 40s and 50s they were growing strawberries, grapes, apples, and peaches, and had livestock such as turkeys, chickens, cows, horses, and pigs. In the 60s the land was primarily used for livestock and most of the fruit crops were gone. Turkeys were phased out in the 80s. In an effort to increase productivity and sustainability aspects of the farm, LuDonna and Dwain added free range laying chickens in 2008 and sheep and goats in 2009. The agritourism venture started in 2010 when a pony ride and petting zoo business was added with this year enhancing that feature.