Adventure Park debuts Mountain Fall Festival
IF YOU GO...
What: Mountain Fall Festival
When: Park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; it reopens from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31.
Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
How much: Regular admission rates apply during the park’s normal hours. Funday Passes, which include the tram ride, cave tours and unlimited turns on all open rides, cost $49 for adults and $44 for children 3 to 12. Tram rides cost $14 for adults and $9 for children.
Last winter, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park debuted its Winter on the Mountain attractions, making it a community staple for fun even in its off-season.
This year, in order to bridge the gap between summer and winter, the park has arranged for a slew of fall-themed activities, decorations and attractions that comprise its first ever Mountain Fall Festival.
Throughout the month of October, visitors can enjoy a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, fall-themed photos and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. There’s even more fun on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. with hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. And on Halloween, kids can trick-or-treat all day throughout the park.
The first weekend of the Mountain Fall Festival has already passed, and Nancy Heard, general manager of the park, said even without a lot of advertising for the activities, kids seemed to love the new fall offerings.
“The kids were delighted at the face painting, hayrides and kids’ games,” she said.
Heard said she loves the festivity of the park now, and the scarecrows, corn stalks and hay bales decorating the mountain take her back to her days growing up in the Midwest.
“We have a pumpkins patch where kids can come and buy their pumpkins,” she said. “That’s kind of my favorite part, is the pumpkin patch and hayrides.”
In addition to regular fall fun, the Mountain Fall Festival will offer four spooky Halloween evenings from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31. Guests can take haunted cave tours, roast s’mores around the fire pits and play Halloween games. The haunted cave tours are recommended for ages 8 and older. The park’s rides will not be open during these events.
The logistics of getting the park Fall Fest-ready were challenging, Heard said, but every member of the Adventure Park team stepped up to the plate and made the transformation happen.
“Finding sources of hay, pumpkins, a tractor — all those things we don’t normally do, that was probably the biggest challenge,” Heard said. “But everyone on the team owned something in getting it together. It’s been a team effort, and our team just embraces these opportunities.”
The Mountain Fall Festival is just one more way to have fun while boosting visits during the non-summer months. Heard said this October is serving as the test drive, but if it goes well, in the future she hopes the Mountain Fall Festival can last even longer.
“Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday,” she said.
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