My family visited the Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg, Kansas, on October 8, 2011. We were eager to check out the pumpkin patch and corn maze, and sample the cider donuts in the Country Store.
Admission to the Louisburg Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is regularly $8 per person—that includes a hayride, slide, hay maze (most kids had more fun climbing on the hay bales), the opportunity to see a few farm animals, and an outdoor play area. We used an online coupon (here) to save $1 off each of our tickets. Children 3 and under are free.
We enjoyed the “Wizard” corn maze, and the kids had fun on the slide located on the other side of the pumpkin patch (but be careful—we witnessed a couple of people who left the slide with dirty and bloodied knees). Although we didn't buy any produce from the pumpkin patch, we walked through it and saw tons of beautiful pumpkins ready to pick. The hayride was pleasant, except for the smell. Maybe the wind was blowing from the wrong direction on the day we visited, but I was about ready to pull my shirt over my nose to block the nasty waste-runoff stench.
After walking around the corn maze and pumpkin patch, it was nice to sit down and relax in the back of the Country Store. The cider donuts were delicious. My son had a Lost Trail root beer float and my daughter tried some Lost Trail “orange and cream”soda. (Lost Trail soda products are made on-site, along with fresh apple cider and cider donuts.) Live music was playing outside and vendors were selling hot food. We got to watch the cider donuts being made, and we walked through the cider mill, but we weren't lucky enough to see any apples being turned into cider.
How does Louisburg's pumpkin patch, corn maze, and other family activities compare to those found at KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Gardner, Kansas? (Check out my 2010 review of KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, including a slideshow, here.)
At KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, visitors have to pay for the corn maze and pumpkin patch separately—to do both, it will cost at least $15 per person this year (that's the discounted online ticket price, and some activities require an additional fee). Louisburg is less expensive but doesn't have nearly as many kids' activities as KC Pumpkin Patch. However, the corn maze and pumpkin patch at Louisburg are probably just as good as the ones at KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, in our experience. If you're looking for simple, old-fashioned country charm without too many gimmicks, then Louisburg Cider Mill is a great family destination.
All in all, our trip out to the Louisburg Cider Mill, Pumpkin Patch, and Corn Maze was a fun way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon in Kansas City.
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