Fall + Farms = Fall Fun in Hancock, MA!
Swing by Ioka Valley Farm for some spooky fall fun. Tour the farm aboard the “Great Pumpkin” wagon and say “hi” to the many farmyard animals. Test your courage in the pumpkin patch’s haunted house. Challenge your navigational skills in the hay maze. Send a bucket of oats up the tower to feed the amazing climbing goats. Ride a bouncy pony around the “OhKeeDoKee Corral”. Try your aim at the pumpkin slingshot. Zoom around one of two pedal race tracks. Or take the plunge down the giant 40-foot pipeline slide!
The farm is open on weekends from late-September through October. If You Go: Call ahead to make sure the farm is open (413.738.5915, Iokavalleyfarm.com). They are located at the base of Jiminy Peak, at 3475 Route 43 in Hancock. The farm also offers seasonal fun year-round, but the hours of operations vary. There is a $5 per person charge to enter the family play area.
The next hot spot for fall family fun in Hancock is Hancock Shaker Village. Explore the gardens, buildings and galleries. Visit the animals. Dress like a Shaker and hone your milking, weaving and butter churning skills in the “Discovery Room”. And, make a craft to take home!
The one-mile “Farm & Forest” loop is the perfect trail for a family hike for all ages. It is handicap accessible and stroller friendly.If You Go: Admission Hancock Shaker Village is $20 (adults), $8 (ages 13 – 18) and FREE for children (12 and under). The Village is open in the Fall, from 10 am – 5 pm through October 30. For a bite to eat, the full-service Village Cafe is open daily from 11 am – 4 pm. Visit the website for more information on special programs and events (Hancockshakervillage.org), such as the Country Fair and Fall Harvest Dinners.
NOTE TO READERS: The “Sustainer Membership” ($125 annually) available at the Berkshire Museum includes unlimited year-round admission to Hancock Shaker Village for up to two adults and four children, in addition to hundreds of museums across Massachusetts and the U.S. (The Berkshire Museum often sells discounted memberships each year on Black Friday!)