Sunday, October 12, 2014

Indian Acres Tree Farm, Medford

An annual Fall ritual for many families in Southern New Jersey, or many parts of the country for that matter, is to sulk in the corner because Winter is coming. Ok, well, besides that, pumpkin picking is a time-honored tradition, as kids love to see the plethora of plump pumpkins popping up in the patch. Combine that with a hay ride, apple cider, and other fun and games, and you have the makings of a great day out in the fresh air.

There are a number of pumpkin patches throughout South Jersey, and one of them is Indian Acres Tree Farm at 111 Tuckerton Rd. in Medford.

During a recent first-time visit to Indian Acres Tree Farm, we found the grounds to be of good quality and our little ones had a fun time. On the premises there are food stations, wagon rides for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, various games, a "giant pillow bounce," and more. The prices are pretty reasonable, with the footnote that it's an a la carte style menu where you pay for each activity, so prepare accordingly if your kids like to take part in a wide variety of activities.

The other well-known nearby pumpkin patch is Johnson's Farm in Mt. Laurel. Indian Acres is rather different from Johnson's, in that Johnson's is a lot more refined and less focused on games and similar activities, but providing more in the way of freshly prepared food, animal pens,apple picking, and the like. It's worth visiting both to find your preference. One big difference is that Johnson's can be PACKED, to the point that it's more of a mob scene than it is a nice, leisurely day out, whereas Indian Acres seems a little more spread out and not as much of a high-demand, busy location like Johnson's.

The Indian Acres Tree Farm website offers some information about the activities and grounds. As of this publishing, there is no phone number listed on the website. The grounds are just a minute or two drive from the Evesham Library and Police Station, to the West, and the intersection of a Taunton Rd. and Tuckerton Rd. to the East.

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