I was offered an opportunity to attend Riverview Farms’ Fall Festival for free in exchange for a review; all opinions are my own.
So I took advantage of an offer I couldn’t refuse and took the family to Riverview Farms in South Glastonbury for their annual Fall Festival.
We got there thirty minutes after they opened (they open at 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday) and the parking lot wasn’t too crowded so I wasn’t quite sold, it being 11:00 on a Sunday morning just a few weeks from Halloween. But the boys were stoked as evidenced by their shrieks and ear-to-ear smiles. We were here to party!
And there were more than enough activities to entertain everyone, from the hayride to get us some mini pumpkins to a myriad of kid-sized tractors and excavators to baby horses and donkeys and chickens to a giant 20-something-foot pumpkin bounce house to the
(first) corn maze (I’ve ever successfully emerged from at the exit).
The website didn’t say whether it was cash only or not and since we didn’t pass my bank on the way, I figured I’d wing it with $0 cash in hand. (Upon arrival, I realized credit was accepted for the entrance and activities but if you wanted to eat (they had a sweet-smelling apple fritter trailer outside as well as an ice cream stand), you needed cash (or check for the ice cream). A CHECK?!
Now maybe it’s me being upset we didn’t get to partake in a bag of glorious apple fritters, but shouldn’t they accept credit or Apple Pay or something along those lines EVERYWHERE? It’s damn near 2019 for heck’s sake (*shaking one fist in the air*). But then again, maybe it’s my fault for not having cash. Whatever.
Missing out on the fritters didn’t ruin our mood and we crammed as much other fun into the few hours we spent there on what turned out to be a warmer-than-expected afternoon.
If you’re looking for a spot for an afternoon full of fall-themed activities, look no farther than Riverview Farms, as long as you have cash for the fritters or a checkbook (!!) for ice cream.
Some bullet points to recap what we enjoyed:
- the hayride…and the pumpkins we picked
- 2 acre corn maze
- playground and ginormous corrugated tubes for the kids to walk through
- 20’+ pumpkin bounce house
- “Walter” and “Durkin,” the names of two of the miniature horses, according to my kids
- the old-but-still-working tractors we were allowed to sit on and pretend we were farmers
- the backhoe that was definitely not part of the experience but was on the farm nonetheless
- wide open, grassy fields to run and take in all the fresh air you could handle
And despite having tables and tables of pumpkins and gourds for purchase, they did not have a pumpkin patch for pick-your-own, so don’t get your hopes up there, but everything else is guaranteed to provide you and your kids with an awesome afternoon in the sun!
[[Riverview Farms has two locations: We remain at Robb’s Ice Cream Shoppe 91Wassuc Road in South Glastonbury. We also operate a second venue at The Old Cider Mill, 1287 Main Street (Route 17), in South Glastonbury. We’ve brought Natural, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider back to the old mill. Enjoy the history of the oldest, continuously operating Cider Mill in the USA while trying this delicacy of Autumn.]]